Model United Nations at UCLA

Since 1950

Model United Nations at UCLA provides a forum for discussion of international relations and events through dynamic and academically stimulating simulation of the United Nations. We host two major Model UN conferences annually, and provide opportunities for members to travel nationally and internationally to compete in collegiate MUN conferences. MUN at UCLA holds weekly general meetings and frequent social events featuring guest speakers, conference and travel training, discussion of international events, and more.

Participation in Model UN activities promotes desirable and marketable traits such as public and impromptu speaking, networking, international engagement, and creative problem solving.

BruinMUN, our fall quarter high school conference, brings approximately 1000 high school students to UCLA for a weekend of debate, healthy competition, and fun. The conference, entering its 21st year, exposes high school students to UCLA and provides leadership experience for our staffers.

LAMUN, our spring quarter college conference, has an eight year history. Several hundred participants from dozens of domestic and international colleges and universities converge in Los Angeles annually to simulate UN style debate in a variety of unique, “crisis based” committees.

Our travel team is open to all and sends delegations to several conferences annually. Unlike many other MUN programs, members can try out for each conference.

Our primary goal is to continue growing and improving our conferences, travel team, and events. We strive to provide a consistently high quality experience at no cost to our members.

Capitol Records, Los Angeles 2001

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Capitol Records, Los Angeles 2001

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Chair: Shushan Ginosyan

Crisis Director: David Clymer

E-mail: capitol@bruinmun.org

Committee Description:

Around the turn of the century, the music industry faced several challenges. First, in 2001, Capitol Records negotiated a difficult merger with their longtime competitor Priority Records. This caused a shift which caused the company to begin signing rap artists. The decision to open up their company to this relatively new genre led to P.R. and media struggles. Then, around 2002 the creation of music streaming sites, like Limewire, pirated music became easily accessible to the general public, and consequently, the amount royalties collected by record labels dwindled.

However, the instability of the industry at this time, provided labels clever enough to take advantage of the industry’s instability, great opportunities for investment and growth. But beyond smart corporate decisions, a record label's success depends in part on their executives ability to spot and sign new talent. With heavy competition among record labels to find and sign hit artists, and produce platinum albums, the music industry has expanded its marketing ploys, doing whatever it can to boost its artists popularity and relevance within the media. Seated only blocks away from the famous capitol records building in Hollywood; still a popular LA landmark; the executives of Capitol Records will have the opportunity to rewrite the history of Capitol Records during this critical period in time.

Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the board of Capitol Records LLC. As an Angelino born and raised, I’m so excited to be chairing a committee that will recreate one of the most iconic corporations in Los Angeles. Mergers and acquisitions, marketing campaigns, the signing of new artists, and the sustainment of profit margins are all issues this board will be facing.

As for myself, I am a fourth year Philosophy major, Armenian studies minor at UCLA. This will be my fourth and final time taking part in LAMUN—a somber reality. I am also a member of our club’s MUN travel team, and enjoy competing on the collegiate circuit myself. Besides MUN, my hobbies include hiking and searching for interesting music, new and old. I’m also interested in public policy and law, and hope to pursue a career in this field.

And with that, I look forward to meeting you all, and having a productive committee during LAMUN 2017! I wish you good-luck in your preparations for committee, and look forward to hearing your ideas!

Best regards,
Shushan Ginosyan
Chair,
Capitol Records,
LAMUN 2017

Letter from the Crisis Director

Dear Delegates,

I’m glad you have chosen to compete in LAMUN and the Capitol Records committee. If this is your first time at this conference, prepare yourself for spirited debates with creative and intelligent students from around the globe. If however, this is not your first time coming to LAMUN, prepare yourself for spirited debates with creative and intelligent students from around the globe.

My name is David Clymer, and I am a 3rd year music composition major. My background in music drove me to begin researching how record companies dealt with the immense changes of the 21st century. Capitol Records, one of the old giants in the record business, was brought to its knees at this time. I’ve always been greatly curious about what was going on in those board rooms while their company fell to pieces around them.

The topics that will be discussed in this committee are real crises which plagued the shareholders of Capitol Records. First, the merger with EMI was a difficult and hard fought battle. This business deal was between two companies with vast differences in marketing styles, recruitment goals, and overall managerial disparities. Reconciling these differences and responding to the aftermath will be your first hurtle of the conference. The arch enemy of Capitol Records in the early 2000s was online music piracy sites such as Limewire. The practice of illegally sharing and downloading music online crippled record companies around the globe, and continues to be an enormous nuisance to all involved in the music and media business. Finding a solution to this epidemic is vital to Capitol Record’s success.

Have fun preparing,
David Clymer
Crisis Director,
Capitol Records,
LAMUN 2017

 

 

 

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