Patrice Rushen, ambassador of artistry in education at Berklee, is an award-winning musician and composer who is one of the most sought-after artists in the music industry. The classically trained pianist originally found success in the '70s and '80s with her signature fusion of jazz, pop, and r&b. During this era, she composed and recorded the hit song "Forget Me Nots," which has been frequently covered and sampled by other artists.
Rushen is also a four-time Grammy nominee who has composed scores for movies and television. She has been the first female musical director for many of the entertainment industry's top award shows, including the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the People's Choice Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, and HBO's Comic Relief V.
Considered one of the world's top jazz pianists, Rushen has performed with many artists, including such esteemed names as Ndugu Chancler, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Lee Ritenour, Carlos Santana, Nancy Wilson, and Stevie Wonder. She is a record producer and an award-winning composer of symphonic music, some of which was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Rushen is also an artist in residence/curriculum consultant for the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music's Popular Music Program.
Rushen also spends time working with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, NARAS's Grammy in the Schools program, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and other organizations dedicated to establishing music education and mentorship programs for underprivileged youth.