Courtney E. Smith is a feature writer and cultural critic. She spent eight years at MTV as a music programmer and manager of label relations where she was instrumental in deciding which videos went into rotation on all twenty of MTV’s music platforms and created launch programs for emerging artists. She specialized in grooming upcoming bands and was an early champion of Death Cab for Cutie, the Shins, Franz Ferdinand, Vampire Weekend, Bat for Lashes, and many more. She transitioned to writing about music after launching the companion blog to MTV2’s Subterranean. She made her mark when she published a screed for Lenny Letter about the Rock Hall’s lack of women nominees. Most recently she’s been an editor and staff writer for CBS’s Radio.com and at Refinery29.
Courtney E. Smith
RECORD COLLECTING FOR GIRLS: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time (Mariner Books, 2011)