Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Business
Phone: (212) 998-5439
Judy Tint has over 25 years of experience as an attorney, consultant and producer in the entertainment industry. A graduate of Rutgers College and Columbia Law School, Judy represents a variety of recording artists, songwriters, producers, managers, radio personalities, independent labels and entrepreneurs, from newcomers to icons.
Appointed as an Adjunct Professor in NYU’s Music Business Department in 2007, Judy also serves on the Board of Governors of The Recording Academy’s New York Chapter, and is Chair of the Music and Personal Appearances Division of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. She has lectured extensively on various topics in the entertainment field, appearing for organizations including The Practicing Law Institute, South by Southwest, Women in Music, The New Music Seminar, CMJ Music Marathon, Columbia Law School, North by Northwest, and Grammy in The Schools. She has made multiple trips to Capitol Hill as an advocate for artists’ rights.
In addition to her activities as an attorney, Judy has also served as a consultant and producer in connection with numerous projects, and has devoted her time and energy to a variety of benefit events and other charitable endeavors. Since 1990, she has been a member of the Board of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, where she has served as the Event Chair for the Pioneer Awards and the Newport Rhythm and Blues Festival, and Executive Producer of the critically-acclaimed Capitol Records release, “The Rites of Rhythm and Blues.” She was instrumental in the development and creation of the Performance Grants Program, providing financial support and opportunities for many veteran artists to return to performing. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of WhyHunger (the organization founded 35 years ago by the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin), as well as having served a two-year appointment at the United Nations, where she was in charge of the management and recruitment of UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrity spokespersons, and the development and implementation of special events. She produced a concert series at Lincoln Center with best-selling author/lecturer Marianne Williamson, served as the Emcee-Promoter-Jam Coordinator for the long-standing China Club “Pro-Jam” (featuring special appearances by countless celebrity guests), and developed, booked and produced (in collaboration with musical director Paul Shaffer) the live entertainment program at “Sullivan’s”, a restaurant in New York’s landmark Ed Sullivan Theater. Other organizations which Judy has helped support include The Starlight Foundation, The Nordoff-Robbins Foundation for Music Therapy, The K-ROCK Hungerthon, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, America’s Second Harvest, The Foodbank for New York City, and The Community Foodbank of New Jersey.
While she has no intention of quitting her day job, Judy is also a vocalist, percussionist, and background singer for other artists… among her musical adventures, Judy appeared with Bonnie Raitt, Little Milton, and The Max Weinberg Seven on NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, has done several tours as a percussionist with her longtime clients The Four Tops, and sang background and played tambourine with legendary R&B singer Gary “U.S.” Bonds when he received his Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award.
Why Did You Decide to Work in the Music Industry?
Music is the one thing that has inspired and motivated me from early childhood on. I strongly believe in the power of music not only as a form of entertainment and self-expression, but as catalyst for change – a positive and transformative force in a world that can use all the help it can get.
What Do You Like Most About Teaching?
Do you have any class tips for students?
1. Bring your imagination to class.
2. Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.”
3. Listen carefully, to your fellow students as much as to the instructor.
4. Take notes -- you won’t remember as much as you think you will.
5. Remember: the only really dumb questions are the ones you don’t ask.
What are your career tips for students?
1. Treat everyone who crosses your path with respect, courtesy, integrity and good cheer. Personal values aside, it’s good business.
2. Making money, and remembering that it’s not really all about the money, are not mutually exclusive.
3. Listen to lots of different kinds of music. Be sure to check out things which are completely unrelated to your professional obligations.
4. You never know where the night may take you – never leave the house without earplugs and cab fare.
5. Stay true to your vision. The road less traveled usually takes longer, but the tolls are easier to take.
What is your favorite music?
I’m open to virtually anything with melody and a groove, but the albums I’d have to take to the desert island would be The Beatles “Rubber Soul”, Steely Dan “Katy Lied”, Bonnie Raitt “Home Plate”, Solomon Burke “The Bell Sessions”, and the four-disc “Best of Motown” collection (hopefully my island will have Wi-Fi, so I can download everything else).