Eugene Foley is the Founder & President of Foley Entertainment, Inc., a music industry consulting firm and licensed Entertainment Agency. Foley Entertainment represents recording artists, songwriters, managers, record companies, music publishers, executives, producers, engineers, mixers, session musicians, studios and other industry participants.
The firm provides a variety of professional services, including career guidance & direction, project consulting, artist development, marketing, radio promotion, publicity, media buying, team building and shopping campaigns. Foley is a licensed Agent, and is recognized as an accomplished expert in music industry consulting, intellectual property and artist development.
Affectionately known as "Dr. Gene" by industry friends and clients, Foley is a first-class music executive who has an unparalleled understanding of the creative process.
He is one of the industry's most sought-after, respected and trusted advisors. Clients have come from all 50 states and 20 foreign countries since Foley Entertainment launched in 1989. Armed with a Juris Doctor law degree (with an emphasis on Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property) and gifted with a golden ear, Foley has successfully blended his academic accomplishments with outstanding creative skills.
Realizing the importance of remaining on the cutting edge of one's profession, Foley continued to expand his knowledge by taking numerous graduate-level continuing education courses at two prestigious Ivy League institutions, Harvard University and Cornell University. His advanced studies at those schools concentrated on executive leadership, executive decision making, strategic thinking, marketing and Internet marketing, among others. Later, his interest and fascination with politics, government and scholarly research inspired Eugene to pursue and earn a Ph.D. in Political Science. It was a personal goal, unrelated to business, that he nonetheless worked hard to achieve in his spare time. Foley continued his professional training at Harvard Law School, focusing on advanced negotiation theories and conflict resolution techniques.
Affectionately known as "Dr. Gene" by industry friends and clients, Foley is a first-class music executive who has an unparalleled understanding of the creative process. He is known throughout the industry as an astute judge of musical talent and as a caring instructor and dynamic motivator. Foley lectures extensively at prestigious music conferences, seminars, universities, law schools and special events across the country.
Foley and/or his clients, have contributed to projects involving the following major record companies, in various capacities during their respective careers: Atlantic, Columbia, A&M, Epic, Arista, CBS, Universal, MCA, EMI, RCA, Sony, Lava, Interscope, Hollywood, Polygram, Elektra, Capitol, Chrysalis, Mercury, Polydor, Geffen, Warner Bros., Island/Def Jam, Windham Hill, Drive-Thru, Tommy Boy, TVT, Epitaph, Loud, Victory, Verve & Narada Jazz among many others. Clients have earned nearly 40 Gold & Platinum Records & three GRAMMY® Awards for their overall career accomplishments.
Foley is an award-winning Consultant/Strategist according to a recent poll conducted by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals, during their annual "Best In The Biz" survey, further confirming his role as an elite executive in the music industry and one who is well respected by his peers.
Foley is a frequent contributor to music related features on MTV, VH1, Fox, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, PBS, Time Warner & Comcast and in numerous publications including Forbes, Variety, The New York Times, C.M.J., Sacramento Bee, Oakland Tribune, Record Journal, Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, E-Commerce Times, The Villager, Inside Connection, Fast Forward, Skope, Shinbone & Millimeter. He is regularly interviewed on radio stations across the country discussing all aspects of the music industry including breaking music-related news, emerging technology, celebrities and pop culture.
Foley is the author of two acclaimed educational books, including his most recent tome, "Artist Development: A Distinctive Guide To The Music Industry's Lost Art". Later this year, "The Gene Foley Show" will debut in the Northeast, with Foley serving as host and executive producer of a music-related television talk show.
Foley is licensed with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs, Office of Consumer Protection/Regulated Business Section. He is an active/voting member of N.A.R.A.S. (The GRAMMY® Awards) and N.A.R.I.P. as well as holding an associate membership in the Fraternal Order of Police. Foley Entertainment is a member of the Better Business Bureau.
Foley is involved in activities, fund drives and public awareness campaigns for The National Neurofibromatosis Foundation and The Special Olympics. In his spare time, Eugene enjoys tennis and playing his collection of Paul Reed Smith guitars. He is also a sports car enthusiast and avid wine collector. Foley lives in New Jersey with his wife and their two children.