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Lecturer of Arts Management & Entrepreneurship

Mike Shea

Photo of Mike SheaLecturer, Arts Management & Entrepreneurship

An experienced entrepreneur, Mike Shea has nearly 40 years of experience in entertainment and media. In 1985, Shea started a small, punk rock fanzine called Alternative Press out of his bedroom when he was 19-years-old. The four-page newspaper would eventually grow into one of the most influential music publications in the United States. Artists such as Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Tori Amos, Slipknot, Korn, Twenty-One Pilots and Panic! at the Disco all received the first national covers of their career with Alternative Press.

In 2014, Shea birthed "the Grammys of alternative music" as referenced by Time, with The AP Music Awards. Partnered with Amazon Music & Twitch, the award show regularly trended worldwide on social media and was the #1 most-viewed event on both platforms. AP was honored with a nearly two-year-long exhibit showcasing the brand's history and influence in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in 2015.

Shea has also been the publisher of several books including "The Big Book of Emo Album Covers," and advised and managed numerous artists, including the seminal pop-punk band, MxPx. Production credits and work include Industrial Strength Machine Music, The Framework of Industrial Rock 1978-1995 (Rhino), Alternative Press Play-Volume 1, Back to School (Atlantic), MxPx releases including Secret Weapon (Tooth & Nail), The Ultimate Collection (Tooth & Nail), On The Cover 2 (Tooth & Nail), Punk Rawk Christmas (Rock City Recording Co) and Left Coast Punk EP (Rock City Recording Co). In late 2020, Shea sold his interest in Alternative Press and is currently consulting on several projects.