David Blakely, premiere artist manager of the late nineteenth century, innovated the music industry through his socio-musical prudence, business aptitude, and political insight. Yet, besides managing John Phillip Sousa, there is little scholarly discussion of the Vermont born businessman. For instance, Blakely utilized his professional background in the newspaper industry to forge music promoting techniques that, in several ways, are similar to current practices. Moreover, Blakely’s musical pioneering went beyond music promotion and management to artist development. For example, Blakely attempted to form an all female symphony orchestra, a stark break from the social norms of the time. Thus, from Blakely’s marriage into a distinguished family to his political ventures, his musical foundation to his worldly travels; each aspect of Blakely’s life converged to form a truly entrepreneurial individual.
Keywords: artist management, entrepreneurship, artist development, music promotion, marketing, arts presenting
Lawrence, Ava. “David Blakely: A Life in Music, Politics, Publishing, and Printing.” Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association 8, no. 1 (2008): 75-88. https://doi.org/10.25101/8.4