April 06, 2011 — Frost assistant professor Serona Elton, M.M. '95, was unanimously elected President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educator’s Association (MEIEA®) at their annual conference in Los Angeles, April 1 and 2, 2011.
She now becomes the third member of the Frost Music Business and Entertainment Industries (MBEI) faculty to rise to this distinguished position; the other two were professors Rey Sanchez and James Progris.
Elton holds a BS in Business Administration, Major in Finance from the University of Florida (1993), a MM in Music Media and Industry from the University of Miami (1995) and a JD from Brooklyn Law School (2000). She is a member of the New York Bar (2001) and Florida Bar (2002).
Serona Elton has broad experience in the music industry. From 1995 to 2003 she worked for EMI Recorded Music, North America. She held a number of key positions and was promoted to vice president, mechanical licensing and repertoire data services, playing an integral role in the successful implementation of a custom designed artist royalty system, design and launch of a global repertoire and rights project, and development of new processes to support the digital distribution of recordings.
Elton left EMI in 2003 and since joining the faculty of the Frost School of Music, has continued consulting for music industry clients such as Sony Music Entertainment. Along with program director Rey Sanchez, she helped design the curriculum for the University of Miami’s new Master’s in Music Business and Juris Doctor degree.
The Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association is an international organization that was formed in 1979 to bring together educators with leaders of the music and entertainment industries. The primary goal of MEIEA® is to facilitate an exchange of information between educators and practitioners in order to prepare students for careers in the music and entertainment industries.
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