Assistant Clinical Professor

NYU Music Business Program

Shirley A. Washington is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of the Music Business Program at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. She administers the Music Business Internship Program as well as teaches “Business Structure of the Music Industry” an undergraduate level course and “Promotion and Publicity of the Music Industry” a graduate level course in the music business. This summer she served as coordinator for the “What Makes A Star?” program administered by the Department of Music and Performing Arts at Steinhardt. The program brings in high school students for a week who are interested in exploring careers in the Music Industry and attending NYU’s music business program in the future.

Shirley is also owner of Clenotnes Media, Inc, a music business education and music marketing firm assisting aspiring artist’s and start-up music business companies with drafting and implementing business plans and marketing and publicity campaigns. She proudly serves as a volunteer coach/mentor for the NYU Stern Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Business Plan Competition and the Mentoring Program for Entrepreneurs. In 2010, two companies that her team mentored won the Business Plan Competition, CourseHorse, ( a new venture won $75,000 and See and Be Seen, a social entrepreneurship venture won $100,000. In 2011, Cultivora (, a new venture ompetitor she mentored, was one of the twelve finalists out of 175 entrants to the competition.

Shirley received her B.A. from Fordham University, a J. D. degree from Howard University Law School and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern Business School. She has written numerous articles about the music industry, participated in panels, as well as executive produced five compilation CD’s of local artists.