Mehmet Dede

Member Since 2021

Mehmet Dede

Director of Programming

Drom NYC

New York City Area

"Ambassador of World Music" - PollStar Magazine Mehmet Dede is an internationally recognized, award-winning Music Curator, Festival Producer and Tour Promoter with 20 years of experience in the culture space. He has produced concerts and event series in collaboration with Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, the Town Hall, the Kennedy Center and many more. Since 2010, he serves as Director of Programming at downtown Manhattan venue Drom. He is the curator of the annual NY Gypsy Fest, a grassroots festival now in its 15th season. Previously, Dede worked at concert promoter Giant Step and Universal Music Group. Dede works with world-class international artists to introduce them to US audiences by producing nationwide tours and his consulting expertise is often sought by cultural organizations in France, Hungary, England, Poland and Romania. In 2016, he joined the Music Industry department at The Hartt School where he teaches on performing arts entrepreneurship and music management. He was profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Pollstar, and featured on PBS and Voice of America. He is the recipient of the 2021 globalFEST Impact Award and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Dede holds an M.A. from New York University and is an alumnus of Leadership Music's Executive Program in Nashville.


  • Music & Performing Arts
  • Education
  • Cultural Diplomacy


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Drom NYC

“New York’s premiere venue for world music” - Wall St. Journal Drom is a 300 people-capacity independent club and cultural space for music and the performing arts in downtown Manhattan. A prestigious platform to showcase emerging talent and new sounds, Drom hosted 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 since its founding in 2007.


  • World Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Culture