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 freshmen, sophomores, and juniors 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

This program is open to high school students based in the NYC Metro area who are able to commute to our Brooklyn Metrotech campus and requires a 14-week commitment on Saturdays from February through May.

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. 

Program Instructors


Chris Wade is an entertainment & marketing executive with 15+ years of experience in music and branding. Chris graduated from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and started his career managing artists and producers. As the dynamics of the music industry changed, Chris transitioned to the marketing side where he worked for several agencies specializing in artist and brand partnerships, branded music experiences and strategy + insights. He currently consults for agencies and brands as an expert in those disciplines. Prior to starting his own consulting firm, Chris most recently served as the Director of Cultural Innovation + Strategy at creative studio, Motive. There he oversaw providing cultural insights for consumer touchpoints including Music, Sports, Fashion and Lifestyle with a client focus on Mountain Dew's partnership with the National Basketball Association. Chris holds a Masters of Global Entertainment & Music Business from Berklee College of Music's Valencia, Spain Campus and mentors young creatives during his personal time.

Nicole Otero

Nicole Otero has been a world traveling DJ for 16 years, starting her career at WNYU when she was studying Music Technology at Steinhardt. Nicole’s passion for underground dance music enabled her to be a staple in nightlife rocking parties in NYC and around the globe. Unique, deep house productions are her passion with releases on CR2 Records UK remixed by Arno Cost and Thomas Gold, as well as releases on her own NYC label Lovebreak Music.

Two influential residencies that Nicole Otero gained much acclaim from are the infamous APT in Meatpacking District and celebrity hot spot SubMercer in Soho. Since 2008 Nicole has DJ'd fashion events for clients such as Michael Kors, Elle Magazine, Alberta Ferretti, Armani Bar in Hong Kong and Style Network's Rihanna Pre-Party. Private events have varied from weddings at The W Hotel and corporate events such as Coca Cola's 50th Anniversary Party in Las Vegas.

Nicole’s music education started with private piano lessons, studying Voice at LaGuardia H.S., Music Technology at NYU and finally completing her MFA in Music Education at Hunter College. Her teaching experience includes private piano and voice lessons, DJ lessons at Scratch DJ Academy, teaching  Kundalini Yoga and teaching music with the Department of Education in various elementary and middle schools.





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
Student at a Mixing Board

Photo by Dylan Kenseth

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

Important Dates

Spring 2022 

The program meets weekly on Saturdays from February 5, 2022 through May 14, 2022.

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 2022 application will open on August 2, 2021.

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.