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The Changing World of Professional Songwriting

February 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm PST









SCL SongArts LA Committee Chair

Join the Los Angeles SongArts team to learn how, in their diverse fields of experience, they continue to progress in our changing world. Their respective creative worlds encompass composing and/or songwriting for film and TV, musicals, children’s shows and alternative markets, as well as self-publishing, the business of music, artist development and building community.

John DeFaria is a composer, guitarist, producer, and performer, enjoys a variety of directions – contributing to the multi-platinum success of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, collaborating with producers Phil Ramone, George Duke, Maurice White and David Foster, or touring with Kenny Loggins, Bob James, Kitaro and Jon Anderson of Yes. John won an ASCAP Pop Award for his hit song “Get On Your Feet” and also an American Music Award for favorite Pop/Rock group with Gloria and the MSM crew. His composing ventures have yielded him top commercials for Direct TV, Subaru and television shows for Lifetime, Discovery Channel, Warner Brothers Telepictures and The Oprah Winfrey Show. John worked on the PBS documentary series Ocean Adventures with Jean Michelle Cousteau, nominated for an Emmy award for best Music and Sound Design. He scored the Warner Bros. TV movie Dukes of Hazard 2 -The Beginning and the Nat Geo special And Man Created Dog, which won a Golden Reel Award from the Motion Pictures Sound Editors Guild for best sound in a documentary. Recently John scored commercials for Weathertech, Midfirst Bank and Gilt.

Juliet Lyons is a singer, songwriter, and composer for film and television. Her singing was featured on the official trailer for Disney’s live-action Cinderella, and her original songs and music have been heard on more than 150 television shows on NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, Fox, ABC Family, MTV, VH1, E!, Netflix, Lifetime, Showtime, Bravo, and the major motion picture, Ghost in the Shell. Her 2019 album “The Light Within” debuted at #3 on Billboard’s New Age charts. She is a Hollywood Music in Media Awards and Peace Song Awards winner. She is an active member of the Recording Academy, Alliance for Women Film Composers, SCL; and is an Indie Collaborative Official Artist.

Vance and Tracey Marino are a husband-and-wife music writing team – composers, songwriters, producers with more than 3,000 songs and cues in their catalog. They’ve had thousands of placements in shows including The Voice, New Girl, The Tonight Show, Dr. Oz, Oprah, Saturday Night Live and many more. Their music is heard all over the world in reality TV shows, films, documentaries, video games, and commercials. Tracey is a classically-trained pianist hailing from Boston, and Vance is a seasoned rock and blues guitarist originally from Oahu. They have two studios in San Diego, CA, and run the San Diego Chapter of Nashville Songwriters Association International, a not-for-profit organization that encourages learning the craft and business of songwriting. www.SongMakerPro.com

Nitanee Paris, Director of A&R at ArtistMax, is an award-winning songwriter whose work has been featured in TV, films and commercials. Her credits include Netflix, MTV, VH1, Bravo, and the Hallmark Channel, and her work has been signed with multiple publishers, libraries, and licensing agencies. As a collaborator, Paris works with notable writers including Grammy-winning musicians, composers and producers, and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees; as well as contestants on The Voice and Songland, and many other talented artists around the world. Her writing has earned her five Global Peace Song Awards and two Positive Music Awards, among many other accolades. Paris has a passion for mentoring young writers and helping artists navigate the music industry by building their craft and expanding their networks.

Inbal-Rotem Sagiv is an acclaimed film producer and singer-songwriter. Working in both worlds, she specializes in translating creative visions into actionable projects. Her music video Black Iris won a NASA/ CineSpace shorts competition. She was a featured vocalist on the Israeli Emmy-nominated series Ron, and has written songs for numerous film projects. Her 2016 album “An Opportunity for a Conversation” received critical acclaim. She moderated the SCL Seminar Film and Music Collaboration – A Director’s Perspective. Inbal is Executive Director of Women Creating Change, an organization of Middle Eastern artists dedicated to bridging cultural barriers through collaboration in filmmaking.

Patty Silversher is a lyricist who collaborates with composer Michael Silversher, both known for writing hundreds of songs and themes such as Tale Spin, Gummi Bears, and Pajanimals. They’ve written for Jim Henson, Disney, Sony Wonder, MGM and Warner Bros. animations. Nominated for a Grammy Award-winning OST for The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, they’ve also been nominated for three prime-time Emmy Awards for outstanding music and lyrics. Patty co-founded the West Coast Songwriters Association in 1980, and served as Vice President of the National Academy of Songwriters. She is a founding member of SCL LA SongArts.

Tyler Traband is a film and television composer, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His music can be heard underscoring documentaries, thrillers, IMAX adventure films, TV shows and commercials. He has written and performed for top brands including Coca-Cola, Masterlock, Citgo, Simplicity, Kohler, and Harley Davidson. Although formally trained, he credits his real musical education to 20 years of writing and performing. Tyler fronted his own band in the Midwest for well over a decade. In that time he released six independent CDs, played hundreds of shows, performed on many other artist recordings, all while scoring commercials and independent films. He loves it all! The soundtrack for Tyler’s latest documentary, An American Home: Frank Lloyd Wright’s B. Harley Bradley House is out on Lakeshore Records, and he continues scoring, songwriting, and producing.

Adryan Russ writes for musical theater, film, TV, and recordings. Her off-Broadway musical Inside Out, for which she wrote lyrics and music, played The Cherry Lane in NY, theaters across the U.S. and Europe, and currently runs in Belgrade, Serbia. Her CD “Everyone Has A Story” showcases theater/cabaret songs; “Changing My Tune” features jazz-based new standards co-written with Joel Evans, some of which appear in the film Doubt, Holidate, and WandaVision; and Australian Discovery Orchestra has selected one for Broadway Records’ Emerging Musicals of 2021. Luara singing her song “Fire In Me,” and Barry White’s “The Better Love Is, The Worse It Is When It’s Over,” are both generating lots of YouTube views. Adryan is a member of ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild, the Recording Academy, and serves as LA SongArts Chair on the Board of the SCL.


FREE for current SCL members (click HERE to check membership status).

– Registered Attendees will be emailed a YouTube Live Stream link approximately 10 minutes before Seminar starts. The link will be emailed via Eventbrite.

– Attendees may ask questions using the YouTube Livestream chat function.