• Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020
Neil Young sues Trump campaign, deriding use of famous tunes
In this Saturday, May 25, 2019, file photo, Neil Young performs at the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo in Napa, Calif. Young has sued President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, saying he doesn't want his music used as a theme song for what he calls a divisive un-American campaign of ignorance and hate. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Neil Young sued President Donald Trump's reelection campaign Tuesday for copyright infringement, saying he doesn't want his music used as a theme song for a "divisive un-American campaign of ignorance and hate."

The Grammy-award winning Canadian-born musician filed the lawsuit through his lawyers in Manhattan federal court, seeking up to $150,000 in statutory damages for each infringement.

A message seeking comment was left with a campaign spokesperson.

The legendary singer cited repeated use of two songs: "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk."

The campaign has used the tunes numerous times at rallies and political events, including on June 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the lawsuit said.

Young said he was not suing to "disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing," the lawsuit said.

"However," it added, "Plaintiff in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a 'theme song' for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate."

Young first complained about the use of the 1990 single, "Rockin' in the Free World," in June 2015, when the song accompanied Trump's announcement of his presidential campaign, according to the lawsuit.

The campaign's insistence in a statement then that it had obtained permission to use the music only proved that it was aware it needed permission, the lawsuit said.

It said Young has voiced continuous and public objections to the use of the music.

"The campaign has willfully ignored Plaintiff's telling it not to play the Songs and willfully proceeded to play the Songs despite its lack of a license," according to the lawsuit.

New York attorney Ivan Saperstein, who filed the lawsuit on Young's behalf along with attorney Robert S. Besser of Santa Monica, California, declined comment. 

On July 3, Young lodged a complaint on the "Neil Young Archives" website, where a copy of Tuesday's lawsuit was also posted, after Trump visited Mount Rushmore for an event.

"I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me," he said in support of over 100 protesters who forced the closing of a road leading to the landmark.

He complained after "Like a Hurricane" and other songs were played when Trump visited the site.

"Imagine what it feels like to hear 'Rockin' in the Free World' after this President speaks, like it is his theme song," Young said on the website. "I did not write it for that."

Other artists have also complained after their songs were played at Trump's events.

In June, the Rolling Stones threatened to sue after the 1969 classic "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was played at Trump's Oklahoma rally, where critics said the indoor event threatened to spread the coronavirus.

The family of the late rock musician Tom Petty said it had issued a cease-and-desist order after Trump used the song "I Won't Back Down" in Tulsa.

"Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind," the statement said. 

Associated Press Writer Jonathan Lemire contributed to this story.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020
Roc Nation partners with Brooklyn's LIU to launch new school
In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Jay-Z's Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn's Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment.

The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships. Hope Scholars will graduate without any debt.

Jay-Z, a 22-time Grammy winner and entertainment mogul, was born and raised in Brooklyn. He launched Roc Nation in 2008 and the company has worked with some of the top players in music, including Rihanna, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, Shakira, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert and more.

Roc Nation Sports was founded in 2013 and has worked with many athletes as well as the NBA, MLB and NFL, even co-producing this year's Emmy-nominated halftime show with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.

Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez called the new partnership with LIU "a true investment in our community and young people in Brooklyn, in New York City, and beyond." 

"We're excited that The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will provide unique insight, knowledge and experiences for students and introduce the world to the next generation of unmatched talent," Perez continued in her statement Tuesday.

The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will offer undergraduate degrees in music, music technology, entrepreneurship and production, and sports management. The school will begin accepting applications this fall for the fall 2021 semester and Roc Nation Hope Scholarship recipients will be selected from a group of academically competitive, need-based first-time freshmen from New York.

"Our proximity in and around New York City's epicenter of music and sports clearly positions us to offer unparalleled experiential learning and access to professional opportunities that will launch students to success," LIU President Dr. Kimberly Cline said in a statement. "We look forward to joining with Roc Nation to offer an unprecedented educational resource that opens up the entertainment and sports world to a new and eager generation."

