2020 Music Program

Presented annually during the Nashville Film Festival, The Music Program was launched more than a decade ago to showcase the diverse music of Nashville to the Film, TV and Advertising sync communities. Through educational Music Supervisor panels, one-on-one mentorships, artist showcases, and VIP events, the objective of the committee is to bring more sync opportunities to the Nashville Community. These virtual VIP events happen over the course of two days and in conjunction with Nashville Film Festival programming. The 2020 Edition of The Music Program will take place Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2, 2020. To participate in The Music Program click the link below to purchase the Music Badge, or you can purchase individual tickets for panels for $12 each.

Exclusive tribute to O Brother, Where Art Thou? in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary. The tribute includes a discussion with legendary actors from the film, including George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as well as an interview and music performance by Chris Thomas King.

It will also feature powerful musical performances of classic songs from the film, including a special performance by Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter Cash, and her daughter, Tiffany Anastasia Lowe. Additional musical performances include covers of classic songs from O Brother, Where Art Thou?, such as “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow” and “You Are My Sunshine,” performed by Chris Thomas King, Dan Tyminski, Kathleen Edwards and The Dead South.

Included in both the VIP Badge and Music Badge

OUR PANELS AND PROGRAMMING

Thursday, October 1st

Synopsis

The Download: Back by popular demand, this exclusive event puts you ‘in the room’ (virtually) with top decision-makers who can license your music for films, television, trailers, advertising, and video games. Each music supervisor will share inside information on their current needs and how you can best interact with them.

The Upload: Equipped with the information given at The Download, you now have the opportunity to sit ‘face to face’ (virtually) with your favorite supervisor. Pitch them music for the projects they spoke about, or chat and begin to form a meaningful relationship. The time is yours to do with it what you want! Meeting times will be approximately 8 minutes.

Please note: Due to the festival being virtual, The Upload will immediately follow The Download (as opposed to being the following day, as in years past). 

*Upon purchasing your ticket, you will be asked to prioritize the supervisors you wish to meet with. We will do our best to take these requests into consideration when scheduling.

Panelists

Maggie Phillips

Independent Music Supervisor

Music supervisor Maggie Phillips has lent her expertise to create the unique sounds of numerous TV shows and films. Phillips is the music supervisor for FX’s hit series “Legion” and “Snowfall”, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Shrill”, “The Great” and “Normal People”, and Apple’s Ron Moore series “For All Mankind”. This fall Maggie will be sharing Season 4 of FX’s Emmy and Golden Globe- winning series “Fargo”. Maggie collaborated with Sam Esmail on the final season of “Mr. Robot” as well as Amazon’s “Homecoming”. Later this year, she is working on “Angelyne with Sam again, alongside his wife, Emmy Rossum. 

In addition to television, Phillips has selected the music for more than 30 independent and feature films. She is best known for her music supervision on Barry Jenkins’s Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-winning film, “Moonlight,” the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” the romantic comedy, “Isn’t It Romantic” starring Rebel Wilson and Grammy-winning director Jesse Peretz’s romantic comedy, “Juliet, Naked.” She also supervised music for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominee, “Ingrid Goes West.” 

Phillips has been working with Noah Hawley since Fargo Season 2 and recently world on his directorial debut “Lucy In The Sky”. In addition to Hawley, Phillips has a long work history with The Duplass Brothers whom she met while attending University of Texas at Austin. She collaborated with them on projects such as HBO’s thriller series, “Room 104,” and “Togetherness,” the SXSW and Sundance film, “Cyrus,” and the TIFF film, “Jeff, Who Lives at Home.” 

Ben Dorenfeld

Senior Music Producer for Anomaly

Ben Dorenfeld has worked as a music producer in advertising for seven years. Currently, he oversees all aspects of music production and supervision as senior music producer for Anomaly. Prior to Anomaly, he produced and supervised music at Grey New York on campaigns for Volvo, Pantene, Ketel One, and more including Cannes award-winning work for both Volvo and Pantene. 

Ben began his career in the concert touring industry at International Creative Management where he oversaw contract management, routing, and client relations for artists including Kendrick Lamar, Future, and Boyz II Men, among others. Before moving to New York, he worked as a tour accountant on Oasis’ final stadium tour in the UK and as a ticketing assistant for Bruce Springsteen in Boston. 

Ben is a graduate of Skidmore College, where he served as president of the Student Entertainment Committee and program director for his college radio station, WSPN. He is an avid drummer and has enjoyed playing in bands since he was a teenager. 

Louis-Philippe Caron

Music Licensing Manager at Ubisoft

Louis-Philippe and his team handle music licensing matters and requests for all of Ubisoft’s production and marketing needs. Along with copyright clearances, they supply teams with a vast pool of musical suggestions and collaborate on musical choices for successful brands such as Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Far Cry, Rocksmith, Rainbow Six and much more. Prior to Ubisoft, he spent two years working for the publisher Third Side Music while participating in several music initiatives.

Nick Maker

Music Producer at Energy BBDO

As a music producer at advertising agency Energy BBDO, Nick pairs brands with bands, shaping the sound of global clients such as Jack Daniels, Champion, Woodford Reserve, Wrigley Extra, 5 and Orbit Gum, Facebook, Starbucks, SC Johnson, MillerCoors and many more. Prior to moving stateside, Nick worked with leading Australian supervision company Level Two Music, sourcing and licensing music for creative productions on behalf of brands like Ford, McDonalds, Lexus, Heineken, Mercedes Benz and Mars. 

