Musicians Institute (MI) has announced that veteran musician and artist manager Blasko has joined the renowned college of contemporary music as their new Music Business Interim Program Chair.
Bringing more than 25 years of music industry experience to his new position, Blasko will oversee the direction and focus of MI's Music Business Program. Reporting to the school's VP of Instruction and Curricular Development and the VP of Academic Affairs, Blasko will evaluate curricular materials, create new courses and events, and recommend visiting guest artists; while interfacing between the administration, faculty and students to maintain MI's high-quality educational environment. In addition, Blasko will be available intermittently for performance workshops to share his experiences as a professional bassist with acts including Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie and Danzig.
Blasko has been a recording and touring musician since he was 16 years old. His career began with the seminal hardcore thrash band Cryptic Slaughter, which was signed to Metal Blade Records in 1985, and released three records for the label between 1986 and 1988. He eventually went on to become the bass player for such heavy metal heavyweights as Danzig, Rob Zombie and, since 2005, Ozzy Osbourne.He also co-founded the artist management and marketing company Mercenary Management, Inc. in 2005. Blasko currently manages the careers of Zakk Wylde, Black Veil Brides and Black Label Society.
"Not only is Blasko a great player who has toured the world with Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne; but he also provides unparalleled management for artists like Zakk Wylde and Black Veil Brides. So his mastery of traditional music business know-how, current marketing trends and cutting-edge social media tactics are a welcome addition to MI's campus offerings," said Donny Gruendler, Vice President of Instruction & Curricular Development at Musicians Institute."Blasko is the perfect contemporary Program Chair to help shape our Music Business Program and its 21st Century student body."