In addition to learning from professors, students will also engage with guest artists and lecturers and will gain hands-on experience through internships.

The school will also offer resources to high school students and those younger: Starting in spring 2021, the school will launch summer residential camps for high schoolers and Saturday programs for students ages 10-18 that focus on music and sports management. Those programs will begin in spring 2021 and scholarships will be available for need-based students.

  • Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020
Fleetwood Mac blues guitarist Peter Green dies at 73
In this file photo dated Saturday, April 7, 2001, British rock and blues guitarist Peter Green, a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, warms up backstage before performing with his own band, Peter Green's Splinter Group, at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, in New York. Lawyers representing the family of Peter Green, say in a statement Saturday July 25, 2020, that he has died, aged 73. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FILE)

Peter Green, the dexterous blues guitarist who led the first incarnation of Fleetwood Mac in a career shortened by psychedelic drugs and mental illness, has died at 73.

A law firm representing his family, Swan Turton, announced the death in a statement Saturday. It said he died "peacefully in his sleep" this weekend. A further statement will be issued in the coming days.

Green, to some listeners, was the best of the British blues guitarists of the 1960s. B.B. King once said Green "has the sweetest tone I ever heard. He was the only one who gave me the cold sweats."

Green also made a mark as a composer with "Albatross," and as a songwriter with "Oh Well" and "Black Magic Woman." 

He crashed out of the band in 1971. Even so, Mick Fleetwood said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2017 that Green deserves the lion's share of the credit for the band's success.

"Peter was asked why did he call the band Fleetwood Mac. He said, 'Well, you know I thought maybe I'd move on at some point and I wanted Mick and John (McVie) to have a band.' End of story, explaining how generous he was," said Fleetwood, who described Green as a standout in an era of great guitar work.

Indeed, Green was so fundamental to the band that in its early days it was called Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.

Peter Allen Greenbaum was born on Oct. 29, 1946, in London. The gift of a cheap guitar put the 10-year-old Green on a musical path.

He was barely out of his teens when he got his first big break in 1966, replacing Eric Clapton in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers — initially for just a week in 1965 after Clapton abruptly took off for a Greek holiday. Clapton quit for good soon after and Green was in.

In the Bluesbreakers he was reunited with Mick Fleetwood, a former colleague in Peter B's Looners. Mayall added bass player McVie soon after.

The three departed the next year, forming the core of the band initially billed as "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac featuring (guitarist) Jeremy Spencer."

Fleetwood Mac made its debut at the British Blues and Jazz festival in the summer of 1967, which led to a recording contract, then an eponymous first album in February 1968. The album, which included "Long Grey Mare" and three other songs by Green, stayed on the British charts for 13 months. 

The band's early albums were heavy blues-rock affairs marked by Green's fluid, evocative guitar style and gravelly vocals. Notable singles included "Oh Well" and the Latin-flavored "Black Magic Woman," later a hit for Carlos Santana.

But as the band flourished, Green became increasingly erratic, even paranoid. Drugs played a part in his unraveling.

On a tour in California, Green became acquainted with Augustus Owsley Stanley III, notorious supplier of powerful LSD to the The Grateful Dead and Ken Kesey, the anti-hero of Tom Wolfe's book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." 

"He was taking a lot of acid and mescaline around the same time his illness began manifesting itself more and more," Fleetwood said in 2015. "We were oblivious as to what schizophrenia was back in those days but we knew something was amiss."

"Green Manalishi," Green's last single for the band, reflected his distress.

In an interview with Johnny Black for Mojo magazine, Green said: "I was dreaming I was dead and I couldn't move, so I fought my way back into my body. I woke up and looked around. It was very dark and I found myself writing a song. It was about money; 'The Green Manalishi' is money."

In some of his last appearances with the band, he wore a monk's robe and a crucifix. Fearing that he had too much money, he tried to persuade other band members to give their earnings to charities.

Green left Fleetwood Mac for good in 1971.

In his absence, the band's new line-up, including Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, gained enormous success with a more pop-tinged sound. 

