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Alumnus Don Gorder will present “The Business of Music — Creator to Consumer” at 2 p.m. Oct. 31 in Westbrook Music Building, room 119. His presentation is free and open to the public.
Gorder is chair emeritus and the former chair and founder of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music. He is an attorney, educator and musician.
“Exciting news. Don Gorder is returning to the Glenn Korff School of Music,” said Felix Olschofka, director of the Glenn Korff School of Music. “As an attorney, educator and musician, Don has inspired audiences worldwide with his visionary perspectives on the music business, entrepreneurship, commercial music and music production. In Don’s own words, ‘All musicians need to know that music and business are symbiotic. Neither can exist successfully without the other. If music is to have an impact on society, the creative and business communities must learn to communicate with each other.’ We look forward to learning from Don’s extensive knowledge and wisdom as we develop new cutting-edge curricula for our students to succeed in today’s rapidly changing music industry.”
Gorder received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1973 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He holds advanced degrees in law and music, has authored numerous articles on the music industry, and has spoken at many national and international music industry events. As an attorney, he has represented clients in matters of copyright and contracts, and he remains active as a trumpet player in a variety of jazz and commercial settings.
Gorder is vice president of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Affiliated Music Business Institutions, a past officer and board member of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators’ Association, and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He is active in the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), and the International Association for Jazz Education, where he is a member of the resource team, representing music business/management.
He retired from Berklee in 2021 after more than 29 years of service. In 2019, he received the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts’ Alumni Achievement Award in Music.
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