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Alain Barker

Lecturer in Music (Music Entrepreneurship); Director, Music Entrepreneurship and Career Development

Contact Information:
Merrill Hall, MU011


Music Entrepreneurship

  • D.M., Indiana University, 2001
  • M.M., Indiana University, 1989
  • B.M. , University of Cape Town, 1982

Alain Barker (M.M., D.M.) has been lecturer and director of music entrepreneurship and career development at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since July 2014. He has an entrepreneurial career that includes arts organization development, arts policy research, communications and marketing, teaching, and performance.

From 2004 to 2014, Barker directed Jacobs School of Music marketing and publicity operations. Initiatives during this time included a rebranding of the school, development of multiple communications platforms, and integration of social media into school life. He led publicity and media relations for more than 1,100 events annually as well as marketing campaigns for IU Opera and Ballet Theater, Admissions, Development, Alumni Relations, school departments, and the Summer Music series.

Barker was executive director of the Bloomington Early Music Festival from 1994 to 2004, a time during which a small collection of concerts was transformed into an early music festival of national significance. He has worked as a consultant to the Garth Newel Music Center in Virginia; agent, organizer and publicist for local not-for-profits, concert series and artists; manager of three international tours by Aguavá New Music Studio; and manager for two U.S. tours of the Legêne, Kuijken, Gibbons Chamber Trio.

Barker was co-principal flute in the Orchestra of the Asturian Principality, in Oviedo, Spain, and principal flute in the Marion, Ind. Philharmonic. He has performed in numerous recitals and music festivals around the U.S. and, with the Aguavá New Music Studio, toured across the U.S., as well as to Mexico, Colombia, and Israel. He taught for four years as a visiting lecturer in flute at the Jacobs School’s summer semester.

Receiving his M.M. with honors in performance from the Jacobs School in 1989, Barker went on to complete his D.M. at the Jacobs School in 2000. He is a member of the Bloomington Arts Commission and has been a member of a number of local not-for-profit boards and advisory committees.