Richard Dunn, a serial entrepreneur, began as a party promoter in high school. While attending Georgia Southern University, he worked with the Student Government Association to coordinate campus events and book talent for live shows. In 1998, Dunn co-founded Groovement Inc., an artist management and event production company that focused on the soul scene. Groovement served as a resident promotion arm for the Ying Yang Café, as well as the launching pad for the career of four-time Grammy winning vocalist India.Arie. In 2004, Dunn partnered with Michael McQuary (co-founder of Mindspring) to start Brash Music, a scrappy indie label with a catalogue that included Cold Play, PJ Morton, Aaron Shust and Anthony David. Two years later, Dunn and his partners teamed up to revitalize the historic Underground Atlanta by opening Sugarhill and Club Motion.
In 2007, Dunn resurrected an old moniker he once used as a party promoter, The Muddy Water Group. Under his leadership, the creative services and live concert production/promotion company has worked with a variety of chart-topping talent in genres from jazz and soul, to hip-hop and EDM. Dunn’s entrepreneurial journey has most recently led to a part-ownership of the popular Atlanta restaurant Tom Dick and Hank. In addition, he is the Director of Strategic Alliance at The Atlanta Voice Newspaper, one of Atlanta’s first African-American newspapers founded by his grandfather J.Lowell Ware.
Richard Dunn chooses to measure success by his own standards. Over the years, he’s grown to appreciate the value of longevity, relevance, and the respect of his peers in such a widely competitive industry.