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About Deron Hall, Enterprises.

 
 

[ Deron Hall, Enterprises is the holding company for the entire Deron Hall, Enterprises Portfolio including all bespoke consulting and our first social enterprise, CoPilot Strategies. ]

Mr. Hall is regarded as one of the top arts and culture administrators and senior-level Cultural Strategy and Management experts on the globe.  

He is widely respected in the broader arts and culture community and has been called upon to consult internationally on matters related to race and equity in the arts by such parties as the United States Department of the State (consulting arts administrators from Dakar, Senegal, Africa, and foreign delegations from Iraq representing the Iraqi National Symphony, the University of Baghdad, and others), a United States Presidential appointment as a grants administrator for the National Endowments for the Arts (distributing $500K in resources to arts projects around the United States), a delegate at convenings held at the Aspen Institute, a Keynote speaker at statewide arts and culture conventions where he speaks on his expertise (diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts), and many others.  

His professional experiences spans over ten years having first served in the United States Army where he received the Army Achievement Award and graduated as Distinguished Honor Graduate (Valedictorian) at the AMEDD Center and School in San Antonio, Texas.  

He then went to pursue and complete Dual Bachelor’s Degrees in French Horn Performance and Music Education in North Carolina where he received the top leadership award possible at his undergraduate institution, while representing as a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.  


He then was accepted and graduated with his Masters Degree in Music at one of the top schools in the world for french horn, the Cincinnati Conservatory, where he studied with the world renown, Randy Gardner, of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Duane Duggar of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  While at the University of Cincinnati, Mr. Hall served as Founding Executive Director of the El Sistema Inspired, Cincinnati Outreach Music Project, where he secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in support for black and brown youth and scaled from serving 10 students to serving over 1000, 5-days-a-week, across 7 schools, taking 20% of profits to reinvest in the disinvested neighborhood, Avondale, to create youth orchestras and youth choirs for disadvantaged youth.  That work was articulated by Mr. Hall receiving the highest leadership award at the institution, the Distinguished Alumnus Award, for making a marked difference in the region and reshaping the thinking of the institution.

That work was leveraged by Dean Peter Landgren at University of Cincinnati to establish the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded pipeline program for black and brown musicians in partnership with CCM and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  He also received the highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship where he studied “replicable and sustainable arts based intervention strategies for social change” which took him around the world learning about the best practices in the world for equity, inclusion, fairness, and belonging.  

Deron then developed and led several multi-million dollar social impact strategies which schools, nonprofits, philanthropies and others have implemented as founding Director of Operations, Partnerships, and Research for the $25 Million funding initiative for social change, the Memphis Music Initiative, serving over 6500 students a year through the portfolio of programs.  There he was responsible for scaling a Bridgespan developed strategy which included the direct oversight and management of the entire $25 Million portfolio - which he leveraged, in support of the Executive Director, to scale the institution to over 50 team members while building the entire infrastructure and protocols while also serving as the grants lead allocating millions of dollars to projects for social change.

Mr. Hall simultaneously completed an Executive Diploma in Arts and Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania where he was lauded for his keen insight, strategic prowess, and willingness to support his cohort members.  This work caught the eye of the Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh, where he was brought in as a national subject matter expert on arts and equity to allocated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local arts-based projects benefiting economically distressed communities.

Mr. Hall sits on the board of several local and national organizations that are rooted in civil rights, human rights, and arts for social change through which he had the opportunity to attend his favorite national and international conferences including the Kennedy Center Arts Summit, Grantmakers in the Arts, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, the SPHINX Conference in Detroit, the League of American Orchestras, and many others.  This work was the impetus for him creating and owning his arts for social change consultancy that builds projects all around the world to leverage the arts to create a more fair world. After a successful tenure, he funded and served as Chief Project Lead for the landmark Harvard Professor-led study on disruptive philanthropy and philanthropic redlining in the arts. The work was awarded and presented at Americans for the Arts as the one of the top research studies of the year.

Mr. Hall then was sourced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to build and scale arts for social change initiatives as the organization’s first Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships; which subsequently made him the second black man in the history in the organization’s 137 year history to serve in an administrative director role.

This work has informed not only Mr. Hall’s practice, but is the root through which all of his work flows. He now serves as President and CEO of CoPilot Strategies, a strategy firm that builds, funds, and scales strategies of the underestimated.

 

Education

  • HOWARD UNIVERSITY, Executive MBA, Expected 2021

  • UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Executive Diploma in Arts and Culture Strategy

  • UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI COLLEGE-CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, Master’s Degree, Music

  • EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, Dual Bachelor’s Degree, Music Education, French Horn Performance

AWARDS

  • DISTINGUISHED YOUNG ALUMNUS AWARD, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

  • DISTINGUISHED HONOR GRADUATE (VALEDICTORIAN), United States Army

  • GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOW: REPLICABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ARTS-BASED INTERVENTION STRATEGIES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, University of Cincinnati

  • SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARD, University of Cincinnati

  • ELITE PIRATE LEADERSHIP AWARD, East Carolina University