A jazz pianist, Phillip Dunlap is currently the Director of Broward County’s Cultural Division, a local arts agency with a budget of approximately $9 million that supports the County’s arts and cultural ecosystem through affecting local policy, grantmaking, public art, Arts Education, advocacy, and cultural tourism. Previous to his appointment with Broward County, he lived in St. Louis, Missouri where he served for 12 years as Director of Education and Community Engagement for Jazz St. Louis, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the thriving of jazz in America. During his tenure with Jazz St. Louis, he pioneered after school initiatives for middle and high school jazz training programs, national-level collaborations with Jazz at Lincoln Center, artist residencies, early childhood, and music therapy programs.
Prior to locating to South Florida, Dunlap had served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Webster University, and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville where he taught Jazz History and Music Business. In 2016, he created Business in the Arts, a course for the Entrepreneurship program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis that examines business concepts as they appear in the non-profit arts and culture industry.
As someone who is a champion for arts and cultural diversity in communities, Dunlap previously served as President of Missouri Citizens for the Arts, organizing local and state-wide arts advocacy initiatives. He also served as chair of the Jazz Education Network’s Audience Development committee. In 2011 he was named “30 under 30” by the St. Louis Business Journal and is a 2014 graduate of the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute through the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
He holds Bachelor of Music degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Theory/Composition and a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.