In a career spanning more than two decades and as many continents, Michelle has worked with some of the world's most well-respected and influential songwriters, producers and recording artists.
Straight out of university, Michelle moved to Berlin (in what was then West Germany)to play bass in a true DIY-style punk band. After playing scores of low-paying (and often non-paying gigs!) throughout Europe, she decided to pursue a more serious industry career.
She moved to L.A. to intern at the then-fledgling indie publisher Bug Music, where she had the good fortune to work closely with (and manage the catalogs of) such legendary, iconic songwriters as Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Burnett, Marshall Crenshaw, John Hiatt, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams and Iggy Pop.
She went on to become U.S. Marketing Director for UK-based Fiction Management/Publishing/Records companies, where she helped to break alternative darlings, THE CURE, in America.
In the early 90's Michelle was hired to run the copyright, licensing and royalties divisions of Cherry Lane Music Group, whose interests included not only their publishing and print music companies but also their label (Guitar Recordings), magazine (Guitar Magazine) and video company (Cherry Lane Video Productions).
She was lured away from her indie, alternative roots into the corporate publishing world by the world's largest publisher, EMI Music Publishing to run their TV/Film Copyright Administration Department in NY. In this role, she represented the world-renowned catalogs of Lennon & McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Lou Reed and more contemporary artists including Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Goo Goo Dolls, PINK, Alicia Keys and producers Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin, and Salaam Remi. She was also involved in EMI's acquisition of Berry Gordy's Motown song catalog containing over 15,000 copyrights, including 100 Number One hits. She also worked with TV/film composers including John Barry, creator of the famous James Bond themes and scores.
When EMI signed its landmark deal with STING, Michelle was transferred to EMI's London office to personally manage his copyrights and to serve as Head of Administration for the UK & Europe.Working closely with A&R, she managed the catalogs of Diane Warren, Peter Gabriel's WOMAD companies, Queen, Blur and many other high-profile clients. She also managed the acquisitions of the HIT & RUN catalog (Phil Collins) and WINDSWEPT-PACIFIC (the world's largest catalog acquisition as of that date, purchased for $200 million dollars and containing 40,000 copyrights).
Michelle returned to N.Y. to open the US office of UK-based, start-up indie publisher, Kobalt Music. As Sr. VP of Global Administration & Client Relations she helped to develop their innovative online administration and licensing platform. Kobalt's roster included such luminaries as Dr. Luke, EMINEM, Gwen Stefani, Desmond Child, Toby Keith, Barry Manilow and James Brown.
Michelle has also handled a number of independent projects for a variety of labels, publishers, managers and film producers.
She is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her many years of industry experience and personal insight to the classrooms at Drexel University and hopes to grow MAD Dragon Publishing into a force to be reckoned with in the music industry!