Music Business Management Faculty

Peter Alhadeff

Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
palhadeff@berklee.edu | 617 747-8102

"We are a cutting-edge department with a frontier kind of presence in the industry. All of the faculty are well informed on current developments. We bring that into the classroom and mix that with the content you need to know if you want to work in the business. You need to know about legal aspects, business start-ups, and have a very keen eye on where technology change is taking the business."

Allen Bargfrede

Associate Professor, Music Business/Management
abargfrede@berklee.edu | 617 747-6014
  • Entertainment and technology attorney
  • Experience advising music artists, record labels, managers, publishers, and producers, as well as Internet search providers and content distribution and technology companies
  • Coauthor of the book Music Law in the Digital Age, as well as several articles on copyright

Ed Blomquist

Assistant Professor, Music Business/Management
eblomquist@berklee.edu | 617 747-8469

"I think that the role of the music business professional is to support artists and art, as opposed to the goal being to take music and turn it into profit. To me, there's a difference of commitment and motive that's absolutely critical. I think that's part of the explanation for why the music industry is in such bad shape, because it's been a profit center for people who really don't care about music at all."

Martin Dennehy

Associate Professor, Music Business/Management
mdennehy@berklee.edu | 617 747-8158

"Music business is a unique industry that requires unique skills. And it's an industry that's very competitive. They're up against some pretty sharp people from other schools that are more business focused than music business focused. And they could be competing with a Yale MBA, who knows? They need to have a degree of fluency in accounting, taxation, business startups, so they don't get left behind. At a manager meeting or a marketing meeting, they can converse as a business major at another college can converse."

Jeff Dorenfeld

Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
jdorenfeld@berklee.edu | 617 747-8105

"The music business is about relationships, at every level. Which means that if you're the manager of an artist, you are the first person that someone from the record label or an agency is going to meet. So their judgment is of you—even before your artists. You can have an effect on whether they're going to be interested in your artist."

Louis Fabrizio

Assistant Professor, Music Business/Management
lfabrizio@berklee.edu | 617 747-3098

"When you think of critical thinking and creative thinking, most traditional business school students tend to be critical and analytical thinkers. They really don't have great peripheral vision. The beauty of Berklee students is that they are creative by nature. That's why they're here. So they take those creative skills that are inherent in their music abilities and translate those to the problems people are confronted with in the business world today."

Jay Fialkov

jfialkov@berklee.edu | 617 747-8172

"I try to teach my students how to think about the music business. This means they must learn the fundamentals—copyrights and contracts, rights and obligations—and exercise their minds to understand how to accomplish their goals. I continue to focus on helping students understand the legal rights relating to the music business, how to recognize the relevant factors and consider their options when making choices."

Don Gorder

Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
dgorder@berklee.edu | 617 747-2517

"Berklee's core curriculum of harmony, ear training, etc., contributes to the music business/management major's lifelong enjoyment of music. No matter how far our students go in the business realm, being able to relate to music as musicians will add much to their lives. Personally, my musical experience has enhanced my understanding of the tension points in the art/commerce dichotomy, and how to soften the conflict."

George Howard

Associate Professor, Music Business/Management
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
ghoward@berklee.edu | 617 747-8540

"Having worked in the music industry as long as I have, I don't want to necessarily just bring war stories. You've got to back it up with some good science and theory. One of the challenges is with new media. The tools are new. So I try to balance those with some real time-tested marketing strategies. You begin to realize that it's all sort of been done before, but now we have an opportunity to recontextualize things. I do try to find a balance of things, but the music business is changing every second."

Andrea Johnson

Associate Professor, Music Business/Management
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
arjohnson@berklee.edu | 617 747-3170

"I have an undergrad degree in vocal performance, and I actually started in music business because I wanted to make sure that I understood my own contracts. I think that helps me the most, because we have a lot of dual majors. I can be empathetic with them and tell them today's business is really about being an entrepreneur. I'm giving them a scope of the entire industry, so they can pick a good business manager. I think every student should take at least an intro to music business course. If you're an informed performer, think of how much further you can go."

Stephanie Kellar

Assistant Professor, Music Business/Management
skellar@berklee.edu | 617 747-6021

"Part of my role is helping students transition from the classroom to the conference room, from college to career. It's an intense progression of small steps leading to large outcomes, and it elicits emotions ranging from elation to dread. I try to show broad options while balancing expectations with reality."

John Kellogg

Assistant Chair, Music Business/Management
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
jkellogg@berklee.edu | 617 747-3179

"The reason why I think music business/management programs are growing all across the country is because I think that young people get it. They know that they can actually have some form of ownership in the growth, in the development of the new music industry. They understand music, but they don't want to get ripped off, and they don't have to deal with those music companies. They think, I can do something else on my own, and I need to know how to protect myself within that whole framework of the new music business."

Pam Kerensky

Associate Professor, Music Business/Management
pkerensky@berklee.edu | 617 747-8448

"I teach computer applications in the music industry, web design and management, web development for e-business, and a few others. It's about developing ways of getting your information out there. Having those technology skills will allow you to build your business, whether it's yourself, if you're a solo artist, or you're working for a company that's promoting artists. It also teaches attention to detail and aesthetics. It's a different generation. You need to have those skills now."

Maggie Lange

Assistant Professor, Music Business/Management
mlange@berklee.edu | 617 747-8214
  • Alumnus, Berklee College of Music
  • B.A., University of Michigan
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • Contract attorney at Perkins, Smith & Cohen, specializing in entertainment, copyright, and trademark law litigation

Valerie Lovely

Assistant Professor, Music Business/Management
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
vlovely@berklee.edu | 617 747-8013

"I teach Legal Aspects and Advanced Contract Negotiation, and I just try to break it down into plain English so that students understand what I'm talking about. And I draw a lot of diagrams. When they get a contract and are skimming through it, I want them to know when they need to talk to an attorney. I don't want them to feel like, 'I took Legal Aspects; I don't need a lawyer.' I want them to have enough knowledge to know when something doesn't feel right, and I want them to be able to have a more informed conversation with their attorney."

Joseph Miglio

Associate Professor, Music Business/Management
jmiglio@berklee.edu | 617 747-3127

"I would love every student inside of Berklee to understand that your music is a part of your business portfolio. You need to learn something about business. You can't leave your careers in the hands of another individual. You've got to have an active and immediate role in understanding the face and future of what you're trying to do. And that's what business teaches you."

John O'Brien

Associate Professor, Music Business/Management
jobrien3@berklee.edu | 617 747-2757