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Episode 33: All In Music Service

Speaking of the Arts is pleased to welcome Wulf Muller to the show. Wulf is a highly seasoned veteran of the recording industry. In 1999, Wulf became Vice President of International Marketing Classics & Jazz for Universal Music. Here he was responsible for International marketing efforts for all Classics and Jazz priorities worldwide, as well as all local signings on the Emarcy Jazz and Emarcy Classics labels.

In 2003 the role of A&R for the Emarcy Label was added to his responsibilities and it was during this period that Wulf signed acts like Madeleine Peyroux, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michael Brecker, and John Scofield.

In 2010, Wulf started a new company called All-In-Music Service – a consulting company for the music industry. Universal Music Group International soon became his first client. At the same time, All-In-Music Service acts as the European tour co-ordinator for artists like Branford Marsalis, James Carter, Jane Monheit and Karrin Allyson. In 2012, All-In-Music Service signed an exclusive jazz A&R agreement with Sony Classical International to revive and build the historic OKeh jazz label.

In this episode we talk about the history of the label, how technology is affecting the recording industry, Wulf’s experience working with legendary artists such as Sonny Rollins and much more.

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Episode 32: Panos Panay, Founder of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship

Panos Panay is the founder and managing director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). Prior to this, Panos created Sonicbids, the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online, building a subscriber network of 550,000 bands and 35,000 promoters from more than 100 countries. He led the company as CEO for 13 years, from its inception until after its successful acquisition in a deal backed by Guggenheim Partners.

Panos is also the co-founder of the Open Music Initiative, which has brought together more than 140 leading music, media, technology industry organizations, and academic institutions to create a blockchain-based open protocol for uniform identification of musical rights owners and creators. (We will get into what all of that means during the episode).

At Berklee, his work and approach to entrepreneurial and innovation pedagogy builds heavily on the concepts of music thinking, and in particular jazz, as a catalyst for creative breakthroughs in business, life, and art; and he has spearheaded multi-disciplinary collaborations between Berklee and MIT; the design firm IDEO; and Brown University. Panos writes frequently about startups and entrepreneurship for blogs and publications such as Forbes, WSJ Accelerators, and Fast Company; and guest lectures and speaks at many universities and events around the world.

Some of his many awards include: Fast Company’s “Fast 50” honor; Inc Magazine’s “Inc 500”; Mass Hi-Tech All Stars; Berklee College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award; Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” and BostInno’s 50 on Fire. Sonicbids and Panos were also profiled in a chapter in the Financial Times-published book Outsmart by best-selling author Jim Champy.Panos is a native of Cyprus, and holds a Music Business/Management degree from Berklee College of Music.

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Episode 31: How we are giving back!

Happy New Year Everyone! This is Mike Epstein and welcome to Speaking of the Arts. At the end of 2016 I made a special announcement on behalf of our booking agency, Epstein & Company. In case you missed it, starting in 2017, we have decided to give back in the form of a special fund for music students who would otherwise not be able to afford private lessons. This means that from now on, every time you book one of our artists, you are helping to empower a music student in need.

To accomplish this, we are partnering with an organization called The MusicLink Foundation and today’s guest just so happens to be the founder and director, Dr. Joanne Haroutounian. Before we begin the episode, here’s a little about Joanne – She currently serves on the George Mason University piano faculty and coordinates the various piano pedagogy programs as well as the Music Education Graduate Seminars covering topics concerning artistic and musical talent development.

Active internationally as a consultant in the areas of piano, music, artistic thinking, creativity, and the arts, Joanne regularly presents sessions at MTNA and NAGC conferences. She recently was plenary speaker at the Pacific Asian Conference on Giftedness in Singapore and the International Symposium on Gifted Arts in Seoul Korea, speaking on musical talent identification and gifted/arts education for all students.

Joanne is well known for editing and writing almost 30 teaching publications including Explorations in Music, a comprehensive curriculum in theory, ear training, analysis, and creative composition. Her pedagogy text, Fourth Finger on Bb: Effective Strategies for Teaching Piano is a major text for college pedagogy programs across the country.

The MusicLink Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Arlington Virginia with a twenty five year program history of developing the talents of promising students in financial need across the country. MusicLink professional teachers have provided over 450,000 hours of instruction to over 6500 students in 50 states and 4 Canadian provinces. equivalent to over $11million of in-kind service to the program.

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MusicLink Foundation

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Episode 30: Jacob Yoffee on Composing for Feature Films

Jacob Yoffee is currently the Resident Composer for the American Studio Orchestra and is a full time concert & film composer based in Los Angeles. Jacob’s music has been featured in the trailer campaigns for Star Wars : The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Chronicles of Riddick and Kubo & the Two Strings. He is known for his work on MTV’s hit drama ‘Finding Carter’, and Showtime’s award-winning ‘Time of Death’ series.

Currently, Jacob is scoring ‘Andi Mack’ a new series for Disney and he is also working on the ad campaign for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Jacob’s concert music has been performed in several cities in the US as well as abroad at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Royal Academy of Music and on BBC Radio. As a performer, Jacob was signed to Inner Circle Music Records in 2007, releasing his debut album, “Dead Reckoning.”

Jacob holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Composition & Jazz Performance and a Master’s degree from New York University.

