At the age of 26 Schubart was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Vermont Arts Council, the State’s arts agency – the youngest trustee ever to serve as Chairman – and then served again at age 41. At 30, he joined the Board of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 1984, he became Chairman of the Vermont Folklife Center. At the request of then-Governor Madeleine Kunin, Schubart chaired the Vermont Statehood Bicentennial Commission, planning the celebration for Vermont’s 200th birthday in 1991.
Schubart has chaired the Arts Council’s Media Panel, Literature Panel and Visual Arts Panel and has served as a resource panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, he has advised many non-profit and educational organizations on a variety of cultural and technical projects including the formation of Vermont Public Radio, on whose board he recently served as Chair. Additionally, he has taught courses at the University of Vermont in music, technology and business.
Schubart is a founder and past chairman of the American Video Duplication Association, has served on the Governor’s Telecommunications Task Force. He has been a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy Awards) and The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) He is past Chair of the Vermont Business Roundtable where he also chaired the Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force. He recently completed a three year term as Chair of Fletcher Allen Health Care, a 500-bed academic medical center.
- In 1972, Bill and his brother Michael Couture co-founded Earth Audio, a multitrack recording studio, and Philo Records, an independent record label that produced international artists in the folk and classical field, now part of the Concord Music Group. He also founded the Pleiades Music Group, a music publishing company.
- Co-founded and shaped Resolution, the media industry’s premier e-commerce service partner whose many clients included A&E, The Golf Channel, IFC, Bloomberg, AMC, Oprah Winfrey, CBS 60-Minutes, Sesame Workshop, NPR, National Geographic, Discovery, The NY Times, Prairie Home Companion, WGBH, WNET, The History Channel, The Nature Conservancy, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, The Criterion Collection and many other broadcasters and publishers.
- Founded the Shelburne Conference, a colloquium of 25 rotating industry leaders who gathered in the fall to discuss key strategic shifts at the intersection of content, intellectual property management, publishing, broadcasting, technology, and consumer behavior.
- Co-founded with his wife Kate and other journalists the Vermont Journalism Trust whose mission was to generate philanthropy to support investigative journalism in Vermont. V.J.T. later merged with and became part of VTDigger.org which Schubart then chaired for a term. Kate is a contributing journalist.
- Co-founded with Vermont authors and publishers the Vermont Authors Project, a network of Vermont authors, bookstores, libraries, book clubs, literary festivals, and the VT Dept. of Tourism and Marketing, designed to enhance discovery and sales of Vermont authors’ works.