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American Voices Symposium: The Business and Technology of Popular Singing Today
Mike Dungan is Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, the largest music company in the country music business. A native of Cincinnati, he has worked in the music business since he was 16 years old, getting his start doing odd jobs in a local record store. In 1979, Dungan began his label career as a pop promotion rep for RCA, working in the Cincinnati, Detroit, and then Minneapolis markets. In 1987, he took a sales position with RCA and Arista Records parent company, BMG. Two years later, Arista Records hired him as its Director of Marketing for the Midwest. In 1990, Dungan moved to the newly formed Arista Nashville label to head up Sales and Marketing, later rising to the post of Senior Vice President and General Manager. While at Arista, he was instrumental in the careers of Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Pam Tillis, and Diamond Rio and was responsible for signing Brad Paisley. In 2000, Dungan was named President of EMI Music's Capitol Records Nashville, and over the next 12 years, helped to build that company to enormous success, with the Capitol label being named Billboard Magazine's country label of the year again in 2012, its seventh straight year to win that award.
In May 2012, Dungan shifted to the Universal Music Group as Chairman and CEO. Shortly after that time, it was announced that Universal would purchase EMI, reuniting Dungan with his old roster at Capitol. That label group is now home to 32 artists, including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, George Strait, Eric Church, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Vince Gill, Billy Currington, and new breakout artist Kacey Musgraves.