School of Music
Office Location: 208 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1544
Title: Assistant Professor, Music Business
Visit: Music Business Assistant Professor of Music. Prior to her appointment at WIU, Courtney Blankenship served as the Communications Coordinator for the Bloomington, IN Convention and Visitors Bureau where she promoted the area to writers, produced publications, and sat on numerous arts-related committees including the Lotus World Music Festival for which she was in charge of music merchandise for several years. As part of her master's degree program, Blankenship worked for Carol Fox and Associates of Chicago, a marketing and PR agency devoted exclusively to promoting the arts. Her responsibilities included implementing marketing, public relations and promotions plans for Chicago Opera Theater (The Magic Flute and The Tender Land) and Ballet Chicago (Coppélia). In Macomb she served as the post-award grants administrator in the WIU Office of Sponsored Projects and was a liaison between state and federal funding agencies and project directors at WIU. Her research areas of interest include audience development for nonprofit music organizations and the impact of the arts on tourism. She is a member of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) and a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). She received a B.S. degree in Marketing and Minors in Piano Performance and Arts Management from Miami University of Ohio. There she studied piano under Anne Baxter. Her M.A. in Arts Administration degree is from Indiana University in Bloomington. While in Bloomington, she held positions in the IU School of Music Office of Publicity, and the IU Musical Arts Center Box Office. In her spare time she enjoys writing fiction.