MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s School of Business Administration has a new face in the spotlight at its Entertainment Management program. Mike Morelli, who has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, was hired as UMEM director during the summer.
Morelli spent the past five years in Ohio as general manager of the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas.
“I consider this a dream job as it enables me to use my business experience,” Morelli said. “It speaks to my performing and directing interest and is in line with my academic training.”
Morelli said he hopes to build on the solid reputation of the UMEM program. He would like to grow the UMEM certificate program by partnering with departments across campus to offer additional courses to students from other programs, including performing arts, fine arts, media arts and journalism. Additionally, Morelli wants to implement a sports management option for UMEM students, which has been a goal for the program and its founders.
He said one particular advantage of UMEM is its connected internship program.
“I am impressed by its academic integrity and the incredible opportunities it provides students to learn from giants in the industry,” he said.
UMEM students intern with big-name bands, talent agencies, film studios, production houses, major entertainment organizations and sports organizations, as well as nonprofit professional associations in places like London, Las Vegas, New York City, Los Angeles and Nashville, Tennessee.
“Many of these internships lead to permanent employment for students,” Morelli said. “I am proud to be part of this well-respected and very fine program.”