Professional music industry manager Doug Howard recently announced his departure as manager of Belmont University’s Mike Curve Entertainment & Music College, forcing him on August 31, 2022. Howard, who has been in the manager role since January 2015, is a Belmont native and is a shining example of the entertainment industry achievements nurtured by Curve University.

Howard, a former senior vice president of A&R for Lyric Street Records/The Walt Disney Company, obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University and a JD from George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, from Belmont College in 1979. In the Nashville music scene, his albums began as a song plugger and studio manager for the Welk Music Group. After graduating from law school, Howard served as vice president and general manager of Polygram Music Publishing for five years before becoming senior vice president of A&R at Disney-recognized Lyric Street Records. He also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Disney Music Publishing/Nashville.
His regime as administrator at Curb College was determined by the university’s remarkable growth, increased industrial links, the establishment of state-of-the-art facilities, and compatible national acclaim. With the generosity of Mike, Linda Curve and the Curve Family Foundation, Curve College’s presence remains to develop on Nashville’s famed Music Row through services such as Quonset Hut and Columbia Studio A. Home to countless outstanding hits by artists such as Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly, these ancient spaces now serve as assets and incentives for a new era of industry leaders. Music Production and Audio Engineering students meet face-to-face in the final recording studio, and the 34 Music Square East facility also houses Kurb College’s renowned Composers Program, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Recognized by Billboard and Variety as one of America’s best schools for studying music business and film, Curb College has grown from fewer than 2,000 students to more than 2,500 students under the Howard administration, and the $87 million Milton & Film School. moved to the Dennis Johnson Center. The building possesses $3.6 million in technical assets and trained equipment, which includes the Curve College sector, audio engineering technology, creative & entertainment industries, growth media, film & TV writing, journalism, media production, music business, and songwriting. , helping students engaged in film and publishing. Specifically, it houses the Dolby Atmos Rendering Unit (Dolby RMU), which allows faculty to teach the process of making and assembling movies in full Dolby Digital, 7.1 and Atmos DCP formats. Belmont’s Motion Pictures program was the first college-based film program in the United States to be effective in teaching the development and production of commercial as well as theatrical films in the Atmos format.
Howard will continue to control his Belmont bonds by joining as a member of the Curve College Advisory Board this fall.
Dr. Sarita Stewart, an associate professor at Creative & Entertainment Industries, has decided to serve as interim administrator at Curb College as Belmont begins a nationwide search this fall to find a successor to Howard.

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