J. RUSH HICKS, J.D., is Chair of the Music Business Program of the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to becoming a Belmont faculty member, Dr. Hicks was a practicing Music Row entertainment attorney for more than twenty-five years. He received a music degree in theory/composition from the University of Mississippi in 1978 as well as a J.D. degree from Mercer University in 1981. Dr. Hicks teaches copyright and entertainment law and artist management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Along with Dwayne O’Brien, a member of the band Little Texas, Dr. Hicks co-wrote the textbook Artist Management: The Relationship That Defines or Denies Success (Kendall Hunt, 2019).
As an entertainment attorney, Dr. Hicks has represented artists, songwriters, record and publishing companies and artist managers. He has been legal counsel for the Church Music Publishers Association for more than thirty years and previously was a Board member and Vice-President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA). He is a member of ASCAP, U.S. Copyright Society, Copyright Society of the South, Tennessee Bar Association, Country Music Association, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammy), and MEIEA. He is on the Policy Committee of the Copyright Alliance in Washington, D.C. and has lectured and presented at a number of music business conferences and workshops throughout the United States. He co-authored a refereed article titled “Empirical Investigations of Patterns in Sophomore Album Release” in the MEIEA Journal as well as an article entitled “Defending Prop Me Up in the Jukebox If I Die” (2015) in the International Country Music Journal.