Jeff Dorenfeld, Founder Emeritus
Jeff Dorenfeld, founder emeritus of the Berklee Popular Music Institute, taught in Berklee's Music Business/Management Department for 26 years before his retirement in 2022. During his tenure at Berklee, Dorenfeld won several educator awards, including the Best Online College Course Award, granted by the University Continuing Education Association in 2008 for a concert touring course he coauthored. As faculty adviser for Berklee's student-run record label, Heavy Rotation Records, he negotiated a recording contract with Epic/Sony Records—the first-ever college label and major label collaboration. The contract established the Epic scholarship for Music Business/Management majors at Berklee. In 2011, Dorenfeld established the Berklee/Lollapalooza scholarships, associated with the Lollapalooza festivals in the U.S., Chile, and Brazil, and in 2015 founded BPMI.
Prior to his teaching career, Dorenfeld was the personal manager of the multiplatinum band Boston. Under his management, the band had a no.1 album on the Billboard charts and a $25 million grossing tour. Dorenfeld directed all long-term strategic planning and successfully negotiated multimillion dollar contracts with major corporations in the music/entertainment industry. Prior to managing Boston, Dorenfeld was tour coordinator, tour accountant, and lighting designer for platinum artist Sammy Hagar and performed tour accounting for multiplatinum artist Ozzy Osbourne.
Morgan Milardo, Managing Director
Following nearly a decade of experience in the music industry, Morgan Milardo joined BPMI in early 2019. After graduating with a degree in music business from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Milardo worked in creative licensing in the Film and TV Department at Sony/ATV Music Publishing in Los Angeles. From this position, she transitioned into a role at Harmonix Music Systems, where she focused on music licensing for successful video game franchises such as Rock Band and Dance Central, among many other cutting-edge new media projects.
Milardo has spent years managing and touring with independent bands, focusing her attention on artist development, branding, content distribution, and marketing strategy. She redesigned and instructed multiple music business courses at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.