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2015 Summer Music Industry Bootcamp at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music



Each summer, visiting students have the opportunity to take advantage of New York University, and all that New York City has to offer. The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music welcomes visiting students to either take part in the below Summer Music Industry Bootcamp or to register for any of our summer courses a la carte. For a complete listing of summer courses, visit our "Summer in Recorded Music" webpage.


The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music is pleased to invite you to attend our Summer Music Industry Bootcamp. This intense three-week experience is specifically designed for those individuals who have always wanted to work in the music industry, but haven’t found the opportunity to do so -- yet. Over three weeks at the Institute’s facility in New York City, participants will gain the knowledge needed to either break into (or move up within) this fast-paced, exciting and constantly changing industry. This Bootcamp will immerse you in the NYC music industry via master classes with the Institute of Recorded Music's distinguished faculty and provide you with the education needed to make your entrée into the field. Bootcampers will enroll in a minimum of 3 courses to earn at least 6 credits (or the non-credit equivalent) over a three-week summer session.

Apply via the Summer in NYC Visiting Student Application to be a visiting student for summer 2015. Processing time for visiting student applications is approximately 1-2 weeks. Once you have been processed as a visiting student in the NYU registration system, you will be able to register for your selected Recorded Music Industry Bootcamp courses beginning in February 2015

*This bootcamp is NOT open to high school students.  High school students should apply to our Summer High School program, or to the NYU Precollege programs directly.

Courses will be finalized in January, but see below for a sample schedule of classes:

1)  REMU-UT 1707  THE MUSIC INDUSTRY OF NEW YORK  (NCRD-UT 8500 for non-credit enrollment)
Wed & Fri 6-9:30pm

  • REQUIRED for all Bootcamp participants - 2.0 credits

    Master-class lectures by distinguished Recorded Music faculty and Industry panels comprised of known innovators and visionaries on topics such as touring, artist management and digital media will be offered exclusively to participants in this program.    

2)  IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIRED COURSE ABOVE, you must register for at least TWO of the following elective courses:
  • REMU-UT 1020  FUNDAMENTALS OF AUDIO WORKSTATIONS I (NCRD-UT 8520 for non-credit enrollment)
    Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 1:30-4:45pm  |  2.0 credits  |  $265 lab fee

    Instructor: Phil Painson

    Students will acquire an in-depth, theoretical and practical knowledge of Digital Audio Workstations with an emphasis on file management and system configurations. Utilizing Pro Tools and Logic Pro, students will learn the operating modes and tools, gain structure and multi-tracking techniques, and will use overdubs to build an arrangement.
  • REMU-UT 1094 SONGWRITING WORKSHOP (NCRD-UT 525 for non-credit enrollment)
    Tues & Thurs 9-12:30pm |  2.0 credits  |  $265 lab fee
Instructor: Mike Errico

    The music business begins and ends with a song. So, what makes a 'hit' song? Is it a matter of taste, promotion/marketing, politics, luck, or all of these? This class will explore the many facets inherent in this question by looking at both the raw material of hit songs, and the perspectives of the individuals that either created, and/or nurtured them. The class will examine the issues of form/structure, lyric content, production values, various parameters of song craft, and personal taste vs. practical reality. We will also look at audiences, marketing, timing and momentum.
  • REMU-UT 1019  BEATS AND BEATMAKING (NCRD-UT 8019 for non-credit enrollment)
    Schedule TBA  |  2.0 credits

    Instructor: K Salaam

  • REMU-UT 1321  CURATING LIVE MUSIC EVENTS (NCRD-UT 8021 for non-credit enrollment)
    Mon & Wed 9-12:30pm  |  
2.0 credits

    Instructor: Mehmet Dede
    This highly practical class is designed to introduce you to the creative and business aspects of planning, marketing, programming and producing live music events and to position the act of curating musical experiences as a viable growing creative career option within the music industry. Considerations include the curation of talent, marketing, promotion, strategic corporate partnerships, and logistical elements of producing effective events. You will walk away with a critical understanding of the skills and knowledge required to ideate, develop and execute a live multimedia event. The course work will include written assignments and developing two full-scale live music events.
  • REMU-UT 1226  FUNDING YOUR MUSIC VENTURE (NCRD-UT 8026 for non-credit enrollment)
    Schedule TBA 2.0 credits

    Having the ability to find and leverage funding opportunities is a skill that every music entrepreneur must have to succeed. This class proposes to demystify the funding process and provides an overview of the main sources of music business funding: Grants, Investments, Crowdfunding, Friends & Family, and Bootstrapping among others.  Among the course topics that will be covered are: choosing the right funding option for your needs and understanding the range of music funding sources, and how to access them.