Green was confined in a mental hospital in 1977 after an incident with his manager. Testimony in court said Green had asked for money and then threatened to shoot out the windows of the manager's office. 

Green was released later in the year, and married Jane Samuels, a Canadian, in 1978. They had a daughter, Rosebud, and divorced the following year. Green also has a son, Liam Firlej. 

Green returned to performing in the 1990s with the Peter Green Splinter Group. 

In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with other past and present members of Fleetwood Mac.

AP writer Bob Barr died in 2018.

  • Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
AMP Awards names Curatorial Committee, renews commitment to Musicians Foundation
An image from this year's AMP Awards show opening, created by Ataboy Studios and scored by Mophonics

The AMP Awards for Music & Sound is getting ready to take the digital stage as it preps for its new show date of July 30. That’s when the winners of the 2020 competition for the best in music and sound for branding and marketing will be revealed during its virtual online presentation, according to Georg Bissen, president of the Association of Music Producers and owner of MetaTechnik in New York.

The show will also feature a very special musical performance from a Grammy-nominated artist whose music has topped the charts in over 20 countries.

Streaming the AMP Awards show is free, thanks to the generous support of its sponsors, but RSVPs are required here to receive a Zoom link.    

In addition to setting a new date for its virtual show--originally scheduled for July 14--the AMP Awards also released the names of its 2020 Curatorial Committee, which met late last month to review the finalists for the awards. Led by Show chair Jay Russell, chief creative officer of GSD&M, the AMP Awards Curatorial Committee finalized the winners and selected a single entry that will be presented with this year’s top honor, the Ryan Barkan Award. Named in honor of the late music supervisor at Droga5, it will be used this year to honor the Best in Show.

Comprised of agency creatives and music producers as well as executives from music production and music publishing companies, the AMP Awards Curatorial Committee included Kristen Barnard, director of integrated production, Tracy Locke; Joanna Batemits, executive producer, Carousel; Khrisana Edwards, director of integrated production, Indeed.com; Stephanie Diaz-Matos, head of supervision & library, Raedio; Jack Epsteen, SVP, director of production, GSD&M; Michael Frick, VP, brand partnerships & creative synch, Position Music; Karen Gereffi Goodman, VP, creative director, MullenLowe; Robby Hurd, VP of sales, Musicbed; David Lapinsky, VP, music producer, Grey/Townhouse; Alec Stern, director of music, DDB; and Rani Vaz, executive producer, RNDM ORDR.

And in keeping with the spirit of giving that’s become especially important during this challenging pandemic, the AMP Awards has renewed its commitment to the Musicians Foundation, the non-profit group that assists musicians in need. AMP members are urged to make donations to the foundation, and can do so on a special AMP donation page located here.

Less than a week after nationwide closures and cancellations of venues, studios and festivals, Musicians Foundation established its CV19 Emergency Relief Aid Grant Program. Eligible musician-applicants can receive modest, one-time grants up to $200 to help put food on the table, pay a utility bill, or cover other essentials during this difficult time. Since mid-March, the Foundation has sent nearly 1000 emergency grants to musicians in almost every state in the country.

“AMP’s work to advocate for quality musicianship and strengthen the professional community is essential for the industry as a whole,” said Jeremy Morrow, head of outreach and development for Musicians Foundation. “As the charitable partner for this year’s AMP Awards, Musicians Foundation is honored to be involved with the Association as we continue to reach more performers, educators, and composers in need.”

  • Tuesday, Jul. 21, 2020
Singer, songwriter, activist Baez named Guthrie recipient
Joan Baez arrives at the Latin Grammy special merit awards on Nov. 13, 2019, in Las Vegas. The singer, songwriter, activist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member is this year’s recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize, an award that recognizes artists who speak out for the less fortunate. Baez will be honored with a virtual ceremony on Aug. 16. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File)
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- 

Singer, songwriter, activist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Joan Baez is this year's recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize, an award that recognizes artists who speak out for the less fortunate.

