Faculty Information

Dan Hodges

Dan Hodges

Associate Professor
  • Music and Entertainment Studies (CAM)

Email Address:dan.hodges@ucdenver.edu

In his 30-year career in the music business, Dan Hodges, DBA has worked for BMG Music Publishing, Rick Hall’s FAME Music, and Murrah Music. As a songplugger, Hodges successfully placed songs on albums generating over 10 million units in sales in his career, including the hits “Where Would You Be” by Martina McBride and “I’m A Survivor” by Reba McEntire (TV theme for REBA), Billy Currington’s ASCAP 2008 Country Song of the Year “Good Directions”, and songs recorded by many other major label acts.

In addition to being a publisher, Hodges co-produced the XM radio top 5 hit “Mandolin Rain” for Josh Kelley and discovered and signed to their first publishing deals country hitmakers Josh Kear (multi-Grammy winner and 2013 ASCAP Songwriter of the year) and Chris Tompkins (multi-Grammy winner and writer of numerous #1 Country Songs), among other successful Nashville writers.

From 2008-2022, Hodges operated his own music row-based publishing company, Dan Hodges Music, LLC. The company has enjoyed 2 #1’s and had songs recorded by many Nashville country artists including Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Reba McEntire, Lee Brice, and Kelsea Ballerini (her #1 “dibs”), to name a few.  DHM also opened a virtual branch of the company in Australia in 2015, where the company enjoyed six #1 country songs and over 30 major label cuts in the Aussie country music scene. Dan has been a regular attendee of the international music publisher conference, MIDEM, which has led to subpublishing relationships all over the world and DHM songs being placed on major label acts in multiple countries including Italy, France, Sweden, Ireland, South Africa, UK, and Germany.

Hodges earned his Doctor of Business Administration/International Business degree from Liberty University and taught as an adjunct and lecturer at Belmont University from 2016-2022 before joining CU Denver in the fall 2022 as an associate professor. His recent research includes publications in the College Music Symposium Journal, the Journal of Business Diversity, Liberty University’s Digital Commons and presentations at the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association's (MEIEA) 2022 and 2023 online summits.

Areas of Expertise

Music publishing
International music business

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Liberty University
DBA; International Business

University of North Alabama
MBA; Business Administration and Management

Middle Tennessee State University
BS; Recording Industry Management, Music Business


Country Music Association(CMA)
College Music Society

College of Arts & Media

CU Denver

Arts Building

1150 10th Street

Suite 177

Denver, CO 80204


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