Events and presenters subject to change.
September 30, 2023
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CAREER PANEL: Getting Started After Collegewith Keith Mason, Dara Taylor, and David Das.
Moderated by Pat McMakin.
STUDIO ETIQUETTE FOR PLAYERS: Communicating Skills for the Best Performancewith Dayna Bee, Chris McHugh, and Danny Rader.
Moderated by Whitney Martin.
COMPOSER/SONGWRITER PANEL: Assembling your Business Teamwith Charles Sanders, Ray Costa, and Michael Jay.
Moderated by Ashley Irwin.
VIDEO GAME PANEL: Working in Non-Linear Environmentwith Steve Schnur, Pinar Toprak, and Satoshi Noguchi.
Moderated by Tom Salta.
PRODUCTION MUSIC: Writing to Brief and Building a Librarywith Jonathan Grow, Angela Lauer, and Chris Wirsig.
Moderated by Randy Wachtler.
TRADE ORGANIZATIONS: Self-Publishing and Royalty Streamswith Kris Ahrend, Marc Rucker, and Teri Nelson Carpenter.
Moderated by Ashley Irwin.
VOCAL PRODUCTION: Selecting the Right Voice and Getting the Performancewith Laura Cooksey, Lauren Lucas, and Tim Lauer.
Moderated by Mark Evitts.
SCORE ANALYSIS: Writing to Picture for Maximum Effectwith Mark Isham.
Moderated by David Das.
MUSIC SUPERVISION: Relationship with the Composer/Songwriterwith Allison Wright Clark, Michael Jay, and Chris Wirsig.
Moderated by Jeff Rona.
COMPOSER PANEL: Assembling your Creative Teamwith Satoshi Noguchi, Joel McNeely, and David Shipps.
Moderated by Gina Zimmitti.
COMPOSER PANEL: Creating Your Own Sound On A Budgetwith Dara Taylor, Chris Alan Lee, and Brent McCorkle.
Moderated by Jay Weigel.
COMPOSER/SONGWRITER: Blending Songs and Score – "Flora and Son"with Gary Clark.
Moderated by Ashley Irwin.
SONGWRITER PANEL: Songwriting For Sync and Writing to Briefwith Russell Ziecker, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and Nina Ossoff.
Moderated by Eddie Schwartz.
SELF-PROMOTION AND SOCIAL MEDIA: How to Get Yourself Noticedwith Emily Goglia, Beth Sass, and Leonard Wolf.
Moderated by Ray Costa.
COMPOSER/SONGWRITER PANEL: The Co-writing Relationship and Team Composingwith Jeff Rona, Dara Taylor, and Devin Powers.
Moderated by Heather McIntosh.
MENTAL FITNESS: Survival Skills for Music Creators - Work/Life Balancewith Tom Salta, Danny Rader, and Jessica Louvertoure.
Moderated by Lauren Conklin.
Click the names below to learn more about them. Speakers are subject to change.
Chief Executive Officer, The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC)
Kris Ahrend is the Chief Executive Officer of The MLC, where he leads the organization in its mission to ensure songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers receive their mechanical royalties from streaming and download services in the U.S. accurately and on time. Under his direction, The MLC has already distributed more than $1 billion in royalties to its Members since officially beginning operations in 2021. Kris began his career holding positions in the Law Department at Sony Music & the Business & Legal Affairs Department at Sony BMG Music Entertainment. He also served as the President of U.S. Shared Services for Warner Music Group.
Kris has been named to Billboard magazine’s list of Change Agents and Power List and was named to Nashville Post’s list of the most influential people in 2023. Kris is a proud member of the Nashville business community, where he serves on the boards of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Downtown Partnership and on the Executive Committee of the Recording Academy’s Entertainment Law Initiative.
Composer (Frozen, Wandavision, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Christophe Beck is an award-winning composer for film and television. A graduate of Yale and USC’s film scoring program, he won an Emmy for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer before turning his attention to feature films. His body of work includes some of the highest-grossing films today, including Disney’s Frozen and Frozen 2, the Hangover series, Marvel’s Ant-Man films, and Pitch Perfect. He continues to score for television as well, most recently Wandavision and Hawkeye for Disney+. Committed to diversity in film scoring, Beck co-founded the initiative “Reel Change,” which provides funding for films scored by underrepresented composers.
Arranger & Violinist (Johnny Mathis, ELO, Josh Groban)
Dayna Bee is a violinist, songwriter and string arranger based out of Nashville, TN, by way of the Sunshine State. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance at the University of North Florida and also studied Film Scoring at UCLA where she was awarded the BMI/Jerry Goldsmith Scholarship.
Dayna has performed live and/or worked in the studio with artists such as Johnny Mathis, ELO, Trampled by Turtles, Joshua Hedley, The War & Treaty, Al Stewart, Alan Parsons, Dennis Deyoung (of Styx), Josh Groban, and Natalie Merchant. Dayna has performed on many stages, including: at the Grand Ole Opry, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Bridgestone Arena and The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Songwriter & Composer (Flora & Son, Sing Street, Demi Lovato)
Co-Founder, Mental Health Initiative & Composer (Abigail, Life and Death, The CMT Awards)
Lauren Conklin is a composer known for her organic textures, emotional melodies, and lush strings. She began composing full-time in 2019 after landing her first feature film, As Real As You Make It produced by American Pantheon (directed by Joseph Nelms), which is now streaming on Amazon. She has also scored feature films Abigail (American Pantheon/Joseph Nelms) and Life and Death (Chameleon Film Studios), as well as the winning short from Nashville’s 48 Hour Film Festival, An Immersive Guide to Pruning (Lux & Vayll), and the audiobook trailers for international bestseller Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series.
Lauren began her career as a touring strings and utility player and has performed at venues from the Royal Albert Concert Hall to the Grand Ole Opry and on television programs including The Colbert Show, The CMT Awards, and The Today Show. Her sound combines classical orchestration with world folk influences as she draws upon the musical cultures she visited and studied during her time touring internationally. As well as scoring films, Lauren has arranged and recorded strings for artists such as Lukas Graham, Russell Dickerson, Kylie Morgan, Skylar Astin, Girl Named Tom, and New Hope Club.
In addition to her work as a composer, Lauren is the founder and President of the Board of Mental Health Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring that mental health treatment is accessible to everyone in need, regardless of their income or insurance status. MHI provides financial aid to individuals with a history of severe or chronic mental illness who are in need of residential treatment but
Singer & Vocal Contractor (Nashville, Tell Me A Story, Devotion)
Laura Cooksey has been a full-time session singer, vocal contractor, touring background singer and featured soloist for over 20 years. She’s toured as a background vocalist and featured soloist for artists including Mandisa, Natalie Grant, Nicole C. Mullen, Matthew West, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Vince Gill.
As a session singer, Laura’s television vocal work includes ABC’s Nashville and Tell Me a Story, the Emmy nominated Superbook Theme Song, Netflix’s Country Comfort and NBC’s Ordinary Joe. Her voice has also been featured as a soloist on multiple video games including Apex Legends, FIFA Champions League, and the forthcoming Harry Potter release. Laura’s background vocal and choir album credits include Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Blake Shelton, LANY, Ben Abraham, Natalie Grant, Joss Stone, Mandisa, Gavin Degraw, Casting Crowns, Disney Parks, and Walt Disney World Imagineering. Cookey’s extensive experienence as a session singer led to the opportunity to begin vocal contracting over a decade ago. For the last five years, Cooksey and her business partner David Wise have been in high demand as vocal contractors and co-founders of TenTwoSix Music Group. Some of their most recent projects include work for films Devotion and A Christmas Story Christmas, live vocals for The CMA Awards and The Ryman Tribute to Naomi Judd, Disney Parks Worldwide and albums for LANY, Blake Shelton, Ben Abraham, Joss Stone, One Republic, Gavin Degraw, Francesca Battistelli, Tasha Layton, Adrea Bocelli, Katy Perry, Seth McFarlane, Casting Crowns, Matt Maher, Natalie Grant, and Michael W. Smith.
Laura lives in Franklin, TN and is most grateful to have been a part of Nashville’s unparalleled music community for 2 decades.
