Clive Davis has acquired a legendary reputation for spotting and developing new musical talent in the course of his 45+ years in the recording music industry. Successively head of Columbia Records, Arista, J Records, and the RCA Music Group, Mr. Davis has signed such landmark artists as Janis Joplin; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Aerosmith; Chicago; Santana; Earth, Wind & Fire; Billy Joel; Bruce Springsteen; Barry Manilow; Patti Smith; Whitney Houston; and Alicia Keys. He co-founded both the LaFace Records label and Bad Boy Records, the two most successful hip-hop and rap labels of the '90's. He won a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Trustee Award in the year 2000 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, also in 2000.
Mr. Davis has long been an advocate of high professional standards in the recorded music industry and has taken a keen personal interest in the establishment of a degree awarding program in recorded music at the Tisch School of the Arts. In September 2003, the Tisch School of the Arts proudly inaugurated the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.
"I've felt for many years that serious, career-minded students of recorded music should have their own school, just as film aspirants have had and benefited from for decades. New York is the CENTER of the world's music whether it be rock, hip hop, pop, theatre, classical, or jazz, and the Tisch School is the creative pulse of young people everywhere. It is a dream for me to unite with the Tisch School to launch this concept, and it is thrilling to see this dream come true."