Emily White’s career spans the entertainment industry, carving out a unique path that defines a modern maven. White began her journey at Northeastern University in Boston, with experiences at Powderfinger Promotions, WBCN-FM, Q Division and Skope Magazine. Upon seeing The Dresden Dolls play on campus, White introduced herself to frontwoman Amanda Palmer, quickly integrating into a core member of the band’s team. White and The Dresden Dolls grew up professionally together beginning at SXSW and continuing through White’s graduation day, in which she did graduate, but didn’t walk due to the band kicking off a three continent tour with Nine Inch Nails at Coachella.
Prior to graduating, White completed work with Boston’s local promoter, Don Law Company, while working deep within the live local music scene before becoming a world-class tour manager. An internship at MTV / VH1 UK solidified White’s early love for international business and view of a modern, global economy. Retiring from tour managing at age 23, including runs with Imogen Heap and festivals ranging from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock, White accepted a position at Madison House Inc., in New York working with artists such as The Fiery Furnaces, Dinosaur Jr., The Secret Machines, Angelique Kidjo, and Taj Mahal, as well as members of The String Cheese Incident and Drive-By Truckers.
White wrote a pre-Radiohead In Rainbows “name your own price” distribution model that was passed along to legendary producer Bob Ezrin in 2007. A job offer at Michael Cohl’s Live Nation Artists followed with White handling Zac Brown Band when he was signed along with Madonna, U2 and Jay-Z.
In 2008, White launched Whitesmith Entertainment with Keri Smith, to oversee the careers of musicians and comedians including Brendan Benson, Margaret Cho, The Hush Sound, Amanda Palmer, Eric Burdon, Family of the Year, Hockey, The Autumn Defense,, Fox Stevenson and W. Kamau Bell as well as successfully consulting on Jay Mohr’s goal of being nominated for Comedy Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammys. Following the 2012 Olympic games, White launched a sports management division with inaugural client Anthony Ervin, an Olympic legend known as the “rock star” of Olympic swimming. In 2016, White signed head U.S. Olympic Women’s Swim Coach David Marsh and Olympic gold medalist Kaitlin Sandeno, expanding the sports’ division further.
After witnessing slim margins in the 2016 U.S. Election, White was inspired to get out the vote. The result was a new initiative called #iVoted, in which over 150 venues in 37 states let fans in on Election Night 2018, who showed a selfie from outside of their polling place. Press on #iVoted can be found here, with the movement headed North for Canada’s 2019 election, as well as in the U.S. for the 2020 Presidential Election and all future U.S. national elections.
White is currently an in-demand speaker and consultant due to her expertise within the modern music and sports industries, artist development, social media, and beyond. In the media, White’s name has graced the cover of Billboard Magazine with her work additionally profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Bloomberg, and ESPN. She is a frequent guest blogger for Hypebot as well as Midem in Cannes, France where she is a regular speaker. In addition, White proudly serves on the boards of Well-Dunn, Future of Music, CASH Music, SXSW, The David Lynch Foundation Live while additionally serving on The Grammys’ Education Committee and Pandora’s Artist Advisory Council.
In 2017 White released her debut book, Interning 101; a how-to guide for interns in modern business. The book is based on the “intern manifesto” handbook created by White and is published by 9GiantStepsBooks. White’s second book, How to Build a Sustainable Music Career & Collect All Revenue Streams will be out in the Summer of 2020; also on 9GiantStepsBooks.
White is thrilled to have launched Collective Entertainment with longtime colleagues Katrina Bleckley and Melissa Garcia. Collective Entertainment houses all of White’s management, entrepreneurial work, and beyond.