Society Founders

Graduate Sweet Dreams Society’s genesis came from a desire to bring genuine support to artistic communities. Artist-in-residence programs often provide resources for a limited time only—a few months or maybe a year. We strive to make dreams come true, and that doesn’t happen without long-term relationships. As founders, we’re committed to creating a lasting artists’ alliance.

DJ White Shadow aka Paul Blair

Music producer, DJ and Songwriter

A Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter and artist, Blair has produced three #1 Billboard Albums and five Top 40 singles. His extraordinary credits include writing and producing for artists of all genres, including, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Common, Rachel Platten, Julia Michaels and Pitbull. In 2012, he was nominated for a Grammy for his work on Gaga’s “Born this Way” album. He co-wrote and produced six songs for the hit film “A Star is Born.” Its soundtrack entered the charts at #1 around the world and earned Blair a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack in 2020.

DJ White Shadow wearing an animal skull over his head

Graduate Hotels

33 locations and counting

Graduate Hotels is a hand-crafted collection of hotels that reside in dynamic university-anchored towns across the country and the U.K. Each property celebrates and commemorates the optimistic energy of its community, while offering an extended retreat to places that often play host to the best days of our lives.

Graduate New Haven reception area

Space to Dream

The most important part of any creative process is having the space to create. Each Sweet Dreams Society chapter provides an entire ecosystem intent on inspiring artists, designers, musicians, and free thinkers.