The August edition of the “Industry Insider series, presented by BMI, along with Gibson Guitar and Billboard, will focus on the theme of “Getting Your Music in Film & TV.” The panel will be held on Wednesday, August 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gibson Guitar showroom in Beverly Hills (9350 Civic Center Drive). The event is free and open to BMI-affiliated writers and their guests. Admission is on an R.S.V.P., limited-capacity basis; early arrival is strongly suggested. To R.S.V.P., please email LARSVP@bmi.com by August 12.
The panel will feature four key studio music executives and recording duo Lexicon. The panelists will be discussing how to get your music used in film and television programs, working with independent filmmakers, score vs. source music, and how to best source your music to music supervisors.
The panel will be moderated by Ray Yee, Senior Director, Film/TV Relations, BMI. Panelists will include JoJo Villanueva, Music Supervisor, Format Entertainment (Epic Movie, The Hitcher, Charlie Bartlett); Wilson Yau, Music Supervisor, MTV (Real World, Making the Band); Season Kent, Music Supervisor, Season Kent Film Music (Harold and Kumar 2, Bonneville, The Lakehouse); Rachel Levy, Vice President, Motion Picture Music, The Weinstein Company; and Lexicon – Gideon Black and Nick Black (placements in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, America’s Next Top Mode, Numb3rs, Punk’d).
The BMI Industry Insider series is a program that was created in 2006 with Gibson Guitar and Billboard magazine to provide songwriters with an educational forum to assist them with their career development. Moderated by a rotating group of professionals from BMI, Gibson and Billboard, the series takes an in-depth look at several core areas of the music business that are integral to career growth and success. Topics have included management, legal representation, songwriting; music publishing and a&r. Offering a direct link to the inner workings of the music business from the perspective of established music professionals, the program provides songwriters with a wealth of information at no charge.