Kent Anderson – Bio
A musician, consultant, lecturer and as an Adjunct Professor, Kent Anderson employs his vast background and experience in his daily responsibilities. He has held key positions within the music industry at Virgin Records, GRP, and N2K and as President of A440 Music Group. He is a member of the Columbia College Business & Entrepreneurship Department faculty where he instructs Music Business, Applied Marketing: Music Business and Digital Business Development.
His first began his career in the music business managing record stores for the nation’s largest music retailer – Trans World Music Corp. where he relocated to the Quad Cities, then Chicago then on to Short Hills, NJ and Greenwich, CT. Anderson was introduced to the founder of GRP Records and accepted a position as Regional Sales Manager. After five-years in this position, Anderson was appointed to succeed his mentor returning to New York to head-up the sales and marketing for the label alongside the esteemed Tommy LiPuma. During his tenure at GRP the company was named the #1 Jazz Label in the world for five consecutive years in a row, received more than 30 Grammy nominations and achieved annual domestic sales in excess of 25 million dollars.
Sharing in the vision of the integration of music and technology, Anderson served as Vice President under the tutelage of Phil Ramone at N2K, Inc. (NASDAQ). The company demonstrated the future of the distribution of music via the Internet through the creation of the first digital download in the history of recorded music with David Bowie, built communities around genre related websites, operated one of the first e-commerce stores, developed one of the first online music delivery mp3 players and produced the first 5.1 surround sound DVD. While at N2K, Mr. Anderson’s sales and marketing efforts were recognized with Billboard magazine naming the label the #1 Independent Jazz Label of the Year, having the #1 Best Selling Contemporary Jazz Recording, (Jonathan Butler) and the #1 Traditional Jazz Recording (Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story).
While at Virgin, Anderson was responsible for all sales and marketing under the aegis of Virgin Associated Labels including: Narada, Real World, Luaka Bop and Higher Octave. In conjunction with the Music Biz Association (formerly NARM), Anderson has produced four consecutive #1 Billboard Jazz & Blues chart compilation recordings.
As President and Executive Producer of more than twenty recordings, A440 was recognized with numerous accolades in the press, (Best Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year – L.A. Times, Jazz Album of the Year – Swing Journal, Japan), a Grammy nomination and Best 5.1 Surround Sound Mix award. In 2005, Anderson founded C Sharp Consulting, Ltd. and has Managed and Produced recordings from artists as diverse as: Alice Peacock, New Soul Cowboys, Corey Wilkes, and Carrie McDowell.
He grew up in Des Moines, possesses a Bachelor or Arts Degree from the University of Northern Iowa (with additional studies at the University of Iowa) with a Performance Degree in Double Bass. He played professionally for ten years performing and touring with big bands, jazz ensembles, orchestras, pit orchestras, R&B and rock bands. Anderson is a voting member of the Recording Academy [Grammys], a member of the Music Business Association, is an Eagle Boy Scout and plays an occasional gig.