Hailing from Chicago, IL, Brent Gossett is an arts administrator and musical entrepreneur known as Bass Heavy Slim in the music community. We sat down with Brent to chat about his experience in the arts, his interest in arts management, and more.
AHCMC: So, tell the readers a little about yourself and your background in the arts.
Brent: I’ve worked in the arts for many years and during that time, I worked at notable institutions while still performing as a freelance musician. These institutions include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, County Arts Agencies of Maryland, and now the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
AHCMC: What led you to work in the arts management field?
Brent: I was led by a desire to fill the arts management void within my own musical apsirations, whether playing with different groups or prepping my own musical endeavors.
AHCMC: Tell us about your other creative entrepreneurial efforts.
Brent: I founded a renowned Washington D.C. performance group called DuPont Brass and my own management company, “All Inclusive Entertainment” (AiE). In addition, I’ve performed as a freelance tubist for multiple years and received opportunities to perform at various artist venues such as Rare Essence, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lucky Daye, Raphael Saadiq, D.C. Jazz Festival, Strathmore Center for the Arts, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the NPR Tiny Desk Festival.
AHCMC: What interested you in working for AHCMC?
Brent: The culture and leadership really made me want to work with AHCMC.
AHCMC: What are you most looking forward to as the Virtual Assistant?
Brent: I’m really looking forward to gaining more insight into the non-profit art sector and specifically seeing how AHCMC serves such a huge county.