December 9, 2013
Kiah Victoria, a student at the NYU Tisch Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, was selected to receive the prestigious Desmond Child Anthem Award presented annually by the ASCAP Foundation. The award, which recognizes outstanding talent and promise in a young songwriter, was established by Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Desmond Child. Victoria will be the award’s fifth recipient.
“We are extremely proud of Kiah for being selected to receive this impressive honor. This type of recognition speaks to the level of talent and drive displayed by our students here at Recorded Music,” said Nicholas Sansano, associate chair and arts professor at the Clive Davis Institute. “In this year alone, we have seen a student hit #7 on the Billboard Dance charts, had a number of student songs placed in major TV shows, feature films, and national ads. They are engaged entrepreneurs on every level.”
“We’re particularly fortunate to have wonderful support among leaders in the industry, in particular Desmond Child, who hosted a series of Master Classes at the Clive Davis Institute and has proven himself a dedicated mentor to many of our students,” Sansano added.
Child is an inductee of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, funder and chairman of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame and was recently elected to the board of directors of ASCAP. He is also president of Deston Entertainment, a position he has held since 1982. Child is known for his collaborations with many big-name pop artists such as KISS, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Cher, Michael Bolton and Ricky Martin. This fall, Child served as Songwriter in Residence at the Clive Davis Institute.
“Mentoring young songwriters is my passion, so it is my pleasure and privilege to help students such as Kiah gain recognition for their phenomenal work,” said Child. “Kiah has that wonderful mix of raw talent, tremendous work ethic and a readiness to make the most of every opportunity that comes her way that are the hallmarks of a future superstar.”
Kiah Victoria was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up in New York City and Maryland before coming to NYU. Currently in her junior year, Victoria has maintained an active career as a songwriter and singer, working as both a solo artist and on collaborations with fellow NYU students, including the award-winning Rihanna “Diamonds” cover contest, sponsored by Universal Music in 2012. Blending her powerhouse vocals with the synthetic textures of trip
hop from her producer Tolu, Victoria has garnered the attention of NBC's The Voice, MTV, and sung her way into a feature in JAY Z's Picasso Baby short film. This month, she released her second EP, “Gravitate.”
Victoria will receive her award, and perform, at the 18th Annual ASCAP Foundation awards ceremony on December 11 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall.
About the NYU Tisch Clive Davis Institute
The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music provides professional business and artistic training toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for students who aspire to succeed as creative entrepreneurs in the music industry. The program bears the name of its chief patron and advisor, Clive Davis. For more information, visit www.clivedavisinst.tisch.nyu.edu. Follow us on twitter at @clivedavisinst.
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