Baez will be honored with a virtual ceremony on Aug. 16 during this year's virtual edition of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Woody Guthrie Center Director Deana McCloud noted Baez's activism that included marching for civil rights and opposing the Vietnam War. 

"A staunch activist, Ms. Baez has consistently been on the front lines in the fight for social justice, peace, and equality," McCloud said in a statement.

Baez said in the statement that she has followed in the footsteps of Guthrie.

"It has been my mission to use my music as a voice for those who cannot be heard or have been silenced by fear and powerlessness," Baez said. 

Past recipients of the award include Chuck D, John Mellencamp, Norman Lear, Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples and Pete Seeger.

  • Friday, Jul. 17, 2020
Rome renames music hall after Oscar-winner Ennio Morricone
The Orchestra of Santa Cecilia plays under the direction of Andre Morricone, center, son of Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, who died last week in the Italian capital, on the occasion of a special council at Rome's city hall, Friday, July 17, 2020. Rome’s city council voted on Friday to rename one of its concert halls after the Oscar-winning composer, the Music Park Auditorium will now be called the Ennio Morricone Auditorium. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)
ROME (AP) -- 

Rome's city council voted on Friday to rename one of its concert halls after Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, who died last week in the Italian capital. 

The Music Park Auditorium will now be called the Ennio Morricone Auditorium. 

Morricone won a lifetime achievement Academy Award in 2007 as well as an Oscar in 2016 for the score he wrote for "The Hateful Eight." 

At Rome's City Hall ceremony, director Giuseppe Tornatore, whose "Cinema Paradiso" won an Oscar as best foreign language film and featured Morricone's sentimental music, struggled against tears as he paid tribute to the composer.

Tornatore recalled how Morricone liked to say that "in silence, one finds the key to music ... the silences, the intervals." Referring to the 91-year-old composer's death on July 6, Tornatore added: "So, maybe the silence that he initiated a few days ago is what will be the hardest for us to listen to, because it will be a silence that's too, too long."

Among Morricone's memorable music for movies was the coyote-howl theme for the iconic Spaghetti Western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and the haunting songs in the epic "Once Upon A Time In America." Both films were directed by his former elementary school classmate, Sergio Leone.

  • Saturday, Jul. 11, 2020
Conti movie scores for "Rocky," "The Right Stuff" and more going to LSU
In this Feb. 21, 2005, file photo, composer and conductor Bill Conti, music director of the 77th Academy Awards, conducts the show's orchestra during a rehearsal at Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Conti, the Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning composer who wrote scores for movies including “Rocky,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Karate Kid” is giving them to Louisiana State University. Conti, who grew up in Miami, went to LSU on a bassoon scholarship. The William and Shelby Conti Papers are expected to arrive sometime in the fall. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

The Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning composer who wrote scores for movies including "Rocky," "The Right Stuff" and "The Karate Kid" is giving them to Louisiana State University. 

William "Bill" Conti and his wife, Shelby Cox Conti, are donating a lifetime of original scores to LSU, where they met as students. 

The William and Shelby Conti Papers are expected to arrive sometime in the fall, LSU Libraries spokeswoman Sigrid Kelsey said in an email Thursday.

"We are proud to be stewards of the life's work of one of our own graduates and honored to have been part of Bill's remarkable journey as a musician. His and Shelby's generosity will make Bill's renowned scores accessible to our students, faculty and staff, strengthening our programs in musicology and music theory," Todd Queen, dean of LSU's College of Music & Dramatic Arts Dean, said in a June 30 news release. 

Conti, who grew up in Miami, went to LSU on a bassoon scholarship. But he also played piccolo in the marching band and piano for dance team auditions. He met Shelby Cox at a dance team audition. They now live in Los Angeles. One of their five grandchildren is now in the LSU music school. 

The William and Shelby Conti Papers will be held in LSU Libraries' Special Collections. They include the scores for "The Right Stuff," which won an Academy Award for best original score, and from the "Rocky" film series, the "Karate Kid" film series, the film "For Your Eyes Only" and the television series "Dynasty." 

