New York Universitys Gallatin School of Individualized Study will host Motown artist development pioneer Maxine Powell, in conversation with Gallatin Professor Michael Dinwiddie, on Friday, October 9, 7-9 p.m., at NYUs Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts (715 Broadway at Washington Place/entrance on 1 Washington Place). Subways: R, W (8th St.); 6 (Astor Pl.).
The conversation, presented in association with the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYUs Tisch School of the Arts, is free and open to the public. A reservation is required; please click here for the online RSVP form. For more information, call 212.992.7766. This event is part of Motown U, an eclectic fall conversation series curated by Jason King, artistic director and associate professor at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the legendary record label. For more, go to: http://www.clivedavisdepartment.com.
Reporters interested in attending the event must RSVP to James Devitt, NYUs Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the 1960s, Detroit image builder and personal motivator Powell co-founded Motowns artist development unit, the first such department at any record label. It was her responsibility to school artists like Diana Ross, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and the Temptations on how to effectively present themselves to the public. No record label has ever surpassed Motowns brilliance in the artist development arena, with Powell helping set a standard for artist training that remains unparalleled in the music business.