In 2015 Eric Booth was given the nation’s highest award in arts education (The Arts Education Leadership Award from Americans for the Arts; the first artist ever given that award), and was named one of the 25 most important people in the arts in the U.S. He began as a Broadway actor, and became a businessman (his company became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in 7 years), and author of six books, including the bestseller The Everyday Work of Art and the most recent is Playing for Their Lives. He has been on the faculty of Juilliard (12 years), Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (20 years), and Lincoln Center Education (for 34 years, where now he is the leader of their Teaching Artist Development Lab). He serves as a consultant for many arts organizations (including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras), cities, states and businesses around the U.S. and overseas. A frequent keynote speaker, he founded the International Teaching Artist Conferences, and the Teaching Artist Journal, and he gave the closing keynote to UNESCO's first world arts education conference.