Episode Notes

  • Jacob’s advice for breaking into the scene
  • The most important lessons learned from music school
  • Why having a routine as a composer is key
  • The difference between being an artist and craftsmen
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    Jacob Yoffee Music

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Episode 29: Score A Score

This episode features Jordan Passman, founder of SCORE A SCORE. The company helps musicians and composers discover exciting opportunities in the music-for-picture industry, while providing media-makers an outlet to access top-tier musical talent from around the globe. Since it’s launch, SCORE A SCORE has worked with the biggest companies, brands and film franchises in the world including Google, Verizon, Intel, Microsoft, Salesforce, Fox, NBC, CBS, Disney, Netflix, MasterCard, Sprint, Target, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Funny or Die, Honda, Subaru, Acura, Shire, Pfizer and more. The company has helped produce trailers for major films including Allied, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Ben Hur, Justice League, the Jungle Book and Star Wars.

SCORE A SCORE’s innovative approach to music licensing, creation, placement, and supervision has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, and more.

Jordan also music supervised the acclaimed Netflix series, “Chef’s Table” (featuring an Emmy nominated score), and the Clio award winning podcast, “Hunt The Truth.” He’s also working on new projects for YouTube Red and Red Bull, which will debut later this year.

Jordan has spoken on panels for Forbes, ASCAP, Billboard, SXSW, Sync Summit, and CMJ among others.

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Jacob Yoffee

Matt Abeysekera

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Episode 27: New Hampshire Institute of the Arts

Episode Notes
This episode features Kent Devereaux, current President and Chief Academic Officer of the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA). The NHIA is a private, nonprofit, accredited college of the arts located in Manchester, New Hampshire.

An accomplished educator and academic leader, Kent’s career has taken him around the world and back again. Before assuming the presidency at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in January 2015, Kent served as Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Cornish College of the Arts, where he also served as Artistic Director for the college’s presenting series, Cornish Presents, and where he co-founded and directed the Seattle Jazz Experience, a youth jazz festival—the latter earning him Downbeat magazine’s Jazz Education Achievement Award in 2014 and Cornish College of the Arts Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. Kent also served on the faculty of both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the California Institute of the Arts for many years.

In addition to his experience in traditional academia, Kent spent over a decade working in the technology and online education sectors including stints as Senior Vice President of Editorial and Product Development at Encyclopedia Britannica, where he was instrumental in transforming that storied educational publisher from a print to online business model in the 1990s, and as Senior Vice President and Dean of Curriculum at Kaplan University, where during his tenure enrollment at the for-profit online university expanded from 350 to over 45,000 students.

Kent’s collaborations with other artists have been presented around the world including performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, the London International Theatre Festival (LIFT), and elsewhere. Kent’s own work as a director, composer, and performance artist has also been presented at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, Seattle’s On the Boards, and Minneapolis’ Walker Arts Center, among other venues.

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Episode 26: From Music Student to Professional Musician: Practical Tips for Success

Episode Notes

    This episode features Dave Scalia, a Brooklyn based touring, session drummer/producer, and musical director. Originally from Madison, WI, Dave moved to New York in 2010 and began to work with pop, rock, soul, indie, and electronic artists. During the past 6 years he has performed and or recorded with national and international touring acts including White Rabbits, Elle King, A Great Big World, Sky Ferreira, Diane Birch, Brazos, and Darren Criss. As a performer, Dave has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Sesame Street, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show, VH1 You Oughta Know, the MTV Awards, and NBS’s The Voice. Dave has performed at historic venues and festivals all over the world including Lollapalooza, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Glastonbury, Pitchfork Festival, Carnegie Hall, Ryman Auditorium, Hollywood Bowl, Governors Ball, and SummerSonic (Japan). Dave is currently endorsed by Zildjian Cymbals, C&C Drums, VicFirth Sticks, and Evans Drum Heads.

    Artists Mentioned
    White Rabbits
    Elle King
    A Great Big World
    Sky Ferreira
    Diane Birch
    Darren Criss
    The Bellow
    Punch Brothers
    Lake Street Dive
    Justin Bieber

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Episode 25: The Birchmere’s Michael Jaworek

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Episode 24: Composing Movie Trailers with Ryan Andrews

Ryan Andrews is a Los Angeles-based composer, producer, sound designer and performer. His work has been featured in theatrical advertising campaigns for movie trailers and video games such as Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Furious 7, Hercules, and the Call Of Duty series. A versatile performer, he has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of acclaimed artists including Broadway star Lauren Kennedy and country phenom Frankie Ballard. His experience in the music production world goes beyond composition—as Production Manager for Pitch Hammer Music, Ryan helps manage one of the industry’s most elite boutique music libraries that been featured in almost every blockbuster movie trailer campaign since 2012.

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Ryan Andrews
Pitch Hammer Music
Hans Zimmer
Maria Schneider

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Episode 23: Marc Plotkin on being a musician and entrepreneur

Episode Notes

    In 2011, Bloomberg Business Week listed Marc and his co-founders in their list of top 25 entrepreneurs for their company CitizenGroove, an online social networking site for pro musicians. The company was subsequently renamed DecisionDesk and now helps hundreds of universities with the application process for music and non-music students alike. In 2013, Marc founded a new company called Wifi Music School, which connects musicians with students through Skype. As a musician, Marc has appeared on albums for major acts such as Ra Ra Riot and Panama Wedding.

    Websites and Content Mentioned
    Marc Plotkin
    Wifi Music School

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