Making A Living In Alternative Music Markets


January 26, 2017 –
There are alternative music worlds out there that composers and songwriters don’t always hear about. Join us for an in-depth presentation by four panelists who maintain thriving careers in these lesser-known marketplaces. They’ll reveal the inner machinations of these sectors of the entertainment industry from a composer/songwriter perspective.

The SCL Presents:


SCL SongArts Committee Chair

Christy Carew

Christy Carew is a Burbank-based composer who works as Music Director, In-House Composer and Producer at 5 Alarm Music, the largest independent production music library in the nation for film, television, radio and commercials. 5 Alarm offers unparalleled music expertise from award-winning composers and musicians, representing more than 100 music catalogs and 285 independent artists. Christy has had major placements of her custom music with such clients as Cartier, NBC and Universal Pictures. Before joining the team at 5 Alarm, Christy worked as a freelance composer in the production music world for many years. She is also active as a film composer, with seven features, twenty-five short films and a national ad campaign on her resume.

Brad Kelley

What do the Sherman Brothers, Michael Giacchino, Alan Menken, Isao Tomita, Gavin Greenaway and Brad Kelley have in common? They have all written music specifically for theme parks, which can involve movies, videos, recordings, live theatrical shows, fireworks and laser shows. Brad is an internationally known orchestra conductor and award-winning producer and composer of music for the broadcast and entertainment industries. His television music is heard throughout the United States and his compositions for the Digital Production Library are performed daily throughout the world.

Brad has produced scores of successful music projects for domestic and international clients including Universal Studios, Paramount Parks, McDonalds, Disney, IBM, Mazda, ESPN, Sea World, and Fox Television. He has toured as a musician, arranger and music director, performed on Don Kirshner’s “In Concert,” The Grand Old Opry, “The Midnight Special”; written jingles for IBM and McDonald’s; been “Disney on Classic” conductor/music director from 2002 to the present and was music director for the Harry Potter World, Universal Studios Orlando Grand Opening.

He is recognized for his extensive work for Theme and Amusement Parks and other location-based entertainment in the U.S., Europe and the Orient. This includes music composition and production for dark rides, simulator films, live animal shows and nighttime spectaculars.

With more than 30 years’ experience in conducting and music direction for live and broadcast events, he is the author of numerous published collections for chorus, brass and winds and has served as a clinician for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ “Grammy Sessions” program. His conducting and recording schedule has taken him to London, Nashville, Tokyo, Dallas, Seattle and Los Angeles where he resides with his family. Brad is a member of ASCAP, The American Federation of Musicians, The Recording Academy (NARAS) and the Conductors Guild of America.

Michael & Patty Silversher

Prime-time Emmy Award-nominated, and Grammy-winning songwriters, Michael & Patty Silversher have written, composed and arranged music and lyrics for theatre, films and television.

Michael and Patty composed the score for four seasons of the hit TV series Dinosaur Train, a collaboration between Jim Henson Productions and PBS. They composed songs as well as score for the new Henson/ Netflix show, Word Party, which premiered in July 2016, as well as another Henson/PBS Sprout series Pajanimals, writing the theme song as well. They were co-composers, arrangers and musical directors/ supervisors of the Jim Henson Company/TLC television series Animal Jam.

As songwriters, Michael & Patty Silversher’s latest recording is a January 2016 release by Social Thinking Superflex: A Hero Inside. The project involves songs written for a curriculum program for people on the Autism spectrum. They have written more than a hundred songs for the Disney song catalog including Donald Duck’s 50th Birthday song, and Mickey Mouse’s 60th Anniversary Song. They have also written the theme songs for two of Disney’s most popular series of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Gummi Bears and Tale Spin, as well as the Warner Bros./ABC series Eye to Eye.

In 1997 and 1999 Michael and Patty were honored with Emmy nominations for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics for their work on Disney specials, Boo To You Too, Winnie-The-Pooh, and Winnie The Pooh: A Valentine For You. They were similarly honored in 1996 for Jim Henson Production’s 1995 Christmas special, Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas Tree. Their soundtrack of Elmo in Grouchland won the Grammy Award for Best Children’s Recording with Music in 2000.


Adryan Russ (Lyricist/Composer) writes for theater, film, television and recordings. Barry White recorded her song “The Better Love Is, The Worse It Is When It’s Over.” Emerging artist Luara sings her song “Fire In Me” (co-written with Norman Henry Mamey) that currently has over 300K views on YouTube. Legendary songstress Sue Raney recorded her song “Late In Life” (co-written with Shelly Markham). Her off-Broadway, award-winning musical Inside Out played The Cherry Lane in New York, in theaters across the U.S. and Europe, and had a recent production that garnered great reviews in Los Angeles (New York soundtrack CD: Kritzerland Records). She shares a CD “Changing My Tune” with fellow SCL member Joel Evans. Her CD “Everyone Has A Story” (LML Music) showcases her songs (one co-written with “Glee’s” piano maestro Brad Ellis). Adryan is a member of ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild and is privileged to serve on the board of The Society of Composers & Lyricists.