The Board of Directors of the SPARS Foundation recently elected Drew Waters as its new President, succeeding Kirk Imamura, President of Avatar Studios, New York.
Drew Waters currently serves as the Director of Education at Ex’pression College in Emeryville, CA. Waters possesses a unique combination of advanced education, diverse university administration and teaching experience as well as a wealth of high profile executive experience in the Recording Industry. He has a passion for real-world education as well as the preservation of artistic assets, such as recordings and the ability to leverage those assets to the betterment of the artist.
He holds a dual Ph.D. in Music Performance and Composition from New York University, a Master’s of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a BA in Sociology from Sir Wilfred Laurier University, Canada.
Waters was an Assistant Professor, Recording Technology Department Head and co-chair at California State University – Monterey Bay and Assistant Professor State University of New York (SUNY) – Plattsburgh. He has lectured and presented at many institutions including Berklee on the Road (Los Angeles) and Full Sail University. He is the author of many conference presentations addressing current trends in academia and digital learning.
Waters has served in several high profile management positions in the recording industry including Vice President of Archives for Universal Music Group, Vice President of Capitol Studio Operations, Archives and Strategy for Capitol Records/EMI and as Partner in MediaStor Audits. He has been a consultant for Slate Digital and continues artistic endeavors through his company, Frameworks Music, composing, arranging, performing, recording and producing original content for sync and licensing through Warner/Chappell Publishing.
Kirk Imamura, SPARS past President, recently stated, “Drew’s diverse background in the academic arena coupled with his industry management experience, make him a perfect fit for the SPARS mission of mentoring. He has a heart for students and recording professionals and the challenges they face in a changing industry.”