B.F.A., M.A., Ph.D. New York University
Jason King is the artistic director of The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, an innovative leadership institute for aspiring young music entrepreneurs at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. An associate professor and the founding faculty member of the program, he has been teaching classes on the music business, music technology, and pop music history for the last ten years. In addition to bringing numerous artists to NYU and producing live events and festivals, King has been a longtime music critic for magazines including Vibe and newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times. His pioneering approach to teaching hip hop in the classroom has been profiled on MTV, BET, and AOL, and he has been invited to give lectures on popular music at universities including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Columbia, and MIT. King is the author of The Michael Jackson Treasures, a 2009 Barnes and Noble exclusive biography on the King of Pop, which has been translated into more than seven languages, and Blue Magic (forthcoming from Duke University Press), which discusses the role of energy in the music of artists like Jay Z. He has also published numerous essays on pop culture. King has also served as a record producer and business manager for both major label and independent artists. He consults for record labels and music tech start-ups, and has excelled as a marketing and branding consultant and a live music supervisor. As well as having taught Cosmopolitanism and Popular Culture at NYUAD, he gives a graduate master class on Producing and Selling Music in the Global Marketplace for the new MFA program in International Media Producing at Tisch School of the Arts Asia in Singapore.