Eric Booth – biography Eric is an award-winning actor, author, entrepreneur and arts education specialist based in New York City. He founded Alert Publishing which became the largest trends forecasting company in America. As an author, he has had five books published. The Everyday Work of Art won three awards and was a Book of the Month Club selection. He has written three dozen magazine articles, was the Founding Editor of the Teaching Artist Journal, and his new book The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible was published by Oxford University Press (2007) and is already established as the foundation textbook and practitioner guide. In arts learning, Eric Booth is often called one of America's leading arts and arts education leaders, speakers, and teachers. He has taught at and advised many of the most prestigious arts education projects in the US including ones at Juilliard, Stanford University, NYU, the Lincoln Centre Institute and the Kennedy Center. He was the Faculty Chair of the Empire State Partnership program for three years (the largest arts-in-education experiment in America), and held one of six chairs on The College Board’s Arts Advisory Committee for seven years. He serves as a consultant for many organisations, school districts and schools, cities, states and businesses around the country, including six of the ten largest orchestras in America, and five national service organisations. Formerly the Director of the Teacher Center of the Leonard Bernstein Center, he is a frequent keynote speaker on the arts to groups of all kinds. He delivered the closing keynote speech to UNESCO’s first ever worldwide arts education conference (Lisbon 2006); and he gave the keynote speech to the world conference on orchestras connections to communities (Glasgow 2007). He is currently Senior Advisor to America’s Music National Service initiative, the forerunner to the Arts Corps which was introduced by the Obama administration. He is also Senior Advisor to El Sistema USA which is bringing the Venezuelan music learning successes to American cities.