NYU Steinhardt News

Music Business Alums A Great Big World Receive Award at 40th Anniversary Celebration

Left to Right: Chad King, Ruby Marchand, Joanne
Abbot Green, and Ian Axel at the NYU Steinhardt
Music Business Program 40th Anniversary Gala in New York City. Photo credit: Gary Gershoff [6066 cropped]

On Friday, November 18, alumni and current students of the Music Business program gathered to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the program’s founding at a gala event in the NYU Kimmel Center’s Rosenthal Pavilion. Program Director Larry Miller presented the first alumni awards during the evening. 2007 graduates Ian Axel and Chad King, who are now better known as the multi-platinum Grammy-winning duo A Great Big World, received the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Alumni Artistic Achievement Award. Joanne Abbot Green, Founder and Executive Producer of the Mondo. NYC conference and member of program’s first graduating class in 1980, was presented with the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Alumni Service Award, which recognizes a program graduate who has continued to engage and give back to the student community.

In addition, Ruby Marchand, Warner Music’s Vice President of International Repertoire Development, Vice Chair of the Recording Academy, Executive-in-Residence, and adjunct professor, gave a keynote presentation, and A Great Big World wrapped up the night with a performance that included their hits “Say Something,” “This Is the New Year,” and “Rockstar.” The piano and vocal performance was broadcast live on the Music Business Facebook page.

Other speakers included Dr. Dominic Brewer, NYU Steinhardt Gale and Ira Drukier Dean; Dr. Ronald Sadoff, associate professor and director of the NYU Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions; and via video, former Music Business Program Director Catherine Moore.


Ian Axel and Chad King (both MUSB '07), better known as the Grammy-winning duo A Great Big World,
received the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Alumni Artistic Achievement Award at the program's 40th
anniversary gala in New York City. Left to Right: Prof. Carlos Chirinos, Chad King, Dean Dominic Brewer,
Ian Axel, Program Director Larry Miller, and Prof. Judy Tint. Photo credit: Gary Gershoff [6049 cropped]

More about the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Program

Founded in 1976, the NYU Steinhardt Music Business program prepares both graduate and undergraduate students to be leaders in the dynamic, global music marketplace. Academically rigorous and cross-disciplinary by definition, the Music Business course of study combines the boundless artistic resources of New York City with the cutting-edge inquiry and innovation of a major research university. The curriculum includes a foundation in music theory and history as well as business, taught in collaboration with NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. In addition to providing structured courses, the curriculum promotes individual choices and development through an interactive classroom atmosphere, internships, participation in our record company, Village Records, and completion of research requirements. Its unique Global Master of the Arts in Music Business program includes courses in London and Rio de Janeiro, giving students a well-rounded perspective on current issues in international markets. The Music Business program was named one of Billboard’s “12 Elite Music Business Schools Shaping the Industry’s Future” in October 2016. Led by Program Director Larry Miller, program faculty have had distinguished careers in the industry, and include a rotation of Entrepreneurs in Residence each year.