Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

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Trey Bowles

Trey Bowles

Trey Bowles

Adjunct Lecturer

Trey Bowles is Adjunct Professor for Entrepreneurship at Southern Methodist University in the Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship; the co-founder and CEO of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center; Chair for Startup America; and co-founder of the Mayor’s Council in Dallas.

Bowles helped launch the Arts Entrepreneurship Department in the Meadows School of Arts in 2011. He teaches Social Entrepreneurship and Accelerate Your Startup classes, where teams of students are given actual investment funding to help make their businesses viable.

A serial entrepreneur, social capitalist and educator, Bowles is co-founder and CEO of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), where entrepreneurs learn how to start, build and grow businesses through training, education, mentorship, promotion and capital investment. In addition, he works closely with the Startup America Partnership, a non-profit organization started by Steve Case and the Kauffman Foundation, leading a team of entrepreneurial experts across the state to help high-growth startups find greater success.

Bowles also cofounded the Mayor’s Star Council with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to find a culturally diverse and civically minded group of emerging leaders seeking to embrace and engage the City of Dallas.

Bowles has held key leadership roles in the industries of music, entertainment and disruptive technology, including running the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing site Morpheus. He most recently led the turnaround and sale of Big Jump Media Inc. to Salem Communications (NASDAQ: SALM) in 2010.

Trey lives in Dallas with his wife and two children and is committed to helping build a collaborative ecosystem at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and education within the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


Trey Bowles website

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center

Startup America Partnership

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Mayor’s Star Council

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Faculty and Staff



Entrepreneurship at Meadows

National Center for Arts Research




Arts Entrepreneurship Resources

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts