Harris Institute hosts approximately 115 industry leaders annually including 30 in the Guest Lecture Series and 45+ guests as contributors to individual courses. An additional 40+ industry professionals paricipate annually as evaluators for major student projects. Over 1,100 industry leaders have participated in the Guest Lecture Series, including:
Eddie Schwartz - songwriter/producer Martin Atkins - President, Invisible Records Roger Harris - Creative Director & President, Vapor Music Blair Packham - President, Blare Music Alan McCusker Thompson - UWS Faculty. Bob Wiseman - Independent Artist/Producer. Chris Tedesco - Owner, DNA Recording. Jamie Appleby - Sr. Director Marketing, Wind-up Ent. Alex Lifeson - RUSH Amy Fritz - President, Belmont Music Norm Beaver - Music Supervisor, Nelvana Marco Mondano - Owner, D.C. Music Jordan Gracey - Music Content Manager, Yahoo.ca Richard Flohil - Owner, Richard Flohil & Associates Mark Radu - Audio Systems Engineer, PA Plus Tex Paquette - Production Manager, House of Blues Danny Greenspoon - Producer, Owner of The Audio Truck Tim Potocic - President, Sonic Unyon Daniel Mekinda - Partner, ib Entertainment Richard Spence - Thomas - Spence-Thomas Audio Post Peter Cardinali - Producer, Owner of Alma Records Eric Alper - Media Relations, KOCH Entertainment Greg Below - President, Distort Entertainment Ken Stowar - Program Director, CIUT-fm David Chester - Owner, The Chalet Studio Emily Claire-Barlow - Jazz Artist, Producer Mike Denney - Sales Manager, Fusion 3 Distribution Laurence Godfrey - SOCAN, Industry Relations Andy West - Music Content Producer, Yahoo.ca Tonni Maruyama - GM, Epitaph Records Canada Greg Hodowansky - Operations Manager, PA Plus Benni Leigh - National Media, Sony-BMG Aaron Key - Audio Engineer, Zoo Music Lenny DeRose - Record Producer / Engineer David Ramsahoye - Senior Audio Engineer, IMAX Films David Cox - A & R Manager, Universal Music Canada Robert Ott - Managing Partner, OLE Publishing Leslie Charbon - Tour Manager, (Lightfoot, Cockburn) Joe Natale - Sound Engineer, Niagara Falls View Casino Sean Pearson - Mix Supervisor, Nelvana Films Terry Brown - Producer / Engineer Stephan Moccio - Producer / Recording Artist / Songwriter Pavlo - Recording Artist Jane Harbury - Independent Publicist Brett Zalahi - Mastering Engineer Kevin Drew - Broken Social Scene Don Bird - Event Producer, Bird's Word Productions Deddy Setton - Marketing Manager, Interscope Records Darryl Hillock - Owner, Bluewater Studio Greg Nori - Producer (Sum 41) Tanya Dennis - Label Manager, KOCH Entertainment Amin Bhatia - Owner, Bhatia Music Rob Lanni - Co-President, Coalition Entertainment Steve Herman - CEO, The Agency Group Ross Porter - President, JazzFM Daniel Cutler - Owner, Arts & Crafts Orest Sushko - Engineer / Mixer, Post Paula Danylevich - Owner, Hype Media Larry Wanagas - Owner, Bumstead Records Mari Dew - Partner, The Pocket Studios Chris Perry - Independent Producer Marilee Yorston - Independent Sound Design Engineer Norm Alexander - Independent Producer
BIO: Juno Award recipient Todd Booth has arranged and composed works with Kim Mitchell, Liona Boyd, Dan Hill, Rik Emmett, Ronnie Hawkins among other artists. His work includes Rock, Jazz and modern Orchestral pieces for popular music, film and television. He is a former programmer for MOOG Synthesizers and as a student teacher who apprenticed under the composer and author Gordon Delamont, Todd brings with him extensive Delamont training in orchestration, composition & arrangement, and pedagogy.
Berklee College of Music grad. Post graduate study in composition and arranging with Gordon Delamont. Completed numerous Music Industry courses at Harris Institute. Musician, composer / arranger and teacher in the U.S.A. and Canada. Member of the Canadian Guild of Film Composers.
