Getting to Know AEMM: Jerry Brindisi, Assistant Professor

Getting to Know AEMM: Jerry Brindisi, Assistant Professor

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Welcome to the latest installment of the “Getting to Know AEMM” series, and get ready to meet Jerry Brindisi, Assistant Professor in the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Department and supervisor for Music Business Management. He also oversees Columbia College Chicago’s award-winning student-run record label, AEMMP Records, providing recording, marketing, exposure, opportunity, and the latest music industry news.
Hi Jerry! Please introduce yourself.

I oversee all the music business courses offered by the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management Department, and I serve as a faculty advisor and mentor to music business students. Prior to Columbia, I served as a full-time faculty and program supervisor for the music business program at the State University of New York, Fredonia, teaching courses such as Music Contracts, Music Copyright and Publishing, Music Marketing and Promotion, and The Business of Music.

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I have an extensive background working in the music industry. I was a Sales and Marketing Research Analyst in Sony Music Entertainment Inc.’s Global Digital Business Group. I also worked in the executive offices and the A&R departments of Warner Music Group’s Asylum Records and Atlantic Records.

What can new students expect from the AEMM graduate program?

Students can expect to be engaged by leading faculty/practitioners in the arts, entertainment, and media fields in a rigorous program. They will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant city of Chicago.

In what ways would you say that the AEMM program at Columbia is unique?

The AEMM program is unique because the entire department is truly focused on arts, entertainment, and media. All courses have that perspective versus broader based management curricula at other institutions. Also, graduate students in AEMM now have the opportunity to enroll in practicum-learning courses that are based around student-run organizations, allowing them a true experiential learning opportunity.

What is your favorite album/artist/show/production/etc?

WOW… I have a number of favorite albums and artists. Some of my favorites include AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Alice in Chains, Cinderella, Die Mannequin, Fleetwood Mac, Fountains of Wayne, Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, The Kicks (from Little Rock), KT Tunstall, Lisa Loeb, Screaming Females, Silverchair, Stone Temple Pilots, Van Halen, Veruca Salt, ZZ Top…and the list goes on and on.

For more information on Jerry check, out his bio HERE.