Moderators

Moderator for The Download: Jim Scherer

Founder and President of Whizbang, Inc.

Jim Scherer is the founder and President of Whizbang, Inc., an entertainment company specializing in music licensing, artist management, and music publishing. Celebrating its 20th year in business, placements for Whizbang’s licensing clients can be seen in films, television, advertising, video games and other media throughout the world, while its management division manages Grammy® nominated, award-winning artists.

Moderator for The Upload: Liz Rogers

Founder and Creative Director at Anacrusis

Liz Rogers is the Founder and Creative Director at Anacrusis, where she oversees new signings, writer development, and pitching creatively for sync.  She has signed and developed dozens of writers and artists in the pop, alternative, and rock genres, including working with Drew Southwell (Trove/ Portair), James Droll, and Jake Germany (Phangs). A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Liz studied music performance, musical theatre, business, and education, and has applied those skills in jobs in experiential marketing and consulting.  In addition to Anacrusis, Liz also is an independent music supervisor and has worked on several films and documentaries, and is a member of the Guild of Music Supervisors.  Liz is an Advisor at the Entrepreneur Center, an Adjunct Artist Teacher at Vanderbilt University, and serves on the Board for SOLID (the Society of Leaders in Development) and the Music Committee of the Nashville Film Festival.  Liz was recently honored as one of Nashville’s “30 Under 30”, and was recognized by the Nashville Business Journal on the esteemed power players list “Women In Music City.”

Synopsis

Meet in a small group with top level music industry professionals specializing in sync music, production, and distribution. All of our mentors also serve on the NashFilm Music Committee and work closely in the sync community in Nashville. Mentor sessions are an opportunity to ask questions, pitch ideas, and get feedback from these incredible mentors.

Mentors

Heather Cook

Director of Marketing & Brands at Peermusic

Liz Rogers

Founder and Creative Director at Anacrusis

Steve Nalbert

Head of Round Hill’s Synchronization Licensing Department

Kourtney Kirkpatrick

VP of Sync at Concord Music Publishing

Aaron Monty

Head of worldwide creative for EPM Music

Katie Jelen

Director of Synch Licensing for Warner Chappell

Tracy Gershon

Founder of SHERO and Northern Light Music

Randall Foster

General Manager of Symphonic’s Nashville Office

ET Brown

Senior Director of Creative Services at SESAC

Spencer Nohe

Director of A&R at Warner Chappell Music

Michael August

General Manager at Demolition Music 

Daniel Higbee

VP of Synch at Dualtone Music Group

Jim Scherer

Founder and President of Whizbang, Inc.

Ben Short

Director of Licensing for Warner Chappell Production Music

Joel Timen

VP A&R and Publishing at Curb | Word Entertainment

Alex Stefano

General Manager Creative – Film + TV Sync at Big Yellow Dog Music

Rio Van

Client Manager for Symphonic Distribution

Jen Wolczyk

Vice-President, Artist Development and Creative Licensing for Whizbang, Inc.

Synopsis

Artists In Sync panel will dive into the creative process of artists and producers who are very successful in sync. We will discuss things like how to write a brief, how they stay authentic to their artistry, and how to stay ahead of the curve with music in sync trends.

Panelists

K.S. Rhoads

Songwriter, Composer, Artist, & Producer

K.S. Rhoads is a songwriter, composer, artist & producer from Nashville, TN. Ranging from complex and grandiose-to simple and intimate, Rhoads’ music draws on influences from folk, classical, cinematic pop and rock. With a vast artistic language, his music has been called “an exhibition in style, grace, and limitless possibilities.” (American Songwriter Magazine).  His songs have been featured over one hundred times in television shows including Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, Transparent, & Riverdale, as well as Movie Trailers (Netflix’s The Little Prince, jOBS). He has written music for a number of commercials including Apple, Coke, Citibank, Zillow, Kettle Chips and more.  As a composer, K.S. has written music for The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, arranged strings and brass for dozens of artists, and he scored the animated series Paranormal Action Squad .  Rhoads composed and co-wrote the ballet Seven Deadly Sins for The Nashville Ballet and The Nashville Symphony, which premiered at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.  Along with releasing three solo albums and numerous singles, Rhoads’ has written with, arranged, performed with and produced for a broad array of popular artists including Miranda Lambert, Kris Allen, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Lisa Loeb, Drew Holcomb, Ashley Monroe, and many more. Rhoads serves as bandleader for the songwriter collective Ten Out Of Tenn, and he continues to be a pivotal influence in the burgeoning independent music scene in Nashville. He is a recipient of ASCAP’s prestigious Sammy Cahn award for lyricism, and  is currently working on his first children’s album, and first musical.

Fleurie

Singer/Songwriter, Artist

Fleurie’s dreamlike ethereal vocals and intimate lyrics create music that is otherworldly yet rooted in pure emotion. Since her 2016 breakout record Love and War, the alt-pop singer-songwriter, otherwise known as Lauren Strahm, and her intensely cinematic songs have raked in more than 100 million streams and hundreds of Film and TV placements. Growing up, Strahm first discovered her love for music singing in church and studying classical piano before writing and self-recording her own material as a teen. Her songs have been featured in many tv shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Shadowhunters, and, most recently, in a series trailer for the largest video game conglomerate in the world, Riot Games’ League of Legends. Her single “Hurts Like Hell” from Love and War has been streamed more than 30 million times, and her 2018 follow-up album, Portals, has charted in 20 countries around the world. Fleurie began her touring career opening for Billboard #1 breakout hip-hop artist NF on his first sold out cross US tour in Fall of 2016, after the pair collaborated on his track “Mansion”. Since then, Fleurie has shared stages with Snow Patrol, Owl City, SYML, Greyson Chance and Roo Panes across North America, Europe, UK and Asia. Her third LP is expected to drop in 2021.