  • REMU-UT 1227  LEGAL AND BUSINESS ESSENTIALS (NCRD-UT 8027 for non-credit enrollment)
    Tues & Thurs 1:30-5pm  2.0 credits
    Instructor: Lauren Davis

    Do you aspire to a career as a music performer?  To realize your goals, you must imbue yourself with an understanding of the legal and business issues that are likely to impact your career. In addition to demystifying the terms of common contracts, this course offers practical advice and strategies to help you successfully navigate challenges that music performers face. Focus is also given to the changing music landscape and current issues that are impacting music performers such as compensation on digital music services, access to health insurance and the sustainability of the live music industry. By the end, you will empowered with knowledge and tools help you maintain control over your career and maximize your chances for success.
    2.0 credits  |  $265 lab fee
Instructor: Kenn Hicks
    Individual instruction meets either on Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs in the afternoon.  Lessons are on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • REMU-UT 1326  GETTING YOUR ACT TOGETHER: FROM OPEN MIC TO BOOKED (NCRD-UT 8526 for non-credit enrollment)
    Mon & Wed 1:30-5pm   |  2.0 credits  |  $265 lab fee
Instructors: Nora York

    Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 9am-12:15pm  |  4.0 credits  |  $265 lab fee
    Instructor: Michael McCoy

    Studio Recording For The Modern Producer/ Engineer I is a hands-on music recording course that familiarizes students with the practical aspects of the recording process. Taught by veteran professional Recording Engineers from today’s Music Industry students will be introduced to the basics of recording through lectures, demonstrations, supplemental reading and assignments.  Students will utilize our state of the art world class SSL console equipped recording studio to explore topics which include: analog signal flow, the propagation of sound, hearing and audio perception, microphones types, usage and microphone placement techniques, equalization and signal processing. The course will culminate with the students recording and mixing an original song.
  • REMU-UT 1700  PRODUCING WITH BOB POWER (NCRD-UT 8580 for non-credit enrollment)
    Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 1:15-5:pm  --> last two weeks ONLY (June 22-July 2)

    3.0 credits
      |  $260 lab fee
    Instructor: Bob Power

    Producer/Mixer/Recordist Bob Power (Erkyah Badu, Common, D’Angelo, A Tribe Called Quest) will present a balance of practical and conceptual information designed to expose students to the various recording and production techniques he uses to create his consistent brand of effective production.  This studio class is centered around an in-class production executed by Mr. Power with a prominent New York based artist with accompanying session players.

  • REMU-UT 1701  THE ART OF MIXING WITH BOB POWER (NCRD-UT 8581 for non-credit enrollment)
    Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Friday 1-5:15pm  --> first week ONLY (June 15-June 19)
    2.0 credits
      |  $260 lab fee
Instructor: Bob Power

    Commonly referred to as a mystifying ‘Dark Art,’ mixing records involves composing a final assemblage and balancing of a song’s recorded elements, with the final goal of enabling a recording to deliver a clear and emotional intended message. In this week-long, intensive master class, world-class record mixer and producer Bob Power will provide a complete exposition of his mix methodology and technique in the state of the art facilities of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

  • REMU-UT 1155  HIP-HOP NYC (NCRD-UT 8055 for non-credit enrollment)
    Tues & Thurs  6-9:30pm | 2.0 credits 
Instructor: Joe Schloss

    Nearly forty years after its arrival, hip-hop has changed global culture forever — not only the way music is composed and produced, but also dance, visual art, business and politics. At its roots, hip-hop is a product of  New York City: It started in the Bronx in the mid 1970s and many of its founding artists and entrepreneurs, like Grandmaster Flash, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, came from the city.  This course will explore the many ways in which hip-hop has been shaped by the history, culture, politics and social geography of New York. Through writing exercises and close readings of texts, students will become well-versed not only in hip-hop history and lore but also in the history and politics of New York City itself. Designed partly as a practical course, we'll directly engage with the people and spaces that have influenced hip-hop's development, as we go on field trips to sites of historical significance, take walking tours, go to live performances and hear from guest speakers.
More recorded music courses are available outside of our bootcamp schedule.  For the full list of Recorded Music Summer courses.  Click here.
Instructor: Lauren Davis
    • International students may NOT receive paid internships. 
    • Students who would like to participate in the internship program must email the following components to Lauren Davis ( no later than APRIL 17 in order to be considered:
      1. Use the subject line "SUMMER NYU VISITING STUDENT INTERNSHIP - [Last Name, First Name]"
      2. Cover Letter & Resume - applicants must express interest, discuss what kind of internship they are hoping for, and how many hours per week they would like to intern; and
      3. Unofficial College Transcript - applicants must show successful completion of some college level course work, and that they have successfully earned at least a 3.0 GPA.
    • Most industry internships typically take place for the full 12 weeks of summer, with some variation. While a shorter-term internship may be possible, students should prepare to stay in New York for the duration of the summer if they are interested in finding a summer internship. Participants able to stay in New York for at least 6 weeks are invited to apply to our Summer Internship program. Bootcamp students should plan to intern during the three weeks of the Bootcamp, and continue for at least the three weeks following, if this is the case. Summer session options, are as follows:
      • REMU-UT 1037.001 -- May 26-July 2 (6 weeks, last 3 weeks are during the Bootcamp; this course meets as needed and by appointment)
      • REMU-UT 1037.002 -- July 6-August 16 (6 weeks; this course meets as needed and by appointment)
    • If admitted to the internship program, you will begin to work with our Internship Coordinator on the identification of potential internship sites, refinement of your resume, and submission of your applications, with the goal of having an internship arranged by the time you arrive in NYC. Please see our Internship website for detailed information regarding the program, which will provide you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained from the Bootcamp in a real-world setting.


