Ralph Jaccodine

Ralph Jaccodine began his music career as a musician and concert promoter in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and then as the concert director at the University of Notre Dame. He has worked with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Rush, Hall and Oates, and the Doobie Brothers, among many others. After running his own commercial real estate company in Boston for 12 years, he joined Mike Dreese, the cofounder of Newbury Comics, one of the nation's leading retail music chains, in starting Black Wolf Records, an independent record label. Then in 1992, he started Ralph Jaccodine Management by guiding the career of songwriter Ellis Paul, then expanded the business by working with artists like Livingston Taylor, Shun Ng, Rebecca Loebe, Martin Sexton, and the Push Stars, among many others.

Jaccodine is the cofounder of the Boston Management Group, a professional organization he started 25+ years ago with Tim Collins, the longtime manager of Aerosmith. He has been active on various boards of directors including the International Folk Alliance, Club Passim, Right Turn, and the Hope Collaborative. He's on the advisory board of WUMB's Music to Life and has worked with Ernie Boch Jr.'s Music Drives Us Foundation. A full-time faculty member at Berklee College of Music, he received the 2015 Dean's Award for Innovation and Service. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Berklee Law and Management Club.

Jaccodine is a frequent speaker at industry events such as the Folk Alliance International, South by Southwest, the CMJ Music Festival, the Americana Music Conference, and Berklee's Re-Think Music Conference, among others, as well as at Johnson & Wales University, Northeastern University, Harvard University, Emerson College, and Tufts University in the U.S. and Singapore Polytechnic in Singapore and UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The proud father of two college students, he's happy living a vigorous, yet contemplative life.

  • Career Highlights
    • Provides management services to Livingston Taylor, Ellis Paul, Eric Andersen, Rebecca Loebe, and Shun Ng, among others
    • Promoted concerts with Rush, KISS, Bruce Springsteen, Hall & Oates, and Kansas, among many others
    • Other professional distinctions include being the former concert director for the University of Notre Dame; starting Black Wolf Records in 1992; and serving as president of Ralph Jaccodine Management, an artist management company, since 1992 
    • On board of directors for Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 2004 and for Folk Alliance International since 2013
    • On the Board of Hope Collaborative since 2014
  • Awards
    • Recipient of 2015 Dean's Award for Innovation and Service, Professional Music Department
  • Education
    • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1981, economics
    • M.B.A. certificate, Boston University, 2009, entrepreneurial studies

In Their Own Words

"When I’m with my students, I very much feel like I’m talking to fellow travelers in this business of music. In the past to the current day, I’ve promoted concerts, run a record label, and headed a personal management company. The most exciting thing about being a teacher­ is to set off sparks: to discuss, debate, and dive into current topics and trends. I challenge my students like I challenge my business partners and clients. Bringing my day job and years of experience into the classroom helps to stir up inspiring and enlightening classes."

"I have been in the trenches of the music business running an artist management company and an independent record label for over 20 years. My interest and enthusiasm in the music business has never been greater. The opportunities for Berklee artists and music industry students have been changing at a breakneck pace. We will talk about the qualities of inspirational entrepreneurship, the power of technology, and the importance of grit in leading the way to success."

"I’m managing a full roster of world-class artists, promoting new music, and dealing with the music industry on a daily basis. I then go into class at Berklee, sit down with talented students, and talk about the music business I am implanted in. We have books, reading materials, and a syllabus, but I’m also talking about what I deal with on a daily basis at the day job. I think that’s what’s fascinating for me and the students—we can talk about fundraising campaigns, creating a good publicity/marketing campaign, how to bring in the money, the roles of the intermediaries, and how music can make this world of ours a better place. It is an inspired situation!"

"If students come to Berklee, they’re going to school and networking with the next generation of the music business. So there’s a lot of value to looking around the classroom and figuring out the people who you can do partnerships with, who you can manage, or who you can get a job with or hire someday. It’s a great petri dish of talent, and students are going to graduate, get out in the music world, the entrepreneurial world, the entertainment world, or the management world, and they’re going to do great things. This is the Berklee way."