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Long Island High School for the Arts welcomes Grammy award-winning album designer Dave Bett

Grammy award winning Dave Bett, creative art director for Columbia Records, visited the students at LIHSA

As part of its Master Class program, students in the filmmaking class at Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) were happy to welcome Grammy award-winning album designer Dave Bett.

A trained artist, Bett is the Creative Director for Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music. He is a designer of music packaging for such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, John Legend, Foster the People, Leon Bridges, Patti Smith, Tori Amos, Avett Brothers, among many others. 

As an assignment, students in the filmmaking class are collectively creating a video, and they welcomed Bett’s artistic experience and expertise on the subject. “They had some great questions,” he said. “I’m here today because I remember how it felt to try to get into this business.”

One student asked if it was much different now than when Bett started in the business, with so much music being digitally downloaded. “It’s technically different,” Bett answered. “But it’s the same thing with the creative process and what we’re doing with creating the visuals.”

Bett said that he loves coming to LIHSA because “we’re all surrounded by other people who are interested in all aspects of the arts.”

The Master Class program is part of the school’s ongoing mission to provide its students with an inside look at the industries they are pursuing, and to introduce them to mentors within their chosen field.