Amy Stroup

Singer/Songwriter, Artist, and Entrepreneur

For more than a decade, singer/songwriter, artist and entrepreneur Amy Stroup’s perfectly-crafted songs have transported listeners to another dimension. Stroup is one of the most licensed females in music today. Her songs, filled with vivid storytelling and emotional honesty, have appeared in hundreds of TV shows including This Is Us and Grey’s Anatomy, international ad campaigns for British Airways, Google and Amazon, and even award-nominated trailers for blockbusters like Despicable Me 3 and Peter Rabbit; her voice has provided the backing to over 500 TV/film moments. She also co-founded Milkglass Creative which provides branding and design services for many A list clients including Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett among others.

She also partners with Trent Dabbs for Sugar & The Hi-Lows, a playfully retro duo that Rolling Stone said “built a bridge between the rootsy stomp of early Sun Records tunes and the harmonized swoon of old Brill Building pop songs.”  With a live show to match their undeniable charm, the pair earned dates with the likes of Chris Stapleton, Kings of Leon, Kacey Musgraves, and Ingrid Michaelson, as well as festival appearances from Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits to Cayamo.

Alexi von Guggenberg

Songwriter, Artist, and Producer

Alexi von Guggenberg is an established songwriter, artist and producer from right outside of Washington, D.C. Alexi graduated from Berklee College of Music and while there was chosen by faculty to receive the distinguished Peter Gabriel Production Award. Soon after college, Alexi caught the ear of Nashville’s music scene with his unique perspective and fresh sound. Alexi brings a distinct and memorable sound drawing from his classical piano background, apop music influences and the hip-hop & rap pumping through his veins. Currently signed to Big Yellow Dog Music, you can hear Alexi’s music in well known television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Dancing with The Stars, How to Get Away with Murder, Law & Order, Riverdale, Lucifer, The Resident and more. XBOX, PS4, MLB, NFL, Fox Sports, Starz, HBO, NBC and more have featured Alexi’s music in notable promos. Alexi’s music has landed commercials for Apple, Old Navy, Snapchat, Bose, Payless, Valspar, T-Mobile and more. Netflix’s, 13 Reasons Why trailer featured Ruelle’s “Game Of Survival” co-written/co-produced by Alexi. By demand, Alexi frequently travels to Nashville & LA to write and produce with talented and influential artists, producers and songwriters in the sync music realm.

Moderator: Alex Stefano

General Manager Creative – Film + TV Sync at Big Yellow Dog Music

Alex Stefano, originally from Connecticut, attended Belmont University where she earned a B.B.A. in Music Business. She began interning at Big Yellow Dog Music in 2013 and eventually was hired full time in early 2015. She is now General Manager Creative – Film + TV Sync. She leads a team of 3 who have landed numerous placements for BYD’s writers including spots with Target, Apple, Motorola, and Rakuten, and in Grey’s Anatomy, HBO, Insatiable, Station 19, Lucifer, and Riverdale.

Synopsis

This panel will be an in-depth discussion with top creatives in the sync and licensing world about their successes, experience, and challenges faced as people of color in music. Looking at how the current times have changed entertainment and diversity.

Panelists

Chief WaKiL

Producer/Writer

Grammy nominated Emcee, producer, singer, songwriter, & composer. Born Mansa Wakili, in Kansas City, Missouri, WaKiL has been in love with making music since he was a teenager. In 2008, after finding local success as a rapper and producer in his hometown, he decided to move to L.A to make his name in the music industry. He has since worked with the likes of Jaden Smith, Chris Brown, Frank Ocean, The Black Eyed Peas, & Brian McKnight to name a few. In 2013, he entered the world of music licensing and has been going full steam ahead. Creating signature sounds for Got Milk, Disney/Marvel, Empire, Power, Lego Batman and more, WaKiL has become a sought-after creator in his field. Aside from his career as a buzzing rapper, WaKiL is also co-owner of WiNK Village (along with his wife, Kelli Wakili), a music production house, where he continues to create custom sounds for artists & brands, tv & film.

Yvette Metoyer

Founder of Music Supervision Company Sounds In Color

Yvette Metoyer grew up in sunny Southern California and spent countless hours scoring life’s memories by making mixtapes for her high school and college friends. After graduating from Cal State Long Beach, and working in television production on several successful shows, including the HBO series, “Big Love”, Yvette decided to take a music supervision extension course at UCLA. A one year apprenticeship with SuperMusicVision blossomed into an over ten-year working relationship with exciting collaborations on multiple film & TV projects, including the Emmy-award winning AMC series, “Breaking Bad” and the zombie apocalypse ratings juggernaut, “The Walking Dead”. Yvette currently works as the music supervisor on the acclaimed new courtroom drama series “For Life” – created by Hank Steinberg and executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, as well as the friendship comedy drama series “Sistas” for Tyler Perry Studios. In July 2020, Yvette decided to take the reins and develop her own music supervision company, Sounds In Color, which focuses primarily on music supervision for film and television projects but also includes some ad and promo production as well. Yvette is a member of Black Women in Media Collective, as well as the non-profit Free the Work.

