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NYU Music Business graduate Dani Friedman

Dani Friedman (BM `22)

Dani currently works as one of three people of the Music Department at SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, where she is a main point person for the Musical Guest and their band and crew, in addition to working with the house band and the show’s mix rooms.

In addition to her support to produce SNL, Dani has also worked on Michael Bublé’s Christmas in the City (2021) and a number of other ventures at NBCUniversal. Having previously been employed at The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), she has also spearheaded the red-carpet interviews for the 2023 GRAMMY Nominee Celebration for the New York Chapter as well as assists with the production of a number of their events with the New York Mayor’s Office throughout the year.

NYU Music Business alumna Isa Bruder

Isa Bruder (BM `22)

Brazilian-American artist Isa Bruder is an up and coming pop star who demands attention with her contagious melodies, percussive vocals and emotive storytelling. 

From unrequited love to the enticing complexity of situationships, the queer singer chronicles life’s adversities with thought-provoking lyricism you’ll ruminate on and an effortless sense of humor. At NYU, she studied Music Business and Creative Writing, and Isa is currently on the Programming team at NYC's SummerStage festival in Central Park.

NYU Music Business alum Leo Treskunov

Leo Treskunov (MA `23)

Leo joined Mute as a full-time Digital Production & D2C Manager for its North American office based in New York. At Mute Leo is responsible for overseeing the production process of Mute’s digital products, as well as managing and developing Mute's direct-to-consumer sales channels and supporting the day-to-day operations of the label.

NYU Music Business alumna Ariel McAphee

Ariel McAphee (MA `20)

Ariel is an avid R&B fan who still enjoys discovering new music regularly. She first got her start in the music industry in high school as a touring member of Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens in Harlem. Throughout her time in college & graduate school, Ariel has had the opportunity to plan tours for small ensembles & large choirs, intern at all 3 major record labels in various departments, & advocate for DE&I initiatives within the industry.

In her current role as a Marketing Representative at RCA, she was a part of the team that worked on SZA’s sophomore album SOS - which spent 10 weeks at number 1 on Billboard 200 & spawned SZA’s first number 1 single “Kill Bill” on Billboard Hot 100. In her free time she enjoys cooking & traveling with her friends. Ariel currently resides in New York City.

 Music Business alumna Tymie Jadagu

Tymie Jadagu (BM `22)

After completing internships at Live Nation, Sub Pop, Secretly Music Group, and a part-time coordinator position at Premier Music during their college career, Tymie achieved their BM in 2022 with a wheelhouse of music industry skills and connections. Currently, they are working as the Creative Synch Coordinator at the innovative Kobalt Music Group. At Kobalt, Tymie works with artists such as Childish Gambino, Boygenius, Phoenix, and more to pitch their music for projects in advertisements, film, television, games, and promos.

As a postgraduate, they are currently exploring dance as a means of creating in addition to their music industry career. Tymie is passionate about growing and connecting with others who identify as neurodivergent, queer, People of color, and other marginalized identities to make the music industry a safe, diverse, and inclusive place.

Music Business alum Matt Palermo

Matt Palermo (MA '22) 

Matt is currently a manager in Citrin Cooperman’s Music Economics and Valuation group, specializing in music catalog valuations. The group is an industry leader in the space and valued over $6.5 billion in unique music assets in the past year alone. In his role at Citrin Cooperman, Matt is responsible for preparing valuation models and accompanying reports. Matt holds a CPA license in New York State and prior to working at Citrin Cooperman worked in public accounting and finance roles.