Publicist & President, Costa Communications
Ray Costa is the founder and president of Costa Communications, the premier public relations, marketing, and consulting firm representing composers and songwriters in visual media. Formerly an award-winning broadcast journalist, Costa brings his experience to every project with his ability to find entertaining and newsworthy angles to pique the interest of reporters, editors, and producers. Ray Costa along with Costa Communications has represented such high-profile composers ranging from multi-award winners Alan Menken and Marvin Hamlisch to contemporary composers Alexandre Desplat, Justin Hurwitz, Atticus Ross, Ludwig Goransson, Michael Abels, Robbie Robertson, and Steven Price, and new discoveries including Junkie XL, Antonio Sanchez, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Simon Franglen, and Kris Bowers. Costa Communications has also represented the songwriters behind such hits as One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” Nikki Minaj’s “Starships,” Sara Bareilles’ “Love Song,” and the Oscar® nominated song “Lost Stars” written by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisbois, performed by Adam Levine for Begin Again. Additionally, Costa has been commissioned for Oscar campaigns for songwriters including Billie Eilish, FINNEAS, H.E.R., Drake, Travis Scott, Rhianna, Taylor Swift, Carole King, Beyoncé, Brian Wilson, Van Morrison, Kendrik Lamar, Pasek & Paul, Justin Timberlake, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Diane Warren, Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, and more. Costa Communications has been contracted directly for awards campaigns with virtually every major studio including Warner Bros, Apple, Sony, MGM/UAR, Amazon Studios, Disney, Netflix, The Weinstein Company, Dreamworks, Fox, Universal, IFC, and Paramount. The firm’s award campaigns have successfully yielded nominations and wins for Oscars®, Golden Globes, Grammys, Tonys, Emmys, BAFTAs and other prestigious accolades. For over 20 years, Costa Communications has been the official public relations firm of the Society Of Composers & Lyricists.
Ray Costa is a member of ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. He is a voting member of The Television Academy, The Recording Academy, and the Motion Picture Academy. He has advised leading publications regarding panels and concerts including The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference, Deadline Sound & Screen Concerts, and Variety Music for Screens. He is an advisor for the World Soundtrack Awards (Ghent, Belgium), The SCL Awards, The Golden Globes, the International Film Music Critics Association, the Transatlantyk Film and Music Festival (Lodj, Poland), Krakow Film Music Festival, and the Middleburg Film Festival (Middleburg, Virginia). Ray Costa is also a co-founder of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Fimucité (Tenerife), MOSMA (Malaga, Spain) and the Apulia Film Music Festival (Apulia, Italy).
Costa Communications has represented pro-bono non-profits including Education Through Music – Los Angeles, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, and Hollywood Heart. The firm has expanded to video production through news featurettes for clients that have been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and more. During COVID, Ray Costa was commissioned to produce a Film Music Summit as part of the Cannes Film Festival including live streaming concerts. He also Co-Executive produced the Emmy nominated Variety Special, Soundtrack of Our Lives, featuring celebrities and icons of TV and Film music. Additionally, he consulted with Brazilian performing rights organizations and attorneys to connect nearly two million dollars in royalty payments with American composers and songwriters.
Composer & President, Academy of Scoring Arts
David Das is a prolific composer, music producer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles. His experience covers the range from feature films, TV shows, cartoons, commercials, trailers, and other media work, over to modern music production, choral and orchestral writing/arranging, and more. He has worked on projects for Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, DirecTV, Dreamworks, Fremantle, Intel, BBDO, HBO, PBS, TLC, Telemundo, Weight Watchers, Coca Cola, Hal Leonard, and many others. He has composed music for dozens of TV shows, scored films (such as Lionsgate’s feature thriller The Appearing and the drama Trafficked), worked on music teams (Jordan Peele's US, HBO's Allen v. Farrow, both with composer Michael Abels), and written and produced songs for numerous pop, rock, R&B, soul, and indie artists. He serves as President of the Academy of Scoring Arts, and is also involved with or has spoken on panels with the Society of Composers and Lyricists, BMI, Television Academy (Emmys), NAMM, IMSTA, and the Production Music Association.
With a background in pop and jazz but schooled in the classical tradition, David has lived and studied all over the world, including the U.S., England, Italy, and Singapore. He earned his degree in classical piano and conducting from the University of North Texas, and during that time was a member of the award-winning Jazz Singers. Later seasons in both Nashville and in his current home of Los Angeles brought opportunities to tour as a keyboard player, arranger, producer and musical director for such diverse artists as Grammy-winning singer Rebecca St. James, American Idol superstar Katharine McPhee, Rachael Yamagata, Mark Ballas, Israel Houghton, The Voice’s Amber Carrington, Ginny Owens, Margaret Becker, Rachael Lampa, Tori Kelly, Bryan Duncan, Ryan Farish, and many others. His television writing includes theme music for Nick Jr’s Parental Discretion, Supreme Justice with Judge Karen, The Young Icons, and additional music for dozens of shows ranging from the animated Dreamworks series VeggieTales in the House, American Idol, Amish Mafia, FOX Football Daily, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, HBO’s Homeland, Pawn Stars, Say Yes to the Dress, The Sing-Off, So You Think You Can Dance, and many more. He has done sound design work for Big Fish Audio, MOTU, and N
Composer & Songwriter (Frog and Toad, SMASH, Nas's King's Disease II Album)
Mark Evitts is an accomplished American composer, songwriter, musician, and producer working across the television, film and music industries. Most recently, Mark served as composer and songwriter for the new Apple TV+ animated series Frog and Toad, based on the best-selling children’s book. The score features a memorable musical palette highlighted by Dixieland banjos and fiddles, alongside swing clarinets and Hot Club guitar. Following his early career work as a road musician playing with country music artists, Mark has established himself as a versatile songwriter and composer. His songwriting credits include co-writing Nas' single "Brunch on Sundays,” which he also performed on, from the Grammy-nominated album King's Disease II and The Game's single "Violence".
In addition to his songwriting and composing work, Mark has served as an arranger and musician on several hit television shows such as NBC's SMASH, notably on Emmy-nominated song "Voice In A Dream.” Other projects he has contributed to creatively include ABC’s The Bachelor and Blood and Oil, CMT’s Nashville, BBC One's documentary Love In A Day, and SVT's award-winning documentary series Jill's Veranda. He has also contributed additional music to the score of the Netflix feature Arlo the Alligator Boy for composer Alex Geringas.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Mark has also performed on prestigious stages worldwide, including The Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall. He has developed a unique sound that he incorporates into his own projects and has provided samples of these authentic sounds to create music software and virtual instrument companies like Output's Arcade.
Social Media Professional & Vocalist (Hocus Pocus 2, Perry Mason, Disney in Concert)
Emily Goglia was raised in a family with spaghetti for dinner and sing-a-longs for dessert. Growing up in Los Angeles, she began performing professionally at a very young age, singing and dancing with many theatrical groups, including the San Francisco Ballet. She found her true love of the stage when she landed the titular role in a four-month run of Annie and never looked back. Emily continued to perform professionally throughout her teenage years, sharing the stage and screen with celebrities such as Russ Tamblyn, Eric McCormick, and Tom Hanks.
She studied at the University of Southern California, earning a double major in Theater and Music, with an emphasis in Vocal Jazz. While at college, Emily led USC’s premiere a cappella group, SoCal Vocals, to win their first and second International Championships, and also received the Best Soloist award along the way. Her acappella career continued onto the hit NBC reality competition show The Sing-Off, when she led the powerhouse female group ELEMENT and soon after joined the prestigious Americana vocal group Voices of Liberty at Disneyland. These choral groups gave her the training and connections to begin her career as a session singer in Hollywood, singing on scores such as Hocus Pocus 2, Home Sweet Home Alone, Perry Mason, Muppets Mayhem, and many upcoming projects.
Today Emily makes her living as an actor, singer, and dancer. You may have recently seen her singing with Christina Aguilera in her MasterClass online video, FOX's Grease, Live!, or becoming the winner of the CW’s Christmas Caroler Challenge. Other credits include starring in the recently released film, Knights of Swing, Evita (Eva Peron), Kinky Boots (Lauren), Rent (Maureen), Carousel (Carrie), and Into the Woods (The Baker’s Wife). Emily's award-winning one-woman show, STAGES has been performed to sold-out crowds at New York's hottest supper clubs including Feinstein's/54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, LA's Rockwell Table & Stage, and most recently at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Emily also performs with the viral sensation, Postmodern Jukebox. You’ll soon hear Emily’s voice-over talents starring in an upcoming animated short Bug Therapy directed by Jason Reisig, alongside Jay Leno, Dr. Phil, Meghan Trainor, Tom Green, and Sterling K Brown. Emily has travelled the world with the USO Show Troupe, singing and dancing for the military and their families, and just returned from a five-week tour with Disney in Concert, travelling around Southeast Asia and Mainland China singing with some of the nations’ premiere symphonies
Composer & Pianist (Howling Music, Bigger Story Music)
Jonathan Grow is a Nashville-based pianist and media composer. His career in Nashville spans more than twenty-five years as a vocalist, pianist, and songwriter. He began his transition to professional media composition in 2019. His work as a composer focuses in the areas of production music, sync licensing, advertising, and short films. He currently works as a composer for production companies Howling Music and Bigger Story Music. Jonathan is a member of SCL Nashville’s Steering Committee and chairs SCL’s Seminars Committee for Nashville. Jonathan is a husband, father to three children, and has two dogs. His passion is for telling stories that move and connect people to their own stories through the medium of music.