Dan Broome is the former VP of Operations & Administration of True North Records and The Finkelstein Management Company Limited. True North Records has over 34 gold and platinum records and 25 plus Juno awards to its credit. A graduate of Queen’s University and Harris Institute, Dan is the Director of Harris Institute's Recording Arts Management Program, Senior Business Representative of the Toronto Musicians Association and chair of the Scarborough Arts Council.
Live Sound Engineeer/Road Manager/Club Booking Manager for over 25 years, Bo has mixed over 8,500 shows both locally and internationally and has also held "in house tech" positions at Lee's Palace and Clinton's Tavern for over a decade. Bo is currently working as an "in house tech" at Healey's and freelances as a studio engineer. His other career interests include antiques, H.O. scale model trains and archaeology.
Nicole Rochefort has been contributing to the Canadian performing arts industry since 2002. Her past experience includes production assistance, stage management, and artist development. Formerly an agent with LiveTourArtists, Nicole represented Canadian recording artists of various musical genres, as well as corporate clients for special event bookings. In 2008 Nicole joined boutique agency Kids’ Entertainment and toured internationally recognized theatre companies in the US market. In 2010 she established AIM: Artists In Motion. AIM is an independent booking agency representing all genres of music. With a focus on building artists’ touring careers, AIM brings a new energy and approach to the concert touring industry. Nicole is an instructor at The Harris Institute for the Arts as well as Honours Graduate, and former director of the Board for Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF).
Jay's roots in the entertainment business began in the non-profit, event organizing and artist management sectors. As chairman of the non-profit group, Youth Encouraging Self Empowerment, he was responsible for coordinating volunteers, public speaking and helping put together several successful events including The United We Shine Talent Show and The Visions of Excellence Awards. After graduating from Harris Institute in 2001, Jay interned at KOCH Entertainment (North America's leading independent distributor), which led to him being hired as a Marketing Coordinator. After one year, he was promoted to Label Manager, a position he continues to hold today.
Patrick Duffy is Creative Director at Attention Communication + Design, a
graphic design firm he created to service the music industry. He studied under Elizabeth Annand,Professor of Fine Art, University of Western Ontario and then Advanced
Advertising Design at George Brown College. For more than twelve years, his focus has been entertainment-related graphic
design. He was a Consulting Art Director for EMI Music Canada, where he
devised or supervised all aspects of creative for the domestic and
international marketing departments. He is a JUNO nominee for Album Design and has won eight
Canadian Country Music Awards for Album Graphics, more than any designer in
the thirty-year history history of the awards.
Born and raised in the First City of Canadian Rock and Roll-Winnipeg-Paul, at an early age, developed a taste for the music business working in live venues from the age of 16. He attained a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours from the University of Manitoba while working shows at the Centennial Concert Hall and Pantages Theatre, and booking his own shows at smaller venues. Paul moved to Toronto to study RAM at Harris Institute where he graduated with honours, and is now in charge of finance for VideoFACT. He has produced and directed 3 short films, 2 of which have screened in Canadian film festivals while the most recent has been completed through the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.
Don has studied at the Royal Conservatory, York University and IRCAM, Paris, specializing in computer aided composition and sound design. His frontier audio company, Azimuth 3-D Sound, provides 3-D sound production for multimedia, film and television. Clients include Procol Harum, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Barenaked Ladies, Clive Burr (Iron Maiden), Glass Tiger, Hunter-Ronson, Shabba Ranks, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Haircut 100, Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra, Tragically Hip, Capitol Records, Oscar Peterson, the PiTechnos Corporation and the films Great Balls of Fire, Zombie Nightmare, The Book, Black Roses and Rock And Roll Nightmare (possibly the worst film ever made!!).
Aesthetic Corporation is a sound/music production company founded in 1984 by sound designer/composer, Yuri Gorbachow. He has won twice and has been nominated for 14 M.P.S.E. Golden Reel awards for best sound and music editing. He is a member of: The Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild (MPSE)
-The Guild of Canadian Film Composers (GCFC)
-The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT)
-The Audio Engineering Society (AES).
John Harris has been an artist manager, A & R Director of Rising Records, concert promoter, music publisher and CLIO Award-winning Producer. He is the founder and president of Harris Institute and won Toronto's Canada Day Achievement Award, the Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism in Ontario and a Scroll of Recognition from Mayor David Miller and Toronto City Council for his work on Metronome Canada, the proposed music city on Toronto's waterfront.
