We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Andre Fischer to IPR in the role of Director of Music Industries. In this role, Andre will be responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships and promoting outreach efforts to develop statewide, national and international opportunities for marketing and public relations. Working with parties from non-profit and for-profit sectors, government and other educational organizations, he will cultivate fundraising, underwriting and business partnership opportunities, with the public and private sectors, in support of the Institute’s vision, mission and agenda. He will collaborate and actively engage with administration to assist in recruitment, alumni and outreach relations, fund-raising, marketing and business partnerships, and the generation of internships and job opportunities for students and graduates. Additionally, Andre’s experience as a music industry professional will be called into the academic setting, where he will act as an instructor of guest lectures, seminars and potentially his own classes in the near future.
Please join us in welcoming Andre into our community. Following is a short list of Andre’s qualifications and accomplishments.
Professional Experience: Senior Vice President, MCA/Universal Urban Music Dept; Vice President Jazz A&R for Quincy Jones, Qwest/Warner Bros.; and Vice President of Publishing Development, 20th Century Fox Records & Films. André Fischer is responsible for producing, executive producing, performing, and recording with many of the music industry’s most gifted pop, R&B, rock, and jazz performers: Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (founding member and producer), Patti Labelle, Michael Franks, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett’s Perfectly Frank (which won a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal), James Ingram, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Pointer Sisters, Diane Schuur, Temptations, Dusty Springfield, Brenda Russell, OC Smith, Dr. John, Laura Nyro, Lou Rawls, Jackie DeShannon, Nancy Wilson, Milt Jackson, Bruce Hornsby, Oscar Brown, Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions, Jerry Butler, The Rolling Stones tour, Elton John tour, The Who Tour, Etta James, Neil Diamond, Anita Baker, Janet Jackson, Vesta Williams, Leroy Hudson, Betty Wright, Phil Perry, Steve Khan, Tower of Power, Vanessa Ruben, Angela Winbush, James Moody, Ahmad Jamal, Isley Brothers, Donny Hathaway, Richie Havens, Eddie Harris, Clarke Terry, Randy Crawford, Ralph Tresvant, Jackie Lomax, Al Green, and Bobby Brown.
Other teaching experience: Former Dean of Music Industries at McNally Smith College of Music; Executive Director of McNally Smith Foundation; Thornton School of Music’s Music Industry Department at the University of Southern California
Awards and Honors: forty Platinum and twenty-five Gold Albums, three Grammy™ Awards (including a Producer of the Year nomination in 1992), and four American Music Awards
Memberships: National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Former Los Angeles Chapter President).