Welcome Jason King: New Chair of The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2020

Jason King

Jason King

Welcome Jason King: New Chair of The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

We’re happy to welcome Dr. Jason King —founding/longtime Clive Davis Institute faculty member, musician, DJ, performer, producer, songwriter, scholar, curator, journalist, media host, and a widely published scholar—to his role as Chair as of December 2020. Below we have republished Dr. King’s Chair announcement, as sent by Dean Allyson Green of the Tisch School of the Arts.

"Dear Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music Community,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Jason King will be the next Chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Jason is a multi-talented Canadian-American scholar, journalist, author, musician, performer, producer, songwriter, radio and video host, and event curator. This transition takes place in challenging times, but Jason has already served in leadership positions since the founding of the department. He was the program’s first Associate Chair (from 2003-2006), the first Artistic Director (from 2006-2012), and he has been the program’s Director of Writing, History and Emergent Media since the inception of the program, so I am confident that he can expertly transition into this important position as Chair. Jason is a widely-published scholar and public intellectual, a regular contributor to platforms like Pitchfork, NPR Music and CNN, and a legal expert witness for Drake, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Madonna and other superstar artists. Jason has brought many guest artists over the years to REMU, from Alicia Keys to Pharrell Williams, and this year he has been instrumental in securing 100 gecs and Devonté Hynes as artists-in-residence. Beyond the department and the music industry, Jason also has strong ties at NYU, having received his PhD from Tisch Performance Studies and having previously taught at Tisch Drama, the College of Arts and Science and the Gallatin School. As REMU’s first Director of Global Studies, he established Recorded Music’s Future Pop Music Studies program in Berlin and the J-Term course in Havana. Prior to that, he served as an affiliate faculty in NYU Abu Dhabi where he helped create and launch the music program. He has a wide range of exciting ideas for the benefit of students, faculty and staff, and I know we will all work together on moving the ReMu mission forward.

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music was born at a moment of radical change in the recording industry.  As we again find ourselves in a time of change, I am confident that REMU will continue to reinvent and thrive.  Dr. Jason King has played a key role in REMU’s development and reputation for excellence since the beginning, and all of the outstanding faculty and staff are well-placed to again adapt with creativity, dedication and experience to emerge from these times as an even stronger community.  Please join me in extending my congratulations and thanks.

Dean Allyson Green"