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NYU & Universal Music Group Bring Study Away Program to Nashville

The NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development has partnered with Universal Music Group to bring a study away program to Nashville’s Berry Hill Studios. It’s a 16-day course in music production and artist development and it’s being led by Grammy-Award winners. The study program is Jan. 5 through Jan. 19 and sounds like a great opportunity for students interested in the music business.

Grammy Award-winning professionals David Leonard (engineer and producer who has worked with Prince, John Mellencamp and Paul McCartney) and Steve Fishell (producer whose credits include Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris) will lead the program. They’ll focus on A&R talent evaluation, recording and mixing of live talent and preproduction and budgeting. Students will also learn recording, studio and mastering techniques. Susan Dodes (talent and artist development executive) will supervise. She’s also the creator of this partnership and program.

This program was created to provide future music business leaders with the tools they need to succeed.

“The partnership with Universal Music Group is a natural fit for the Music Business program,” said Larry Miller, clinical music associate professor and director of NYU Steinhardt’s Music Business program. “UMG’s commitment to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship means they have consistently been at the forefront of a music industry undergoing significant disruption. We’re equipping our students with the skills to help artists make great music in the context of this fundamental change and invent the future of the industry — for many of our graduates, there’s nowhere they would rather do this than at Universal Music Group.”

“Nashville is at the center of the music industry and grants incredible access to some of the biggest names in the business. It’s the perfect place for students to not only learn how to make commercial recordings but to also discover the most effective tools and methods for bringing these recordings to a wide range of audiences,” Dodes added.

The study away program will also include field trips to iconic Nashville spots, guest lectures and demonstrations from top industry executives. Although we are a prime country music destination, this program will have no genre limitations.

Find out more here.

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