MA, New York University
BS, Istanbul Technical University
Mehmet Dede is a music presenter and educator. In his two decades in music, he has produced hundreds of concerts and event series, contributing to international music's growing presence in the US. Fueled by New York’s diverse communities, he’s collaborated with seminal American institutions Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, the Town Hall, Symphony Space, the Kennedy Center and many more for medium and large-scale events.
Since 2010, Dede serves as Director of Programming at Drom, a 300 people-capacity club in downtown Manhattan. His entrepreneurial and curatorial vision established Drom as a key player in NY nightlife, shaping the club into a dynamic and prestigious platform to showcase emerging talent and new sounds. Wall St. Journal proclaimed Drom as “New York’s premiere venue for world music” and an eclectic array of artists from Grammy-winners Robert Glasper, Snarky Puppy, Questlove, Gregory Porter and Hilary Hahn to esteemed performers Rakim, J Cole, Austin Mahone, Olly Murs, and Ibrahim Maalouf graced the Drom stage.
Previously, Dede spent seven years in branding, marketing, and event production at concert promoter Giant Step. He started his career at Universal Music Group and a Top 40 radio station based in Istanbul. Dede is also the curator and co-founder of the NY Gypsy Festival. His experience in global music programming and cultural diplomacy has facilitated a meaningful presence for artists in the US and his consulting expertise is often sought by agencies in France, Hungary, England, Poland and Romania. He regularly conducts workshops for artists and managers in the US and abroad.
Dede serves as public speaker, panelist, and jury member at local and international conferences including APAP, California Presenters, WAA, and WOMEX. He was profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, PBS and Inside Arts magazines.