Terry Tompkins has been a professional and professor in the music industry for the past 25 years. He began his career as an artist manager and worked as a talent buyer, journalist, record label president, festival organizer, A&R Rep and Professor of Music Industry. Tompkins is currently Program Director and Assistant Professor of Music Industry at Hofstra University. Tompkins is also Vice President A&R at Falcon Music LLC, overseeing a project releasing reimagined cover songs from the Sony/ATV catalog. Previously, Tompkins held positions as Senior Director of Artist Relations at PledgeMusic, a leading music technology direct to fan platform and Program Director/Instructor of Music Business at Bowling Green State University. Tompkins worked for five years at Columbia Records in A&R where he discovered the Grammy Award winning multi-platinum recording artist John Legend. His experience in the touring industry includes talent buying for a prestigious rock club as well as a Showcase Director for the Philadelphia Music Conference, one of the largest music conferences in the United States at the time. Early in his career Tompkins established Big Fish Artist Management and Consulting, managing international artists signed to major and independent labels. Tompkins career as an educator also includes serving as Professor of Music Industry at Millersville University, Saint Joseph�s University and Drexel University where he developed the curriculum and oversaw MAD Dragon Records, a nationally recognized award-winning student-run record label. Tompkins has been published in the Music and Entertainment Educators Association Journal, the International Journal of Music Business Research, and the Journal of Instructional Pedagogies. Tompkins earned a BA from Temple University and MBA at St. Joseph�s University.