Pharrell Williams, Grammy Award Winner, has been named NYU Tisch School of the Arts 2015 Artist-in-Residence, the university announced on Monday. The American singer, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur will be teaching an as-of-yet undetermined class but he will most likely be working at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.
Williams, 42, will kick off his residency with an in-depth career retrospective discussion with Jason King, a professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET at New York City’s Town Hall, according to the institute’s press release.
“We are thrilled to welcome Pharrell Williams as our artist in residence for the 50th anniversary of the Tisch School of the Arts,” said Allyson Green, dean at the Tisch School of Arts. “Pharrell is just the kind of artist and entrepreneur that many of our students aspire to become. He is remarkably gifted, and he graciously uses his talent for the good of others.”
Williams plans to discuss his career highlights with King during the event, spanning from his childhood in Virginia Beach to his current multi-media success. The singer has earned ten Grammy Awards but Williams is also a well-established entrepreneur in his own right; he owns “i am OTHER,” a multimedia channel he released in 2012 as part of Youtube’s $100 million original channel initiative. He’s also participated in multiple fashion partnerships with retail giants that include Uniqlo, Adidas, Louis Vuitton, Moncler, and more.
“Our students and faculty will have the unique opportunity to be in conversation with an artist whose work is an inspiration and widespread,” Green praised Williams of his multi-faceted accomplishments. “Pharrell has demonstrated a commitment to education in communities across the country. He’s dedicated to raising awareness to climate change, and he has taken ‘happiness’ from the stage and screen to people around the world through his work with the United Nations.”
The Q&A event is currently open to all Tisch students, faculty and staff, though there will be an opportunity for NPR music community members to attend through a special ticket giveaway in social media. A video recording of the event will also be available at NPR.org/Music for anyone that is unable to attend in person.