Jim Halsey Biography

Jim Halsey has continued his passion for teaching by creating The Halsey Institute, an online music business school, for those wanting to succeed in the music industry. Based on his award winning music and entertainment business program, "How To Make It In The Music Business", The Halsey Institute is filled with much needed information on the music business and songwriting marketplace. Halsey, along with over 40 top recording artists and music industry experts explain the important functions of the teams.

The managers, agents, record companies, press and PR, producers, specialized entertainment attorneys, music publishers, promoters, and performing rights organizations, are teams that make up the "Star Team” of an artist. The Halsey Institute goal is to teach the vital components that help create a successful career in the music business. www.halseyinstitute.com

Halsey's expertise encompasses more than just successful talent development, artist management, and booking. His business acumen and experience include broadcasting (he has owned several radio stations), owning and running a record label, banking (he has served on the Board of Directors of three banks), ranching, real estate operations, and investments. He is also a successful music publisher. Halsey's forte' is sales and marketing.

 An expert in many fields of the music business, and business in general, Dr. Jim Halsey has served, or is serving on the following Boards of Directors:  Will Rogers Memorial Foundation, Claremore, OK; The Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee, OK; Cherokee Nation Historical Society, The Country Music Association (CMA); The Academy of Country Music (ACM); National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS, Austin Chapter); National Music Council (NMC); Mercantile Bank and Trust, Tulsa; Citizens National Bank, Independence, KS; Farmers & Merchants Bank, Mound City, KS; Southwestern School of Law, Los Angeles; Tulsa Philharmonic; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Tulsa Symphony Orchestra; Advisory Board Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame; Philbrook Art Museum, Tulsa; Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa; Tulsa Ballet; U.S. Committee for UNICEF; MEIEA (Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Assoc.); International Federation of Festival Organizations (FIDOF/UNESCO); The Business Circle For Arts Education in Oklahoma; Advisory Council MENC (Music Educators National Conference); Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame, Muskogee, OK; The Advisory Board for National Institute of Entertainment & Media Law (Southwest University School of Law) in Los Angeles, California, and the William Inge Theatre Festival and Foundation, Independence, Ks.

Halsey is listed in the "Who's Who in the World," "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in the Entertainment Business," "Who's Who in the Southwest," "Who's Who in Business and Finance," and the "International Directory of Distinguished Leadership."

Jim Halsey was elected in 1984 as President of FIDOF (International Federation of Festival Organizations). Upon completion of eight years of the presidency, he was elected President of Honour. This UNESCO organization has a membership of 360 major music festivals in 187 countries. Mr. Halsey brought a vision of global peace and harmony within the scope of the international festival arena.

Jim Halsey is co-creator of the long running Billboard Magazine Song Contest, and was co-sponsored by Sonicbids, Disc Makers, Epiphone, Digidesign, Elixir Strings, TAXI, Indie Band Manager and BluBlocker Sunglasses. This annual contest awarded cash and merchandise for the best new amateur songs in several categories of music: Pop, Rock, Country, Gospel, Latin, World, Jazz, and R&B/Rap. Halsey has recently launched a new venture in song evaluation, Starmaker Awards, aimed at providing songwriters professional feedback on their creations. www.starmakeraward.com 

In May of 1992, Halsey was honored by Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, with the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa. In June 1997 Jim Halsey received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA).

In 1998, Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating presented Impresario Jim Halsey with The Governor's Arts Award for Arts and Education for his Music and Entertainment Business Program at Oklahoma City University. Betty Price, Executive Director of The Oklahoma Arts Council assisted in the presentation.

In May of 1999 The Cherokee Honor Society presented Jim Halsey with their prestigious "Medal of Honor" during ceremonies at the Cherokee National Capitol in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. In 2000 he was inducted into The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and received the Kansas Impresario Award from the Kansas Federation of Music Clubs in 2005. Jim Halsey and his wife, Minisa Crumbo, share an avid interest in the arts. Together, they have created an extensive collection of American Indian Art. Crumbo is recognized as one of the leading American Indian Artists. She has exhibited her works worldwide. She has also produced and directed a video biography on her father, the celebrated Indian artist Woody Crumbo. In 2005, he received the Kansas Impresario Award from the Kansas Federation of Clubs and in 2009 was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.  The Oklahoma History Center produced a 2010 exhibit about Halsey’s career and those it shaped in “Starmaker: Jim Halsey and the Legends of Country Music”. At the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Governor Brad Henry proclaimed April 7, 2010 Jim Halsey/Starmaker Day. In 2011, Oklahoma History Center produced another Halsey-influenced exhibit, “Pickin’ and Grinnin’: Roy Clark, Hee Haw, and Country Humor”.  
In August 2011, the "Starmaker" exhibit opened at The Tulsa Historical Society Museum after which it spent a year on display at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. It is currently hosted at The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee, OK. In 2014, he was inducted into the International Entertainment Buyers Association's (IEBA) Hall of Fame. 
In 2015, Jim received the National Music Council's American Eagle Award, their highest honor. Also in 2015, The American Legion's "Patriot Award,” and 
in November of 2015, Halsey was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. 

Jim and his wife Minisa are also constant world travelers by virtue of their respective activities, concerts, lectures, seminars, exhibitions, and festivals around the globe. Unity is the enduring theme of Jim Halsey's contribution to the world through his life and work.

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