Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

People - Music Business

Introducing New Music Business Faculty Larry Miller and Phil Galdston

The Music Business Program in NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is very pleased to welcome two new faculty members. Joining full-time in Fall 2013 as Clinical Assistant Professor is Larry Miller, an industry veteran and Executive Vice President of music technology company MediaNet. In addition, famed songwriter, producer, and music publisher Phil Galdston, who is joining the NYU full-time faculty in the Songwriting program, will become Affiliate Faculty in Music Business.

Larry Miller first came to the Music Business program as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 2011, and quickly established a strong rapport with students and colleagues. He has taught two courses, including Village Records, and is expected to develop new courses examining music data and analytics services, applying a combination of business theory with entrepreneurial problem-solving to the analysis and exploitation of “big data.” Larry has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia Business School, and a BA in English and American Literature from Brandeis University.

Larry said: “From my first engagement at NYU as Entrepreneur-in-Residence I was struck by the talent, passion and intellectual firepower of our students pursuing Music Business studies. Our program is uniquely structured to provide students with a framework to understand a most dynamic industry, and one in the daily process of reinvention. The possibilities for our students in New York City and NYU are broad and deep, and I'm delighted to join our outstanding faculty. I cannot imagine a more exciting place and time to invent the future of music.”

Phil Galdston is the first Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence at NYU and the first member of its Songwriting faculty. He has worked with students in the Music Business program for several years, most notably in the Graduate A&R Seminar in which he teaches about song selection, evaluating a song’s potential, and how business people communicate with music creators. Phil’s dual appointment will strengthen the bridges between the Music Business and Scoring for Film and Multimedia programs. He is the recipient of the Grand Prize of the American Song Festival, the Time For Peace Award, two Nashville Songwriters' Association citations, Cable ACE and DOVE Award nominations, four ASCAP awards, and five GRAMMY nominations.

Phil said: “Creating music as a way of life and making a living from what is created are inextricably interwoven. Whichever side of the desk you occupy, knowing how to communicate across what can be a great divide and possessing a deep understanding of the rights that flow from a creation are essential to the success of all involved. Too many of my predecessors and contemporaries began their journey without the knowledge NYU Music Business students derive from our classes, conversations, and practical lessons. Our students are getting a great head start, and it’s deeply satisfying to work with them and my faculty colleagues.”