Issue 1 | September 24th, 2018
Sound Thinking NYC is a program of the CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT) and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment in partnership with NY is Music.
Welcome to the Sound Thinking Newsletter!
*Musings on Our Inaugural Summer Intensive and More
Congratulations STNYC '18 Summer Intensive Graduates!
With your intelligence, dedication and creativity you have made it possible to launch an exciting new program for high school students to explore career pathways in the music industry and promote gender equity. I look forward to seeing you during the school year at our upcoming workshops and events.

Established as part of a series of initiatives targeting the under-representation of women in entertainment, Sound Thinking NYC is a free program offered by the Creative Arts Team (CAT) at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the  The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) , in partnership with NY Is Music , a coalition of music industry leaders.
Sound Thinking would not be possible without our amazing cohort members and families, as well as our growing list of partnerships: The ASCAP Foundation, Big Mouth Entertainment, BRIC Arts Media, CUNY K-16 Initiatives, Downtown Music Studios, Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College, Flavorlab, Gender Amplified, MONOLisa Studios, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, OkayPlayer &, Platinum Sound Recording Studios, Revive Music Group, Songtrust, Sunnyvale, Women in Music (WIM) and YouTube & Google Play Music . There are many others who have reached out and been generous with advice, support and time.

In sound thinking,
Jeanne Houck | Executive Director, CUNY Creative Arts Team
(Photo by Nia Blankson)

Jasmin Bota (STNYC '18)
One Sound Thinker reflects
on the Summer Intensive
experience. Check it out!

Read two Sound Thinkers' cool reflections on their experiences previewing Dave Grohl's newest mini-documentary, Play, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime jam session at Downtown Music Publishing!
Annalise Jaffe (STNYC '18)
Nia Blankson (STNYC '18)
Keith Johnston / CAP Program Director

"At the heart of all music is listening. Whether we are playing music, or even unconsciously exposed, we are transformed by the sound in some way."
Paola Messina / Project Manager STNYC

What is compression, anyway? Your Summer Intensive's Lead Sound Educator breaks down this essential and widely used tool in music and audio production.
Clara O'Connell (STNYC '18) and Jasmin Bota (STNYC '18) kick off their music review column with Underworld's "Tonight Alive" and Ariana Grande's "Sweetener"!
(Album cover art from Underworld and Ariana Grande)
*Below are college and music scholarship opportunities for which you can apply!
Scholarship Central
ICEBERG New Music is offering two Young Composer Awards ($1,000 scholarships) to pre-collegiate composers from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Applications are due by Oct. 15, 2018 . Find out more here

The National YoungArts Foundation is offering monetary rewards to promising high school students in all of the performing and visual arts as well as writing. Submit an application by Oct. 12th, 2018 . Find out more here
2nd Annual MY NYC SONG Teen Songwriting Contest
Guitar Mash and the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment are calling on New Yorkers ages 13-19 to submit original songs inspired by New York City. Find out more here and submit your song before Oct. 5th!
(MY NYC SONG Teen Songwriting Contest)
(Photo: Blue Man Group)

October 5th
(Photo: AES)

October 19th and 20th
The Public
(Photo: The Public Theater)

November 9th

We're always hoping to expand our network. If you'd like to join us in our mission to promote gender equity in the music industry or would like to participate in our events and workshops, e-mail us.
To learn more about the program, visit
If you'd like to submit news or reflections for future newsletters, e-mail us.
Ah-Keisha McCants, Project Director | CUNY-CAT Sound Thinking NYC | 212.652.2832 | Email | Website

Photography, unless otherwised noted, by Krista Fogle and Gabriela I. Garcia of the Creative Arts Team