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The new dean of the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, Brittany Schaffer, hosted a “Meet the Dean” WELL Core event Wednesday to introduce herself and her plans for improving the college.
“Our job is to try to connect you with really unique experiences that help you not only get a sense for what it’s really like to work in this industry, but also start to form those connections, meet people and understand what it would take to do the next job,” said Schaffer.
The dean plans to further integrate Curb College into the Nashville community by providing more partnerships and internships that cater to all departments, both within and beyond the realm of music business.
“She’s going to bring a lot of instruction and just revamp the current college, so I’m very excited to be a student here,” said Nicholas Williams, a sophomore music business major.
In an effort to connect students with industry professionals nationwide, Schaffer proposed speaker series and panels for Curb students to bring their questions to.
The dean has played different roles in the entertainment industry. Most recently, she worked at Spotify as the Nashville head of artist and label partnerships and previously practiced music law at Loeb & Loeb.
“It’s been a beautiful thing for us to know she already has had such a heart for our students,” said Drew Ramsey, instructor of songwriting. “You just know that she’s got those impacting connections.”
This year is the 50th anniversary of Belmont’s music business program, and the dean appears ready to carry Curb College into the next 50 years of its success.
“We have done music business at the highest level possible,” said Schaffer. “Which is the standard by which we’re expecting to do everything else that lives within this college.”
This article was written by Madeleine Bradford, Ruby Raines and Taylon Miller