A former VP Finance of A&M Records of Canada, the Polygram Group and the Manager Music & Ancillary Revenues for Alliance Atlantis Communications (Entertainment Group). Serves on the board of Canadian Independent Recording Production Association (CIRPA) as treasurer. Creator & lecturer of a music industry education series entitled, "We've got 'gold' on the wall, but no 'silver' in the 'till". A Consultant to numerous recording artists, business managers and independent record labels & music publishers through his Mu$icon-Music consulting company. Has worked as DJ and producer/musical director of charitable variety shows.
With over 25 years experience in radio, Liz Janik Associates has been responsible for station start-ups and turn-arounds, format designs and programming new music formats for many nationally acclaimed radio stations, both here in Canada and in the US. Some of Liz's successes are: KKDM in Des Moines, 89X Detroit, WPLT Detroit, The Planet - Buffalo & Lincoln NB, Energy 108 Burlington, HOT103 - Toronto and Z95.3 Vancouver. Before entering the consulting field, besides working with Joint Communications, Liz was an on-air talent and music programmer with modern rocker CFNY 102.1 in Toronto. She created and hosted a weekly show, "The Streets of Ontario," that featured independent recording artists. Some of the "indies" that she brought to the program included: Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Jane Siberry, Skinny Puppy, Colin James and Jeff Healy.
McCLEMENT, DOUG, Producing/Engineering, Studio Management
Doug graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, where he majored in Marketing. He is the President of LiveWire Remote Recorders, which is dedicated to location multitrack recording. Doug has engineered over 3000 remotes since 1975, and has received platinum awards for albums by Blue Rodeo and Moxy Fruvous. He has been nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Sound in a TV Variety Special nine times, and won that award in 2003. LiveWire has recorded dozens of international artists, including U2, AC/DC, Celine Dion, Oscar Peterson, Ozzy Osbourne, Stevie Ray Vaughan, 50 Cent, The Rolling Stones, Melissa Etheridge, Joni Mitchell, Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen, Van Halen, Emmylou Harris, R.E.M, The Police, Neil Young, Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, Blues Brothers 2000 soundtrack, Annie Lennox, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay and Lenny Kravitz. Doug was the Charter President of the Toronto Recording Association (TRACS), and has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society for over 30 years.
Feature film soundtrack music for Canadian Horror flicks Highway 61, The Gate, Graveyard Story, Location sound on the mini-series Counterstrike. 20 years of making records in Canada - Morgan Davis, Cameo Blues Band, National Velvet, Images In Vogue, Tribal Son, Ronnie Hawkins, Partland Bros., Headstones, Jeff Healey, Goddo, Moxy. Owner and operator of Velvet Sound Studios. Instructing for Harris Institute, and also teaching the Arts at Humber College and The Peel Board of Education, also Live Sound Engineer and Musician.
McLUHAN, PhD, ERIC, Media & Perception, Communication Arts
B. Sc. (Communication: Wisconsin State University), M. A., Ph. D. (English
Literature: University of Dallas). An internationally known lecturer on
communication and media, Dr. McLuhan has over 30 years’ teaching experience
in subjects ranging from high-speed reading techniques to literature, media,
and communication theory. He has taught at many colleges and universities in
both the United States and Canada. He lectures on media and communication
around the world. He worked with Marshall McLuhan for many years and has
also done extensive communication
research. He was presented with the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity in Mexico City by the Media Ecology Association.
Anne-Marie Smith is a graduate of Harris Institute's Producing / Engineering Program. She was Creative Manager at Warner / Chappell and helped develop artists such as Glenn
Lewis, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black & Saukrates.
Anne-Marie co-owned Capitol Hill
Music (Big Black Lincoln/Andreena Mill) with worldwide
distribution by Sony/BMG Music and currently owns
Lonestar Publishing Inc., a music publishing company
that specializes in royalty collection, consultations and workshops. She serves
on the OMDC Board (Ontario Media Development
Corporation)" and won the Harris Alumni Award for Music Industry Professional of the Year in 1999.
