Assistant Professor of Practice, Music Industry
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Assistant Professor of Practice- Music Industry
University of Southern California
Flora L. Thornton School of Music
Music Industry Program
University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music invites
applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Practice in the Music
Industry Program. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track position (RTPC) to
begin August 15, 2022.The initial appointment is for three years, and is
Combining the benefits of a world-class conservatory and a leading research
university, the USC Thornton School of Music offers students the opportunity
to pursue a thorough music education in a real-world context. We offer
students a full range of musical disciplines across a demanding innovative
curriculum. Thornton is committed to building a diverse and pluralistic
faculty that is committed to teaching in a multicultural environment.
The student body at USC is extraordinarily diverse: it is racially and
ethnically a majority/minority population with a full range of expressions of
gender, ability and sexual identities which we embrace as a source of
institutional strength and community pride. The University's commitment to
building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is
full and complete. To that end, we are seeking to create as diverse a pool of
candidates as possible: one which reflects the broad diversity of identities
and experiences that comprise the country as well as the field of the music
The USC Thornton Music Industry program prepares students to succeed in a
rapidly evolving industry that is largely rooted in the Los Angeles area. The
program offers an unparalleled education, blending academics, practical
knowledge and hands-on experience for those seeking a career in all facets of
the music business, including: artist management, the record industry, music
publishing, data and analytics decision making, live promotion and production
and music supervision. The program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in
Music Industry, a Music Industry undergraduate minor, and a Master of Science
degree in Music Industry.
An ideal candidate for this position is a seasoned professional with
demonstrated success as a leader in all areas, with a solid understanding of
and reputation in the music business community. Additionally, teaching
experience in higher education, continuing education, or the executive
environment is essential. This individual should be eager to continue learning
and growing, while also imparting their knowledge and leadership skills upon
students and colleagues.
Applicants should possess expertise and proven success in past and emerging
trends associated with many of the following areas:
Data and analytics pertaining to the music Industry
Technology disruptors and their relation to music
Intellectual property (Copyright and Trademark)
Songwriting & Composition
Music publishing & licensing
Record Producing and Record Production
Record label management (Major, Indie and/or DIY)
Record label and / or publishing- Artist and Repertoire
Music marketing (may include big business, consumer behavior, brand
development, emerging/grassroots, social/streaming tools, etc.)
Podcasting (design and producing)
In addition, candidates should have excellent communication skills, be strong
collaborators, and fully embrace the mission of the Thornton School Music.
Furthermore, this individual should be an advocate for justice, equality,
diversity and inclusion within and beyond the USC Thornton community.
Principal duties include teaching at the graduate and / or undergraduate level
in courses that provide a comprehensive overview of the music industry to a
variety of different audiences, especially introductory courses. Classes
include, but are not limited to, introduction to the music industry, careers,
rights and income streams, music publishing and licensing; music industry
history regarding technology disruptors / music moguls; Diverse Beginnings:
Exploring Diversity and Inclusion at the Core of the Music Industry; DIY
record label; and entrepreneurship. Additional courses may also be assigned or
substituted, dependent upon the qualifications of the selected
candidate.Topics include, but are not limited to, artist & repertoire,
branding, music licensing, marketing & promotion, music production,
songwriting & composing and podcasting. Mentoring of individual student
capstone projects will be assigned as needed.
The selected candidate will also be expected to participate in recruiting and
mentoring students, contributing to new course and program development,
fostering relationships with music industry professionals and cultivating
internship and career placements within the industry.
Finally, it is expected that all full-time faculty participate in the general
governance of the Thornton School of Music and the University through periodic
service on School of Music and/or University committees and liaising,
connecting and advocating for the Thornton School externally with contemporary
opinion makers and leaders in the music industry.
Minimum Qualifications and / or Experience: The ideal candidate will
possess at least two (2) years of experience teaching at the collegiate
or professional training level (online or in residence) in subject
material related to music business or the music industry AND a Bachelor's
degree in music industry, business administration or related field AND at
least five (5) years applicable music industry experience at a
supervisorial level. The ideal candidate may substitute the Bachelor's
degree requirement with a minimum of ten (10) years of applicable music
industry experience in the field at the managerial / supervisorial level.
Preferred qualifications and / or Experience: Master's degree
requirement (MBA or Masters in Music Industry preferred) or a Juris
Doctor, AND /OR a minimum of fifteen (15) years of applicable music
industry experience in the field at the executive level; and at least
three (3) years of experience teaching at the collegiate or professional
training level (online or in residence) in subject material related to
music business or the music industry.
This appointment is intended to draw upon a significant background in
professional practice and is therefore not eligible for tenure. Rank will be
determined based on qualifications and experience. Salary will be commensurate
with qualifications and experience. Candidates with pedagogical focus related
to equity and improving opportunities and outcomes for historically under-
served groups are especially desired.
The initial review of applications will commence after January 1, 2022 and the
position will remain open until filled.
Interested candidates must apply through the USC online system
Candidates are asked to provide:
Letter of application
Two (2) references for letters of recommendation.
Applications without these materials will not be considered.
Do not send recordings and other supporting materials unless requested.
Materials will not be returned
USC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We strongly encourage
applications from female, under-represented minority, and veteran candidates.
REQ20109811 Posted Date: 11/18/2021 Apply