Marc Plotkin

Assistant Arts Professor

Marc Plotkin

Marc Plotkin is an American Songwriting Award-Winning Artist, a Grammy Shortlisted Producer, a Bloomberg BusinessWeek Top 25 Entrepreneur, and a Professor at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

As a vocalist, guitarist, saxophonist, songwriter, producer, and engineer, Marc has had the pleasure of making music in the studio and onstage with Sufjan Stevens, Pete Francis of Dispatch, Ra Ra Riot, Panama Wedding, Hiromi, and many others, amongst his own artist projects; Miles, Minor Faults, and J. Bryan Marcus. In 2019-2020, Marc is writing and producing songs for a new major motion picture.

Alongside his music career, Marc is a successful technology entrepreneur. In 2010 Marc co-founded DecisionDesk, the first cloud-based system that allowed Universities to accept multimedia audition recordings alongside student applications. Marc brought DecisionDesk to hundreds of Universities worldwide, leading to hundreds of thousands of students using it annually to get their self-made music and films to Universities for consideration for acceptance. Embark later acquired DecisionDesk. In 2014, Marc founded Wifi Music School, an online marketplace that provided the opportunity for students to take private music lessons exclusively over Skype with some of the best music teachers in the world. Wifi Music School was later acquired by Flint Hills Music.

At NYU, Marc regularly hosts a Conversations Series with some of the most impactful artists and entrepreneurs in modern culture including Jack Dorsey (Co-Founder & CEO of Twitter and Square), Alexander Ljung (Co-Founder & Chairman of Soundcloud), Scooter Braun (Manager to Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, and more), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Theo Katzman (Vulfpeck), amongst many others. Marc has also given talks at the Medimex International Music Festival in Italy, Johns Hopkins University, The Academy at Carnegie Hall, as well as at other universities, global brands, and publications.

Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with a concentration in Audio Recording Technology from the joint program at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. He lives in NYC with his wife, an emotive dog, and a general sense of gratitude for getting to spend his life making things.