Brent ReidySenior Associate, New York
Brent is the Deputy Director, Research & Collections Services at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Prior to joining the NYPL in early 2017, Brent was a full-time consultant at AEA for seven years, focusing on strategic planning and AEA's research portfolio. During that time, Brent helped facilitate strategic plans with clients including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, CUNY Center for the Humanities, Houston Grand Opera, Kronos Quartet, Public Art Fund, Roundabout Theatre Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Yaddo. His research included a study on the impact of “live-to-digital” work on the theatre sector commissioned by Arts Council England, Society of London Theatre, and UK Theatre, and a paper focused on art in unusual spaces, published by The James Irvine Foundation. He also directed research for AEA’s evaluation of the Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge and conducted in-depth audience studies for The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Public Radio – WQXR, Frick Collection, City Parks Foundation, and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
Brent is a musicologist studying American composers and arts policy. His research on John Cage has appeared in American Music. He has also written liner notes for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s recent recording of the music of Reza Vali. Brent has served as a member on the Steering Committee of the Cultural Research Network and was a Lecturer in the music department at Dartmouth College in 2014.
Prior to joining AEA in 2010, Brent was Director of Research for Mark Bruce International, a leading national law-recruiting firm. He received his B.A. in music from Dartmouth College and is a candidate for a Ph.D in musicology from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.