The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will welcome media industry businessman, David Bunker, to campus Monday, February 7. Mr. Bunker will conduct two workshops/discussion sessions on in room 112 of the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts. At 10 a.m. Mr. Bunker will be part of a panel discussion entitled "The Christian Artist or the Artist Who Is Christian?". Moderator will be Jack Ballard, Jr., Ph.D., associate professor of music. At 2 p.m., Mr. Bunker will lead a workshop in songwriting, critiquing, and utilizing pre-screened works by students and participants (location TBA). In addition, Mr. Bunker will be the special guest at the Music Production Recital in the Malone University Chapel, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. that evening. All programs are free and open to the public.
For nearly two and a half decades, David Bunker has worked within the varied worlds of media relations, corporate communications, entertainment, and publishing industries. As a communications specialist, Bunker has written extensively on the specialized nature of niche marketing, demographic and psychographic studies as they relate to these markets and the impact such research has on marketing and product development. His stint in the music business allowed him to discover and work with such varied artists as Six Pence None the Richer, Salvador, Downhere, Smalltown Poets, and many others.
He has worked for Word Records in the area of public relations and promotions. After leaving Word, he and his boss at Word, Allen Weed started Interlinc, a direct to church marketing company. After a few years his interest in artist development came to the fore and he left Interlinc to join the ranks of a small label called REX. While at REX he signed acts like Six Pence None the Richer and worked with bands like The Waiting, Small-town Poets, and All Star United. An adjunct professor at numerous colleges and universities (Wheaton College, Trevecca Nazarene University, Triton College, etc.) Bunker has maintained an academic bent allowing research and innovation to still be a part of his approach towards the world of business, micro cultures, faith based communities, and emerging markets. He is a writer and speaker that often speaks at music conferences including Estes Park, GMA, and Tom Jackson workshops.
He has deep interests in the "emerging church movement," post modernism, and the interrelationship between the arts and faith as well as the growing men's movement. He consults numerous artists and has started a small church in Nashville.
He is married to Katherine, who runs a ministry called "Music for the eWorld," which offers musical tools to developing countries.