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Joe Rapolla

Monmouth University
Chair, Music & Theater Arts Department
Joe Rapolla is the Chair of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, where he oversees all student Performing Arts Programs; directs the Music Industry Program; and founded the university record label, Blue Hawk Records. A recognized music industry innovator, he built and led marketing departments at Universal and Warner Music Group, where he introduced pioneering relationship marketing programs and platforms. He also helped build Direct-To-Consumer Marketing Agency, Music Marketing Network, and a Social Research Agency. Rapolla has directed programs for top talent and has partnered with the world’s leading entertainment, media, and consumer brands. He is also a performing songwriter, event producer and speaker. He has written and recorded three studio albums, served as producer on multiple projects and continues to perform locally and abroad.