Tim Hays is director of the music business program and applied music. He has served as president of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), the world’s leading organization devoted to music business education. Hays’ credits include recent additions to the leading text for music business pedagogy, The Music Business Handbook. He also has served as associate editor of the Chicago Musicale. As a writer, his work has appeared in a number of publications, including the Harvard Case Studies Series. His dissertation is the leading source on the history of the American music department in higher education. A professional performer since an early age, Hays spent years on the road, worked as a studio musician and record producer, and started and operated a record label. At James Madison University in Virginia, he was a founding member of the band Moments Notice, the precursor to the internationally known act, the Dave Matthews Band. He is an active performer in the Chicago area. A longtime member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), Hays votes annually in the Grammy Awards.