Our program in Music Industry & Recording Technology offers students a broad range of topics about the changing nature of the music and entertainment industry. Our faculty members value a healthy combination of history, theory, and practical application. In the interest of remaining current and relevant, we have established an advisory board of prominent industry professionals.
Known for his contribution to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album, producer and recording engineer Matt Forger has worked with a number of noteworthy professionals in the music and film industry. Some of them include Quincy Jones, Donna Summer, Steven Spielberg, Sir Paul McCartney, Michael McDonald, and John Landis. Matt takes us inside the studio in an exclusive sneak peak from the XSCAPE album documentary, part of which can be seen here.
Cameo Carlson, Head of Digital Business Development for Borman Entertainment and former Executive Vice President of Universal Motown Republic Group, has been at the forefront of the digital music revolution from its earliest stages. From terrestrial radio to online radio to digital and mobile commerce, she has demonstrated an ability to stay one step ahead of the industry throughout her career. Her roles have included mobile, online and digital sales, product development and marketing for artists such as Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Amy Winehouse, Lil Wayne and Jack Johnson. Cameo has been responsible for marketing and selling three of the ten biggest digital albums in history as well as breaking mobile ringtone records for first week sales, top-selling of all time and number of multi-platinum sales. In September 2008, Ms. Carlson was named one of the Top Mobile Executives by Billboard Magazine for her work at UMRG. Prior to her work at UMRG, Ms. Carlson worked as the editorial and label relations manager for iTunes, and the alternative & rock programmer for Spinner.com/Radio@AOL where she earned two U.S. Patents for her work in online radio.
Phil Ehart is the founder, drummer, and manager for the classic rock band KANSAS. Releasing their first album in 1974, KANSAS has sold over 30 million records. Their music is a staple on classic rock radio featuring hit songs, "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry On Wayward Son," both million selling singles. The band continues to tour around the world, averaging 60 dates a year. Phil is married and has 2 children.
Shumetris (Meme) Halford was raised in Flint, MI, where she received her B.A. in Communication with a cognate in Business Administration from Michigan State University. Passionate about music, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music working with such artists as Jermaine Dupri and Dr Dre, among many others. While working with Dr Dre, Shumetris realized that there was an organic intersection between music and brands. She is now Manager of Marketing & Strategic Alliances at The Recording Academy, better known for The GRAMMY Awards, a peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry. Shumetris manages strategic brand partnerships and oversees all merchandising initiatives. As a five year veteran at the GRAMMY®s she has managed extensive partner programs and worked with the
Marketing team to secure new partnerships.
Bobby Kimball is the original lead singer for the Grammy award-winning, classic rock group Toto. Having also worked with veteran members of Three Dog Night and Steely Dan, Bobby's experience with the music industry has been multifaceted. In 2011, he recorded the "Kimball/Jamison" Duet CD, with Jimi Jamison, lead singer of the classic group Survivor. In 2013, Bobby will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the release of the first "Toto" album, with his vocals on their first hit song, "Hold The Line". For details about Bobby Kimball, click here.
Producer Steve Lillywhite is a six-time Grammy Award winning record producer, credited on over 500 records. He has collaborated with a variety of musicians including U2, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, Big Country, Talking Heads, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Morrissey, The Killer, The Pogues, David Byrne, XTC, Simple Minds, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Psychedelic Furs, Beady Eye, Phish, Counting Crows and Joan Armatrading. Steve has won numerous awards, including the Producer of The Year Grammy in 2006 & Commander of the Order of The British Empire (CBE) in 2012 for his contributions to music.
Tim McKenna is an award-winning production manager with Live Nation with over 30 years experience. He has a strong desire to share his passion for the live events industry with the next generation. Tim began his career in 1979 at the legendary Paradise Theater (now Paradise Rock Club) in Boston. Starting as a stagehand and lighting assistant, he worked his way up to Lighting Director. In 1984 he became the Production Manager and held this post until 2009. In 1989, he started doing theater, arena and stadium shows for the Don Law Company. From 1991-2007 he was the Production Manager for the Avalon Nightclub on Lansdowne Street across from Fenway Park. In 1997 he became the Associate Production Manager of Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts. Now known as the Xfinity Center, the venue is consistently rated as one of the top amphitheaters in the country. In 2008 Tim oversaw the demolition of the Avalon and the construction of the Boston House of Blues. This state-of-the-art nightclub received the Billboard Nightclub of the year and has topped Pollstar's list of Top Nightclubs numerous times. In 2015, Tim won the Tour Link "Top Dog" award for Promoter Rep of the Year for 2014.
For the last 10 years, Tim has taught a course in Venue and Production Management at the New England Institute of Art. He also guest lectures at Berklee College of Music and Northeastern University.
Anne Sturm, General Manager and Programmer at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, has been with the Strand since 2012. Anne graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in Music Industry & Recording Technology and Marketing Management. She has been a violinist for over fifteen years and continues to perform and learn new instruments. Anne knew she wanted to be in the music industry ever since she attended her first concert in grade school. Since then, she has been engrossed in the music scene. Some of her current responsibilities are booking for the Strand and Capitol theaters, execution of contracts and artist advancement, settlements with artists, and general management of the venue. Anne continues to play active roles in the York community through her chairmanship of the Programming and Recruitment Committee of the York Young Alumni Association Board, as well as York Young Professionals and various philanthropic groups.
