Coleen Spapperi has a long and diverse background in the music industry. From her humble beginnings as a popular club DJ in the 1980s, to being the field sales rep for Universal Music Group, (which at the time distributed MCA, Geffen, DGC, Motown, GRP records) Coleen knows the inner workings of the music business on many levels. A graduate of Columbia College with a BA in Music Business Management, Coleen also completed an internship with MCA records as an assistant to the MCA Midwest Division, in addition to studying 2 years of Entertainment Law at DePaul Law School.
Coleen has a plethora of very diverse experience in the music business, including work as a Music Sales Representative for UNI and has worked with clients such as Tower Records, Virgin Records and many independent retailers. She co-founded Dr. Robert’s Productions with her late husband, Producer Steve Spapperi. Coleen and Steve worked with artists such as Ministry, Die Warzau, Rev. Horton Heat, Anthrax, and Marz, among many others. After working with the band Ministry for ten years, Coleen and Steve relocated to Austin, Texas where Steve ran Ministry’s recording and production studio. During that time, Coleen also worked as Al Jorgensen’s Personal Manager’s Assistant, as well as in management for indie label Sector 2.
In 1999 Coleen and Steve returned to Chicago and founded Starsounds Inc. As their second production company, Coleen and Steve worked together to nurture and produce many artists. At that time, Coleen also became the Midwest Account Manager for Allegro Music Distribution with territories covering many states including Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado and Iowa. Coleen worked closely with Tower Records, Virgin Records, Rolling Stone Records, Crows Nest Records, and Wax Works Records. Throughout her career, Coleen’s experience has taught her every facet of the music industry from the recording process to the marketing and sales of the finished product and everything in between. Coleen has also become a social media marketing expert and really enjoys working with artists to help them grow and develop. Her recent artist projects have included Rotimi, Trainwreck Symphony , NorthRock 360, as well as consulting with many others.
Coleen has also been a music business educator, and has taught Social Media marketing and promotion. She also serves as a frequent guest lecturer on Music Industry panels and symposiums in and around Chicago.