Music Industry Veteran Dan Keen on How to Find Your Calling in Music

Music Industry Veteran Dan Keen on How to Find Your Calling in Music

Dan Keen is a familiar face in the Nashville music industry and knows what it takes to become a songwriter. He’s worked with top country and Christian music performers and songwriters, as well as being a singer songwriter and performer in his own right. Currently a much-loved educator at one of the top music business schools in the country, Belmont University in Nashville, Dan shares from the wealth of his life’s experience to raise up new generations of musicians and songwriters.

During Dan’s 15-year tenure as an executive at the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) he led ASCAP to dominant marketshare earning ASCAP’s Award of Excellence. His performance culminated in being appointed to the position of ASCAP Vice-President. Some of his ASCAP signings include award-winning rock band Paramore, RCA country superstar Chris Young, ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley, writers of two different ASCAP Songs Of The Year, Rivers Rutherford and Rachel Thibodeau, #1 writer Kyle Jacobs, bluegrass icons Nickel Creek and Cherryholmes, and Dove Award-winning artists Mercy Me, Brandon Heath, and Francesca Battistelli.

Along with his eclectic experience and tremendous career, Dan Keen has a big heart for the songwriting classes and creative communities that have blossomed around country and Christian songwriters alike. His work at Belmont is the convergence of many years of encouraging, equipping, and educating Nashville songwriters to fulfill their desire to write at the highest possible levels and to understand the more technical aspects of the business side of making great music.

This episode of The Song Revolution Podcast will go a long way to encourage you to not only learn songwriting, but to grasp more of the rich heritage you’re joining filled with tremendous people like Dan Keen. Listen to his very fun and informative episode here.

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John Chisum

John Chisum is a pioneer in the Christian music business, serving alongside people such as Bill & Gloria Gaither, Twila Paris, Paul Baloche, Don Moen, and many more. As Managing Partner of Nashville Christian Songwriters, John seeks to empower Christian songwriters worldwide to discover and fulfill their call to write.

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