Composer, Arranger & President, Society of Composers & Lyricists
Emmy® award-winner, ASHLEY IRWIN, has written music for over 1,000 hours of film and television, and more than 3,000 commercials. He relocated from his native Australia to the U.S.A. in 1990 after a successful career in theatre, records, advertising and television.
He began his endless quest to understand the complexities of music licensing and associated contracts, as the in-house producer and A&R manager for an independent record label in Sydney, started his first publishing company in 1989 and currently maintains publishing entities at ASCAP, BMI and APRA.
In 1998 he was awarded Best Feature Film Score by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers for his score to the restored silent classic The White Hell of Piz Palü and the following year commissioned by the British Film Archives to write a new score to Alfred Hitchcock’s silent classic The Lodger, in honor of the great director’s 100th anniversary. Both these films continue to be performed in film-live concerts throughout the world.
In 2006, Ashley received a G.A.N.G. award for EA’s The Godfather video game.
Well-known for his collaborations with Oscar® winners Clint Eastwood and Bill Conti, Ashley has arranged and composed music for 21 Academy Awards shows (including the most recent), several Emmys® and Grammys®, as well a slew of other TV variety shows. He was Musical Director for the inaugural Screen Actors Guild Awards and for the American Giving Awards, both for NBC.
In 2015 Ashley recreated the songs of Peter Allen for the mini-series Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door and was nominated for both AACTA and APRA awards.
Composer & Performer (The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Little Fires Everywhere, A River Runs Through It)
Mark Isham is an Oscar-nominee who is a filmmakers’ composer and a musicans’ musician. With over 125 film scores, Isham has been hailed as an innovator in electronics and a lush orchestral melodist. “I create emotion through music,” says Isham. “And when I can take a person on this journey through film or recordings, there’s nothing more addicting, nor satisfying.”
Isham began composing for the film Never Cry Wolf. He has since collaborated with Robert Redford (A River Runs Through It, Quiz Show, Lions for Lambs, and The Conspirator,) scored the Oscar-winning Crash, and composed the score for the celebrated miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Isham’s other scores include 42, The Longest Ride, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (co-scored with Alicia Keys), The Accountant, Sun Dogs, A Family Man, Megan Leavey, Duck Duck Goose, Bolden, A Dog’s Journey, Togo, Honest Thief, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Judas and the Black Messsiah, Needle In A Timestack, Sex/Life, The Cleaning Lady, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent starring Nicholas Cage and Pedro Pascal, and most recently, Shooting Stars.
Isham’s television projects include ABC’s Once Upon A Time, American Crime, Philip K. Dick’s Electric, the hit Netflix series Black Mirror, Cloak & Dagger, Justified: City Primeval, Godfather of Harlem, Amazing Stories, and Little Fires Everywhere, for which he was Emmy nominated.
The native New Yorker showed an early gift on the trumpet and has recorded with legends including Herbie Hancock and Bobby McFerrin. He has released nine solo albums and performed with Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, and Kenny Loggins.
Songwriter (Top Gun, Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion)
Michael Jay has over 30 years experience in the music business which includes a background in radio, promotion, marketing and A&R. He also has in-studio experience as a creative talent with hit credits as a songwriter, lyricist, record producer and musician. His songs have sold more than 75 million records Worldwide. Michael Jay entered the music business as an A&R executive at Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records in Chicago. After moving to Los Angeles he was signed as a songwriter to Famous Music, the music division of Paramount Pictures, where he instantly landed a song on the multi-platinum Top Gun movie soundtrack. In the 1980s Michael Jay discovered, developed and shopped a record deal for Martika from The Disney Channel’s Kids Incorporated TV show. He co-wrote and produced Martika’s entire million-selling debut album including the worldwide #1 hit “Toy Soldiers.” Years later, rap superstar Eminem recorded a new version of “Toy Soldiers” and it became a hit all over again.
In the 1990s Michael Jay wrote the song “Declaration Of Love” which Celine Dion recorded for her Grammy Award-winning Album Of The Year Falling Into You.
Additional artists who have recorded Michael Jay songs are Kylie Minogue, Sheena Easton, Deborah Harry, Gloria Estefan, Mandy Moore, Peter Allen, Lulu, New Kids On The Block, and many others.Michael Jay’s most recent success was last year’s hit cover version of his Five Star song “The Slightest Touch”, which was covered by the UK pop group Steps.
In collaboration with Songwriter Hall Of Fame inductee Steve Dorff, Michael Jay co-wrote two songs in the new western movie Dead Man’s Hand starring Cole Hauser. Michael Jay also wrote the main title song for new Christmas film Holiday Twist being released in December. Michael Jay & Steve Dorff are currently writing songs for a new animated musical.
Songwriter (Eric Clapton's "Change The World", Mrs. Doubtfire The Musical, Something Rotten!)
Wayne Kirkpatrick is best known from his 1996 Grammy Award-winning song of the year, “Change The World”, recorded by Babyface and Eric Clapton. What you may not know is that Wayne has had over 200 songs recorded in the last 30 years. He has enjoyed Pop, Country, R&B and CCM success with songs such as “Every Heartbeat” and “Good For Me” by Amy Grant, “Place In This World” by Michael W. Smith, as well as recordings by Don Henley, Wynonna, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Tyler Hilton, Gabe Dixon, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Joe Cocker and The Wreckers (“My, Oh My”).
Wayne solely wrote Garth Brook’s single “Wrapped Up In You” and penned the song used in the Garth Brooks’ Dr Pepper commercial. He is also a writer on Bonnie Raitt’s singles “I Can’t Help You Now” and “I Will Not Be Broken” as well as “Take My Love With You” from her Grammy award-winning Slipstream album and had the first single from her album, Dig in Deep, entitled “Gypsy in Me.” He has produced and written on 3 Little Big Town records, yielding such top ten hits as “Boondocks”, “Bring it on Home”, “A Little More You” and “Little White Church”. His songs have been featured in movies, including Almost Famous, Phenomenon and Bruce Almighty, as well as TV shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, Hart of Dixie, True Blood and Nashville. His song, “When You Act”, was written for and featured on an episode of the Netflix original series, Julie’s Greenroom, performed by Julie Andrews and Alec Baldwin.
Wayne is also co-creator and co-composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical, Something Rotten! which was nominated for 10 Tony awards, including Best Score. He wrote songs for the Warner Bros. animated feature, Smallfoot, and is a composer/lyricist for Mrs. Doubtfire, The Musical, his second Broadway production currently playing in London’s West End. Wayne was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame for 2018.
Songwriter (Nashville, Good Trouble, The Kardashians)
Angela Lauer is an Emmy-nominated songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. The youngest daughter of famed country songwriter, Ben Peters (Charley Pride, Brenda Lee, Kenny Rogers), Lauer’s childhood was richly steeped in performance, music, and lyrics.
Lauer’s ethereal, hook-laden music has appeared in countless television shows and films including Nashville, Tell Me A Story, Teen Mom, The Runaways, Siesta Key, All My Children, Good Trouble, Love Club, The Kardashians, and Selling Sunset, and has also served as the backdrop for notable brand campaigns such as Tiffany’s, Target, Nordstrom, Windows 8, Toyota/The Voice and NFL MyCause with Patrick Mahomes. In addition to producing her own music, Lauer is a frequent collaborator in several sync projects including Bien (Secret Road) alongside husband, Tim, and Jessie Early.
Composer & Vocal Producer (Pretty Little Liars, Book Club: The Next Chapter, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist)
Tim Lauer is a Nashville-based Emmy-nominated composer, producer, songwriter, and musician whose songs have been featured in advertisements for BMW, Toyota, Target, L'Oreal, Coke, and Nike as well as dozens of TV shows including One Tree Hill, Drop Dead Diva, Hung, The White Queen, Homeland, Teen Wolf, Pretty Little Liars, and Cougar Town. As a musician, his All Music Credits as a player and arranger are close to 1,600 albums, recording with a wide variety of artists including Taylor Swift, Sean Mendez, The Civil Wars, Foy Vance, Burt Bacharach, Keith Urban, Rodney Crowell, Sheryl Crow, Megadeth, and Joan Baez. He has arranged strings for Skillet, Blake Shelton, Kaleo, Dolly Parton, Shawn Mendes, Joss Stone, The Smashing Pumpkins, and many others in addition to scoring short films and podcasts and orchestrating an art installation for respected German director Wem Winders. He has produced hundreds of cast recordings for TV and film scenes. He was Executive Music Producer for seasons five and six of the television show Nashville, following T Bone Burnette and Buddy Miller who previously held the position. Tim was also a music producer for Greenleaf (Season One) and wrote and produced the main title song performed by Mavis Staples. He has produced hundreds of cast vocals and music scenes for various TV and movie scenes.
