The Americana Music Association Foundation and New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development has announced a multi-faceted partnership to create programming and initiatives designed to enhance the understanding of and appreciation for the origins, history, and cultural impact of Americana music.
The collaboration will begin with a high-profile guest series jointly curated by Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and the Foundation, as well as input from the Foundation regarding the development of NYU courses about or related to the Americana genre. Plans include an Americana scholarship program and an annual NYU Steinhardt-Americana Music Association Artist-In-Residence.
The partnership’s first joint effort will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. ET, when award-winning songwriter and recording artist Lori McKenna will visit Words & Music, an interview series hosted by GRAMMY-nominated songwriter and Steinhardt Director of Songwriting Phil Galdston. On Thursday, May 6, Galdston will host legendary music and film producer and intellectual property advocate Jonathan Taplin. Both events will be livestreamed via Zoom and open to the public.
Register for Words & Music with Jonathan Taplin here: bit.ly/3gzJDsN
“We are thrilled to partner with NYU on this exciting initiative,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association Foundation. “To have a relationship at one of the world’s great Liberal Arts institutions and to help educate students on the cultural impact of this art form is something we dreamed of when we first conceived of the Foundation.”
“The Americana Music Association and its foundation have done a remarkable job of bringing well-deserved recognition to the music and its creators,” said Jack Knott, Dean of the Steinhardt School.
“We are excited to contribute to that effort through the education of our students, faculty, and staff and the NYU community, at large,” added Dr. Dave Schroeder, Director of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.
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