Brandon Smith

Coordinator - Civic Education

Brandon Smith works as coordinator of civic education projects.  Brandon earned his B.S. in economics from UIUC in 2018 and is pursuing his MPA  at UIS.  He worked at UIUC’s main and law libraries along with the Hazel Crest public works department.​ He was born in Chicago, Illinois and was raised in Hazel Crest, IL.

Brandon is also a close follower of NPR Music and the Tiny Desk series.

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Video games have always been a popular pastime among children and adults. It's clear they are not going away anytime soon. Honestly there's a great chance the industry outlives most of us. This may alarm some people given the stigmas attached to video games sometimes.  Growing up, many children were told not to spend too much time playing video games because they would rot their brains and turn them into social misfits. Let me be the first to tell you that that is not the case.

Vinyl prominently displayed in the new Dumb Records location.
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Music streaming (both subscription-based and ad-supported) accounted for 75% of music revenue during 2018.With this increase in music streaming, physical albums sales have experienced a sharp decline during this period. Physical as well as digital album sales now account for less than 20% of album sales with track sales accounting for 6% of music revenue. During this decline we have witnessed a surprising increase in one area. That would be the sale of vinyl records.