The first module in the Billboard and NYU Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music partnership educational program, Music Industry Essentials, is now officially open. Students have already begun the introductory module — titled ‘The Origins of Music Business’ — which will serve as the first of six in the program created in association with Yellowbrick, a company that helps facilitate learning experiences alongside top universities and brands.
‘The Origins of Music Business’ aims to help participants identify the historical beginnings of a specific musical style and become familiar with the genres it influences. Topics covered within the module include the growth of American music, the role of executives in the industry, the evolution of record production and the digital revolution.
The certificate program features over 20 hours of material, showcasing all aspects of careers in the industry along the way and giving participants the tools to blaze their own successful trail in today’s music world. Experts in the industry such as Kerry Gordy, Stevie Mackey, Ryan Leslie and Kareem “Biggs” Burke offer personal stories and important pieces of advice every step of the way. Additionally, NYU professors and staffers at Billboard — such as senior director, music, Jason Lipshutz; svp, charts and data development, Silvio Pietroluongo; executive editor, west coast/Nashville, Melinda Newman; executive director, R&B/hip-hop, Gail Mitchell; and executive director, artist relations, Joe Kelley — provide their own key insights throughout the modules.
Students interested in participating can learn more about Music Industry Essentials here. Additionally, you can sign up for the mailing list for exclusive updates and to receive a sneak peek of the program.