We welcome international students! In most cases, international students who want to enroll in NYU Summer classes must obtain a student visa in order to attend. It is important to allow plenty of time between admission and the start of the program to ensure that all visa steps are completed. As such, all international students must submit their application in full, including language proficiency scores, by March 15, 2014. After submitting the application, international students will receive the 1-20/DS-2019 application via e-mail. The I-20/DS-2019 application is due by April 1. Detailed information on Visa application procedures and other important information for participants traveling from abroad is available here:

VIDEO: International Registration Instructions -


Discounted housing in the NYU dormitories is available to both credit and non-credit participants. Rates range from $181 - $394 per person/per week depending upon the level of accommodation. Full details and applications are available on the NYU Summer Housing website: 

Rates for NYU meal plans range from $130 - $160 per person/per week depending upon the number of meals desired. Full details are available on the NYU Summer Housing website:             


Tuition is dependent upon your course selection. All Bootcamp students are required to register for at least 6 credits, or the non-credit equivalent. Tuition is paid per-credit, with applicable registration and lab fees. 
More information on financial aide can be found here:

For-credit tuition can be calculated by taking the number of credits the student wishes to enroll in and multiplying it by the price per unit, which for visiting students is $1,289.

Additionally, there are additional fees associated with registration and lab upkeep.  There is an initial $396 registration fee for first unit and $65 registration fee for each additional unit.  Production courses utilizing the Institute's lab and/or studios had a $265 lab fee in addition to the standard tuition & registration costs.

The cost of non-credit courses is listed in each individual course description on Albert, NYU's registration system.

Summer 2015 Tuition Costs
For-credit cost:

-- $2,578 - 2 credits
-- $3,867 - 3 credits
-- $5,156 - 4 credits
-- $7,734 - 6 credits
-- $10,312 - 8 credits

 Non-credit equivalent:
-- $1,790 - 2 credit equivalent

-- $2,683 - 3 credit equivalent
-- $3,575 - 4 credit equivalent

-- $5,745 - 6 credit equivalent


NYU Visiting Student Application Available Online:
Saturday, February 1, 2015 @ 9:00am (EST)

International Student Application Deadline:

Monday, March 16, 2015

Internship Application Deadline:
Students interested in interning must submit the required components no later than April 15, 2015 (see Internship information above)

Last Day to Register for Bootcamp Courses Online:
Monday, June15, 2015 (after this date, all course registration must be done in person at the NYU Student Services Center)


The 2015 Summer in NYC Visiting Student Application is available starting February 1st, 2015.

If you are eligible to participate in Summer in NYC as a visiting student, please follow the steps below to apply. Visiting students may only apply to one NYU program at a time.
  1. Complete the online application form. Fill out the Summer in NYC Visiting Student Application to begin the 2-step "application" process. The information collected on this form will generate your NYU IDs so that you can complete the second step of the process. Processing time for applications is 1-2 weeks once the online application form is received. All communication will be made by e-mail. Be sure to provide an e-mail address that you check regularly.
  2. Select and register for 3 Bootcamp courses including Music Industry of NY. Once you receive your enrollment letter, which includes your NYU ID Number and NetID, you will be able to complete this step. Instructions to register can be found under Critical Instructions for Admitted Students.
Students MUST register for the following course in order to be considered a student in the 2015 Recorded Music Industry Bootcamp:

REMU-UT 1707  The Music Industry of New York (for college credit)
NCRD-UT 8500  The Music Industry of New York (for non-credit)

PLUS two additional courses from the list above for a total minimum of 6 credits