Recent work includes producing cast vocals, prerecords and songs for David E Kelley's shows Big Sky and Avalon and the film Book Club: The Next Chapter. He’s done similar work for Amazon's A League Of Their Own, Carnival Row, and With Love, ABC’s Women Of The Movement, NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, and CBS' Tell Me A Story. He also wrote the main title, scored, and produced the music for the Netflix comedy Country Comfort starring Katherine McFee as well as scoring and producing all the songs for the country music biopic Patsy and Loretta for Sony Pictures.
He and his wife Angela and Jessie Parker have a dream pop band called Bien with over 1.4 million monthly listeners and many sync licenses.
CHRIS ALAN LEE
Composer (Emily In Paris, Younger)
Chris Alan Lee is an American composer best known for his work on the emmy nominated Netflix series Emily In Paris. Lee has also won multiple ASCAP and BMI awards as well as the acclaimed CLIO award for best musical composition in advertising. Lee has composed over 3000 episodes of network television as well as multiple film projects. Chris attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and before composing made a career as a producer/songwriter/engineer and musician for Dr. Dre, Kelly Clarkson, Ice Cube, Demi Lovato, and many other seminal artists. Chris also had a production deal through Maverick Records/Warner Bros records from 2005-2010.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Co-Founder, Mental Health Initiative
Jessie Louverture is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) who entered the mental health and social work fields in 2015. Her first internships and employment experiences were with non-profits aimed at providing services to children, families, and adults in crisis situations who have experienced domestic violence, homelessness, or sexual assault. During this period, Jessie implemented the Lethality Assessment Program at her local domestic violence resource center, supporting the development of programs and procedures and providing training for multiple law enforcement agencies on the program.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work in 2017, Jessie continued her education to pursue her developing passion for counseling while continuing her work at the crisis center. Jessie then moved into a clinical counseling internship, where she provided court-ordered counseling to individuals charged with violent or substance-related offenses.
Jessie received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and a certificate in marriage and family therapy from Richmont Graduate University in 2020. In 2021, Jessie and her family moved to Nashville, where she worked as a therapist at BrightQuest Treatment Centers. At this long-term residential treatment center, Jessie counseled individuals who experience acute psychiatric illness and supported them in providing individual and group counseling as well as family therapy. During her time counseling families, Jessie often heard about the challenges families face trying to find their loved ones treatment and support, with roadblocks like finances, insurance coverage, and lack of awareness of need. Jessie cofounded the Mental Health Initiative with her sister, Lauren Conklin Johnson, based on the immediate need for these challenges to be addressed.
Songwriter (Urban Cowboy, Danielle Peck, Damien Horne)
Lauren Lucas is a South Carolina native and a proud Belmont University alumna. An Academy of Country Music and Tony Award nominee, you have heard Lauren’s songs on Broadway (Urban Cowboy), TV and film (ABC network, feature films), and on other artist’s projects, such as Danielle Peck, Damien Horne and Risa Binder, to name a few. As a touring artist, Lauren has shared stages with Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, Blake Shelton, Billy Currington, Maroon 5, The Bacon Brothers (Kevin & Michael), and many more. She spent nearly three years touring with the all-female harmony band, Farewell Angelina and penned several songs on their latest EP. Lucas has released a string of new projects of her own in recent years. Most recently, inspired by the Trio albums of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, Lucas released a trio album of her own called, Lo-Fi Dolly. Covering country hits from the 1970’s-1990’s, she joins veteran Nashville songwriters Sara Beck and Kimberly Quinn for this self-produced, harmony-drenched collaboration.
Find tour dates, music and more informa.on at www.laurenlucas.com .
Music Contractor, Zimmitti Music Group
Whitney Martin joined Zimmitti Music Group in 2011 after visiting a recording session at the Fox Newman Scoring Stage and has been hooked on studio time ever since. Under Gina’s excellent mentorship, Whitney has learned to navigate & steer the scoring process, providing support for composers and the orchestra. She is passionate about creating work opportunities for musicians, carrying the art of recording into the next generation, and building encouraging & authentic relationship in the community. When not in the studio, she is usually found on a road trip, practicing piano, and adding to her cassette and VHS collections.
Music Technology, Belmont University’s College of Music and Performing Arts
Keith Mason is the Coordinator of Music Technology for Belmont University’s College of Music and Performing Arts. He joined the Belmont faculty in 1998 where he teaches courses and develops curriculum in the areas of digital musicianship with a focus on music for media. Keith has more than 38 years of experience in the Nashville music industry where he has served as a label director, creative director, consultant, and staff producer for various production companies. He has also been a professional consultant for many educational institutions in assisting with program and curriculum development in the areas of music technology in education.
As a professional music producer, musician, composer, arranger, and digital musician, Keith has produced music for numerous advertising agencies, record labels, and publishers. His productions have won numerous awards from Advertising Federations as well as being the executive producer for the GMA Dove Award Winning album Sing Me to Sleep, Daddy.
Keith has been an active member for CMS (College Music Society), TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) and ATMI (Association of Technology in Music Instruction), The GenNext program (a collaboration between NAMM and The College Music Society), and the MIDI Association’s “MIDI in Music Education” committee. He also serves on the steering committee for the Nashville Chapter of The Society of Composers & Lyricists.
Composer & Filmmaker (Jesus Revolution, I Can Only Imagine, Unconditional)
Brent McCorkle is a director, writer, and composer who makes films that are known for their heartfelt and visually compelling storytelling. Brent’s latest movie, Jesus Revolution, was theatrically released in the United States on February 24, 2023, by Lionsgate. The film received a 99% favourable audience rating and grossed $53 million domestically against a production budget of $15 million.
Prior to co-directing Jesus Revolution, Brent co-wrote, co-edited, directed 2nd unit, and composed the original score on the Kingdom Story Company Lionsgate hit, I Can Only Imagine. The faith-based family film starred Dennis Quaid and J. Michael Finley, was theatrically released in 2018, and grossed over $83 million at the box office.
McCorkle’s feature film directorial debut was the biographical drama Unconditional, which starred Michael Ealy and Lynn Collins. In addition to writing, directing, editing, and co-scoring the film, Unconditional was also nominated for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture by the NAACP Image Awards in 2013. A credited screenwriter on Unconditional and I Can Only Imagine, Brent has also composed original scores for Unconditional, I Can Only Imagine, Woodlawn, Steve McQueen: American Icon, Johnny Cash: Redemption, and Unsung Hero.
Brent currently resides on a farm in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, their five children, dogs, cats, chickens, honeybees, and goats.
Drummer & Music Director (Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban)
Chris McHugh, a Nashville music scene stalwart, stands as a titan among session drummers with a career spanning over three decades. He holds an impressive 3,200 recording credits and boasts 23 billion streams for collaborative works, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. His influence is underscored by 93 Platinum and 15 Gold record certifications, signifying his enduring impact on modern music.
Beyond the studio, Chris has commanded stages worldwide, supporting music icons like Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, and Keith Urban. From 2004 to 2014, he served as both drummer and musical director for Keith Urban, elevating live performances to transcendent heights. Chris McHugh's legacy is embedded in every beat, a testament to his unparalleled artistry and immortal place in music history. Moreover, McHugh brings extensive experience in live TV, having performed on a multitude of prestigious platforms including the Grammys, Golden Globes, Billboard Music Awards, ACM, CMA, CMT Awards, CMA Music Fest, The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, and many others.
Co-President, Alliance for Women Film Composers & Composer (The L Word: Generation Q, Cat Person, The Art of Self-Defense)
Heather McIntosh is a composer whose credits include Compliance, Z for Zachariah and One Dollar directed by Craig Zobel, Faults and The Art of Self-Defense directed by Riley Stearns, Astra Taylor’s Examined Life and What is Democracy?, The Quarry directed by Scott Teems, the original score for Amy Scott’s documentaries Hal and Sheryl (about Hal Ashby and Sheryl Crow respectively), The L Word: Generation Q and Partner Track (both series co-composed with Allyson Newman) and Cat Person directed by Susanna Fogel, based on the 2017 New Yorker short story of the same name, which premiered at The 2023 Sundance Film Festival.
