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Terry Tompkins is an Associate Teaching Professor of Music Industry at Drexel University. Professor Tompkins teaches The Recording Industry, A&R I, A&R II and Artist Representation courses. He is also the head of Drexel’s Music Industry Program Entities which encompass MAD Dragon Records, MAD Dragon Publishing, Bantic Media, DraKo Booking and MADKO Concert Promotions. In 2007 and 2008, MAD Dragon Records was awarded the Independent Music Award (IMA) for College Label of the Year and received 15 IMA nominations in the past two years. Tompkins spent nearly ten years of his career in A&R working as a scout for Warner Music’s Extasy Records and later as an A&R consultant for Columbia Records. While at Columbia Records, Tompkins is credited with discovering the multi-platinum and 3x Grammy Award winning artist, John Legend. As showcase director of the Philadelphia Music Conference Tompkins discovered unknown acts such as Jill Scott, Convoy (now Louis XIV), Imogen Heap and more. Prior to his career in A&R, Terry Tompkins founded Big Fish Artist Management and Consulting developing the career of various artists signed to Arista, Blackbird/Atlantic and Sanctuary/BMG Records. Tompkins is a graduate from Temple University with a B.A. in Communications and Theatre. Professor Tompkins has been published in the Music and Entertainment Educators Association Journal and the Journal of Instructional Pedagogies.
- Tompkins, T. (2010), “The Impact of Late Night Television Musical Performances on the Sale of Recorded Music,” Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association Journal, 10 (1).
- Tompkins, T. & Schlesinger, M. (2010), “Integrating Real World Entities into an Academic Curriculum,” The Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 4 (3).
- Tompkins, T. & Rolston, C.P. (2009), “A Quantitative Analysis of the Factors Impacting Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum Records by Debut Artists from 1999-2008,” Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association Journal, 9 (1).
B.A. Communications, Temple University