Conti graduated in 1963 from LSU and a master's degree with honors from the Juilliard School of Music. He has been the Academy Awards' music director a record 19 times, winning five Emmy Awards for that work. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards, three Golden Globes and 13 Emmy Awards. As a high school senior at North Miami Senior High School, Bill received the Miami Herald Media Company's prestigious Silver Knight Award; fellow recipients of this award have included leaders of Fortune 50 companies and top government officials.

Conti, who played jazz in Baton Rouge nightclubs to help cover college costs, said he began playing in Miami Beach nightclubs when he was 14.

"My father was a musician. My grandfather was a musician. It was a part of my life forever. It wasn't special; it was like breathing," he said.

He said a high-school music teacher recommended LSU to him in 1959. 

"Bill's compositions have enhanced audiences' experiences with film and TV for decades," said LSU Libraries Dean Stanley Wilder. "Now, with the addition of his original scores to the LSU Libraries' Special Collections, Bill and Shelby will enhance LSU's role in preserving our shared culture for generations to come." 

  • Monday, Jul. 6, 2020
Country rocker and fiddler Charlie Daniels dies at age 83
In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Charlie Daniels appears at the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tenn. Daniels who had a hit with “Devil Went Down to Georgia” has died at age 83. A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday due to a hemorrhagic stroke. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- 

Country music firebrand and fiddler Charlie Daniels, who had a hit with "Devil Went Down to Georgia," has died at age 83. 

A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday at a hospital in Hermitage, Tennessee, after doctors said he had a stroke. 

He had suffered what was described as a mild stroke in January 2010 and had a heart pacemaker implanted in 2013 but continued to perform.

Daniels, a singer, guitarist and fiddler, started out as a session musician, even playing on Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline" sessions. Beginning in the early 1970s, his five-piece band toured endlessly, sometimes doing 250 shows a year.

"I can ask people where they are from, and if they say `Waukegan,' I can say I've played there. If they say `Baton Rouge,' I can say I've played there. There's not a city we haven't played in," Daniels said in 1998.

Daniels performed at White House, at the Super Bowl, throughout Europe and often for troops in the Middle East.

He played himself in the 1980 John Travolta movie "Urban Cowboy" and was closely identified with the rise of country music generated by that film.

"I've kept people employed for over 20 years and never missed a payroll," Daniels said in 1998. That same year, he received the Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music.

In the 1990s Daniels softened some of his lyrics from his earlier days when he often was embroiled in controversy.

In "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," a 1979 song about a fiddling duel between the devil and a whippersnapper named Johnny, Daniels originally called the devil a "son of a bitch," but changed it to "son of a gun."

In his 1980 hit "Long Haired Country Boy," he used to sing about being "stoned in the morning" and "drunk in the afternoon." Daniels changed it to "I get up in the morning. I get down in the afternoon."

"I guess I've mellowed in my old age," Daniels said in 1998.

Otherwise, though, he rarely backed down from in-your-face lyrics.

His "Simple Man" in 1990 suggested lynching drug dealers and using child abusers as alligator bait.

His "In America" in 1980 told this country's enemies to "go straight to hell."

Such tough talk earned him guest spots on "Politically Incorrect," the G. Gordon Liddy radio show and on C-Span taking comments from viewers.

"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" was No. 1 on the country charts in 1979 and No. 3 on the pop charts. It was voted single of the year by the Country Music Association.

In the climactic verse, Daniels sang:

"The devil bowed his head because he knew that he'd been beat.

"He laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny's feet.

"Johnny said, `Devil just come on back if you ever want to try again.

"I told you once you son of a gun, I'm the best that's ever been."

He hosted regular Volunteer Jam concerts in Nashville in which the performers usually were not announced in advance. Entertainers at thes shows included Don Henley, Amy Grant, James Brown, Pat Boone, Bill Monroe, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band, Alabama, Billy Joel, Little Richard, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eugene Fodor and Woody Herman.

