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.
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.
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.
Mr. Kimpel is a highly respected (and in-demand) interviewer, panelist, moderator, Master of Ceremonies, journalist, teacher, public speaker, liaison and networker extraordinaire.
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.
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.
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 Allen, Ricky 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.
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.
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.
We are honored to have Dan serve as Chairman of the Board for The Musicians Foundation!
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