Although Ben Silvers is “a superb musician,” according to Daniel S. Godfrey, Professor and Chair in the College of Arts, Media and Design, the vocalist and keyboard artist has chosen to follow an unconventional path in the music industry. Ben, who has a 3.85 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List every semester, majored in Music Industry, rather than a performance track, so he can dive deeper into the ethnography and social dynamics of successful performing musicians.
Ben’s many achievements cover a broad realm in the music world. He has been A&R Project Manager for Green Line Records, Music Director of the Distilled Harmony a cappella group, a member of the Northeastern University Choral Society, and a piano teacher to Boston children aged 5-10. He also arranged for his a cappella group to volunteer at Susan Bailis Assisted Living, where they sang for the residents.
Perhaps Ben’s most notable achievement was winning a PEAK Experience Award—the Trailblazer Award—that allowed him to survey and interview musicians about their legal knowledge. From the results, he created a report that detailed independent musicians’ competencies regarding their rights as creators. “I was able to step out of my comfort zone and hear amazing stories from amazing people,” he says. “This project allowed me to combine my passions of music and the law into one cohesive product that will inform my studies and professional practice going forward.”
For that professional practice, Ben plans to attend law school and pursue a career in entertainment law. His minors are in business administration and law and public policy, and all of his co-ops were in the legal field. He served as President and Chief Financial Officer of the Pop Off Agency, an advertising agency for independent musicians, artists and brands. Ben was also a legal assistant for the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. Earlier, Ben was an intellectual property co-op intern for Mintz Levin. Professor Godfrey considers Ben “as brilliant a student as any I have encountered in my nearly six years at Northeastern University.” He continues, “He is a top-tier student scholar and an exceptional leader and cultural entrepreneur.”
Compass AWARD RECIPIENT
Ben is as brilliant a student as any I have encountered in my nearly six years at Northeastern University. He is a top-tier student scholar and an exceptional leader and cultural entrepreneur.Daniel S. Godfrey, Professor and Chair, College of Arts, Media and design, Department of music