Berklee's John Kellogg Elected President of MEIEA

By 
Nick Balkin
March 16, 2009
John Kellogg

John Kellogg, assistant chair of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music, has been elected president of the of Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), an international organization of educators and students of music business. He is the first African American elected to this post. Kellogg will assume the presidency at the annual MEIEA conference, March 27–28, at Berklee. 

Says Kellogg, "It's an honor to serve MEIEA in a new capacity at a time of great change in the music industry. I believe the research and teaching of academics in this discipline will greatly inform industry professionals as they develop new 21st-century music business models. I hope to increase the dialogue between the industry and academia as we confront the great challenges facing us." 

John Kellogg was the lawyer for the O'Jays for nearly 25 years and represented the late Gerald Levert his entire career. Before attending law school he recorded and performed with the popular group Cameo. His book Take Care of Your Music Business: The Legal and Business Aspects You Need to Know to Grow in the Music Industry has been highly recommended for law students and lawyers who are new to the field of entertainment law. He is also a member of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) Hall of Fame.

MEIEA is an international organization that was formed to bring together educators with leaders of the music and entertainment industries. Its primary goal is to facilitate an exchange of information between educators and practitioners in order to prepare students for careers in the music and entertainment industries. The organization, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, represents music professionals, educators, and students from over 114 international colleges and universities.