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Assistant Professor of Music Business | Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

14 Dec 2022 11:10 AM | Communications Director MEIEA (Administrator)

Assistant Professor of Music Business

School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University


The School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University seeks an exceptional industry professional and experienced teacher to join our faculty in the popular music program. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in music industry and community engagement. This is a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor, beginning fall 2023. This position will teach on the downtown Phoenix and Tempe Campuses.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities.

About the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their art. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school.

The ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre Popular Music concentration in the Bachelor of Arts in Music welcomes and accommodates 21st century musicians interested in popular music and music industry studies and entrepreneurship, including but not limited to singers and songwriters, laptop performers or composers, DJs, producers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, MCs, and other instrumentalists and vocalists whose musical practices and playing styles are representative of varied popular music idioms, as well as music production, audio recording, and music industry specialists. All students gain a working knowledge of the music industry and music business and the entrepreneurial skills necessary to gain meaningful employment upon graduation. Students participate in individual applied study in a chosen specialization and a variety of group performance and production opportunities. Internships associated with specialization courses provide opportunities for students to apply their learning in a real-life context. A capstone course allows students to further develop original work in their chosen area of emphasis. The curriculum provides meaningful pathways in the music program for students whose interests, skills, and goals lie outside the Western art music tradition.

We seek an innovative and imaginative individual who will participate in and further our effort to reimagine what arts education means in the 21st century. The Assistant Professor of Popular Music Business will teach courses such as Music Industry Studies, Music Contracts and Negotiations, Legal Aspects in the Music Business, Music Marketing, and Music Management, as well as courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise within the industry; develop the music industry subspecialty in the popular music concentration; develop and advise student-centered music business programming initiatives that are reflective of current industry practices; oversee the development of internship offerings and partnerships; initiate meaningful collaborations with faculty colleagues, the larger university community and regional professional arts organizations; and advise and participate in all legal matters pertaining to the development of the program. The candidate is expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching with the ability to instruct at the undergraduate level, both in-person and online, and to recruit high-quality students regionally, nationally and internationally. The candidate is also expected to maintain a portfolio of research or creative activity commensurate with a tenure-track position, and to work effectively with faculty colleagues and administration in service to satisfy and advance the mission of the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in music or a related field or commensurate experience. A graduate degree is required for international candidates.
  • National and/or international career in the music industry, with evidence of an extensive industry network.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, development and/or mentorship in relation to the music industry, or other related areas.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in creative activity and/or research, teaching and service to the community or profession.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Broad experience in the music industry including knowledge of current and best practices in legal matters, management, publishing/licensing, development, and/or marketing.
  • Professional career and experience in the music industry in multiple markets.
  • Evidence of administrative or leadership experience in the music industry.
  • Evidence of direct mentorship and workforce development of emerging industry professionals.
  • Ability to design and implement curriculum and programs, including online, in-person and hybrid courses.
  • The ability to advance innovative teaching practices and envision new paradigms of arts education.
  • The ability to work and collaborate across the arts and design disciplines of the Herberger Institute and with people outside the arts, across the ASU campuses, and in the community.
  • The ability to attract resources, including students, partnerships, resources, donors, grants or other sources of support to advance the mission of the popular music program, the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, and the Herberger Institute.

Instructions to Apply

Please submit the following materials as separate items:

1. A letter of interest addressing how the candidate uniquely meets the qualifications for the position, in particular: work experience, research and creative activity, innovative teaching, and service.

2. Curriculum vitae.

3. A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

4. Names and contact information of at least three references.

5. At least three and no more than five examples of candidate’s recent (within the last 5 years) research and/or creative work that illustrates the candidate’s impact on the music industry.

Examples of research and/or creative work may include articles, publications, presentations, recordings, or other public work that demonstrates the candidate’s expertise. Candidates may include recordings of creative work examples by submitting a document with live hyperlinks. For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/113398.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is January 29, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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