President of Wizard Productions Inc. which has been producing jingles for radio & TV since 1975. Some of Roland's clients have included the Ontario Government, Rowntree and Molson's. Roland has also performed voice-overs, solo and group singing for national advertisers such as McDonalds, Coca~Cola, Burger King, Royal Bank and General Motors. Roland is the winner of over 75 international awards for advertising.
PILCHNER, MARTIN, Acoustics, Studio Design, Computer Science
Principal of Pilchner Schoustal International Inc., an acoustical
consulting and media facility design
firm which has designed and implemented well over 500 recording facilities
world-wide. Extensive background in electronic engineering, computers,
audio engineering, acoustics, and architecture. He is nominated for the TEC Award for Studio Designer of the Year for Revolution Recording in Toronto and was previously nominated in 2003, '05, '07 and '09.
David Quilico acts as director of A&R and Music Publishing at Sony Music Canada. Over the past 7 years he has been involved in the recording careers of the Sony Music domestic artist and songwriting roster including; Amanda Marshall, Our Lady Peace, Chantal Kreviazuk, Adam Gregory, Project Wyze and many others. He is an Honours Graduate of the Recording Arts Management Program and a recipient of a Harris Alumni Award
Deryck studied at the Royal Ontario Conservatory of Music in Guelph at the early age of 10 learning the drums. After finishing High School Deryck studied music performance, composition and arranging at Humber College where he met allot of great musicians and composers. After leaving college Deryck moved to Toronto to pursue playing live, studio sessions and music production. Deryck has been fortunate to work on quite a few album projects and remixes (nationally & internationally) for many artist since 1998.
Deryck is a music and audio production professional with over 10 years experience in studio recording and audio production. Deryck has been teaching audio production for the last 8 years at Harris Institute for The Arts showing students the latest music production techniques to make records, remix singles and work with various video applications using LOGIC Pro.
Since 2008 Deryck has been fortunate to gain experience doing TV Post Production, VO Audio Production and have learned from the best in North America, eg. S&S Post Productions, Marble Media, Cadesky Dyer Music and Platform Productions.
President of The Bob Roper Company, a management consultancy company. His clients have included Gowan, Rik Emmett, Styx, CHUM Radio, CARAS and others. Juno Award winner, former National Promotion Director at Capitol/EMI, Tour Manager of Supertramp, A&R Director at Warner Music, Marketing Director for CPI and Executive Producer of the Juno Awards.
Clinton Somerton is a Harris Institute Honours Graduate (PEP) and is now the Math Instructor. He has worked in the
music industry as a live sound and recording engineer, stage manager,
technical coordinator, journalist, and co-producer of an album of gospel
hymns. Clinton is also Media & Community Relations Manager for Metronome
Canada Foundation and Administrative Co-ordinator for the Domenic Troiano
Guitar Scholarship. As a theatrical performer, he has appeared in the role of Jesus in the Chester Play of the Resurrection. A Catholic Christian and parishioner of Holy Family Church, Clinton resides in Toronto with his wife Susan.
Dave Betts worked for 12 years as a Member Services representative with The
Society of Composers, Author's and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). Prior to working at SOCAN, Dave was a member of one of Canada's most successful bands, Honeymoon Suite. While a member of the band, Dave toured throughout North America, Europe and Japan as well as performing on many television and radio programs. Honeymoon Suite has sold 1.5 million records worldwide and has one JUNO Award.
Willard graduated at the top of his class from The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe Ohio, 1984. The same year he began his first job at Cedartree Recording Studio, Kitchener ON.
In 1985 Willard began at Elora Sound Music clients included
Loreena McKennitt, Rush, Freddy Stone, Blue Rodeo, The Stratford Festival.
Moving with the owner (Bill Mather) when he sold the studio assets to Magnetic Fax (later Magnetic South) in 1988. Projects included commercial, corporate and long-form;
TV - Star Trek - Deep Space Nine, Kung Fu - The Legend Continues, The Commish, Codco, Catwalk, Missing Treasures, Don Cherry's This Week in Hockey
Commercial - Labatts, Molson, Nabisco, General Mills, Ford, GM, (etc...)
