Briner Institute "Summer Semester" 2013

The Briner Institute kicked-off its first “Summer Semester” during July/Aug. Barry Landis, founder and Executive Director says “this pilot program allowed us to provide 12 hand-picked post-grads the opportunity to take part in sample classes, while we continue to build this needed program.”

Topics ranged from Miley Cyrus, and the cultural effects of her behavior, to discussions on why Millenials are leaving the church, all with an emphasis on how these young professionals could maintain an effort at being “salt and light” in entertainment. In addition, they were called upon to take part in shaping the future of what the Briner Institute will become, in effect creating a model that would best serve themselves as post-grads endeavoring to integrate into the entertainment industry.

The summer program was led by Trent Dean, a Nashville music industry veteran and adjunct professor at Belmont University.


Trent Dean

Trent Dean

About Trent Dean
Trent Dean has worked in the music industry for over 25 years. He has served as Adjunct Professor for Belmont University / Mike Curb School of Entertainment & Music Business, as well as Instructor of Artist Management for Musicians Institute - Hollywood.

 As a drummer, keyboardist, and percussionist; he has recorded with Billy Preston, Jeff Porcaro, and Jimmy Iovine; performed on tours for artists such as Judson Spence and Michael W. Smith; and appeared in numerous MTV videos. Trent was signed to Sony Music as a songwriter, and as an artist to EMI /Chrysalis Records.

As founding Director of Nashville’s renowned venue Rocketown, Trent presented artists Jars of Clay, and Sixpence None the Richer, prior to their platinum-selling hits. As A&R Director for Reunion/Zomba Records, VP of A&R for indie-label Gravity Records, and subsequent role as an artist manager, he worked alongside numerous Grammy-winning artists and producers.

Trent has produced music for shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance”, including a Top-20 Billboard Dance chart remix for No Doubt. As a DJ, he has spun for Hollywood elite, including over 5 years of private events for pop-superstar Gwen Stefani.

Trent Dean Entertainment has provided artist development, management, and unique resources for developing artists, as utilized by The Daylights on tours with One Republic, and Katy Perry.

Mat Anderson

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Mat Anderson is a Web and Visual Designer living in Franklin, TN. When not designing, Mat enjoys good coffee, pop culture history, Batman comics, and electronic music. He is an infrequent Tweeter, amateur Conspiracy Theorist, and reluctant Mensan.