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Robert Thompson 

President, Music Industry

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Robert Thompson possesses exceptional abilities as a musician, producer, writer, and publisher. He has received two Grammy nominations. He is presently the President of Wise Music Group and the Music Publishers Association of the United States of America.

Robert Thompson, as a pioneer in the publishing and performance industries, is constantly on the lookout for ways to foster a robust and thriving community. He feels that sustaining the local music sector entails putting on stellar shows, securing publishing deals, and generating high-quality audio. Robert Thompson is a driving force in the business, with a strong educational background and two decades of expertise.

Education and Work Experience

In 1981, Robert Thompson enrolled at the University of South Florida to study music. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music from the University of South Florida in 1984. In 1992, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from the Eastman School of Music. He speaks German fluently.

Following graduation, he served as the Managing Director of Universal Edition, a European music label with headquarters in London, Vienna, and New York. Robert Thompson then founded Thompson Music Group, LLC to provide his production skills. From 2007 to 2014, he worked at Purchase College as a Professor of Arts Management, and from 2008 to 2010, he served as Dean of the Conservatory of Music.

He worked at SUNY Purchase College's arts administration department, where he taught arts and entertainment law and music business, as well as serving as Dean of Music.


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