Future Music Moguls



The Spring Future Music Moguls program is FREE of charge and for groups traditionally underrepresented in the music industry. It is designed to introduce a select group of talented high school students in 9th - 11th grade to all aspects of the contemporary music business and for students who may not have access to other programs and who would qualify for financial aid at NYU

Students who participate in Future Music Moguls not only learn about the creative process behind making songs, but they're also exposed to the exciting behind-the-scenes business decisions that help music wind up in the ears of audiences around the world. With a strong emphasis on current issues and rising trends in the distribution and delivery of music, students learn about music entrepreneurship and are exposed to career guidance that can be applied to a wide range of future activities, music related or otherwise. 

Spring 2023 Future Music Moguls students pose for a group photo, standing behind a drum kit in a recording studio


Participants in the workshop develop the leadership skills necessary for success in any field by engaging in exercises and practices in concept development and execution, decision-making and consensus building, collaboration and communication, and are expected to adhere to industry standards of punctuality and professionalism.

Qualities of an ideal candidate may include:

  • a strong interest and/or participation in the music industry
  • high academic achievement
  • a strong ability to communicate and willingness to collaborate
  • innovative or forward-thinking
  • a self-starter, drive and passion
  • competency and maturity
  • a firm commitment to completing the entire workshop

The Future Music Moguls program was not just an introduction to learning about the music business, it was an introduction to an amazing university. The program opened my eyes to infinitely more aspects of the music business. I was excited every week, waiting for Saturday to come. Walking into NYU each weekend was an adventure; we all worked so well together, and we plan to continue working together to create more music. Huge thanks to New York University and The Clive Davis Institute, for offering high school students this life-changing opportunity.

— Alec Druth, Future Music Moguls, 2015

Student at a Mixing Board

Photo by Dylan Kenseth

Important Dates

Spring 2024 

This program meets weekly on Saturdays, February through May 2024 (exact dates TBA).

More dates and deadlines are available on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

How to Apply

Please read through the Spring Future Artists Program Requirements Page to learn how to apply. You may be contacted for additional application materials.

The spring 2024 application will open on August 1, 2023.

Group photo of spring 2023 Future Music Moguls standing together and smiling for the camera

NYU requires all students (undergraduate, graduate, professional, and high school), faculty, and employees to be vaccinated and boosted to have access to NYU buildings for the 2022–23 academic year.

Vaccines must be authorized by the FDA or on the WHO list of approved vaccines. Visit our FAQ page for more information.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact the Clive Davis Institute at 212.992.8400 or Tisch.Recorded.Music@nyu.edu.