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Susan Dodes
College of Arts & Sciences
Gatehouse 102

    A highly regarded talent and artist development executive, Susan has been a constant presence in the U.S. entertainment business.

    Susan began her career in music in the International Acquisitions department of Chappell Intersong Music Publishers in New York City. Subsequently she was promoted to Director of Talent Acquisition and held that position at Warner-Chappell Music as well as Famous Music Publishing.

    She moved to the recording side of the business as Director of A+R for MCA/Universal Records and in 1993 was appointed Vice President of A+R at Sony/Relativity Recordings. Throughout her career she has signed or worked with artists and songwriters as diverse as Level 42, Cinderella, Patty Smyth, REM, U2, The Lightening Seeds, Jill Sobule, Our Lady Peace and Josh Ritter as well as overseeing a variety of soundtrack and licensing projects. In 1997 she started her own A+R and production/consulting firm, SuLeDo Music Consulting and handled the producing careers of Luke Ebbin (Bon Jovi) and Kipper (Sting, Chris Botti) amongst others.  Projects supervised by SuLeDo have sold approximately 25 million records to date.

    Susan lived in London, England from 2007-2012 where she was appointed Senior Lecturer at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, an associated school of the University of Sussex. Back in the US she continues to do consulting and is a Practitioner in Residence in the department of Music at The University of New Haven in Connecticut. She has also taught master classes for undergraduate students at The Clive Davis institute at New York University, Syracuse University’s Bandier Program for Music and Entertainment in London and The University of Liverpool. Additionally she has been a frequent panellist at The SXSW Conference and The CMJ Conference amongst others.

    Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts degree in American Studies from Columbia University in the City of New York.