In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

For the eighth in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with our Chairman of the Board and music industry veteran: Dan Kimpel.

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“I don’t describe myself by what I do, but rather what others might need me to accomplish on their behalf.”

Dan Kimpel is widely acknowledged as a foremost authority on popular music and songwriters, who contributes to books, interactive CDs, magazines, websites, documentary films, television programming, videos and new media.

Dan Kimpel - Moderator, Tony Van Veen - CEO, Discmakers and CD Baby, Ariel Hyatt - President, Ariel Publicity, Debra Russell - Life coach, Bob Baker - Author at TAXI's Road Rally

Dan Kimpel (Panel Moderator), Tony Van Veen (CEO, Discmakers and CD Baby), Ariel Hyatt (President, Ariel Publicity), Debra Russell (Life coach), Bob Baker (Author) @TAXI’s Road Rally

His recent interview subjects include Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige, Green Day, David Guetta, Usher, Alicia Keys, Jason Mraz, Ringo Starr, Black Eyed Peas.  Some of his favorite subjects include: Leonard Cohen, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Clint Eastwood, Maya Angelou, Metallica, Sasha Baron-Cohen and many more.

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Moderating BMI Panel at Content Copyright Conference

Mr. Kimpel is a highly respected (and in-demand) interviewer, panelist, moderator, Master of Ceremonies, journalist, teacher, public speaker, liaison and networker extraordinaire.

At DMI Music Marketing's Grammy party.
At DMI Music Marketing’s Grammy party.

 If there is a music conference, a songwriters conference, an awards show, TV appearance, or MI event- then Dan Kimpel will be on the scene.

SESAC's Trevor Gale and Pat Rogers; Dan Kimpel (Music Connection)
SESAC’s Trevor Gale and Pat Rogers; Dan Kimpel (Music Connection)

Here, Dan shares some excellent tips for success in the music business:

In July 2014, Dan conducted an onstage interview for The Recording Academy/Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) for Transformers: Age of Extinction screening at Paramount Pictures with composer Steve Jablonsky.  His recent television appearances include panelist and on screen music commentary for AXS Live, and Inside Edition.

Q&A with  film composer Steve Jablonsky, moderated by Dan Kimpel.
Q&A with film composer Steve Jablonsky, moderated by Dan Kimpel.

 Over six years, passengers on United Airlines heard Kimpel’s incisive interviews with hit songwriters and recording artists on The United Entertainment Network and Delta Airlines worldwide.

Dan gives a lecture on Networking Strategies for Songwriters at ASCAP Expo:

As a journalist, Dan contributes cover features to the West Coast trade publication Music Connection magazine, plus a regular column, “Song Biz,” that profiles writers and composers in each issue. Other publications that feature his writing have included BMI World, ASCAP Playback, Grammy, SESAC Magazine, Film Music and American Songwriter.

Recently, Dan’s interviews and cover stories include: Lily AllenRicky Reed, Florida-Georgia Line, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne.

Dan has several successful book titles to his credit:


It All Begins with the Music: Developing Successful Artists & Careers for the New Music Business, co-authored with legendary A&R executive, Don Grierson is his most recent title.  Dan’s book on maximizing personal relationships, Networking Strategies For The New Music Business (ArtistPro/Thomson) is the follow up to his best-selling title, Networking in the Music Business.  How They Made It: True Stories of How Music’s Biggest Stars Went From Start to Stardom, was released in 2006.  Electrify My Soul: Songwriters and the Spiritual Source followed in 2008.

With Dorian Holley

With Dorian Holley (American Idol, Michael Jackson +)

An expert teacher, Dan conducted week-long master classes on networking at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in the UK over a five-year period. He is currently on the faculty of Musicians Institute in Hollywood where he is three-time Music Business Program Teacher of the Year.  He also is very active on the lecture circuit at colleges, universities and conferences across the U.S., Canada and Japan.

Jan 2014: Musicians Institute Career Development NAMM Networking Seminar
Jan 2014: Musicians Institute Career Development NAMM Networking Seminar

Here, Dan speaks to MUBUTV’s Rich Ezra about the skills needed for effective networking:

Since 2010, Dan has taught a series of courses on behalf of Musicians Institute and co-sponsored by The-Musicians Foundation-Org  for LAUSD High School students at The Grammy Museum.  

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May 2014: class on music business with gurus Dan Kimpel and Aaron Meza (MI faculty) at The Grammy Museum

We are honored to have Dan serve as Chairman of the Board for The Musicians Foundation!

Beth Marlis (Executive Director), Dan Kimpel (Board Chair) for The Musicians Foundation
Beth Marlis (Exec. Director), Dan Kimpel (Board Chair) at 2012 MI Alumni Event

 To keep up with all the exciting music industry goings-on of Dan Kimpel, follow him on Facebook, Twitter or his website.

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MF LOGO LARGEWe’re extremely proud of our board, and their dedication in support of music education!

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