Pulse Music Group and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, a part of New York University’s (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, have partnered to award a graduate of the program a development publishing deal with Pulse, as announced today by Josh Abraham and Scott Cutler, Co-CEOs of Pulse Music Group, Maria Egan, President, Pulse Music Group and Jeff Rabhan, Chair, Clive Davis Institute.

The Clive Davis Institute has an annual graduating class of approximately 60 students who would be eligible to be awarded the deal with Pulse, which requires all applicants to be graduating Seniors of the program and at least 18 years of age. The winning graduate will have the opportunity to develop their songwriting and advance their career in music with the support of Pulse’s world-class A&R team. The partnership was announced at Pulse’s headquarters on March 21st and was celebrated with a mixer event with music business luminaries, NYU alumni, and current NYU students.

“I’ve known Jeff for many years and have always admired his passion shaping future generations of creative leadership in music, so I’m very happy that we’ve found a way to work together through Pulse’s partnership with NYU. The Clive Davis Institute is an incredible organization that attracts top talent, and we’re very excited to offer a graduate access to our resources and our network of songwriters to help further their career,” said Josh Abraham.

“There is no greater gift than to be able to turn my 20 year professional relationship and friendship with Josh into an opportunity for the next generation of music industry leaders,” said Jeff Rabhan.

Applicants will submit three songs and a personal mission statement. The Pulse Music Group A&R team will vet the submissions and interview finalists, selecting a winner. Pulse will provide the winner with A&R support in the form of introductions to the industry, writing sessions, feedback on songs/creative work, assistance with studio, synch licensing, and publishing administration.

Pulse Music Group has a longstanding relationship with the faculty and alumni of the Clive Davis Institute. Artist and songwriter alumni of the Clive Davis Institute include Gallant (now signed to PULSE), Phoebe Ryan, Emily Warren, Fletcher, Justin Jesso, Charlie Bliss, and many others.

The Clive Davis Institute is the first and only program of its kind to provide professional business and artistic training toward a BFA in Recorded Music. The school aims to provide students with the necessary skills — business, creative, and intellectual — to emerge as visionary creative entrepreneurs in the evolving music industry. It encourages students to develop innovative musical ideas and envision new music business models, work collaboratively, cultivate both intellectual rigor and a willingness to experiment artistically, and to assume leadership roles in the art and commerce of creating and selling recorded music. Students who enroll have a wide range of aspirations. Some aspire to become CEOs of record labels. Some aspire to become record producers who helm successful production companies. Others are performing artists or music critics who want to develop their business acumen so that they might build a successful brand.