She is also an alumna of The Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound, a Sundance Institute Time Warner Foundation Fellow, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Recording Academy and the Television Academy and Co-President of The Alliance for Women Film Composers along with Allyson Newman.
Heather started her musical career playing with the bands of The Elephant 6 Collective, Gnarls Barkley, and Lil Wayne. She has recorded with Animal Collective, Norah Jones, and St. Vincent, and has performed on stage with a variety of artists, such as Bright Eyes, of Montreal, Cat Power and John C. Reilly and Friends. Following her touring days, she has been regularly composing music for film and television since 2011.
Recording Engineer & Former Director of Operations, Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios
Pat McMakin has spent over 40 years in the music industry and has worked successfully as a recording engineer, record producer, songwriter, GM of Sony Tree Studios, and GM Tree Productions (Sony/ATV’s music production/ artist development company) and Director of Operations Ocean Way Nashville. He has worked with a wide variety of artists including Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Brooks and Dunn, Lonestar, Brenda Lee, N’Sync, Steve Martin, Willie Nelson, and countless other artists, producers and songwriters. McMakin has produced and engineered in a wide variety of musical genres including country, rock, pop, jazz, and classical music. He was employed at Sony/ATV for over 25 years.
In March of 2008 McMakin assumed the leadership of Belmont University’s Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios where he currently serves as Director of Operations. The studios are considered among the very best in Nashville and compete globally for all styles of recording.
McMakin was instrumental in building the music scoring business in Nashville starting in 2009. By 2017, due to the hard work of McMakin and many colleagues, Tennessee passed a State law offering incentives for Media music scoring across the state. He continues to build relationships in the scoring sector and look for ways to grow media composition opportunities in Tennessee and beyond.
Composer (The Orville, American Dad, Air Force One)
Joel McNeely is an Emmy® Award-winning composer and conductor with more than 100 motion picture and television credits. He maintains a busy schedule composing for film and television as well as recording, producing and concert conducting. He is currently at work scoring the Fox TV series, The Orville the TBS show American Dad and a Tokyo project for Walt Disney Imagineering. He composed, conducted and orchestrated the score for Seth MacFarlane’s feature film comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West. McNeely and MacFarlane also co-wrote an original song for the film which was performed by country music legend Alan Jackson. McNeely is currently producing Seth MacFarlane’s soon to be released 8th album project. MacFarlane’s 4th album, In Full Swing garnered Grammy nominations for both Joel and Seth as well as Best Traditional Pop Album. He also produced and arranged MacFarlane’s 2015 Grammy nominated album No One Ever Tells You which reached #1 on the iTunes Jazz sales list as well as MacFarlane’s Christmas album Holiday for Swing and his first album of big band and orchestral standards, Music Is Better Than Words for Universal Republic Records which received two Grammy nominations. McNeely also has produced and arranged songs for such artists as Sara Bareilles, Katy Perry, Norah Jones, Burt Bacharach, Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Linda Ronstadt, K.D. Lang, and Rosemary Clooney.
His film credits include Secret of the Wings, The Tinker Bell Movie, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Mulan 2, Return to Neverland, Ghosts of the Abyss, I Know Who Killed Me, Uptown Girls, Virus, The Avengers, Air Force One, Wild America, and Terminal Velocity. Television credits include Seth MacFarlane's The Orville, American Dad, James Cameron’s Dark Angel, The 2013 Academy Awards, Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal, Buffalo Soldiers, and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. McNeely received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles). He was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles), a Grammy Award for Outstanding Classical Crossover Album (The Day the Earth Stood Still) and an Annie Award for Outstanding Music in an Animated Feature (Return to Neverland). In addition, he received an ASCAP Film and Television Award (Air Force One), a BMI TV Music Award (American Dad) and a Gramophone Magazine Award for his recording of the motion picture score of Vertigo. He was given the Frost School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Miami and the Path of Inspiration Award from the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
As a conductor, McNeely led the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in an award-winning series of re-recordings of classic film scores. He conducted the Chicago Symphony at Orchestra Hall in a performance of Bernard Herrmann’s music for Hitchcock films. He conducted the same concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London’s Barbican Hall. He has also conducted the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of Uri Caine’s “Concerto for Two Pianos,” with Jeffrey Kahane and the composer as soloists. Other orchestras he has conducted include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic.
McNeely has been a faculty member of the Thornton School of Music at USC teaching film music composition. He earned a master’s degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and a bachelor of music degree from The University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
TERI NELSON CARPENTER
Music Publisher & President, Reel Muzik Werks
Teri Nelson Carpenter is a music industry veteran. Her executive experience includes a background in performing rights management and overseeing major studio and network television music departments. Ms. Carpenter’s experience in creating, protecting and monetizing music copyrights is well known and has earned her the highest level of respect worldwide. Ms. Carpenter is currently the President & CEO of Reel Muzik Werks, LLC, which is an innovative full-service independent music publisher specializing in music for Film & TV and international rights management. RMW provides Global Writer/Publisher Administration, Licensing & Clearance and Music Supervision for all Media. RMW services include management of Performance, Mechanical, Neighboring and Secondary Rights. As the executive in charge of network television music at Fox Family Worldwide/Saban Entertainment, Ms. Carpenter was responsible for overseeing the Fox Family/Saban's global music business. Prior to that Ms. Carpenter served as a Music Administration & Production Executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM Studios). Before that she was the Director of Music at Academy Award Winning Indie Company, Hemdale Film Corp. Ms. Carpenter began her career at Broadcast Music Inc. in Film/TV relations. She spent much of her time at BMI working directly with composers, publishers and content creators in providing assistance with their global performing rights concerns.
Ms. Carpenter is also an in-demand speaker at conferences around the globe, including SXSW in Austin, TX; Canadian Music Week in Toronto; the AIMP Indie Music Publishing Summit in New York City; NATPE, Miami, Music biz Nashville, All About Music in Mumbai, India; Output Belfast Music Conference; IMRO’s Business of Music Seminar Dublin, Ireland, AEDEM in Barcelona, Spain, MIDEM, Cannes France and Vancouver International Film Festival emphasizing her status as a key member of the international music community. She was recently tapped by the U.S. State Department to be a mentor and speaker at the Global Entrepreneur Summit in Hyderabad, India whose theme “Women First, Prosperity For All” involved women from over 160 countries.
Ms. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance & Composition from Cal State Long Beach where she graduated with honors. Her post graduate studies included extension courses at UCLA in International Business and she is also a recurring guest lecturer in the music department at UCLA. Ms. Carpenter is a recent two-term President of the California Copyright Conference and Finance Chair of the Board of Directors of the Copyright Alliance in Washington, D.C. Currently, Ms. Carpenter serves as a member of the Independent Publishers Advisory Counsel for the NMPA. She is also the LA Chapter President and former National Chair of the Association of Independent Music Publishers and serves on the Executive Board of the Independent Music Publishers International Forum. Ms. Carpenter is a member of the Joint Project Lead at CISAC which governs all X-Industry music projects. She is also an active member of the Society Publisher Forum where she lends her experience in many groups including the A/V working groups along with serving on the Steering Committee & Working Group for CIS-Net a FastTrack / CISAC global music database project. Finally, Ms. Carpenter is a proud member of Leadership Music Class of 2022.
Mixer & Engineer (Everything Everywhere All At Once, Lone Survivor, Elden Ring)
Satoshi Noguchi is a music mixer and engineer based in Nashville, Tennessee, specializing in film, television, video games, live production, and albums. After more than a decade in Los Angeles and New York City, the Seattle native has worked on a wide array of projects from blockbusters to independent features. He has extensive experience in studio recording and mixing worldwide, as well as live sound.
Select music mixing projects include: Everything Everywhere All At Once (Oscar winner for best picture), World of Mickey Mouse (Emmy nominated), Cat Burglar (Emmy winner), Elden Ring, Schmigadoon! (Emmy nominated miniseries), the album Eva Cassidy and the London Symphony Orchestra, Old, Roy G Biv (an installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art), The Personal History of David Copperfield (IFMCA winner), and Lion. In 2013 Satoshi was nominated for a CAS mixing award for Explosions in the Sky's score for Lone Survivor. From 2009 to 2013 Satoshi worked as a staff engineer at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions where he worked on numerous blockbuster films.
Some recent clients include Christopher Willis, Son Lux, Joseph Trapanese, Austin Fischer, Rob Cantor, and Jonathan Sadoff. Recent film studio and record label clients include Disney, Apple+, Fromsoft, Paramount, Netflix, and Blix Street Records.
