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Renowned Recording Artist Steve Cole New Area Head for Music Business

Renowned Recording Artist Steve Cole New Area Head for Music Business

Friday, January 25, 2013
By Music Department 

With top 10 hits on the Billboard charts, hundreds of thousands of records sold worldwide and years of experience in the music industry, Steve Cole will be joining the faculty of the Department of Music at the University of St. Thomas to head the Music Business program.

Besides being a distinguished musician, producer and writer, Cole also has a strong business background with a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Before joining the faculty of the University of St. Thomas, he held the position of assistant professor of arts, entertainment and media management at Columbia College Chicago, where he was the head of the Music Business program, and chair of the Music Business Division at the McNally Smith College of Music.

Cole has been featured in numerous publications, including Alternative Press, Jazz Times, Radio & Records and Billboard magazine. In addition to his work as a solo artist, he has performed or recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Jim Peterik, Freddie Cole, Cyrus Chestnut and KMFDM, and has been a featured soloist with the City of Prague Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

“I’m so thrilled to join the Department of Music at The University of St. Thomas. The faculty and leadership of the Music Department are extremely progressive when it comes not only to training students to become great artists but also preparing students for the professional world of music through their commitment to entrepreneurial musicianship and investment in music industry education,” Cole said. “It’s an exciting time in the music industry. Advances in technology and the Internet have created a world of possibility in the music business, and vast opportunities are available to individuals with the knowledge, skills and drive to capitalize on them. This is precisely what the Music Business program at the University of St. Thomas prepares students for.”

Cross-disciplinary and experiential by design, the Music Business program combines courses designed to address the most current developments in the music industry, including modern media economics, booking and touring, social media marketing, copyright and publishing, and promotion and publicity, with courses in management, marketing, finance, accounting and entrepreneurship at the prestigious Opus College of Business. Offering a world-class music and liberal arts core, as well as experiential learning opportunities with record labels, radio stations, recording studios, booking agencies, concert venues and industry publications, the music business program at the University of St. Thomas truly prepares students to thrive as leaders of change in the evolving business of music and entertainment.

An accomplished musician, writer, producer and educator, Cole maintains a rigorous international touring schedule, is a sought after lecturer and clinician, and is a former governor of the Midwest/Chicago chapter of The Recording Academy.

Department chair Dr. Matthew George said, “I am extremely pleased to welcome Steve Cole to our Department of Music. He joins an already distinguished group of faculty and staff and his presence will certainly enhance all that we represent. He is clearly a leader in the field of music business, and as an active professional musician, he brings a distinct level of practical credibility. We're all thrilled to have him aboard, and we look forward to great things to come.”