Tuesday, April 27, 2021
– The Americana Music Association Foundation and New York University forged a partnership to create programming and initiatives to enhance the understanding of for the origins, history and cultural impact of Americana music.
The collaboration will begin with a guest series jointly curated by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and the Americana Foundation, and 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.
"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.
The partnership got underway Tuesday with songwriter and recording artist Lori McKenna visiting Words & Music, an interview series hosted by GRAMMY-nominated songwriter and Steinhardt Director of Songwriting Phil Galdston.
On Thursday, May 6, Galdston will host music and film producer and intellectual property advocate Jonathan Taplin.
Registration is open for Words & Music with Jonathan Taplin.