Sam Howard-Spink

Clinical Associate Professor of Music Business

Sam Howard-Spink

Phone: 212 992 7655
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Sam Howard-Spink PhD is Clinical Associate Professor of Music Business in NYU Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. His teaching and research interests are in the political economies of international music and interactive media industries. Emerging Models and Markets for Music (EM3), the title of the graduate course Sam designed and teaches at NYU, covers post-industrial and hybrid business models for music, and the major emerging economies of Brazil, India, Africa and China. In the undergraduate Music Business Program, Sam teaches the courses International Music Marketplace; Interactive, Internet, and Mobile Music; and Music in the Media Business. In addition to EM3, he co-teaches the graduate class Environment of the Music Industry with Prof Larry Miller, and supervises the Masters' students final Colloquy projects. Sam joined the Music Business faculty in 2008, and was awarded the MPAP department's Teacher Of The Year in 2009.

A Londoner by birth, Sam was a news and music business reporter and editor in the UK and Hong Kong before moving to New York in 1999. He has an MA in Communications from Hunter College CUNY, and completed his PhD at NYU's Department of Media, Culture and Communication in 2012. His dissertation is a comparative study of the music markets and copyright regimes of Brazil, Canada, and the United States, examined through the critical theoretical lenses of Cultural Hybridization, Network Information Economics, and Modern Social Imaginaries. Related research interests include the critical analysis of national and supranational copyright policies, the politics of media piracy, and the Access to Knowledge and information rights social movements; cultural and economic hybridization, glocalization, and cosmopolitanism; remix/mashup theory and practice; and video games and other emergent interactive media involving music.

Sam has written for, among others, Music Week, Music & Copyright, The Guerrilla Guide to the Music Industry, The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, IBM Think Research and openDemocracy.net, and has published academic articles in First Monday and in Portuguese translation in Brazil. He has spoken on panels or given talks at South By South West, the Audio Engineering Society, CMJ, the Brazilian Studies Association, and SOAS in London. In 2009, Sam curated CMJ PLAY, a one-day conference on business opportunities for musicians in the interactive, mobile apps, and gaming sectors, held during the annual CMJ Music Marathon. He is also a hiphop/scratch DJ and remains an expert-level Guitar Hero.