Brent ReidySenior Associate, New York
Brent is Director, Research and Administrative Operations, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, a world renowned archive of 8 million items spanning music, theater, and dance. 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, Houston Grand Opera, Kronos Quartet, Public Art Fund, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 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. He is an Instructor at Columbia University's Arts Administration graduate program and was a Lecturer in the music department at Dartmouth College in 2014. Brent's research on John Cage has appeared in American Music and he has also written liner notes for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s recent recording of the music of Reza Vali.
Brent 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.