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Sep. 16, 2004, 3:33 PM
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. ñ Keeping stockholders satisfied while maintaining
a commitment to artistry is the knotty problem facing recording
industry executives in the current merger-and-acquisitions business
Bruce Lundvall, president/CEO of EMI Jazz & Classics, has long
set a high standard on both counts. He’s played a role in the careers
of Willie Nelson, Peter Tosh and many other popular and critically
acclaimed artists. Lundvall presided over the career of Norah Jones as
she quickly attained stardom, as well as Anita Baker’s current revival
on Blue Note Records.
Lundvall will discuss his career and music industry trends at
Vanderbilt University on Sept. 30 during the second annual Curb Lecture
sponsored by the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at
Vanderbilt. He’ll be joined in conversation by Bill Ivey, director of
the Curb Center.
The lecture will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, in Room 103 of Wilson Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Lundvall is a former chairman of both the Recording Industry
Association of America and Country Music Association and former
director of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. He
is credited with the revival of the legendary jazz record label Blue
Note Records. During a 21-year career at Columbia Records, he became
president of the label’s domestic division.
"Bruce has earned a reputation as a true ‘music man’ and is just the
right leader to talk about how art and artistry are faring in the era
of giant media companies," said Ivey, director of the Curb Center.
The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy was
established in 2003 as the first university-based policy program to
fully engage the American cultural policy system. It is funded by
Vanderbilt University and a $2.5 million endowment from music industry
executive Mike Curb and the Curb Family Foundation. It is led by Ivey,
who was chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1998 to
The Curb Lecture Series was started in 2003 to honor Mike Curb. The
first speaker was Leonard Garment, Nixon-era White House counsel and
president of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
Media contact: Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS
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