Mehmet Dede

Associate Professor of Music and Performing Arts Management

Hartt School, University of Hartford


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Mehmet Dede is an internationally recognized, award-winning music curator, festival producer and tour promoter with twenty years of experience in the culture space. Since 2005, he has produced and booked hundreds of nationwide concerts, including collaborations with Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He currently serves as Director of Programming at Drom, a 300 people-capacity club in New York which the Wall Street Journal describes as “New York’s premiere venue for world music.” Dede is also the curator of the NY Gypsy Festival. Previously, Dede worked at concert promoter Giant Step and Universal Music Group. Dede is the author of “Make It Live: The Handbook for Getting Gigs” to coach artists on strategies for booking and marketing live concerts. The recipient of the 2021 globalFEST Impact Award, Dede was profiled in The Wall Street Journal, PBS and Forbes Magazine. His bylines appear in Rolling Stone, PollStar and International Arts Manager. Dede holds an M.A. in Music Business from New York University.

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