Guild of Music Supervisors Kicks Off Weekly Digital Panels With Top Composers, Music Supervisors & Artists

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The first panel, "Staying Creative: Creating Music for Film/TV/Visual Media," will livestream Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The Guild of Music Supervisors will launch a free weekly online educational series Thursday featuring top music supervisors, composers and artists. While geared for students, it is open to all.

The virtual conversation, which is in partnership with Mondo.NYC, kicks off with "Staying Creative: Creating Music for Film/TV/Visual Media." Moderated by music supervisor/filmmaker Jonathan McHugh, the panelists include music supervisors Jen Malone (Euphoria, Atlanta), Tracy McKnight (Free Solo, Hunger Games) and Joel High (Medea), as well as recording artists Amy Helm, PJ Morton and Citizen Cope.

McHugh, an adjunct professor at American University, was slated to host an industry event in Washington, D.C., in late March with representatives from CAA, Live Nation and others, when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

“We decided we would do it on Zoom for the students and added more Los Angeles entertainment business people. We got great feedback to please do more of these educational panels. I brought that feedback to Guild of Music Supervisors president Joel C. High and said we should launch a series and he had been thinking about the same idea,” McHugh says. His colleague, Bobby Haber, who runs Mondo.NYC, which GMS aligns with for a New York conference, had a similar idea, so they combined forces.

April 16’s panel will be themed “How do Music Supervisors and Composers Collaborate” and will feature GMS co-founder and music supervisor Evyen Klean, as well as Marcelo Zarvos, composer for such shows as Ray Donovan, The Loudest Voice and The Affair.

April 23’s panel will be “Go Behind the Curtin and Learn How to Work with the Producers and Directors” with Jason Katims, the producer and writer best known for Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, as well as music supervisor Liza Richardson, who has worked on MacGyver, Bull, Narcos: Mexico and Watchmen, among other shows.

Future panels will include such topics as music publishing.

Attendees must register in advance to get the meeting code. The panels are at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.