Daniels, a native of Wilmington, N.C., played on several Bob Dylan albums as a Nashville recording session guitarist in the late 1960s, including "New Morning" and "Self-Portrait."

Eventually, at the age of 71, he was invited to join the epitome of Nashville's music establishment, the Grand Ole Opry. He was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

He said in 1998 that he kept touring so much because "I have never played those notes perfectly. I've never sung every song perfectly. I'm in competition to be better tonight than I was last night and to be better tomorrow than tonight."

Daniels said his favorite place to play was "anywhere with a good crowd and a good paycheck."

  • Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2020
Squeak E. Clean Studios adds sr. producer Max Taylor, promotes Amanda Patterson to EP
Max Taylor (l) and Amanda Patterson

International creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios has expanded its Los Angeles team, bringing on Max Taylor as sr. producer and promoting Amanda Patterson to executive producer. 

Taylor comes to Squeak E. Clean Studios after spending four years at 20th Century Fox coordinating music for the hit drama Empire. Patterson has over a decade of experience in commercial music production, ranging from original composition to sync and sound design for film and advertising. In her two years with Squeak E. Clean Studios, she has produced work for such clients as Facebook, Pepsi and The North Face, as well as the award-winning spot “Sport Changes Everything” for Nike that features 14-year-old fighter Chantel Navarro.

Chicago-native Taylor grew up amid the music industry, spending his formative years around concerts and musicians with his father as a sound engineer. He studied recording industry at Butler University before kicking off his career in music ticketing and promotions. He spent five years working across multiple functions of live events between Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City, liaising between artists, management teams and venues to optimize the guest experience. In 2016, he joined the production team on Empire as a music production liaison, overseeing the end-to-end process for the music-driven series. 

Patterson’s passion for music led her down the path of a serious fan at an early age, skipping school to go to shows as a teenager and surrounding herself with artists and fans as impassioned as herself. After college, her musician friends began to swap touring gigs for longer-term opportunities, exploring the early days of the commercial music shop. This landed her a job at Black Iris Music, producing out of its Richmond, Va. office and later moving to Portland, Ore., to launch the shop’s West Coast presence. After planting roots in Oregon, she joined Marmoset Music as a creative team lead before making the move to Los Angeles to work with Squeak E. Clean Studios. 

  • Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2020
ALIBI Music promotes Julia Trainor to head of sync A&R
Julia Trainor

ALIBI Music has promoted Julia Trainor to head of sync A&R, a move that recognizes the expanded role she has successfully assumed over the past several months. Trainor, who will also retain her music supervision duties, joined ALIBI last year with an extensive entertainment advertising background and unique perspective in music supervision. Seizing the opportunity to respond more quickly to the shifting creative needs of the company’s clients, she began taking a proactive approach to tapping and working with sync talent.

“Being a passive music library is not a successful option in this competitive marketplace; you have to actively make every song and piece of music matter,” Trainor explained. “ALIBI wanted to expand this effort by having my role establish a more dynamic production flow that will ultimately impact our success. I’m proud to be a part of this team, and look forward to giving ALIBI a definitive edge in the marketplace by working closely with our artists to maximize their creativity as it relates to sync usability.”

Added Kent Carter, ALIBI’s Vice President, Strategic Initiatives: “Julia has been helping us with A&R unofficially for a while, and now ALIBI is excited to formalize that successful effort.”

Since becoming part of the ALIBI team, Trainor has enjoyed a number of accomplishments in the areas of A&R and music supervision. Among her highlights are bringing on and syncing unsigned hip-hop artist L.Rucus, as well as DJ Spryte and DJ Saber, whose EDM remixes of classical tracks are exceptional contributions to ALIBI’s library. 

Additionally, Trainor worked with Carter on ALIBI’s “Intense Rises” SFX album, which is essentially a promo editor’s wish-list of rises: stop/start rise, cardiac arrest rise, alarm rise, train rise, etc. “Look, creating memorable music may be the sexiest part of our business, but I have to admit I am a bit of a SFX geek,” shared Trainor.

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