Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:06

NARIP Worldwide Events

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The National Association of Record Industry Professionals are at it again, but this time on an international scale. Last time we promoted their showcases there were simultaneous music supervisor sessions happening on each coast, this time, its each coast as well as Atlanta, Phoenix and even London. We’re sure there’s something for everyone so check ‘em out!

Later this evening in NY, Shelter Island Sound is hosting VH1’s VP of Creative Music Integration, Jennifer Stilson. Stilson’s background has been in late-night television having worked for both Letterman and primarily for The Jon Stewart Show (from where she moved to VH1 after the show ended). She claims to love all music and “goat remix videos more than she cares to admit,” her session is going to be awesome.

Also later today in LA the SAE Institute of Technology is hosting trailer music supervisor Patrick Buchanan. Buchanan has supervised everything from small-budget campaigns to blockbuster trailers such as The Hobbit, Noah, Game of Thrones, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, The Help and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He has also worked on some of the biggest titles in gaming like Assasin’s Creed and Call of Duty. He’s got a devoted creative ear and a passion and respect for collaboration, if you’re in town its absolutely worth checking out, but tickets go fast in their small sessions!

If you can’t make it up North or out West, perhaps you can make it to Atlanta this evening where NARIP is hosting a panel on “Modern Artist Development Strategies” with music industry professionals James Barber, Jo Blo Johnson, and Steve Jones. The interactive panel/workshop will allow the audience to “discover the magic and mystery of artist development, who’s getting signed (and who’s not), choosing the right producer, getting the attention of producers and A&R execs, signing with major or indie, and more.”

Unfortunately, we understand how short notice today’s events are, but maybe you can catch one of tomorrow’s, starting with Aspect Ratio’s Music Director, Vanessa Jorge. The accomplished supervisors will be at The Hesby Noho discussing her work at Ant Farm on  “some of the industry’s most heralded film campaigns such as Sideways, Lord of the Rings, Shrek, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Transformers, Eat Pray Love, Iron Man, Leap Year, and It’s Complicated.” She also branched out into video games working Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Her recent work, now at Aspect Ratio, includes the excellently supervised Divergent campaign, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Nut Job, and the Lego Movie (we’ve actually covered the superb use of music in this trailer).

Although, if you can’t make it to any of these great events, NARIP is sponsoring many more in the coming months including a session with A&R exec, Ron Fair -- the mind behind Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, and many more. Fair’s session will cover “how to make hits, major label talent acquisition practices, and the future of A&R,” it’ll be happening in LA on March 26. NARIP is also presenting a workshop on “How to Market, Pitch and Place Music in Hollywood Films, TV & Trailers” with legendary rock-artist manager Michael Davenport,  music publisher David Hilker, and music publisher/supervisor Les Scott. This event takes place on Thursday, March 27 at Collins College on Tempe, AZ and includes bonus material!

Finally, if perhaps you’re an international reader or just happen to be overseas, NARIP’s May 9 London session with music supervisor Natalie Baartz would work better for you. Baartz is another Ant Farm alum, and is now the Music Director for movie advertising company, Ignition Creative. She has worked pitching, and with clients creatively on original scores. She “has [also] been responsible for Best music award winning trailers for Another Earth, Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.” Recently she’s worked on The Hobbit, Girls, Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones, and has made a name for herself with breakout placements for Arcade Fire on Where The Wild Things Are, as well as Florence and the Machine on Eat Pray Love. 

You can read about all of NARIP’s additional upcoming events on their website and be sure to subscribe to their newsletter so you don’t miss out on any of these exciting events or any other upcoming sessions!

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