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Nashville: Production and A&R in the Music Industry

Nashville is the capital of the creative music industry in the US and is a natural fit for our students, who are at the intersection of music creativity and business.  This course will provide students with studio and classroom experiences focusing on the tools of A&R talent evaluation, including talent discovery, artist development, and record-making from the creative/production perspective. Areas of focus will include techniques for assessing talent, including human evaluation as well as the use of global data as supporting criteria. Students will be exposed to the detailed critical thinking, decision-making and innovative recording techniques practiced by senior-level music professionals. 

All learning will be supervised by a Steinhardt Music Business faculty member and will take place in the legendary Berry Hill Studio complex, in collaboration with Grammy-winning industry professionals. The program will culminate with presentations of student supervised and executed professional level recordings of emerging local talent. 


Nashville, Tennessee

Program Dates:

New York: TBC

Nashville: TBC

New York: TBC

Application Deadlines:

This application will reopen in September 2021. 

  • Application Deadline: October 31, 2021

*Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis

Who Can Participate:
  • NYU undergraduate students who have taken at least one of the three courses below
    • Business Structure of the Music Industry (MPAMB-UE 0100)
    • Music Tech Fundamentals (MPATE-UE 1801)
    • The Business of Music: Industry Essentials (REMU-UT 1215; only open to Clive Davis Institute majors)
Related Areas of Study:
  • Music Business
  • Music Technology
  • Music Recording
  • A & R (Artists and Repertoire)
  • Talent Assesment
  • Music Publishing

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for the below January 2022 course for 2 points:

MPAMB-UE 1223-001 (Class # 1357)

Offered through the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.


Susan Dodes, Music Business Faculty


Undergraduate Tuition: If enrolling in an undergraduate course number, your tuition will reflect the current undergraduate cost per point.

NYU students: This course is part of the January term and is separate from the fall and spring semester course load.

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for January Term 2022.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Other Costs:

2020 Housing & Activity Fee: $1,000

2021 Due to Covid-19 Travel Restrictions this program will not run 

2022 Housing & Activity Fee: TBC

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar's January Term 2022 billing schedule.

Airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights and Student Universe for student rates.


Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates.

Airport transfers: Students arrange their own transportation to/from the airport. Information on shuttles from the airport will be provided prior to the trip.

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