December 9, 2020
This article is shared with permission of John Kellogg and Kellogg Law.
John P. Kellogg, J.D., Lutheran High School East Class of 1969, is the Program Director Master of Arts in Music Business at Berklee Online, Berklee College of Music, and will be featured in three upcoming episodes of the documentary series The Story of Songs, the first two of which will highlight recent Rock Hall inductee Whitney Houston, airing on Reelz on December 20, 2020 at 9:00pm EST. The Diana Ross episode will immediately follow at 10:00pm EST, and a third episode focusing on Aretha Franklin will air in 2021.*
A frequent commentator on entertainment, music industry and music business issues, John has appeared on radio, television and other media outlets. He also served as a judge on the New England Emmy-award winning TV talent show Community Auditions.
In his 30 plus years as an entertainment lawyer specializing in the music industry, his client list has included Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The O’Jays, the late Gerald Levert, LSG, rapper G. Dep of Bad Boy Records and others. A songwriter and former singer with Cameo, Kellogg advocates for the rights of artists through his teaching and writings, which include the Second Edition of his best-selling book, Take Care of Your Music Business, Taking the Legal and Business Aspects You Need to Know to 3.0, that reached #1 and #2 on the paperback and general music business category sales chart on Amazon.com. His Third Edition is due to release March, 2021.
Former Assistant Chair of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, John has written several peer-reviewed academic journal articles and both developed and taught the first free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the music business, Introduction to Music Business, a six-week program available through edX.org and a four-week MOOC, Foundations of the Music Business, available through Coursera.org. Combined, the courses have enrolled over 180,000 students since their inception. An active online educator, Kellogg authored and instructs two Berklee Online courses, Introduction to the Music Business and a graduate level offering, Music Business Revenue Streams.
A Hall of Fame member of BESLA (the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association), he was the first African-American to become President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA).
“I’m grateful to have been featured in this documentary series focusing on iconic artists Whitney Houston, now a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Diana Ross, and Aretha Franklin, all of whom paved the way for R&B and Hip Hop music to dominate the current digital streaming era.” - John Kellogg
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