For over 37 years Todd Brabec has been a key personality in the music industry. As Executive Vice President of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), he was responsible for signing most of ASCAPS's successful songwriters and film and television composers, for initiating and implementing most payment and distribution changes, including significant payment increases for television and film theme songs and score, as well as hit songs on the radio. Todd was able to eliminate practically all ASCAP payment policies, provisions, formulas and rules that were not in the best interest of songwriters, composers, music publishers, or which negatively affected their earnings. His efforts were responsible for bringing ASCAP from a 20% market share to market share dominance in all major media.
Todd Brabec is a Deems Taylor Award winning writer, the co-author of Music, Money and Success: The Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business (7th edition), an Adjunct Professor at USC where he teaches the course and on music publishing, music licensing and film, television and video game song and scoring contracts. An Entertainment Law attorney, he is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and a Governing Committee Member and former Music Chair of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. He lectures extensively throughout the world on traditional and new media music licensing, music publishing, royalties, and record company sources of income and music litigation.
John McCurry is a guitarist and songwriter, currently based in New York City. He has written and performed songs with an impressive array of artists including Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, Julian Lennon, David Bowie, John Waite, Joss Stone, Katy Perry, and The Jonas Brothers. John has performed across the globe and acted as musical director for many of his tours. He continues to perform and compose songs for artists, as well as create music for TV and film.
Ty Tabor is the lead guitarist for hard rock trio King's X, a band that has “garnered legendary status as one of progressive rock's foremost trail blazing bands” (Premier Guitar). With the combined artistry of band members Doug Pinnick and Jerry Gaskill, Mr. Tabor's guitar style and “Beatlesque” vocals cemented King’s X’s spot as one of rock's most respected groups, with heavy metal classics Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, Faith Hope Love, and Dogman on Atlantic Records. Tabor later formed the progressive metal super group Platypus, which included members of Dream Theater and the Dixie Dregs. Other collaborative efforts have included renowned performers such as Brian May (Queen), Andy Summers (The Police), guitarist Stanley Jordan, and drummers Carmine Appice and Greg Bissonette. Often considered to be “one of rock’s most underrated guitar players,” (Guitar International) Tabor founded Alien Beans Studio, where he specializes in audio mastering.
Terry Botwick has held several high-impact positions, including President of Vanguard Films & Animation, President and COO of Big Idea Productions (VeggieTales), SVP of Programming for CBS, President of Distribution and National Programming for the Hearst Corporation, and VP of The Family Channel.
As SVP for CBS Entertainment, Botwick provided oversight for all prime time series programming, as well as the network's special events, such as the Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards. During his years with CBN CBS, he participated in the renaming and repositioning of the network to the Family Channel, one of the leading cable programming services in the world.
In 2003, Botwick founded Thunderpoint Studios to finance and produce a portfolio of 20 theatrical movies predominantly targeted to PG-13 and less restrictive audiences. Thunderpoint entered into a partnership with John H. Williams (Shrek, Shrek 2) and his company, Vanguard. A forward-thinking executive, Botwick has an eclectic resume of broad-ranging success within the entertainment industry.
Entertainment attorney Jay L. Cooper focuses his practice on music industry, motion picture, television, Internet, multimedia, and intellectual property issues. He is recognized internationally as a leading expert on copyright law pertaining to music. A former professional musician, he worked with stars such as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. He also played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Cooper now counsels clients such as Jerry Seinfeld, Katy Perry, screenwriter David Seidler (The King's Speech), and Sheryl Crow. In the 1960s, he represented bands such as the Monkees, the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield. He will discuss the various challenges associated with music industry e-commerce, licensing and the legal process.
Grammy Award Winning Producer/Engineer Val Garay has worked with Mr. Big, Kim Carnes, Pablo Cruise, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Santana, Jackson Browne, The Motels, Marvin Gaye, Elton John, The Mamas & Papas, Queensrÿche, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Seals & Crofts, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, and James Taylor.
Heralded by Guitar Player Magazine as the new “Titan of Tone,” Chad Taylor is a founding member and guitarist for alternative rock band LIVE. With more than 23 million albums sold and performances for more than 16 million concert attendees, Taylor has headlined the world’s biggest stages and graced the covers of Rolling Stone and Spin. As a key musical contributor to LIVE’s vast catalog of chart-topping, guitar-driven albums, his signature riffs are an indelible part of ’90s rock lore—“Operation Spirit,” “Selling The Drama,” “Lightning Crashes,” and “Lakini’s Juice” cemented LIVE’s legacy with contemporaries Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Smashing Pumpkins.
As producer on big-screen films including HOME, starring Academy Award®-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, and Another Harvest Moon, starring the late and legendary Academy Award® winner Ernest Borgnine. Taylor established new alliances with healthcare partners, creative agencies, corporate clients, while helming branded entertainment and visual media. In 2013, Taylor founded Think Loud Holdings, a private multifamily office. As Think Loud Holdings CEO and Chairman of the Board, Taylor provides corporate governance and operational management over a portfolio of both public and private equities.