Corporate - Office of the Premier of Ontario,The Royal Bank, UNICEF, MS Society of Canada. Ford, GM, Toyota, McDonalds
Willard has also leant his talents to Ottawa's Blue Turtle Sound '93/'94 as house composer and engineer,
freelance with NuSound Productions Toronto, later Crunch Recording Group, The Strategic Coach in 2004 (to present) as house engineer.
Self-produced two recent records in home studio, "Youngest Man in the World" and the forthcoming "The Happy Trail", currently self-producing music videos in support.
Richard Carson is the owner/operator of Hugh's Room. Opened in 2001, Hugh's Room has become one of Toronto's premiere music venues and has twice been nominated by Folk Alliance International as the best club in North America.
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MOSAM, ZAYNA, This Business of Image
Zayna Mosam is an Image Consultant certified by the International Image Institute and George Brown College. She is also a graduate of Queen's University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology. She specializes in image and lifestyle management, communications coaching, etiquette and protocol, personal shopping, personal branding and styling, and public image development. Clients include those in industries such as finance, technology, communications, education, athletics, and entertainment. Zayna was named the image industry’s "Rising Star" of 2004 by the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI), and has been featured as a guest expert on CTV, City TV, Rogers, Bravo! and MuchMusic.
Born and educated in England Terry learned his craft in four of the top independent studios in London during the 60’s when the British pop scene was exploding. After engineering some big hits with notable artistes he moved to Canada in the 70’s to further his career and has become one of Canada's most celebrated Record Producers with multiple platinum awards and over 100 recordings including Blue Rodeo, Cirque du Soleil and 10 Rush albums.
Jane Harbury began her career as the Manager of the renowned Riverboat in Yorkville and founded Jane Harbury Publicity (JHP) in 1988. Her clients have included the Juno Awards, Ben Heppner, NXNE, Ontario Place Forum, Gemini Awards, The Chieftans, Borealis Records, Bluebird North, Smooth Jazz Awards, Toronto Independent Awards, among others.
Graham Stairs has over eighteen years of experience in the Canadian music
business. He has done A&R for such labels as Intrepid, Latitude and EMI. He
has worked with artists such as Martha and the Muffins,
National Velvet, Chalk Circle, Rheostatics, Barenaked Ladies, Damhnait Doyle
and Sandbox among others. As an artist manager, he was a partner in Intrepid
Management before starting his own company, Popguru Sound & Vision. He
currently manages the Golden Dogs and Hunter Valentine for the Finkelstein
Tom was the Senior Engineer at Reaction Studios for eight years, Assistant Engineer at McCLear Place Studios and has recorded and mixed audio for animation at Nelvana, Acces and Breakthrough. He is the director of the PEP program and also teaches Studio Orientation and 3rd level producing/engineering lab.
Andy Hermant founded the world-renowned Manta Sound Company (Canada's first digital multi-track recording studio), Duke Street Records and 1:2:1 Recording. He engineered the No. 1 Billboard hit by Dan Hill, was the Manager of Post Production at the CBC for 13 years and has served on the Boards of CARAS, CIRPA, FACTOR, The Canadian Film Centre and Roy Thomson and Massey Halls.
BIO: Juno Award winner Fergus Hambleton is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. With 6 albums and numerous national and international awards, he has fronted the Sattalites for twenty-five years and released 3 solo albums for Capital/EMI and Axe Records. Selections from his album Snapshots are featured in the film Falling Angels and the TV program The L Word.
With over 20 years of Music Business background, Mike has been involved in
Artist Management and Artist Merchandising for a host of national and
international acts. He is also involved with the International Merchandising Company Anthill Trading. His ongoing efforts continue to focus on developing merchandise for Canadian and International artists including: The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts, Bruce Cockburn, Nelly Furtado, Massari.
FARLEY, KATHLEEN , Digital Culture, Data Mgt. Web Development
Compassionate and visionary project leader with complementary nonprofit sector, education and music industry experience. Enthusiastic and energetic teacher and learner. Interested in innovative online and offline projects that promote creative collaboration and information sharing.
Some of the very long list of impressive experiences Kathleen has include Festival Manager and Executive Director for Toronto Vegetarian Association, Producer for Catherine North MashUP, and Board Member for Hamilton Suzuki School of Music.
Kathleen is also a former Registrar at Harris Institute and most recently founded Yibboo.com, an internet start-up dedicated to helping people discover face-to-face learning opportunities in their community.
