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Keith Perissi is the Director of the Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business (MEBUS) Program at Kennesaw State University. Keith started his career in Atlanta as a touring musician and gained invaluable experience during his 15+ years on national tours and recorded five albums. Keith has a lifetime of experience in the fields of touring, promotion, talent management, talent booking, marketing, songwriting, audio/video engineering, concert and event production and entertainment business entrepreneurship.
Under Keith’s leadership, the Joel A. Katz MEBUS Program has been featured as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Music Business Schools for three years in a row (2018, 2019, 2020).
Keith was appointed to Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office Advisory Board for Governor Brian Kemp in 2019.
The Joel A. Katz MEBUS Program is a Grammy Museum Affiliate, and Keith has been a longtime Grammy Voting Member.
Keith has extensive world travel experience that he gained during his years as a touring musician. He has worked professionally and toured throughout the entirety of the United States, Great Britain, Europe, and most parts of the globe. Through these experiences, Keith and his MEBUS team have created a vibrant London Study Abroad and Disney Study Away program for customized student learning and engagement opportunities with global entertainment businesses.
Safety and ethics while travelling are top priorities for Keith and the MEBUS program. His leadership skills and ability to provide quick solutions for any global challenge are a valuable asset in the planning, teaching, and implementation of the London Study Abroad and Disney Study Away trips each year. Through his partnership with MEBUS benefactor, Joel A. Katz, Keith connected with contacts to develop several opportunities for students to gain direct access in London and Disney. Keith has vast knowledge of the music and entertainment business culture and shares his insights and real-world professional experiences with his students. Keith is dedicated to providing students with life changing global business experiences through the Joel A. Katz MEBUS Program.
Keith continues to remain active in Atlanta’s thriving entertainment industry, though has stepped off the stage as a performer choosing the classroom as his preferred venue for teaching and learning. He has found that it is students who inspire him most, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge, experience and industry relationships to encourage the next generation of entertainment industry professionals to meet their career objectives.