Josh Deutsch, Chairman and CEO of Downtown Records, Immortal Music Publishing, and Downtown Events, will serve as Executive-in-Residence at NYU Tisch’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Josh Deutsch, Chairman and CEO of Downtown Records, Immortal Music Publishing, and Downtown Events, will serve as Executive-in-Residence at NYU Tisch’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music during the 2015-2016 academic year. The Executive-in-Residence position was established to enhance student exposure to proven innovators in the music business through customized educational and mentorship programming.
"Our main focus is to provide our students access to the music industry’s foremost executives, producers, talent, and entrepreneurs so that they can learn directly from those who are doing it,” said Jeffrey Rabhan, Chair of the Clive Davis Institute. “It's this idea of experiential education that enables us to expand our curriculum far beyond the classroom. Josh is one of the most well-known and respected executives in the industry and as our Executive-in-Residence, he will be able to share industry insight and open new doors for our students."
As part of his year-long residency, Deutsch will engage in the following activities:
- Educational programming: develop and administer workshops and seminars for students, in conjunction with Recorded Music faculty, for integrating into the existing Recorded Music curriculum;
- Lectures: conduct a series of on-campus lectures on convergence, the new music economy, issues in rights management, and the digital media landscape;
- Innovation: work with ReMu faculty to develop partnerships with industry, including working with Jeff Rabhan and other faculty to establish “The Incubator,” which will help foster the establishment of student-led music start ups; and
- Guidance and Mentorship: engage in one-on-one mentoring with students, including a Capstone A&R Clinic, encompassing at least four six-hour sessions comprised of lectures and personalized critique and suggestions.
In his role as CEO, Deutsch oversees the operations and creative direction of Downtown Records, Immortal Music Publishing and Downtown Events, and plays an active role in the recorded music, music publishing, and live events businesses. Prior to his current position, Deutsch founded Downtown Music in 2006 and acted as its Chairman and CEO, overseeing the company’s recorded music, music publishing, licensing, online and studio business units. Prior to this, Deutsch served as Senior Vice President, A&R, at Virgin Records and was also Executive Vice President at Elektra Entertainment and Vice President, A&R at Capital Records.
Deutsch has been responsible for over 25 million albums sold, discovering and overseeing the recording careers of artists including Metallica, Gnarls Barkley, Cold War Kids, Jason Mraz, Justice, Santigold, Jet, Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind and Miike Snow, among many others. In A&R and marketing capacities, he has worked with a wide range of other top-selling and critically hailed artists including Metallic, Mos Def, A Perfect Circle, and David Gray. Deutsch graduated from Brown University and attended New York University's Stern School of Business.
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 tisch.nyu.edu/clive-davis-institute.