Songwriter (Daughtry, The Maine, The Powerpuff Girls Movie)
Nina Ossoff is a multi-genre, multiplatinum songwriter. USA releases include songs recorded by Daughtry (#1 selling grammy nominated multi-platinum record), Halestorm (single “I Get Off” went to #9 on the rock charts), Theory of a Deadman, The Temptations (50th single on their 50th record), Patti Austin, Southside Johnny and the asbury Jukes, Irma Thomas, The Cheetah Girls, Hilary Duff, Lizzie Carter, Shinedown, The Maine, and Empatic. International releases include Judy Cheeks (#1 dance single in the UK), Kumi Koda (#10 single, largest selling artist in Japan), Jonathan Butler (single was the South African soccer anthem), Louise, Erie, and Sondra Polop (Spain’s Idol winner).
Movie and TV credits include: The theme from the Powerpuff Girls movie, The Barbie Diaries, The Bratz, Miss Congenialtiy, Center Stage, Barbershop, The Hot Chick, Cadet Kelly, The Young and the Restless, All My Children, MTV’s American Mall, Soulfood, Lizzie McGuire, NFL Football, Entertainment Tonight, and Bring It On 1 & 2.
Producer & Composer (Naked and Afraid, The Amazing Race)
Devin Powers has been a musical force for 40 years, working as a song producer and a composer with music on over 900 television productions. Currently, his music can be heard on shows such as Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, Naked and Afraid, and The Amazing Race, to name a few. Powers has recently turned his attention to trailer music, contributing music to campaigns for HBO’s His Dark Materials and Marvel’s Wakanda Forever. His passion for songwriting has him working with acclaimed country writers Gary Nicholson and Jeff Silbar, while also rocking the pop world with rising songwriters and producers Simon Jay and Luke Shrestha.
Multi-Instrumentalist & Music Director (CMA Awards, CMA Country Christmas)
Danny Rader moved from Florida in the early 2000’s, and has since been a mainstay in the Nashville session scene. He has been recognized as a Musician of the Year by the Academy of Country Music 3 times, & he has contributed to 68 #1 hits at country radio to date. He’s toured for nearly 2 decades with artists including Keith Urban & is currently out with Kenny Chesney. In 2021, he took over as Musical Director for the Country Music Association, overseeing the music for the CMA Awards, the annual CMA Fest television special, & the CMA Country Christmas Special. In recent years he's expanded into the writing world as a multi-instrumentalist writer, producer & vocalist. His personal touch is made obvious in his songs through top lyrics & catchy melodies.
Composer (God of War III, Far Cry 4, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite)
Jeff Rona is an accomplished and award-winning composer for film, TV, and video games, as well as a recording artist and music producer. He studied music, art, and photography, but left school to pursue music as his life’s work. He soon became an in-demand studio musician, arranger, sound designer, synthesist, and music programmer working in Los Angeles and New York. After working with a number of top record producers, he focused his efforts on film music, most notably collaborating with Philip Glass, Mark Isham, Lisa Gerrard, Basil Poledouris, and in longstanding musical relationships with composers Hans Zimmer and Cliff Martinez. Rona collaborated on dozens of films before landing his first solo composing project, scoring the groundbreaking television series Homicide: Life on the Street for director Barry Levinson and the Ridley Scott film White Squall which launched his solo scoring career.
As a committed and passionate protector of animal rights and global ecology, Rona has given time to score several landmark documentary films, most notably collaborating with Canadian filmmaker and activist Rob Stewart, whose film Sharkwater led to the near global ban on shark finning.
In addition to film and television work, he has written music for multiple AAA video games including the epic God of War III, Far Cry 4, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Transformers, Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5, Quantaar, ExoPrimal, and many others.
Rona’s music appears in numerous Oscar, Peabody, BAFTA, and Emmy award–winning projects, in addition to countless film festival honors around the world. He is a recipient of several ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards and the Hollywood Music in Media Award. Beyond many soundtrack albums, he has released several albums of his own music.
Associate Director, SoundExchange
Marc Rucker is an Associate Director at SoundExchange within the Brand Marketing and Industry Relations group. He is responsible for establishing and building key artist, management, and content owner relationships while helping to raise the profile of SoundExchange and deepen creator engagement in Nashville and beyond.
A passionate ally to the creative community, Marc has been embedded in the music industry for 14 years, with experience in artist management, business management, publishing, and innovation.
Before joining SoundExchange, he managed the careers of multiple successful recording artists. Marc helped co-found Young Entertainment Professionals, and to enrich the relationship between sports and music, he has consulted on live entertainment productions in major sports venues. He also participated in the charity boxing match Rumble on The Row and is an active learner and participant in the web3 and Music NFT ecosystems.
Composer (Halo, Deathloop, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon)
Tom Salta is an ASCAP award-winning and BAFTA-nominated composer who is one of the most versatile and prolific music artists/producers working in film, television, advertising, and video games. Renowned for crafting emotionally engaging soundtracks for multimedia, Salta has received widespread industry acclaim for his world-class produced hybrid scores featured in film, television, and video games such as Arkane Studios’ DEATHLOOP, Machine Games’ WOLFENSTEIN: Youngblood & Cyberpilot, Microsoft’s iconic HALO series (Best Original Soundtrack Award at Game Developers Conference), Ubisoft’s PRINCE OF PERSIA: The Forgotten Sands and RED STEEL (IGN Award for Best Original Score), Tom Clancy’s GHOST RECON and H.A.W.X series, as well as the epic theme music for the record-breaking online multiplayer game PLAYERUNKNOWN’s BATTLEGROUNDS, which has sold more than 75 million units with over 700 million players.
Attorney & Outside Counsel, Songwriters Guild of America
Bio of Charles J. Sanders 2023
Charlie Sanders is an international music and copyright attorney who serves as outside counsel to the Songwriters Guild of America, and as an advisor to MCNA, the united music creator group for North America (and a CIAM (Paris) global affiliate). He is likewise board chair of the Congressionally chartered umbrella group for America’s music organizations, the National Music Council of the United States, and advises many other music community non-profit groups, including The Native American Music Association. For nearly two decades, Sanders previously served as counsel and executive VP to the US National Music Publishers Association, Inc., during which time he principally oversaw the collection and distribution of over $4 billion in music royalties. He is licensed to practice in New York, California, Washington, DC and before the US Supreme Court, and is a graduate of NYU School of Law, where he served as a Brown-Derenberg Copyright Fellow.
Among Sanders’ related music community pursuits, he is a former chairman and thirty-year board member of the music industry’s leading social justice outreach group, WhyHunger, the recipient of a 2014 Emmy Award for the copyright education short subject Copy Kid, a three-decade Grammy voting member and former governor of NARAS, and a platinum award-winning producer, musician (tenor sax) and liner notes author. He is also a former editor of the seminal entertainment industry treatise This Business of Music, and writes and speaks frequently on issues of importance to the US and global music community (including recent panels at SXSW and appearances on various broadcast media outlets). He has served as an adjunct professor of music law and history at NYU since 1993.
In addition, Sanders is one of the most widely experienced ski journalists in the world, and currently serves as president of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association. He is among the few persons ever to have recorded off-piste alpine ski descents on all seven continents (including routes in Antarctica, the Arctic and the Himalayas). Sanders was elected as a member of the board of the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2015 (to which he now serves as vice-chair), and was selected for membership in the globally renown Explorers Club in 2018,. He is also the author of the award-winning history of the US ski troops in WWII, The Boys of Winter, and co-author of the book Passion for Skiing: The History of Snow Sports at Dartmouth College.
Songwriter (Multimedia Music, Maypop Music Group)
Beth Sass is a singer-songwriter who was signed as a staff songwriter at Multimedia Music and later Alabama's (the band) Maypop Music Group, where she was mentored by great country lyricists Don Pfrimmer and John Jarrard.
Beth supported herself as honky-tonk country keyboardist, piano-bar performer, and demo singer. She also toured for several years as a keyboard player, for acts like Herb Reed and the Platters, The Drifters, and The Coasters. Beth then recorded with producer Richard Adler (who also worked with Neil Young, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, and Alison Krauss). “Naomi” hit Indie Music Community Garageband.com, reaching #1 in Acoustic. Also, her song “Stampede” was chosen for a Shuteye Records Americana compilation, The United States of Americana. She continued to write and record, including the 2012 release, "Knowing Me", which was produced by her with Jerome Kimbrough (Ray Stevens, Ronnie Milsap). More recently, Beth has been collaborating with the certified rockstar Walter Egan (“Magnet and Steel” and “Hot Summer Nights”). Together they have written, recorded, and performed a wide array of poignant songs and released the album WEBS.
