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In her signature style, Professor Butler explains the importance of interpersonal skills in her talk entitled "Lazy, Crazy, Stupid: Tough Talk about Soft Skills for Competitive Advantage".
April 2015
Professor Butler is interviewed by Project JumpStart students at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. Tune in for nine minutes of wisdom and expertise on the intricacies of the music business.
March 2016

Professor Butler shares how the Arts changed her life on her journey from the housing projects of South Los Angeles to the hallowed halls of higher education.

"From the Hood to the Hilltop"

Using examples from popular culture, Professor Butler teaches you how to build your personal brand and develop the attributes you need to distinguish yourself from the competition.

"B.Y.O.B.: Build Your Own Brand"

Maybe You Just Can't Sing?

Based on her provocative self-help career guide "The Music Business is Corrupt...or Maybe You Just Can't Sing?", Professor Butler shows you how to take responsibility for your career and your life.

Ideal for Arts organizations, associations and departments of music, theater, art and dance, PROFESSOR BUTLER'S keynotes and seminars are fun, provocative, heart-to-heart talks designed to engage, educate, and empower student and professional audiences alike. Her presentations are fully tailorable and jam-packed with practical information, heart-warming stories and valuable advice. Her signature delivery style is candid, compassionate, conversational and definitely "off-the-cuff".


"Professor Butler is a dynamic and insightful music and entertainment industry professional. I've attended a number of her presentations and have found each one to be engaging and spot on in analyzing the topic she is focused on. I can recommend Tonya highly as a guest speaker, facilitator or mentor on music and entertainment industry related topics."

Keith Hatschek,

Director, Music Management, University of the Pacific

"Professor Butler is an industry veteran whose long history of sharing her knowledge and love for the business with emerging artists and established colleagues is second to none."

Dackeyia Q. Sterling, CEO/Publisher, Entertainment Power Players

"Professor Butler is a walking textbook. She breaks down contracts, copyright laws, marketing methods, and more in ways that are realistic and understandable. For any aspiring professional seeking knowledge of the business side of the music industry, it is definitely to your advantage to take a course with Professor Butler".

Eric Bailey, II,

Coordinator Multicultural Affairs

University of Memphis

"I have had the pleasure of attending many of Professor Butler's workshops. She has the unique ability to turn a mundane subject, such as copyright law, and make it down right interesting. If the goal is to bring knowledge and understanding to the lay person, then mark my words, "No one does it better than Professor Butler".

Angela Green,

Attorney at Law,

CEO Positioned for Millions

Professor Butler is one of the most knowledgeable people in the entertainment industry when it comes to knowing how to protect and make money with your music or other creative properties.

Jeff Padgett
Criminal Defense
and Family Law

I've known Tonya for over fifteen years and I will testify that she is a passionate professional who loves what she does and does it well. She's articulate and knows how to deliver what you want. In the times I've worked with her, she's gone beyond what I had even envisioned. I'd be happy to have her on my team any time!

Earl Hamilton


University professor, former record label executive and retired entertainment attorney, Professor Butler, has counseled hundreds of students, clients, organizations and businesses on the intricacies of the music and entertainment industries.  As a result she has heard every complaint, every excuse and every story in the book as to why otherwise talented people can't seem to get their careers off the ground.


What she discovered was that musicians, writers, actors, dancers, artists, filmmakers and other "creatives" spend so much time focusing on and perfecting their craft that they overlook the business aspects of their careers. "Art for art's sake is a wonderful concept, except most artists like to eat...and food costs money".

Professor Butler understands the creative's need to make a living while staying true to their art. She has made it her mission to teach students and professionals how to embrace their inner "artspreneneur" with customized keynotes and presentations designed to not only educate, but to encourage and empower the creative spirit.


info@professorbutler.com  |  Tel: 507-291-8151

Do you need an entertaining and experienced keynote speaker or lecturer for your next conference, meeting, workshop, panel or school event?  Look no further. For the perfect fit call or email for availability or contact me using the form below today!


Discover your inner "Artspreneur"


Motivational speaker, teacher, and author

Professor Butler shares her inspiring life story and her entertainment industry expertise with students and practitioners of the performing and creative arts.

Her mission: to help creatives bridge the gap between their art and their business.

Jacobs School of Music
College Music Society
Minnesota State University
Anderson University
Folk Alliance
University of Memphis
Saint Leo University
The Recording Academy
Memphis Music Foundation
Soul Summit
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