Paul Kwant, the Music Industry Management Program Director

Paul Kwant Becomes Music Industry Management Program Director

The Music Industry Management (MIM) program is under the leadership of a new director. Paul Kwant, who has served the College of Business as the Internship Programs Director since 2013, accepted a new position as an Assistant Professor and the Music Industry Management Program Director beginning fall of 2017.

Who is Paul Kwant?

Early on, Kwant remembers listening his mother play piano on a daily basis as a child. He also remembers saving up money to buy his first guitar. By high school, he had a passion for music in his own right. That passion and his background ultimately led him to seek out a college education and career involving music.

“I wanted to be right in the middle of the action,” said Kwant. “Nashville had all the venues, players, credibility, and all things music related.”

So he went. In 1995, Kwant enrolled in Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and began pursuing his bachelor degree in business, with an emphasis on music business. Coincidentally, the Music Industry Management program at Ferris started that same year.

In August 2003, a career opportunity in admissions at Ferris State University drew Kwant back to Big Rapids, Michigan. Nearly ten years later, he joined the College of Business as the Internship Programs Director, a role which has allowed him to be actively involved with students who are pursuing internships directly tied to their majors. Kwant has also served as an instructor for FSUS 100, the introductory course taken by College of Business Freshmen during their first semester at Ferris.

“As the curriculum and program develop, I look forward to working with all of the students and watching them grow into professional individuals.” —Paul Kwant

The Future of the Music Industry Management Program

Since one of Kwant’s strengths is futuristic, he already has big plans and goals for the MIM program going forward.

“The Music Industry is a career that continues to expand and change,” he said.

The MIM program has a production company feel. Students have the opportunity to learn multiple aspects of the music industry—such as venues, booking, stage set-up, sponsorship, and merchandise—firsthand.

“As the curriculum and program develop, I look forward to working with all of the students and watching them grow into professional individuals,” said Kwant.

Kwant’s goal is to help each individual student become aware of their strengths and develop them into personal assets utilized in their career. As an experienced advocate of Clifton Strengths for Students (formally StrengthsQuest), Kwant is well-equipped to help students recognize what they are naturally good at. He also plans on developing industry related professionalism and networking opportunities, as internships are large part of the program.

As the new MIM program director, Kwant also wants to focus on building and enhancing partnerships with a variety of organizations, including the Music Business Association and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The Music Business Association is a non-profit membership organization that advances and promotes music commerce. NAMM hosts one of the most popular trade shows in Nashville, Tennessee and Anaheim, California. Both partnerships help to provide students with a dynamic experience that assists them as they grow into leadership roles in the music Industry.

For more information regarding the Music Industry Management, program contact Paul Kwant at paulkwant@ferris.edu.