Just in time to record her new album project Blue Blind Sky with co-writer and producer Ira Ingber (Lowell George, Bob Dylan, Van Dyke Parks, J.D. Souther, Karla Bonoff, Jennifer Warnes, Andrew Gold, and Bonnie Raitt) Beth was endorsed by Casio Music Gear, promoting Casio Keyboards for performance recording, and education throughout the United States.
Beth is an active advocate for composers and songwriters. She created and leads the Nashville Chapter of Richards Gibbs' Malibu-based Composers Breakfast Club, a weekly roundtable that tackles marketing, legal, and technological topics for music creators. As a member of the steering committee for SCL's Nashville Chapter, Beth chairs the SongArts division and has partnered with SCL SongArts New York and SCL SongArts Los Angeles to develop collaborative programming for the SCL community.
Songwriter, Music Supervisor & President, EA Music
Steve Schnur is a versatile figure who has excelled as a label president, music supervisor, TV executive producer, and more. His influence spans music, movies, TV, sports, video games, and digital entertainment globally. He's received numerous awards, including multiple Guild of Music Supervisors accolades. In 2023, he secured the Best Music Supervision award for Battlefield 2042 DLC Seasons 1-3, collaborating with composers Hildur Guðnadóttir and Sam Slater. Schnur's continuous excellence led to previous wins and nominations, along with a Music Supervisor of the Year title and a Bill of Rights Award. He's also earned recognition from MUSEXPO and the Game Audio Network Guild.
Born in suburban New Jersey, Schnur's musical journey started at age 7 at Carnegie Hall, mastering guitar, piano, composition, and more. While at New York University, a chat with MTV co-founder Les Garland swiftly launched him into the network's programming team. He catalyzed iconic video premieres for many world-renowned stars, including Madonna and Michael Jackson. Schnur later held pivotal roles at record labels like Elektra, Chrysalis, and Capitol, nurturing breakthroughs for major acts including Metallica, Coldplay, and Björk. He also left his mark as a music supervisor for hit films like Cruel Intentions and Miss Congeniality, the latter earning a Golden Globe nod. In 2001, Schnur joined Electronic Arts, the global leader in video game software and streaming content. As Worldwide Executive of EA Music Group, his role is to pursue, create and continuously develop the international business plan for music in game franchises such as Madden NFL, FIFA and Need For Speed. His entrepreneurial vision has transformed both the industry and the culture, and he has been responsible for internationally launching artists that have included Green Day, Anitta, CHVRCHES, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Robyn, Fallout Boy, Black Eyed Peas, K’naan, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Glass Animals and Billie Eilish.
His hands-on approach to composer selection, orchestration, and production of well over 200 EA soundtrack albums – including original scores for Battlefield 2042, The Sims, Madden NFL, FIFA, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Medal of Honor, and Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order with composers that have included Hildur Guðnadóttir, Gordy Haab, Mark Mothersbaugh, Michael Giacchino, Junkie XL, Kris Bowers, Steve Jablonsky, and Hans Zimmer – has earned EA nearly 100 soundtrack nominations over the last 20 years. And with the formation of Artwerk Music and Music Publishing Group, Schnur directly signed, developed, and launched artists – including alternative breakthroughs acts Matt & Kim, Chromeo, Airbourne and Ladytron – for publishing, master recordings, sync deals, and distribution.
In 2011, he produced the No. 1 Billboard hit “Dance On” and the Top 5 hit “Undivided” featuring Snoop Dogg. In 2012, he was Creator and Executive Producer of the E! Network television series “Opening Act,” which starred Lady Gaga, Rod Stewart, Nicki Minaj, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO, and Jason Aldean.
Songwriter & President, Music Creators North America & CIAM
Eddie Schwartz is best known for writing such classic hit songs as “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” recorded by Pat Benatar, “Don’t Shed A Tear” by Paul Carrack, and “The Doctor” by the Doobie Brothers, as well as some two hundred songs recorded and performed by artists such as Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Robert Palmer, America, Jeffrey Osborne, Donna Summer, Rita Coolidge, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, and Mountain – among others. As a record producer, he has enjoyed success with numerous projects, including the Doobie Brothers’ Cycles album, Paul Carrack’s Groove Approved, Rita Coolidge’s Fire Me Back, as well as his own recordings as an artist. Worldwide physical sales before the streaming era were well in excess of 65 million units, and that remarkable popularity of many of his songs continues on all formats to this day.
With roots in both the US and Canada, Eddie has won numerous JUNO, BMI, and SOCAN awards, including SOCAN’s prestigious Cultural Achievement award in 2020, and he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.
Eddie has served as President of the Songwriters Association of Canada, Chair of Fair Trade Music International, and was elected to six consecutive terms on the SOCAN Board and Executive Committee before moving to Nashville in 1997, where he graduated from the renown Leadership Music program in 2000. He currently serves as President of the International Council of Music Creators (CIAM) based in Paris, and President of Music Creators North America (MCNA). In 2013 Eddie was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
Orchestrator & Arranger (Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Call of Duty, Vikings)
David Shipps is an active orchestrator and conductor based out of Nashville, TN, where he has worked for the last two decades. A graduate of the University of North Texas, David received an intense classical training in composition, studying with one of America’s most prominent female composers, Dr. Cindy McTee. As an orchestrator, David has had the opportunity to work alongside some of the entertainment industry’s most well-known composers in the areas of film, television and videogame, such as John Debney, Trevor Morris, Heitor Pereira, Christopher Lennertz, and Carter Burwell. Projects have included notable game franchises such as Call of Duty, Madden, and Marvel’s Avengers, and movie and television titles ranging from London Has Fallen, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, American Underdog, Lost in Space, and Vikings.
Coinciding with his busy schedule as an orchestrator, David has also developed into a well-respected studio conductor, having led ensembles of various sizes on over 50 projects just in the last few years alone. He enjoys the process of collaborating with studio musicians in order to give clients the performance that they envision, a task that often finds him serving in three distinct roles almost simultaneously – conductor, orchestrator, and producer.
Prior to his involvement in music for media, David established himself in sacred music, with over 400 arrangements and orchestrations to his name. He has worked with almost every major sacred publisher, including WORD Music, LifeWay Worship, Brentwood-Benson, PraiseCharts, and Semsen Music.
When he is not orchestrating or conducting, David enjoys exercising, serving in his local church and spending time with his family. David makes his home in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, their two sons, Drew and Dawson, and Humphrey, their golden retriever.
Composer (Strays, The Tender Bar, Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar)
Dara Taylor has emerged as a fresh voice in the world of scoring music to picture as evidenced by her score to Amazon Studios’s film The Tender Bar, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker George Clooney, and Universal Pictures’s film Strays starring Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx. She recently scored Sony Pictures/Screen Gems’ The Invitation for which she received a 2023 SCL Award Nomination and Netflix’s The Noel Diary directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Charles Shyer.
Her other credits include the Amazon series The Boys: Diabolical, the Warner Brothers animated feature Scoob! Holiday Haunt, the Lionsgate comedy Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar starring Kristen Wiig and Jamie Dornan which she co-scored with Christopher Lennertz, the action crime drama Echo Boomers starring Michael Shannon, the Netflix series Bookmarks, the Universal/1440 animated feature Curious George: Cape Ahoy, the Netflix docu-series Trial By Media, the FX series Pride, and the Karen Allen-starred film Colewell, for which she won a 2019 Hollywood Music in Media award.
Dara is a proud Governor of the Recording Academy’s LA Chapter, and a member of the Composers Diversity Collective, Television Academy, Society of Composers and Lyricists Early Career Committee, Alliance of Women Film Composers, and Women in Media.
Composer (Captain Marvel, Fortnite, Thursday Night Football)
Pinar Toprak is a Turkish-American Emmy-nominated composer, conductor, and performer, who specializes in creating thematic scores for everything from superhero sagas and blockbuster comedies to TV series and dramas. With her work on Captain Marvel and Fortnite, Pinar is the first female composer to score both a film and video game with gross revenues of over $1 billion and $5 billion respectively. Pinar also brings her fresh perspective and unique vision to a diversity of others musical projects, to name a few: composing the new theme for Amazon Prime Video Sports, popularly used on NFL's Thursday Night Football, composing and producing the soundtrack for Disney theme parks, including the new Epcot theme, writing and producing music for Christina Aguilera’s 2019 Xperience Live Show in Las Vegas, and conducting Billie Eilish's performance of “No Time To Die” at the 2022 Oscars ceremony. 2023 will see the releases of the highly anticipated Paramount animation film PAW Patrol: The Might Movie and the Netflix comedy Family Switch, starring Ed Helms and Jennifer Garner, both with a score by Pinar Toprak.
