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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 EAST IRIS 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. The program, which is a partnership with Universal Music Group, includes guest lectures/demonstrations from music industry executives and creators as well as field trips to some of Nashville's legendary music "institutions" such as the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry, The Country Music Hall of Fame and The Museum of African American Music. 


Nashville, Tennessee (USA)

Program Dates:

January 2025; exact dates TBA


Susan Dodes, Music Business Faculty

Application Deadlines:

To be announced

Find the application link and instructions on the "How to Apply" page

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 or How the Contemporary Music Business Works (REMU-UT 1215 or REMU-UT 1202; only open to Clive Davis Institute majors)

Related areas of study

  • Music Business
  • Music Technology
  • Music Recording
  • A & R (Artists and Repertoire)
  • Talent Assessment
  • Music Publishing

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

How to apply:

The application link and instructions, as well as the deadlines and notification timelines, can be found on the "How to Apply" page

Students register for the below January course for 2 points:

  • MPAMB-UE 1223, Section 095 (Class #TBA)

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.

Direct Costs Billed by NYU

Participants will be billed the standard full-time NYU undergraduate Tuition and Fees. In addition, study abroad courses have a supplemental Program Fee that covers the cost of housing abroad, program activities and visits, group transportation in-country, and international health insurance. Students can expect to be billed:

Undergraduate Tuition: To be determined

Program Fee: To be determined

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

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

Out-of-Pocket Costs

Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are also responsible for their own accommodations 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: KayakGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online Cost of Living tools on websites such as NumbeoExpatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.



Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs. Your housing is included in your Program Fee. Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight & Travel 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.

Helpful links: Center for Disease Control

Pre-Departure Resources

Visit our online Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources Guide and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience. 


All applicants should review the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page prior to applying to study abroad.

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In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by New York University, please visit the: Tennessee Higher Education Commission Authorized Institutions and Data page.

Credits earned at New York University may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by New York University. You should obtain confirmation that New York University will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at New York University to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at New York University prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from New York University to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at New York University if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of New York University and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at New York University before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

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