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Tony Woodcock

Consulting Fellow

Tony is a pioneer in the field of arts management and music education.

At the heart of Tony’s work is a dedication to positioning future innovators and leaders. Tony was President of New England Conservatory from 2007-2015, following a transcontinental career managing orchestras including Minneapolis, Oregon, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony.

A veteran negotiator and institutional reformer, he has made dynamism and fresh ideas the foundation of his leadership, and has left a legacy of potent innovations still in evidence across the United States and Great Britain. As an orchestral CEO, he organized numerous international tours between Europe and the United States, successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with four major Orchestras, and collaborated with a diverse array of celebrity talent, from Paul McCartney to Yakov Kreizberg.

All of this was achieved against a backdrop of increases in audience and revenue. Tony studied music at Cardiff University, where he was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship. He is now Visiting Professor for Social Entrepreneurship at Berklee Valencia and Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurship at the Reina Sofia School of Music Madrid, dividing his time between southern Europe and NYC, teaching, writing, and consulting on projects.

During 2019-20 he was invited to be the Interim Dean at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts which, with the spread of COVID, rapidly became one of his most challenging and also most successful appointments.