John Santa

Topic:  Multiple Revenue Streams and the Music Industry

 John Santa


John Santa is an award winning Producer and Musician. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC even though the town he fell in love with when he attended Carolina doesn’t exist any more. He loves music and plays eighteen instruments but don’t worry he never said he played them WELL. At various points in his life he thought he was a guitar player, a writer, a cellist, a journalist and a producer. Then one day he realized he was really just a storyteller and his life got much, much easier.

Among his proudest achievements are being voted Teacher Of The Year four years in a row at Piedmont Community College and founding the Marathon Jam for Charity ( which has spread to cities all around the country and even overseas. He finds it delightfully ironic that as a poor struggling author/musician he has been able to raise substantial sums of money for various charities, most notably the Fisher House. He believes there is nothing more powerful than a good idea, but it helps a lot if you and your friends are more than a little bit crazy.

Some say the glass is half full.

Some say half empty.

John just drinks the water.

Founder:  The Marathon Jam

Author, Bluegrass Is My Second Language: A Year In The Life Of An Accidental Bluegrass Musician

Producer, The Blessing Of The Strings: songs from the book Bluegrass Is My Second Language

NC Humanities Council Road Scholar

2012 WCHL Radio Hometown Hero

2012 WRAL TV Good Things Series


Date:  October 3rd, 2011