Brian Vickers

Music Supervisor for Walt Disney’s Studio

With over 10 years of music industry experience, Brian Vickers has been able to make a name for himself in front of the camera as well as behind-the-scenes. As a performer, Brian performed with the group Afro-Blue on season 3 of the NBC show “The Sing-Off” – finishing 4th place behind the GRAMMY Award-winning group, Pentatonix. And on the post-production side, his work experience ranges from the recording label Hidden Beach Recordings and the production company Bunim/Murray Productions to one of Hollywood’s premier film trailer houses, Trailer Park, Inc. Brian currently works as a Music Supervisor for Walt Disney’s Studio’s in-house trailer team “The Hive”. He’s worked on a number of blockbuster film campaigns which include both Avengers: Infinity War & Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: The Last Jedi & Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as well as other films that include Black Panther, The Incredibles 2, Frozen 2, The Mandalorian, Hamilton, and many more.

Josh Christie

Manager at Wieden+Kennedy

Business Affairs Manager at Wieden+Kennedy NY – spent a majority around his college career thinking his goal was law school and ultimately life as a lawyer, but life had other things in mind. After working for Warner Music Group, AETV, and Fremantle media as the Music Supervisor for American Idol, Got Talent, X factor, Price is Right, and Family Feud, he moved on to running the Legal Department for Take-Two Interactive. After years of working as in house legal he moved into the Advertising world, working with great brands such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Google, Nike, Disney Parks and Resorts, Sprite, Bud light, Jordan brand, Delta and McDonald’s.

Chris Lakey

SVP of Creative Sync for Kobalt Music Publishing

With over 20 years’ experience in music publishing, Chris Lakey serves as the SVP of Creative Sync for Kobalt Music Publishing. Lakey works closely with film studios, streaming platforms, trailer houses, video game companies, music supervisors, directors and editors to further exploit Kobalt compositions for synchronization opportunities. He also oversees the Los Angeles based creative synchronization team in all of their efforts to further exploit Kobalt’s expansive catalog across all media. He has made Kobalt music contributions to some of the highest-grossing films, award-winning programs and culture-defining shows throughout his tenure.

Moderator: Charisse Presley

Manager of Music Licensing at BAM Music

One of the rising stars in the world of music and media. After graduating as Valedictorian of her class from Dillard University, Charisse earned her Masters Degree in Music Business Administration at Cal State Northridge. Since then she has built a strong reputation in the industry working at Kobalt Music Group, Shazam, Live Nation, Extreme Music, and 411 Music Group. Now she works at BAM Music where she is the Manager of Music Licensing. When she’s not handling licenses she also acts as an A&R in search of great new talent to add to BAM’s library. She also has passion for philanthropy and is currently developing a mentorship program that is specifically created to increase diversity in the Music Industry. She has had placements in various projects such as Bad Boys 3, Slender Man, It: Chapter 2, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Vox Lux and more. She has also had success with videos such as Call of Duty and Spyro. Charisse’s love for music and passion for helping others is what continues to drive her career!

Synopsis

Join us as we speak to two trailblazing women in sync, Michelle Johnson [Vida, Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan] and Erika Freijo [Subway, Volvo, Target], who are capturing new audiences and telling stories through Latin music in today’s modern film/TV/advertising landscape. We’ll explore firsthand the diversity of sounds in Latin music and how creators are connecting the dots to engage a growing demographic.

Panelists

Michelle Johnson

Music Supervisor at MusicSuperVision

Michelle Johnson is the music supervisor for Netflix’s newly released feature “Work It”, a dance comedy from director Laura Terruso, indie Teen comedy “Good Girls Get High” currently streaming on HBO MAX, Netflix’s ‘Grace and Frankie’, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, among other sharp comedies including ‘LOVE’, the Judd Apatow produced Netflix comedy series, and ‘Nobodies’, a comedy series from TV Land from executive producers Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. Michelle recently completed season 3 of the critically acclaimed Starz series VIDA created and executive produced by Tanya Saracho. She also music supervised the Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards nominated ‘Seeing Allred’, a Netflix documentary film about the controversial social justice attorney Gloria Allred. In addition to working as an independent music supervisor and consultant, Michelle has worked as worked for the past several years with the collaborative music supervision team at SuperMusicVision and has been honored to contribute to several acclaimed television series including ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Ray Donovan’, ‘Halt and Catch Fire’, ‘Better Call Saul’ and Netflix’s “Space Force”. Michelle has a number of recently released independent film projects that premiered recently including the documentary ‘Kusama – Infinity’, about the visionary artist Yayoi Kusama, the feature comedy “The Unicorn”, “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound” by director Midge Costin. Next up is the upcoming comedy “Golden Arm” from director Maureen Bharoocha and the upcoming docuseries from F/X and Killer Films entitled PRIDE, a 6 part series chronicling the last six decades of the LGBTQ+ struggle for equality.

Erika Freijo

Owner and Founder of Fat Free Music

Erika Freijo is the owner and founder of Fat Free Music, a music supervision, music production, music licensing and music consulting company catering to the Media & Entertainment industries.  Erika’s multicultural background gives her a diverse and versatile view and approach to connecting visuals with emotion in order to best enhance storytelling on each individual project via music and sound. 

After working in the legal field, Erika transitioned to the world of music production, music supervision and music licensing where she received her degree in Music Supervision at Berklee College of Music and worked with the multi-award winning music house, Personal Music, where she was honored to work on many projects with brands such as Tide, Mazda, Sprint, Snickers, Coors Light, Dish, Best Buy, Subway and State Farm as well as popular Netflix series such as “La Reina Del Sur”, “El Recluso” & “Betty in NY” amongst many others. 

