Katie Vinten, Senior Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records and CEO of Black Diamond Artist Management, will teach a course in spring 2022 and launch an accelerator program to support emerging artists in summer 2022

Katie Vinten

Katie Vinten, Senior Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records and CEO of Black Diamond Artist Management, is the NYU Clive Davis Institute’s Executive-in-Residence. Vinten’s is the final residency program announced for the 2021-22 academic year and follows the announcements of Jack Antonoff and Jamila Woods as artists-in-residence earlier this year.

As the only woman in the contemporary music industry to simultaneously operate as a manager as well as a record label and publishing company head, Vinten brings a unique perspective and extensive experience to aspiring music artists and entrepreneurs. As part of her residency, Vinten will host masterclasses and workshops, serve as a professional mentor to students, and teach a spring 2021 class peering into the craft and practice of contemporary songwriters and artists who write.

In summer 2022, Vinten will also launch the CDI x Black Diamond Accelerator to nurture and support the development of Clive Davis Institute students and graduates. The eight week intensive program will offer hands-on support, critical feedback, mentorship, educational and networking opportunities—such as co-writing sessions and songwriting camps—and funding to a current senior and one graduate of the Clive Davis Institute. Through these opportunities, students will take tangible steps to developing their songs and sharpening their business acumen under the guidance of one of the music industry’s standout executives.

The accelerator program recognizes the challenges of launching a career in the music industry and is part of the Clive Davis Institute’s larger professional development initiative, designed to bridge the gap between academic and professional practice.

““As a Tisch alumna, if you had told me while in college that I would one day be an Executive in Residence and teaching a course at CDI over 15 years later, I wouldn’t have believed it. The fact I wouldn’t have believed it is why I feel it’s my duty to make sure these young people believe it when they’re told they have the power and ability to make positive change. To show up fully as their authentic self and honor their dreams and potential in this business. Like my own children, I’m fully prepared to learn just as much or more from the students than they will from me. If I’m learning alongside them then something is going right,” said Vinten.

"Katie happens to be the first woman in the 18 year history of the Clive Davis Institute to step into the role of Executive-in-Residence. Katie brings a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and expertise to the role. She's an industry powerhouse but she's also down-to-earth, personable and genuinely interested in the students' education and self-development. I think that's why she also insisted on teaching: she's fulfilled when students are actively learning, and I think she learns from them too,” said Jason King, Chair of the Clive Davis Institute.

About Katie Vinten
Vinten recently stepped into a new executive role as Senior Vice President, A&R, at Columbia Records and is also the founder and CEO of Black Diamond Artist Management, where she encourages excellence among a roster of GRAMMY® Award-winning multi platinum songwriters, producers, and artists through an uncanny ability to maximize game-changing risks. In doing so, talent under her watch has achieved billions of streams, dozens of Top 40 smashes, numerous awards, and countless platinum certifications. Of her work, Forbes claimed, “From Justin Bieber to Dua Lipa, this woman delivers pop’s biggest hits,” while Variety, Billboard, and more have featured Vinten. At Black Diamond, she oversees the careers of Caroline Pennell, Delacey, Asia Whiteacre and Justin Gammella on the management side, and she has signed Joshua Bassett (jointly with Warner Chappell) and Taylor Foley (jointly with ArtHouse) to publishing. Prior to these positions, Vinten worked under the leadership of Jon Platt, serving as Co-Head of A&R at Warner Chappell with major signings such as Julia Michaels, Hailee Steinfeld, Kygo, Christina Aguilera, Bishop Briggs, Captain Cuts, K. Flay, Asia Whiteacre, Felix Snow and many more.

About the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University is the premier educational training ground for future leaders in the music industry. The Clive Davis Institute— founded by chief patron and music impresario Clive Davis himself — has developed a reputation for recruiting and developing the most compelling new talent in the business. Graduates include dynamic young producer-songwriter Nija; musical phenoms FLETCHER and Raveena; visionary producer and performer Arca; chart-topping songwriters Take a Daytrip, Emily Warren and Madison Love; and Capitol Records' recording artist Maggie Rogers. The Institute, which officially launched in 2003 and has been the home of instructors like ?uestlove, Q-Tip, Bob Power, Angela Winbush, and Robert Glasper, and also boasts a steady stream of talented graduates barnstorming other industry areas like business, journalism, tech, and production. Recent artists-in-residence at the Institute have included Devonté Hynes/Blood Orange, and 100 gecs.

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