Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Is Your Music Ready for Hollywood?

As part of the Career Development Series, Music BC is presenting its Music & Film seminar, providing a unique opportunity for the British Columbia music industry professionals to learn about how to get their music featured on TV or film from industry experts.

L.A.-based Music Supervisor & Soundtrack Producer PJ Bloom will open the panel as the keynote speaker. TV and Film music industry experts, Natasha Duprey, Jane Ashworth and Matt Safran, will give a presentation on how musicians can get their music on TV or film. With years of experience finding, listening, composing and placing songs in TV and film, they will share their knowledge about the industry. Three lucky draw attendees of the seminar will receive professional feedback from panelists on the suitability of their music for TV or film.

PJ Bloom is a Music Consultant for HBO Films since 1998, overseeing major successes like ?Angels In America?. He has been involved with film & TV music and soundtracks since the early 90's, including stints at Columbia Records and Arista Records, creating and producing soundtracks for major studio features, independent films, network and cable television, video games and commercials. Having worked with filmmakers and television producers such as Michael Mann, John Frankenheimer, and Ridley Scott, among others, his recent projects include Sony Pictures? ?Running With Scissors? and Golden Globe award-winning television series ?Nip/Tuck?. PJ also consults for Disneyland Theme Parks for music driven rides and attractions.

Natasha Duprey is the Music Supervisor at MX Solutions, a local company that provides music editing, tracking and composition for film and television. She has over a decade of experience in the music industry ranging from artist manager to video producer. Natasha has recently worked on the Showtime lesbian drama 'The L Word', the hit USA Network series 'The Dead Zone', Canadian series 'Godiva's 'and many others. Natasha has also recently completed the feature films 'Fierce People', Bruce MacDonald's latest 'The Love Crimes Of Gillian Guess' and the documentary 'Small Town Gay Bar? which just premiered at Sundance.

Matthew Safran started working in the music industry as an indy music publisher. Pitching music for film and TV, and the administration of these licenses, were the aspects of publishing that Matt liked best, so becoming a music supervisor was a natural progression. As the owner/operator of Filmusic Services, Matthew is currently working on the Insight Productions science fiction series ?Painkiller Jane?, an on-line animated series called ?The Seeker?. He has just completed a second season of ?Robson Arms?, CTV?s sophisticated set-in-Vancouver comedy.

Jane Ashworth is part of Music Supervision Services team at S.L. Feldman & Associates, which has rapidly become a leader in its field, supervising countless hours of film and television projects working with a broad and diversified range of genres, budgets, and production companies. This division, which includes Sarah Webster (VP-Film Music), Stacey Horricks and Jane Muckle, also represents a select roster of talented score composers in Vancouver, Toronto, and Los Angeles.

The Music BC Career Development Series is just one of many Music BC program initiatives and benefits that it offers to Music BC members and members of the British Columbia music industry.

"BC music professionals who want to know how their music can be featured in TV or film, will have a chance to hear it from the experts," says Bob D'Eith, Executive Director of Music BC. ?Getting your music placed into film and television projects can be a huge boost for an artist?s career. Not only can it be a great source of revenue, it is some of the best exposure an artist can get for their music ? just look at BC artist Daniel Powter and his song ?Bad Day? on American Idol. The song has become a huge hit worldwide and has propelled Daniel?s career. Music BC?s Music in Film seminar is a must see for any aspiring artist "

Representing the BC music industry, Music BC is a non-profit society, providing information, education, funding, advocacy, awareness & networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the spirit, growth and sustainability of the BC music community. Please visit www.musicbc.org for more information.

Music BC?s Career Development Series: Music & Film
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2007
Time: 1-4pm (with half an hour of question and answer after the panel)
Place: Tom Lee Music Hall (3rd Floor, 929 Granville St, Vancouver)

Pre-register at info@musicbc.org or 604.873.1914.
Music BC Paid Members - Free
Music BC Basic Members - $15
Non-members - $25 (See www.musicbc.org)

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