In 2019 she founded Fat Free Music where she continued to offer her services to brands and other top-awarded music production companies such as Pickle Music Studios in New York where she has worked with brands such as Target, P&G, Volvo, Captain Morgan, Don Julio, Hasbro, Amazon & Olay.

Moderators

Oscar Martinez

Associate Creative Ad Markets at peermusic

As part of the peermusic ad market sync team, Oscar Martinez has been able to expand the presence of the publishers rich and diverse catalog in advertising. Working with brands like T-Mobile, Apple, Target, and more, Oscar has helped bring peermusic’s writers/artists to the forefront of the highly competitive sync market. Prior to peermusic, Oscar worked in management with a diverse and global  artist roster of Pitbull, MAGIC!, Kat Dahlia, Grandson and more. While making a shift in his careers in 2016, Oscar felt it was important to find a space where he can make a positive impact on an artists career while working with creatives. That space is the sync market, where artists are finding it’s importance now more than ever as our industry goes through another seismic shift.

Mary E. Nuñez

VP of Sync for US Latin & Latin America at Warner Chappell Music Publishing

Mary E. Nuñez is a trailblazing executive in today’s music industry. In November 2018, Nuñez joined the Warner Chappell Music Publishing Latin Division as the company’s new Vice President of Synch for US Latin & Latin America.  Prior to this position, Nuñez was Vice President of Music Licensing & Creative Services for the Sony Music Entertainment Latin Iberia Regional team. During her 11-year tenure, Nuñez established strategic alliances and partnerships on behalf of Sony Music Entertainment for Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

As a seasoned sales and marketing professional with over 25 years of experience in the United States, Latin and European markets, Nuñez has become an expert in securing placements with her synch teams throughout Latin America in the areas of commercials, television, films, independent films, trailers, video games and other brand initiatives.  Since her time with Warner Chappell Music publishing she has revitalized the advertising markets in Latin America and also a focused effort on creating original music for Pan regional campaigns ranging from brand clients in the following sectors:  beverages, banking & personal hygiene sectors.  Through creating seminars to educate the marketplace as well as developing new virtual ways of collaborating through virtual sync song camps for original content providers, her emphasis & footprint of providing support in music licensing for Latin music is paramount.

Friday, October 2nd

Synopsis

The Download: Back by popular demand, this exclusive event puts you ‘in the room’ (virtually) with top decision-makers who can license your music for films, television, trailers, advertising, and video games. Each music supervisor will share inside information on their current needs and how you can best interact with them.

The Upload: Equipped with the information given at The Download, you now have the opportunity to sit ‘face to face’ (virtually) with your favorite supervisor. Pitch them music for the projects they spoke about, or chat and begin to form a meaningful relationship. The time is yours to do with it what you want! Meeting times will be approximately 8 minutes.

Please note: Due to the festival being virtual, The Upload will immediately follow The Download (as opposed to being the following day, as in years past). 

*Upon purchasing your ticket, you will be asked to prioritize the supervisors you wish to meet with. We will do our best to take these requests into consideration when scheduling.

Panelists

Lyndsie Chlowitz

Music Supervision at Disney

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lyndsie Chlowitz has grown up surrounded by music and entertainment. She started at The Walt Disney Studios in 2008 in Music Legal and Business Affairs and quickly realized that music supervision was actually where she was meant to be. Lyndsie began her creative path at Disney in Marketing working on music for trailers and original bonus content for Home Entertainment. For the past 7 years, Lyndsie has been in Disney’s Live Action Music department and is part of the music team that has worked on the Live Action remakes of Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan. This past year, Lyndsie has primarily been focusing on the music supervision of new original content being released via Disney+ such as Stargirl, Flora and Ulysses and Godmothered.

Lealand Drake

Music Producer at Townhouse

Leland Drake is a music producer at Townhouse, New York. Originally starting his career in product management at indie label faction, Beggars Group, he has since transitioned to the agency world. Leland has supervised and produced music on advertising campaigns for brands including Pantene, Advil, Hasbro, McCormick, Applebee’s, and more. His work has been recognized at Cannes and the London International Awards. Outside of advertising, Leland stays connected with emerging music through his involvement in Brooklyn-based record label, Wharf Cat Records.

Hillary Holmes

Creative Music Executive at Lionsgate

Music Supervisor Hillary Holmes’ passion for music began as a child playing classical violin and digging through her parents’ record crates in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After moving to Los Angeles to study at Occidental College, Hillary was able to combine her love of score, film history and taste-making artists to land a job working under veteran Music Supervisor, Dana Sano. Over the course of her five year working relationship with Dana, she had the good fortune of working on a variety of films including Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling soundtracks for the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, Joel Edgerton’s critically acclaimed thriller, The Gift, to New Line’s pop-culture phenomenon, IT. 

Hillary then transitioned into a role as Soundtrack Manager at Republic Records, where she helped A&R original songs for Carlos Lopez Estrada’s lauded film Blindspotting and Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse. She left the label world to join Media Arts Lab, Apple’s advertising agency, working on as a Music Supervisor for the 2018 global iPhone and iPad launch. Since 2019, Hillary has served as Creative Music Executive at Lionsgate working on a variety of projects including the upcoming Hunger Games prequel and John Wick franchises.

Mike Caroleo

Music Coordinator at Mad Doll Music

Mike Caroleo is a music coordinator at Mad Doll Music in Los Angeles. Alongside Liza Richardson and her team, he’s been lucky enough to work on projects such as Watchmen, Lovecraft Country, The Morning Show, Outer Banks, and Queen Sugar. Mike is a native New Yorker and also spent a few years in Nashville before moving to Los Angeles. Outside of work, he enjoys watching movies, traveling (when there’s not a global pandemic), and laughing at dogs with his wife.

