John Farrey, B.S. '12

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John Farrey, B.S. ‘12

John Farrey, B.S. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries, 2012, developed a passion for playing the oboe at a young age. However, when it came time to consider what to study in college, he knew he did not want to pursue a career as a performer.  He was seeking a strong music school, at a top university, in a major city, and he wanted to pursue a career that involved music in some way.  He found that the Frost School of Music was the perfect fit, because he could both continue to play the oboe as well as prepare for a career in the music business. While at Frost, John started his music business career by serving as a Production Director and DJ at WVUM, the university’s radio station, as well as interning with Onto Entertainment (the management company of The Lumineers), and The Cleveland Orchestra. 

After graduating in 2012, he went on to hold positions at Onto Entertainment as an Administrative Assistant, at The Recording Academy as a Membership and Project Manager, and at Amazon Music as an Associate Label Relations Manager.  In his current role, he works to partner with record labels to create marketing plans that excite fans and support an artist’s music on Amazon.  One of the things that excites him the most is that he is working in one of the fastest growing sectors of the music industry, where there are plenty of opportunities to be creative and think big.  When asked to look back on his time at Frost and how it prepared him for his career, John says, “I gained a comprehensive understanding of the music industry – which is crucial to my role at Amazon Music.  And my music school education gives me an edge on how I understand and talk about music.”