Don graduated from the Electronics Engineering Technology Programme of DeVry Institute of Technology in 1974. Since then, he has been involved in the sales, service and design of pro and consumer audio equipment. As a bassist since the mid 1960's, Don has performed and recorded with a variety of musical acts in Canada and the US. Don's musical interests have evolved from recording engineering/producing as a hobby, to his current interest in Ghostrider Studios in Port Credit. >>APP Course Outlines
LECUYER, STEPHANE, Concert Promotion
From tax auditor, concert promoter, award winning artist manager, to a telecommunications marketing guru, Stephane Lecuyer has had a varied and rich career. He has inspired many with his willingness to share his expertise, including teaching young adults and nurturing extraordinary talents such as Nelly Furtado, Divine Brown, jacksoul, K-OS, and Tamia. He’s a no-nonsense bottom line executive with an impressive and successful track record.
He is CEO of Fullcc Music Group, the epicentre for all things music and social innovation. Primary services are Artist Management (Fullcc Management) and Concert promotions (Full Capacity Concerts), but also offers worldwide digital distribution (Fullcc Records), consulting services and production management.
Fullcc Management currently represents Juno award winning artists Divine Brown, Keshia Chante, Q Benjamin and Dru. Jesse Labelle, X-FACTOR host Jesse Giddings and G987 host Jemeni.
Over the years, Full Capacity Concerts has produced a wide variety of concerts and tours in many different genres. From legendary jazz master Oscar Peterson, to Hip Hop great Eminem and Gospel and Christian tours such as the award winning Soweto Gospel Choir. Fullcc has forged a unique working partnership with World Vision Canada. Over the years Fullcc has help get thousands of children sponsored around the world.
A business graduate from Algonquin College, he started his career with the federal government as a tax auditor. However, it didn’t take long for his love of music to lead him down a different path. He started promoting concerts and eventually his business savvy and drive lead to positions at Beatfactory Music (EMI), BMG and eventually as General Manager at Chris Smith Management.
In 2006 he decided to step away from the music industry and accepted a new challenge as Vice-President, Marketing & Communications at Cable & Wireless Jamaica. During his 3 years in Jamaica, he could not stray too far from his first love, music. He was instrumental in sponsoring large music festivals and sporting events such as Reggae Sunsplash and Cricket World Cup. He also sponsored several reggae and soca artists, including, Machel Montano, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer to name a few.
Stephane also continues to teach at The Harris Institute for the Arts and is active in his community and church.
Demetrius is a nice guy, music lover and a seafood enthusiast, but not in that particular order. He is currently the General Manager at Dale Speaking Ltd., where he has spent the last 6+ years working alongside artists such as Alexisonfire, All That Remains, Arkells, Arctic Monkeys, Broken Social Scene, Cancer Bats, City and Colour, DJ Champion, Dolly Parton, Feist, illscarlett, Mark Ronson, Melanie C, Paul Brandt, Sebastian Grainger and Tokyo Police Club.
Ashley Sperling is currently Manager, Digital Marketing and Strategy at Tanjola Brand Partners, an artist and brand management company.
Previously Ashley was Associate Manager, Digital for Universal Island Def Jam group of labels at Universal Music Canada. She has managed digital marketing and strategy for numerous artists including Headly, Justin Beiber, Keshia Chante, Drake, Shiloh, Florence & The Machine and more.
Ashley holds a Bachelor of Journalism, Combined with High Honours History degree from Carleton University. She is also a graduate of the Harris Institute, Recording Arts Management program, and has won several academic awards.
Will Strickland's experience and expertise in urban music & lifestyles marketing are unparalleled. Will's first foray into business of urban culture began in 1986 as a radio DJ in Texas while still in high school. In the 15 years that followed he attained graduate and undergraduate degrees at Rice University, launched UrbanArt Marketing and Promotion, began his doctoral degree while teaching at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has also worked as record labels such as Badboy, RCA and Epic/Sony.
Will has been instrumental in developing the careers of Michael Jackson, Tupac, Notorious Big, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, Prince, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, and Drake, among others.
Will currently runs an entertainment marketing, media content development, social enterprise & consulting firm called Keikwalk Consulting, as well as holding the office of the President of UMAC.