Moderators

Moderator for The Download: Jim Scherer

Founder and President of Whizbang, Inc.

Jim Scherer is the founder and President of Whizbang, Inc., an entertainment company specializing in music licensing, artist management, and music publishing. Celebrating its 20th year in business, placements for Whizbang’s licensing clients can be seen in films, television, advertising, video games and other media throughout the world, while its management division manages Grammy® nominated, award-winning artists.

Moderator for The Upload: Liz Rogers

Founder and Creative Director at Anacrusis

Liz Rogers is the Founder and Creative Director at Anacrusis, where she oversees new signings, writer development, and pitching creatively for sync.  She has signed and developed dozens of writers and artists in the pop, alternative, and rock genres, including working with Drew Southwell (Trove/ Portair), James Droll, and Jake Germany (Phangs). A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Liz studied music performance, musical theatre, business, and education, and has applied those skills in jobs in experiential marketing and consulting.  In addition to Anacrusis, Liz also is an independent music supervisor and has worked on several films and documentaries, and is a member of the Guild of Music Supervisors.  Liz is an Advisor at the Entrepreneur Center, an Adjunct Artist Teacher at Vanderbilt University, and serves on the Board for SOLID (the Society of Leaders in Development) and the Music Committee of the Nashville Film Festival.  Liz was recently honored as one of Nashville’s “30 Under 30”, and was recognized by the Nashville Business Journal on the esteemed power players list “Women In Music City.”

Synopsis

This panel for the Nashville Film Festival will focus solely on the complete process of syncing music for the extremely lucrative and popular video game industry. Learn from three different points-of-view on how music searched, licensed, and composed for video game trailer advertising. Together all three of these panelists will take you behind the curtain on how to create, pitch, and actually license music. Deal points will be discussed, how important relationships are, and lastly, how important the quality of the music is. Join us for an epic discussion.

Panelists

Lindsey Kohon

Head of Music & Supervising Producer at Gnet Agency

Lindsey Kohon, Head of Music & Supervising Producer at gnet agency. Starting her career in music 15+ years ago at Playground Media working on behind the scenes and extra content for Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Scrubs. She then moved on to Ignition Creative, transitioning to film trailers and video game assets. She currently has been at gnet agency for over 10 years as Head of Music and Supervising Producer for Video Games and Entertainment. In her position at gnet, she is responsible for any and all music in every project. Whether it is for an Amazon TV spot, a Call of  Duty Reveal trailer or special content for a Netflix show like Narcos, Lindsey is responsible for finding or creating the perfect track for each project. She oversees every aspect of a project from kick-off brief to final delivery.  Currently a proud member of the Guild of Music Supervisors!

Robert Leslie Bennett

Composer, Conductor, and Multi-instrumentalist

Robert Leslie Bennett is an American composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist based in Nashville, TN. His music can be heard in Feature Films, Video Games, Television Series, and also at performances for the concert stage. Originally from Indiana, his studies in composition and conducting took him from Berklee College of Music in Boston to Indiana University for a Master’s degree, as well as Rotterdam, Netherlands and Cologne, Germany, having received international scholar grants for study.  In 2000 Robert relocated to Los Angeles to pursue film scoring where he worked for a period as assistant to composer Hans Zimmer. From there, Robert set out scoring projects such as the video game The Matrix: Path of Neo for Atari, and TV shows such as ABC’s The Goode Family by Mike Judge. His music has provided the scores to hundreds of film trailers. Currently he is the owner and lead composer of the trailer music company Glory Oath + Blood. He has recorded and conducted his music with orchestras in Seattle, Los Angeles, Australia, Sweden, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava and at Abbey Road in London among others.

Naaman Snell

Owner and Chief Music Supervisor at Space Cowboy Music

Naaman Snell is Owner and Chief Music Supervisor at Space Cowboy Music. With a decade of experience across all media areas in the music supervision community, Naaman has worked on campaigns for some of the most high-profile video game franchises, including Call of Duty, Fallout 76, Gears of War, and Fortnite. An avid gamer himself, Naaman is passionate about music in gaming, and how it can impact a player’s experience, both in marketing, and in-game.

Moderator: David Epstein

Director of Licensing (Trailers) for Warner Chappell Production Music

David Epstein is the Director of Licensing (Trailers) for Warner Chappell Production Music. Since 2014 David has led theatrical, streaming and video game trailer music licensing for Warner Chappell Production Music. He has sourced, negotiated, and closed deals for top-tier gaming franchises across console, PC, and mobile platforms such as Call of Duty, Gears of War, Clash of Clans, the WWE 2K series along with securing a global marketing partnership with Electronic Arts on behalf of Warner Chappell Production Music.  Prior to Warner Chappell, David held roles at Sony/ATV and Interscope Records, where he spearheaded sync deals across a diverse range of platforms (such as film, tv, gaming and commercial) and worked on marketing campaigns for AAA talent such as the Black Eyed Peas. David currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Synopsis

An in-depth behind the scenes look at the decisions that are made when selecting a song for a sync placement by dissecting specific examples of work by top music supervisors and music producers. We will break down ‘the brief’, discuss how tempo, tone/feeling, and theme play a role, examine the reason(s) a song gets selected or not selected, the importance of context in a song and what makes one song work better than another. This is an advanced look at sync placements.

