Managing Director

Nicole d’Avis is the Managing Director of Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship and leads the Open Music Initiative, a 300+ music industry member consortium focused on streamlining metadata and payment tracking for artists. She designed Berklee College’s minor in Creative Entrepreneurship, including teaching a course on Music + Blockchain, and directs its annual Silicon Valley Student Trip, the Berklee-Brown Summer Program, executive ed programs with ESADE Business School and numerous Berklee Artist Residencies for Grammy-Award winning artists. Nicole has led the formation of the Open Music Initiative into a member-supported non profit organization, and has stewarded the first stage of Open Music’s Berklee / MIT technical project. Nicole’s speaking engagements include the Beatvyne Music x Tech Conference in Dublin, Ace Hotel Artists Workshop in London, the Unclaimed Royalties Symposium at the U.S. Library of Congress and the MIT Connection Science / Forbes Imagination in Action event at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos. For the last 15 years, Nicole’s work has straddled the intersection of technology, creativity, value and education, working with thousands of young creators and makers globally to use emerging technology and the arts as tools for social justice and sustainable careers.