Jack Antonoff—a five-time Grammy® Award-winning artist, songwriter, musician, and producer—will kick off his residency on Friday, September 10 with a moderated Q&A
Jack Antonoff, a five-time Grammy® Award-winning artist, songwriter, musician, producer and the creative force behind the wildly successful band Bleachers, will join the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as an artist-in-residence for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Antonoff will kick off his residency with a 90 minute, in-depth Q&A conversation on Friday September 10 at 12:00 p.m. ET, moderated by Jason King, Chair of the Clive Davis Institute and PAM (Producers Against Misogyny) founders and Recorded Music students Lily Amiclo and Stella Smyth. PAM is an organization created to address inequities caused by misogyny in music and to offer educational opportunities in production that foreground people who often fall to the margin in this setting.
The virtual event, which is also the inaugural event in the Clive Davis Institute’s AMPLIFY Friday event series, will explore Antonoff’s creative process, his collaborations with some of the industry’s biggest artists, the process of creating new albums during a global pandemic, and how to connect activism and social justice to a successful music career.
As part of his residency, Antonoff will conduct special masterclasses and workshops over the course of the academic year with students, giving them a look behind the curtain into his music-making and production process.
“We’re really excited to have Jack Antonoff on board as an Artist-in-Residence this year. Jack’s exceptional creativity speaks for itself—whether he’s making music for his own projects like Bleachers, or whether he’s helping shape the sounds of today’s most thrilling musicians as an in-demand songwriter and producer. Jack brings a sensational amount of experience and creative insight to his work, and it’s great that Clive Davis Institute students will be able to benefit from his generosity in such a direct way,” said Jason King.
Jack Antonoff is a five-time Grammy® Award-winning artist, songwriter, musician, and producer, as well as the creative force behind Bleachers. After serving as lead guitarist in multi-platinum band fun., Antonoff launched his solo project Bleachers in 2014 with the critically-acclaimed and wildly successful debut album Strange Desire. The album found him setting emotional meditations on anxiety, depression, and loss against a backdrop of catchy melodies and massive choruses on songs like the gold-certified “I Wanna Get Better” (which topped Billboard’s Alternative chart) and the #3 Alternative radio hit “Rollercoaster.” Antonoff toured the world for a year and a half in support of Strange Desire, building a wide fan base for his cathartic, suburban-influenced anthems. In 2017 Bleachers released their widely-celebrated sophomore album Gone Now, via RCA Records. The first single “Don’t Take The Money” hit #3 at Alternative Radio. Ahead of the album release, The New York Times called Bleachers’ new music “anthemic life-affirming pop-rock”.
Bleachers recently released their highly anticipated third album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night which the Associated Press called “terrific”, Entertainment Weekly deemed it "... a canny commingling of indie-pop jangle and unabashed arena rock…” while The AV Club said that “...nearly every song has a verse or chorus earworm capable of lodging itself firmly into your brain.” The lead single, “Stop Making This Hurt” has been nominated for a VMA award for Best Alternative video and is a multi-format radio hit.
In addition to his work with Bleachers, Antonoff is an in-demand songwriter and producer in collaboration with other artists including Taylor Swift, Lorde, The Chicks, St. Vincent, Lana Del Rey, Kevin Abstract, Sia, Carly Rae Jepsen, FKA Twigs, Sara Bareilles, Tegan & Sara, Troye Sivan and Grimes. Antonoff notched over a dozen Billboard #1 albums and singles as an artist, producer, and songwriter.
He founded and curates the annual “Shadow of the City” music festival, which takes place in Antonoff’s home state of New Jersey at the outdoor stage of Asbury Park's iconic Stone Pony. 2021 will be its 4th sold-out year on the Jersey Shore with Bleachers headlining.
Antonoff is also a passionate advocate for Planned Parenthood and LGBTQ rights, having recently collected signatures from 142 high-profile artists, writers, and creators to deliver a message to legislators in Texas considering anti-LGBTQ laws. He is a co-founder of The Ally Coalition (TAC), which encourages allies of the LGBTQ community to take action for LGBTQ equality and support its causes. TAC has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last few years for local LGBTQ homeless shelters around the US. Antonoff was honored with the Youth Impact Award by the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit for "providing visibility, inspiration and hope to LGBTQ young people nationwide."
Future artist residencies at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music for the 2021-2022 academic year will be announced in the coming weeks.
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.
About Amplify Fridays
AMPLIFY Fridays are a weekly afternoon conversation and community-building series for students at The Clive Davis Institute. Previous AMPLIFY guests have include MC-producer Q-Tip; members of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance; intrepid musician Devonté Hynes of Blood Orange; publishing A&R executive Benjamin Groff of Brill Building; and Grammy-Winning Hip-hop and R&B producer Mark Batson. Select AMPLIFY events are open to the members of the general public.
Producers Against Misogyny (PAM) was created by Lily Amiclo and Stella Smyth to address inequities caused by misogyny in music. We offer educational opportunities in production that foreground people who often fall to the margin in this setting. PAM serves as a space for people who want to learn as a collective and create in an environment that includes this conversation. In its first year, PAM welcomed numerous guests (such as Linda Perry, Jacob Collier, Devonté Hynes, and Weyes Blood) for Q&As and production workshops.