New York University: Jamila Woods Joins NYU’s Clive Davis Institute as 2021-22 Artist-in-Residence

Singer, songwriter, award-winning poet and educator Jamila Woods will join the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as an artist-in-residence for the 2021-2022 academic year, along with songwriter/producer Jack Antonoff (announced in September).
Woods will kick off her residency with an in-person event on Friday, October 22 at 4 p.m. ET, where she will be in conversation with Dr. Joan Morgan, acclaimed writer, scholar and director of NYU’s Center for Black Visual Culture, about Woods’ music and practice and the way that themes of home and place inform her artistry. This event is open to all members of the NYU community and students will have the opportunity to ask questions in a closing Q&A.
Woods will host masterclasses, writing workshops, and conduct performance and songwriting critique sessions with students throughout the academic year.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to engage with students and be a part of such a unique program. Mentorship and working with students has always been a vital learning experience for me and I consider it a part of my creative process. I’m excited to share what I’ve learned so far and hopefully be of use to their process and development in whatever way I can,” said Woods.
“Jamila Woods is one of today’s most intrepid and compelling singer-songwriters: she confronts serious social issues like police brutality in her music with profound craft and precision. Jamila is also a poet, a writer, and a powerful advocate for education. Following in the footsteps of artists like Nina Simone, Jamila embodies what it means to be a literate, thinking artist in the 21st century—exactly the kind of multi-dimensional and engaged artist we’re training our students to become at the Clive Davis Institute and at the Tisch School of the Arts,” said Jason King.
Fresh from her appearance at this month’s Pitchfork Festival, Jamila Woods has released two astonishing solo albums, HEAVN, and Legacy! Legacy! that have positioned her as one of today’s most intriguing and socially-engaged musicians. Jamila is a published author, writing mentor and educator, and the former Associate Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors.

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