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Courtney helps women overcome lack of self-confidence, feelings of disempowerment and loss of connections after divorce/other life transitions, so that they can achieve career goals, rebuild their community of support and discover their most peaceful, personal lives.


She understands what it’s like to be a single mom of two children, uncertain of the future, lose people and relationships to illness and addiction, yet establish a career in academia by overcoming limiting mindsets and anxiety, because she’s lived it. Through her years of work with healthcare professionals and personal development, she’s moved forward to create her own path towards wellness. Her life isn’t perfect, yet her strategies make maintaining peace with more ease and flow .

Courtney was named a Top Ten Music Professor in College Magazine 


Courtney Blankenship, B.S. in Marketing (Miami of Ohio), M.A. in Arts Administration (Indiana University), served as the Director of Music Business in the School of Music for Western Illinois University for 15 years. A former pianist and ballet dancer, Courtney has held positions in public relations/marketing at the Bloomington IN Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Indiana University School of Music’s Publicity Office and Musical Arts Center Box Office, and as a grant administrator for Sponsored Projects at Western Illinois University. She served as a board member of Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) from 2015-2019. In her current faculty position, she has taken over 115 WIU students to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, CA every year since 2008, continuing a longstanding tradition for the 35 year-old degree program. In 2017, Blankenship received the WIU College of Fine Arts and Communication Dean’s Award of Teaching Excellence.


Professional Praise


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  • Tenured Faculty Member/Director of Music Business, Western Illinois University



  •  2017 College of Fine Arts and Communication Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Western Illinois University


  • Co-founded award-winning iparent magazine with Tamara La Prad. 501(c)3 Mission: to educate and inform parents. 


  • Twice attendee for Ready to Run®, a national network of non-partisan campaign training programs (based at Rutgers University) committed to electing more women to public office. 


  • Published in Journal of Popular Music Studies, Rock Music Studies/Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, College Music Symposium, Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association - Summit Proceedings


  • Member of College Music Society (CMS), Music Entertainment and Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE)

Background and Bio
Professional Praise

Upcoming Projects

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Upcoming Projects
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