Panelists

Dave Lapinsky

VP Music Producer at Grey Group/Townhouse

Dave Lapinsky, VP Music Producer at Grey Group/Townhouse has worked on music for brands such as; Volvo, Marriott International, Bose, Pantene, and Applebee’s. Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing powerhouse agency with over 430 offices in 96 countries. Dave oversees music strategy, production, and supervision. Notable projects include numerous Super Bowl spots and Cannes award-winning campaigns. He recently served on the AMP Awards Curatorial Committee (Association of Music Producers). He previously worked in the touring industry at a boutique talent agency while moonlighting as a live sound technician in NYC.

Brandon Young

Director of Music Affairs at Activision

Brandon Young is the Director of Music Affairs at Activision.  At the helm of Activision’s Music Department since 2003, Brandon has led the musical creative direction for all of Activision’s in-game music initiatives, any/all music in marketing and promotional assets and partnerships, and quite frankly, anything that touches music.

He originally led the music selection and negotiations on the famed Tony Hawk franchises, which is about to see a resurgence, and since then has placed and licensed more than 5,000 commercial songs for in-game use, launched some of the most iconic music collaborations in Activision’s [and gaming] history, and has worked with the world’s most prolific modern composers to create orchestral soundtracks rivaling Hollywood’s top feature films.

With now seventeen years with Activision, he has executive the scores behind the gaming industry’s all-time biggest selling franchise, Call of Duty. He was also responsible for overseeing the music selection and in-game celebrity talent integrations for Activision’s acclaimed franchise, Guitar Hero, opening the door to work with music legends like Metallica, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Taylor Swift, and any other talent partnership that comes through this multi-billion dollar company.

Anny Colvin

Head of Music at MakeMake

Anny Colvin is the head of music at MakeMake, a boutique creative campus that specializes in editorial for movie trailers (JAX), design (Elastic), advertising (Rock Paper Scissors) and original content (MakeMake).  Most recently, Anny has worked on film campaigns like Warner Brother’s Tenet and Joker, Netflix’s Roma and Universal’s 1917. She’s also worked on the TV campaigns for HBO’s new docu-series, The Vow, Euphoria, Silicon Valley, and the Game of Thrones franchise, Showtime’s Who Is America and Amazon’s Jack Ryan franchise. Her most recent work in advertising/design can be seen in the new sonic branding for Nissan. Anny was also the 2020 Guild Of Music Supervisor’s winner of best music supervision in a trailer for her work on the Joker marketing campaign. Before Anny was a music supervisor, she worked in various aspects of the music industry including both publishers (Position Music, EMI) and record labels (Capitol Records, Universal).  She currently lives in Los Angeles and spends her time cooking, playing soccer and listening to pop science podcasts.

Moderator: Heather Cook

Director of Marketing & Brands at peermusic

Heather Cook, Director of Marketing & Brands at peermusic. Starting her career in music 20 years ago at The Voice Studio in Boston, she later finished her degree in Music Business at Belmont University and went on to start and run her own publishing and artist management company for 3 years. In her position at peermusic she is responsible for the marketing, promotion and pitching of peer music’s 90+ year legacy catalog, legacy songwriters and artists (Donovan, David Foster, Corey Hart, Linda Perry, Salaam Remi, James Poyser, George Clinton and others), as well as new emerging songwriters, artist, producers and composers. She has placed songs in commercials for IKEA, Payless, Marriott, Rooms to Go, Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, KIWI Shoe Polish, Kay Jewelers, Pandora, Nordstrom, JCPenney, Hershey’s, and ESPN among others. She signed indie bands The Royal Foundry (Currently Top 20 Billboard Alt Rock in Canada), The Weeks, Luna Aura, Nikki’s Wives, Jamie Kent, Jasmine Ash, Justin Wade Tam, Humming House, Swimming With Bears and others. She currently serves as a mentor and professional member of the Recording Academy and the Senior Music Event Producer for The Nashville Film Festival.

Synopsis

This panel is an in-depth behind the scenes look at the decisions that are made when selecting a song for a sync placement by dissecting specific examples of work by top music supervisors and music producers. We will break down ‘the brief’, discuss how temp, tone/feeling, and theme play a role, examine the reason(s) a song gets selected or not selected, the importance of context in a song, and what makes one song work better than another. This is an advanced look at sync placements.

Panelists

Amine Ramer

Founder of States of Sound

As a music supervisor and consultant, Amine Ramer has influenced the sound and mood of feature films, documentaries and award-winning television series for over a decade.  Ramer’s success can be attributed to her careful selection of significant artists, ranging from the unknown to the popular, and her keen sensibility to create a visceral experience by connecting sight with sound.

A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Ramer credits her career path to her upbringing in an environment that encouraged the development of individuality and seeking out the new rather than following trends.

Credits include Crip Camp, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, Flint Town, Finders Keepers, The Signal, The November Man, Faking it, Richard Pryor – Omit the Logic, The Lovers and The Despot and For A Good Time Call.

Jen Malone

Music Supervisor at Black & White

Prior to music supervision Jen Malone started her career in the music industry as a publicist at Formula PR, working for Nine Inch Nails, Portishead, Prodigy and many more. While living in Boston she formed the boutique publicity agency, Black & White and represented several artists and labels including The Hellacopters, The Hives, Backyard Babies, The Wildhearts, Gearhead Records and Hydrahead Records to name a few.

