Kara DioGuardi

Herb Alpert Visiting Scholar
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Kara DioGuardi is a Grammy-nominated hit songwriter, producer, Warner Brothers Records executive, music publisher, author, Broadway performer, and TV personality. Her credits include more than 50 charting singles with artists such as Pink, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, and Santana, among many others, and she is a Herb Alpert visiting scholar at Berklee, where she teaches a course on hit songwriting each fall semester.

DioGuardi’s company, Arthouse Entertainment, is one of the most successful boutique publishers in the world, with hits by Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and Demi Lovato, among others. After serving as a judge on seasons eight and nine of the hit show American Idol, she released a book, A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol, in 2011. Later that year, she made her Broadway debut, playing Roxie Hart in Chicago.

Among her many awards, DioGuardi has won the BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year Award, the NAMM Music for Life Award, and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) Songwriter Icon Award, in addition to more than 20 other honors.

DioGuardi partnered with the Phoenix House, a national drug rehabilitation center, to create recording studios in five of their facilities to allow residents an emotional safe haven to help them in their recovery. She also works closely with the Columbus Citizens Foundation and has funded a scholarship in her family’s name to help financially challenged students of Italian descent attend college.