Dwight D. Heckelman has over 20 years experience in nearly every facet of the music industry. While attending Belmont University, he worked as a Field Marketing Representative at Capitol Records (Everclear, Jimmy Eat World) and upon graduation as an engineer/songplugger at Texana Sound Studio/Isham Music (Jars of Clay, Lee Ann Womack). He also wrote the technical column for Music Row Magazine. These combined experiences led him to Gate to Gate Music Publishing, where he produced award-winning independent artist Jill King. Later, Dwight went on to become President of AudioStream — a multimillion dollar independent record label.
In 2005 he left the corporate world for academia, where he designed, implemented, and chaired the Music Management program at Hocking College. Dwight then served as the Career Development and Job Recruitment Coordinator at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Since 2009, Dwight has performed as the Founder and Director of GROOVE U; GROOVE U boasts 96% job placement in-field among all its graduates. He frequently lends his expertise at industry events, speaking engagements, and as a guest on NPR.
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