Anthony Manker is Director of Artist Development at Starstruck Entertainment in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1988, Starstruck Entertainment develops, manages, promotes and markets entertainers, songwriters, and producers. Starstruck clients include Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. Anthony works on the development of Starstruck artists Maggie Rose, John King, Cale Dodds, Emily Ann Roberts, Chris Jobe, Caroline Kole, as well as other artists, writers and producers managed by Starstruck.
Prior to Starstruck, Anthony was the Licensing Manager at ClearBox Rights, a boutique music rights management firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. He handled all licensing for more than 350 client catalogs comprising more than 40,000 song copyrights. Anthony became certified in YouTube Digital Rights Management and oversaw all of ClearBox’s YouTube rights management activities. He also was an instrumental part of the project team that established ClearBox Global, a global rights administration joint-venture between ClearBox Rights and the Canadian performing rights organization, SOCAN.
Previously, Anthony worked in royalty administration at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the largest music publisher in the world, and in general licensing/business development at SESAC, the nation’s most innovative performing rights organization. In addition, Anthony was a researcher on the Pipeline Project music industry think tank at Belmont University, whose research based on interviews with industry stakeholders such as Google, the RIAA, and the NMPA was cited by the U.S. Copyright Office its February 2015 report on music licensing and copyright reform.
Anthony earned his B.B.A. from Belmont University in May 2015 with a major in music business and a minor in Spanish. He has educated professionals and students on the topics of music publishing and music policy through various speaking engagements, including talks at Leadership Music, Belmont University, Flo Thinkery, Warner/Chappell, and the Curb Creative Connection. Anthony also teaches music publishing administration as an adjunct instructor in the College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont.
He is a member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), Society Of Leaders In Development (SOLID), the Copyright Society of the South, Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP), and volunteers for MusiCares.