John Haring has worn many hats in music and other businesses.
After graduating with a degree from Middle Tennessee State University’s prestigious Recording Industry Management Program, John spent time at RCA Records/Nashville in the publicity and artist development departments where he worked on tour press and promotional events with such artists as Alabama, Dolly Parton, Eddy Arnold, Charley Pride, Ronnie Milsap, Sylvia, Razzy Bailey and others. Moving back home to the New York area, John spent time in RCA Records’ New Jersey offices where he managed IT operations for the RCA Records financial division.
Upon leaving RCA, John spent a number of years managing and producing some high-profile, regional, independent artists in the northeast. During that time, in addition to producing recordings for the northeastern artists, he also was commuting to Nashville to advise and produce demo recordings for a number of independent artists there.
At the same time, in addition to his work in the music industry, John was also involved in the IT world and is considered an educational software pioneer who designed and wrote some of the first software to be included with textbooks by the major schoolbook publishers, including the popular KeyStrokes, the first computer-based typing tutorial to replace typewriters in high schools throughout the country. From that success, he founded Random Micro, Inc. (later changed to American Softech, Inc.), a New Jersey-based IT consulting firm, and guided the company to locations in three cities and clients from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and in all sectors from private to government to education to non-profit. He later returned to the academic world where he taught at the college level and was CIO of a northeastern college where he won national awards for his infrastructure design and execution and lectured nationally on campus-based IT issues.
However, his fingers were always in the music business in some way. Since returning to Nashville in 2004, John has written and produced an independent CD of his own (with a second one in the works) and headed the design and opening of Nashville Independent Music, a website devoted to helping independent, unsigned artists and songwriters promote their careers through online exposure, live events and radio.
On the literary front, John is Technical Editor and quoted authority for a popular textbook by Middle Tennessee State University professor, Dr. Tom Hutchison, entitled Web Marketing for the Music Business and has, in the past, written a monthly music column for local Nashville publication, City at Night magazine.
In radio, John hosts and produces two shows devoted to independent music, The Nashville Songwriter Show (formerly The Nashville Independent Music Hour), a live acoustic music show featuring hit songwriters, co-hosted with CJ Watson, and The Nashville Independent Music Top 10, a studio-based show with an Internet-based, audience voting component. Both shows are currently on hiatus and John's attention is currently focused on serving as Executive Producer and announcer for The Guitar Show with Andy Ellis, a guitar-centered show hosted by legendary guitar journalist Andy Ellis (Guitar Player magazine, Premier Guitar magazine and others). The Guitar Show with Andy Ellis is currently heard on a number of community stations and is being prepared for syndication throughout the United States and the English-speaking world. A companion website, featuring it's vast library of interviews with world-renowned guitarists, is regularly visited by fans in all 50 states and over 145 countries.
In addition to all of that, John does career consulting and mentoring for a number of artists throughout the country through his Random Music Group, Inc. venture.
John Haring sees his involvement in ProMusicU as Executive Director and Instructor to be a natural evolution of and conduit for his experiences and insights in the music business and the business world in general.