As the recipient of an ASCAP Shirley Walker Award and three International Film Music Critics Association Awards for Best Original Score, Pinar's dynamic style has attracted accolades across genres and earned her an Emmy nomination for Best Original Score as well as a spot on the Academy Awards shortlist.
Pinar's talent for illuminating a story with her music is evident throughout her work, including scores for The Lost City (starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, directed by Adam Nee and Aaron Nee), Stargirl on the CW (created by Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti ), Syfy's Krypton (created by David S. Goyer and Damien Kindler), HBO's McMillions (directed by James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte), Slumberland (starring Jason Momoa, directed by Francis Lawrence), and Shotgun Wedding (starring Jennifer Lopez, directed by Jason Moore), among many others.
Founder, 11 One/Music & Co-Founder, Production Music Association (PMA)
Randy Wachtler is the founder of 11 One/Music. Founder of 615 Music Companies, a leading worldwide independent production music company, active in more than 70 countries. 615 Music has earned more than 70 awards for excellence in music composition including two National EMMY'S. 615 Music is recognized as a Leader in the field of Sonic Branding & Production Music Libraries. The company was acquired by the Warner Music Group in 2010 and is now part of Warner/Chappell Production Music, where Wachtler served as President and CEO. Wachtler also co-founded the Production Music Association (PMA) based in Los Angeles, CA and most recently the past Chairman and current board member of that group. Current board member of AIMP-Nashville and has served on the boards of Leadership Music and National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).
Composer & Chair, SCL Nashville Chapter
Jay Weigel is a distinguished composer, producer, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, and contractor for film, television, recordings, and concerts. Based in Nashville and New Orleans, he has worked in the film and television industry for over 35 years. His recent scores and soundtrack recordings can be heard in the Warner Brothers films including, The Campaign, Green Lantern, Grudge Match, Get Hard, and Midnight Special; over 19 of Tyler Perry’s projects including Nobody’s Fool, Acrimony, For Colored Girls, Meet the Browns, Madea Witness Protection, and his TV series The Oval season two of Too Close To Home. Universal’s Girl Trip; HBO’s Little Britain; I Love You Phillip Morris, Bullet to the Head; Netflix’s The Last Laugh, The Highwaymen; AMC’s Interview with a Vampire and numerous documentaries and independent films, including Angela Shelton’s The Hammer and The Eagle and the Albatross; Lisa Arnold’s, Caged No More, Camp Cool Kids, One Nation, Jowan Carbin’s Cut Off.
He has worked as an orchestrator, conductor, contractor and/or score preparer for composers such as George S. Clinton, Christopher Young, David Wingo, Jon Swihart, Christopher Lennertz and Terence Blanchard. As an arranger and orchestrator, he has worked with artists such as Andra Day, REM, Tank and the Bangas, Richard Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Andy McDowell, Chris Thomas King, Jon Cleary and Judith Owen.
Currently he is working with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on orchestral arrangements for upcoming performances Big Freedia, The Lost Bayou Ramblers.
His concert work has been commissioned by numerous orchestras and organizations, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Louis Cathedral, University of Southern Mississippi Symphony, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and the Acadiana Symphony. Most recently, he premiered his orchestral work Water’s Gravity which was a follow up commission from his A New Orleans Concerto, for Orchestra.
Composer & Music Publisher (Counter Communications)
Chris Wirsig is an award-winning composer, songwriter and producer, who enjoyed classical training on piano and saxophone, studied audio engineering at SAE Technology College, and has more than 20 years experience in music production. His music can be heard in games like the acclaimed Top Ten iPad game "Alien Tribe 2," the multiple award-winning short movies "Intervention," "20 Matches," "Cat Dexx: Inkosi," and "Trick Of The Old Cat," the comedy feature film "39 And A Half," and in numerous TV shows on ABC, E!, MTV, Oxygen, Fox Sports, Audience Network/DirecTV, and more. Other projects include music for the pilot of a tech-horror web series, an LGBTQ+ animated comedy series, and a charity project with an orchestral cover version of Depeche Mode's "People Are People," a project with 36 musicians and singers.
On the songwriting/producing side, Chris started the acclaimed Electro Pop/Dark Wave band no:carrier in 1995 and the Electronica/Chill-Out project Virtual Conformity in 2001, as well as several side projects. He's also co-writing and producing songs with other artists and songwriters like Psyche, Liza Marie Sparks, Queen Chameleon, The Dust Ryde, echoekill, and many others. Apart from writing and producing music Chris also runs his own production music library Counter Communications.
Leonard Wolf is a thirty-plus-year Nashville veteran in composing, sound design, audio engineering and mixing for all media. He has won 4 Emmys, many advertising awards, and song honors from film festivals and international song competitions in a variety of genres. In advertising, Wolf’s scores have been heard in almost every sort of award-winning spot for national and regional advertising. He’s also a video editor of music videos and one indie feature and has sound design and mixed 3 features and some shorts.
As a songwriter, he has had songs cut by Vince Gill, Della Reese, Gospel great Shirley Ceasar, Jazz singer Jaimee Paul, and many others both here and in Europe. As a professional musician, media composer and engineer, Leonard has worked with a wide variety of artists including Garth, Reba, Dr. Hook, Don Everly, Donna Summers, Lee Greenwood, Billy Crystal, The Diamonds, Bill Medley, Pam Tillis and Tiny Tim. He also creates demos for songwriters and artists in many genres. He is equally at home composing orchestral or pop music, as a solo pianist, or as a one-man rock band playing guitar, bass, and drums.
ALLISON WRIGHT CLARK
Music Supervisor & Consultant
Allison Wright Clark is a music executive, music supervisor, and producer, as well as a music licensing, publishing, and A&R expert. She worked with Hans Zimmer and his team for over seven years and with the Jonas Group for three years. Her projects span many media forms, including blockbuster films such as the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, television shows such as The Good Wife, hit video games including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and advertising for major brands such as Nike and Coca-Cola. Clark is an educator as well, teaching the Music Supervision for Film and TV course at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles.
Executive Vice President & Head of Television Music, Lionsgate
Russell Ziecker's journey in the music industry has been a dynamic and multi-faceted one. Commencing his career as a touring and session bass player in the vibrant musical landscape of Los Angeles, Ziecker's early experiences fostered a deep-rooted passion for music. Transitioning seamlessly into music publishing, he took on pivotal roles such as Creative Director at Chrysalis Music Group, spearheading the establishment of the New York office, and subsequently as VP Creative and Head of Acquisitions at Virgin Music America in Los Angeles. The foundation laid, he ventured to Portland, Oregon, founding the independent record and studio production company, URGE.
Returning to the heart of the industry in Los Angeles during the mid-1990s, Ziecker showcased his adeptness by managing esteemed major label artists and collaborating with film and television composers. His talents expanded to encompass music supervision for films as well. This period marked the genesis of his affiliation with Lionsgate, coinciding with the company's foray into television and music publishing. Ziecker assumed the mantle of Head of Television Music in 2005 and played a pivotal role in curating the sonic identities of a multitude of iconic Lionsgate TV productions, including acclaimed series such as Mad Men, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, and Orange is the New Black, among others.
Ziecker's trajectory continued to ascend as he was entrusted with greater responsibilities. His appointment as the CEO of SYN America, a Tokyo-based commercial music house backed by Duran Duran's Simon LeBon, attested to his international acclaim. The canvas of his accomplishments further broadened as he took over the reins of the Starz Music department in 2017, assuming a central role in shaping the auditory landscapes of captivating shows like P-Valley, Power, Ghost, Raising Kanan, and more. Russell Ziecker's indelible footprint in the realms of music publishing, supervision, and television music direction reflects a lifetime dedicated to the harmonious convergence of creativity and entertainment.
Music Contractor, Zimmitti Music Group
Gina Zimmitti is a music contractor and L.A. native who now splits her time between California and Tennessee. Gina began work in film scoring alongside esteemed contractors Patti Zimmitti & Debbi Datz-Pyle. Nearly three decades in to her career, she still feels privileged to collaborate with talent old and new and to help shape the sound of the score by inviting the right people into the right rooms. She is thankful for the journey thus far, and is excited to continue investing in the longevity and vibrancy of film music in innovative ways. Gina is a proud mother to two amazing daughters, and wife to builder/designer Anthony. She’s often found out on a trail, in the kitchen mastering the recipes of her Italo/Greek heritage, or these days, on a plane!
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