Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge and composer Terence Blanchard are confirmed to participate at the 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference.

Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge and composer Terence Blanchard are confirmed to participate at the 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference. Now in its fifth year, the conference is set for Nov. 14-15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Etheridge and Blanchard will be the focus of separate Q&A sessions. Billboard executive editor/associate publisher Tamara Conniff interviews Etheridge; BMI VP of film/TV relations Doreen Ringer Ross talks with Blanchard.

A two-time Grammy Award winner, Etheridge received her initial film music training when she was asked to write songs for the 1987 movie "Weeds." Nine albums later, Etheridge continues to write for and perform on TV shows and movie soundtracks, including the title song of the Al Gore documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."

New Orleans native and Grammy winner Blanchard has been a jazz mainstay since the '80s. Director Spike Lee tapped Blanchard to score many of his films, including "Mo' Better Blues," for which Blanchard received a Grammy nomination. He has also earned an Emmy Award nomination for work on "The Promised Land" and a Golden Globe nod for scoring Lee's "25th Hour."

The Film & TV Music Conference will also feature panel discussions, including the ins and outs of creating music for TV ad campaigns and videogames. For more info, visit Billboardevents.com.

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