Karen Kane


Karen Kane

Karen Kane

Director of Music Business


  • M.S., Murray State University

  • B.S., Western Kentucky University


  • Music Management

  • Music Business


As Director of the Music Business program at Murray State, Karen Kane comes with over 30 years of commercial and entrepreneurial music industry experience. Her career includes executive positions at Warner/Elektra/Atlantic, 903 Music, Warner Bros. Records and Sony Music Entertainment where she worked with artists such as Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Take 6, George Benson, Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakam, Jeff Foxworthy, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Brooks and Dunn.

Kane currently lives in Nashville and owns Kane Entertainment, a music management and consulting company whose past clients have included JoDee Messina, Neal McCoy, and Darryl Worley. Current corporate clients include iHeartMedia and Black River Entertainment (home to country superstar Kelsea Ballerini).

“I love teaching and sharing my career experiences with students. I get very excited about preparing the next wave of music industry executives! I believe in learning by doing, so we have built a strong program here at Murray State based on experiential learning where students get the opportunity to interact with actual artists, produce their own concerts, and create their own recordings in the studio.”

Professor Kane holds degrees from Western Kentucky University and Murray State University and can be reached at kkane@murraystate.edu.


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