The Clive Davis Institute Slideroom Application GOES LIVE for Fall 2013 Recorded Music Applicants on the following dates. Once the application goes live, students are invited to register and begin to upload their creative portfolios after the appropriate date.
Early Decision I - beginning September 4, 2012
Early Decision II - beginning November 1, 2012
Regular Decision - beginning November 1, 2012
Internal Transfer - beginning January 7, 2013
External Transfer - beginning February 1, 2013
Once you have signed up to start a creative portfolio via The Clive Davis Institute Slideroom, you may step away and come back at any time, until the final deadline. Please make sure that you save your progress after each visit, and do not click to submit until you are 100% sure that you have properly uploaded the required components outlined below. Once you click submit, you may no longer edit your creative portfolio.
Do NOT wait until the last minute to sign up. And do NOT wait until the last minute to submit your creative portfolio, in case any technical issues arise.
If you do have any technical issues with Slideroom, please email them directly at email@example.com.
There are two required steps to successfully completing your application for admission:
You must complete the Common App w/ the NYU Supplement via the Undergraduate Admissions website, provide the requested academic documentation and supporting credentials, and submit directly to the Undergraduate Admissions department - please note that this academic requirement is slightly different for internal transfers.
You must prepare a creative portfolio (with the seven components outlined below) and submit via the institute's online application system, The Clive Davis Institute Slideroom. Please note that, upon submitting your final creative portfolio, Slideroom charges a $10 fee for applicants to use this service (you may pay this fee with credit or debit card).
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:In preparing your creative portfolio, please note that you do not necessarily need to have experience in the music industry, nor do you need to have access to resources to demonstrate your vision, creativity and passion, and your potential for success in the music industry. Have fun! Be creative!
You must clearly LABEL and UPLOAD the following SIX (6) creative portfolio components to Slideroom:
1. STATEMENT OF INTENT. Please read “Departmental Notes On Entrepreneurship” via the link on the right. In your Statement of Intent, clearly identify which of these four entrepreneur types (executive entrepreneur, producer entrepreneur, performer entrepreneur, journalist entrepreneur) you hope to become as you progress in your career. Based on your experiences so far, what kinds of skills do you possess - or do you hope to develop - that will allow you to succeed as your chosen type of entrepreneur [500-750 words; double-spaced; .pdf format]?
2. CREATIVE SAMPLE. All applicants are required to submit a creative sample that can be evaluated in approximately 5 minutes. Your creative sample should demonstrate evidence of the skills you possess—or evidence of your potential to develop the skills—that will allow you to achieve your career goals as the entrepreneur type outlined in your statement of intent [a complete list of accepted file formats can be found on the Slideroom application site].
Your submission may be one sample that totals five minutes of review
or multiple samples that together total five minutes of review. You may
submit audio, video, and/or a sample of articles you have written or
published, a business plan you would like to implement, flyers or
promotional materials you have designed, etc. What samples you submit
for your creative portfolio should be specific to what kind of
entrepreneur you are interested in pursuing while in the Clive Davis
Examples of past creative sample submissions have included, but are not limited to:
- A business plan you would like to implement, or have already implemented
- Evidence of experience with Internet/new media, music marketing, promotions, A&R, management, merchandising, Internet entrepreneurship as well as work on a street team or as a music stylist
- Audio recordings of music you have either composed, produced, arranged, engineered, or performed on, and may also include multimedia recordings, music videos, or lyrics written
- Promotional materials you’ve created showing your graphic design such as logos on a t-shirt, band or event flyers and ads
- Evidence of live events, concert production and promotion
- Articles you have published on music, music photography, evidence of music blogging
- Designs you have done for a home or school studio and technology including construction and implementation of the studio with reasons for choices made
- Films you have scored, soundtracks, or sound design
- Video of live performance [highly encouraged for performer entrepreneurs]
3. DETAILED STATEMENT about your creative sample. Each applicant is also required to submit a detailed statement that describes the work and its artistic intentions, the full extent of your creative involvement, and, if necessary, all credits due to other contributors. You must provide, as applicable, the name of the composition, composer, producer, engineer, mixer, arranger, programmer, location of recording, date of recording, full list of performers, and software used [100 words or less; .pdf format].
In all cases, the material submitted must show evidence of your original work and you must be the primary contributor to or creator of the work. Work that involves sampling or previously copyrighted material may be submitted ONLY if your creativity is displayed through the use of the sampled material.
4. ARTISTIC RESUME. Please list your previous musical, artistic, and entrepreneurial experience. Experience may include promotional activities, internship, volunteer work experience, musical skills, church choir, school chorus, band involvement, and amateur or professional performances. It may also include formal training on an instrument, voice training, technology (such as MIDI), or technical skills in music performance and recording, such as arranging or composition, as well as DJ-ing and producing. Please include instructors, courses taken, and the duration of study or engagement [1-2 pages; .pdf format].
5. CURRENT PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPH. Please include one current personal photograph that you believe represents your aesthetic as your selected type of entrepreneur, or best represents who you are [.jpg, .png, .gif, .tif format].
6. CRITICAL ESSAY. If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life, choose the ten (10) songs you would want to have on your iPod. Organize those songs into a hypothetical customized iPod playlist. Tell us the titles of the ten songs in sequence (in addition to sharing the titles with us, you can also include hyperlinks to those songs) and then write about any one (1) of those songs or artists. Explain why you've chosen that one song or artist and specifically address aspects of the recording that strike you in terms of production, artistry/performance, marketing, or promotion [500-750 words; double-spaced; your ten-song playlist should not be a part of the 500-750 words; .pdf format].Your recommender must submit the following ONE (1) creative portfolio component via Slideroom:
7. ONE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION. This letter must be from an instructor or someone who knows you creatively and can speak of your potential to succeed as a leader in the music industry. When completing your creative portfolio via Slideroom, one of the steps will prompt you to enter your recommender's email address (and an optional message). Your recommender will then receive an automatically generated email from Slideroom prompting them to click on a link to submit their recommendation for you. Their recommendation will then automatically be attached to your creative portfolio. So simple! [If desired, you may enter an email address for more than one recommender should you want to request more than one recommendation, but only one is required; .pdf format]
IMPORTANT: Please make sure that you very carefully and correctly enter the name, title/relationship, and current email address of your recommender. If the email address is entered incorrectly, your recommender will not receive your request. Once you submit your request, it is then your responsibility to follow up and make sure that they received the auto generated email request from Slideroom, and that it did not go to their spam folder. Once they have correctly received the request, you should also confirm with your recommender that they ultimately submitted their recommendation for you by the identified deadline.
*Please note that you may submit your final creative portfolio with only a "pending" recommendation. Your recommender may submit his or her recommendation after the creative portfolio deadline.
Early Decision I: submitted by November 1, notified December 15
Early Decision II: submitted by January 1, notified February 15
Regular Decision: submitted by January 1, notified April 1
Internal Transfer: submitted by March 1, notified April 1
External Transfer: submitted by April 1, notified mid-May