Director of the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program, Keith Perissi,
receives 2018-2019 Department of Career Planning and Development Faculty Award for
the Coles College of Business
· Each year, students are asked which faculty had the greatest impact on their
career development. · The Department of Career Planning and Development recognizes the faculty member
from each college who received the most votes for that academic year. · In total, over 2800 votes were cast by students – the most votes ever received! Over
820 unique faculty and staff were named, including 127 for the Coles College of Business.
Charles Goldstuck, Legendary Music Business Executive Talks Industry’s Tech Future
The Georgia Department of Economic Development asked Kennesaw State’s Joel A. Katz
Music and Entertainment Business (MEBUS) program to create a directory of the roughly
20,000 Georgians working in various capacities within the music industry
Atlanta and the state of Georgia are now considered to be an international entertainment
center. The mainstream music industry has had an economic impact on the state for
many years. Now film, television, theatre, dance, opera, symphony, video games, and
many other forms of entertainment are being created in our state and playing a major
role in its economy as well. With the establishment of the Joel A. Katz Music and
Entertainment Business Program, Kennesaw State is positioned to be a major resource
to this vibrant, growing music and entertainment industry.
The curriculum of the program is built around lectures from successful local, as well
as national, industry leaders who come to campus to speak to our classes and serve
as panelists at our informative and cutting-edge seminars. Our students have the opportunity
to get real world, hands-on experience in the industry through our externship and
internship programs that we make available. Through these programs they learn from
some of the top professionals in the entertainment business.
Never has the music and entertainment industry gone through as much change and innovation
as in the past decade. What the future will bring is in the hands of young thinkers
and those willing to explore "outside the box" or to forget that there even is a box!
That is the attitude we strive to inspire in our students. Technology is driving the
industry and new methods of distribution and production of creative content are being
developed in exciting new ventures. We believe our students will be key players in
these new ventures and insure that the future of the music and entertainment industry
is in good hands.
The Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program at Kennesaw State University
is a part of the Coles College of Business.
The purpose of the multi-disciplinary program is to provide the foundation of practical
experiences, on-the-job training, and exploration of career opportunities in the music
and entertainment industry. Success in the music and entertainment business requires
a variety of skills from diverse fields.
The mission of the Music and Entertainment Business Program is "to educate students
to become professionals in an environment that motivates and enriches their intellectual
curiosity to the level where they see themselves making music and entertainment their
full lifetime career." - Joel A. Katz