Entrepreneur-in-Residence, UNC Department of Music
Ken Weiss has taught the course in arts entrepreneurship at UNC-Chapel Hill since 2010 (Econ 327/MUSC 286). For this course in the UNC Minor in Entrepreneurship program, students create their own arts-related ventures, pursue related innovative concepts and develop business plans for the implementation of their operations. Many students of this class have gone on to successfully develop such ventures, even some while still undergraduates. Weiss is a founder of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE), a now established and recognized organization that has grown nationally with broadly attended annual conferences at NC State University, Southern Methodist University and the Ohio State University.
During the management and development of his first music publishing company, Weiss expanded Gold Hill Music into one of the industry’s most successful independent companies. This included sales of tens of millions of recordings with Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young), Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, and many others. As personal manager to prominent recording and performing artists, he negotiated and conducted the business of recording agreements, related recording activities, promotions, worldwide concert tours, and film and television agreements.
Weiss has been awarded 20 Gold and Platinum records and a number of ASCAP and BMI achievement certifications for the broadcast of his song properties. He is a long-time Grammy voting member of The Recording Academy and the Latin Grammys as well as a member of ASCAP, BMI and the National Music Publishers Association.