The Americana Music Association Foundation has announced that Rosanne Cash, the Grammy-winning songwriter, performer, recording artist, author, curator, and intellectual property advocate, will join the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development as the 2021-22 NYU/Americana Artist-in-Residence — the first artist residency developed in partnership with NYU Steinhardt.
Cash will present, curate, and moderate a variety of lectures, discussions, workshops, performances, and classroom visits throughout the 2021-22 academic year, including a three-day Lyric Workshop, in which a handful of NYU Steinhardt songwriting students will develop and workshop their original material with Cash’s guidance.
“In light of my long-standing connections to both New York University and the Americana Music Association, I’m honored to launch this exciting project,” said Cash. “This is a golden opportunity to work with NYU students and to explore and spread the word about the roots music that informs so much of what I do and who I am.”
One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Cash has released 15 albums that have earned four Grammy awards and an additional 11 nominations. She is also an author whose four books include the best-selling memoir “Composed,” which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Oxford-American, The Nation and many more publications. In addition to performing around the world, Cash has partnered in programming or served as artist-in-residence at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, San Francisco Jazz, the Minnesota Orchestra and The Library of Congress. She is also the first woman to win the Edward MacDowell Medal in Composition, which is awarded annually to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to American culture.
“Rosanne Cash has defined the role of the artist in the Americana community,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association Foundation. “She is a brilliant songwriter and performer, as well as a righteous advocate for the arts, who uses her position as a cultural leader to speak truth-to-power and make the world a better place.”
“With her multifaceted career and unique impact on America’s musical culture, Rosanne embodies the spirit and ethos of the Steinhardt School: one that embraces innovation, collaboration and the powerful role of the arts in shaping culture and reflecting the human condition. We are grateful for her continuing relationship with NYU, primarily through Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and its Songwriting program, and are thrilled that she will have an even greater presence at our school this coming year,” said Jack H. Knott, Dean, Gale and Ira Drukier Chair of NYU Steinhardt.