April Brumfield, MA
Music Industry Studies
Fine Arts Center
April Brumfield is Assistant Professor of Music Industry and Commercial Music, where
she manages the online certificate program in Music Industry Studies and is working
to develop a four-year degree program. She teaches online courses in Music Copyright,
Licensing & Publishing, Careers in Music Business and Booking and Touring Management.
Ms. Brumfield has served in higher education since 2001, as an Associate Professor, and as the Director of Music Industry Studies at Eastern Kentucky University (from 2001-2015). While there, she created a joint degree program in Music Marketing in the College of Business Administration, and served as Faculty Advisor for both programs. She was also associate chair of the department in marketing and promotion.
She has over twenty-five years of experience in artist management, programming, fundraising
and special events management, and holds a Masters degree in Arts Administration from
the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is Managing Director of the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society at Augusta University and helps showcase renown chamber musicians from around the
world to Augusta. In addition, she is owner of Brumfield & Associates, an agency that manages the careers and touring of a select group of artists including
world-renowned jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Prior to owning her own company, April worked with some of the most celebrated
artists in classical and jazz music, including Jean-Pierre Rampal, Alfred Brendel,
the Juilliard String Quartet, Fred Hersch, Paul Winter, and The Amadeus Trio, among
April is a Kentucky Peer Advisory Consultant for the Kentucky Arts Council and presents yearly professional development workshops for Kentucky Artists. She is an active member of Jazz Educator’s Network, where she was a guest Presenter at the annual members’ conference in 2012 and 2016. She is an accomplished trumpet player and is an alumni member of the McDonald’s All-American High School Band, that performs yearly at various festivals and concert venues. Her passions include bowling, gardening, traveling and of course the music business.