In 2009, Jen Malone left PR and moved to LA to pursue music supervision and started with an internship with Dave Jordan and Julia Michels at Format Entertainment.  From there she rose through the ranks and is now a prolific music supervisor in her own right and recent credits include: Euphoria (HBO), Atlanta (FX), Zola (A24), King Of Staten Island (Universal Films), Dispatches From Elsewhere (AMC), Umbrella Academy (Netflix), The Resident (Fox), Defending Jacob (Apple+), Creed II (MGM) and many more.  She has been nominated for 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Music Supervision: 2018 for Atlanta and this year for Euphoria.  In February she won the Guild Of Music Supervisors Award for her work in Euphoria.

Jonathan Christiansen

Music Supervisor at Hit The Ground Running, Inc.

Jonathan Christiansen is a music supervisor and A&R based in Los Angeles.  He has supervised projects including The First Purge, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics & Men (GMS Awards Winner), Power, C.S.I., and the recently-released, Drake-produced Gen Z thriller Spree.  He is currently working on several documentaries, including ones for The Notorious B.I.G., DMX and Migos.  In his role at PUSHER, he has A&R’ed music which has been featured in trailers for Ozark, Call Of Duty, Orange Is The New Black,  Euphoria, and many others.

Brian J Miller

Music Supervisor at NFL Network

Brian is the Music Supervisor for NFL Network, supervising and coordinating music content for assigned NLFN television shows and NFL Media content.

Moderator: Steve Nalbert

Head of Creative Licensing at Round Hill Music

Steve heads Round Hill’s Synchronization Licensing department and handles quoting and pitching for a wide range of clients in Film, TV, Video Games and Advertising. Prior to Round Hill, he held Synch positions at BMG Rights Management and Cherry Lane Music Publishing, while starting his career at ASCAP. Over the years, Steve has had the pleasure of representing a wide range of artists/writers/catalogs including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Quincy Jones, John Legend, James Brown, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips and Alt J.

Synopsis

Songwriters and artists create the music, and music supervisors place the. music into films, TV shows, ads, and games…but how do the publishers, labels, and music supervisors discover the music and artists who ultimately work for sync? The role of Sync A&R is to discover the talent and get their material into the ears and hands of the right music supervisors. This panel explores this integral relationship between sync and artist discovery.

Panelists

Perrin Lamb

Head of A&R at Sorted Noise

Perrin Lamb is Head of A&R at Sorted Noise, a Nashville based company that makes and licenses music for TV, film, advertising, trailers, and other media. He oversees a large community of artists and producers, and guides the creation process of making music for picture through the company’s Synch Bootcamps. Perrin is also a successful singer songwriter with dozens of synchs in TV and film, as well as having over 40,000,000 streams on Spotify.

Sheida Mohammad

Creative Operations Manager at Zync

Sheida is the Creative Operations Manager at Zync working on a wide spectrum of priorities, some of which include, deal management, publishing administration, technology integration, executive support as well as taking part in creative brainstorming and A&R discussions. Sheida stepped into music as a DIY booker and promoter in Los Angeles under the moniker Todo Se Mueve. In the early days of their careers, she Harriet Brown, The Buttertones and NoMBe who have all gone on to headline their own big venue tours. At Zync she has brought in artists Blimes Brixton and Gifted Gab as well as some versatile producers that have been added to the ever growing roster.

Alison Dannenberg

Film/TV Creative Executive for Peermusic

A Film/TV Creative executive for peermusic, Alison Dannenberg is responsible for placing the songs of peermusic writers into films, television shows, trailers, and promos, as well as for leveraging her extensive experience in working with music supervisors, music editors, and film studios. She has successfully pitched and placed the music of such iconic songwriters as Hoagy Carmichael, Donovan, David Foster, James Poyser, Salaam Remi, and others in connection with numerous major projects.

Ms. Dannenberg started as a Coordinator at peermusic in 2014 and has worked her way up the ladder. Previously, she worked at America’s Funniest Home Videos, where she assisted the show’s music supervisor in brainstorming music for clip montages.

Peter Buck

A&R at Secret Road

Philadelphia native Pete Buck currently acts as A&R for the sync licensing/music publishing company, Secret Road. After graduating from Belmont University in 2017 with a degree in music business and a love for serving artists/songwriters, Pete got his start in the business working as the front desk receptionist for Big Deal Music Nashville and discovered sync as a viable outlet for writers looking to find success in genres outside of the country market. He is now responsible for signing new talent to Secret Road’s eclectic roster of 180+ artists and manages the creative endeavors of over 30 active writers and producers based across Nashville, NYC, and LA.

Moderator: Alison Sieh

Director of Music at Aspect

Born and raised in Michigan, Alison Sieh has lived in Los Angeles for over 12 years, but she’ll still argue to the death that it’s pop, not soda. A graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, she got her start in the music industry working in reality TV. In 2013, she made the leap to the trailer industry as a Music Coordinator and eventual Music Supervisor at Trailer Park. In 2017, she joined the team at Aspect to lead the music department where she’s currently the Director of Music. Here she’s supervised campaigns for major studios, streaming platforms and video games including Black Widow, How To Train Your Dragon 3, The Conjuring Universe, Orange Is The New Black, Our Planet and Call of Duty. Alison also proudly serves on the board of the AngelesChorale where she’s a 7 year veteran of the choir. She has had the opportunity to sing throughout LA at venues such as The Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Microsoft Theater and is looking forward to an upcoming tour in Argentina. Singing professionally has allowed her to hone her musicianship and better her supervision skills. When she’s not at her desk or rehearsing you can find her teaching Bar Method classes or playing flag football.

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2019 Music Program Highlights