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Tom Willett

Dark Horse Institute
DHI Crew
Franklin, TN
Entertainment industry and education veteran, Tom Willett brings a lifetime of experience to the leadership of Dark Horse Institute. As a musician, he toured and recorded extensively during the ‘60s and ‘70s, served as a booking agent and personal manager in Nashville for numerous artists in the ‘80s, and worked as an A&R executive and marketing VP at major labels in Los Angeles (Word/ABC; What?/A&M) and New York (Word/Epic/Sony Music) throughout the ‘90s.

In 2001, he co-founded the Contemporary Music Center on Martha’s Vineyard, a fully-accredited off-campus study program for college-aged musicians, audio engineers, and music business executives. After relocating to Nashville in 2010, he served as an Adjunct Professor at the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University before becoming President at Dark Horse Institute.