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2 items from 2015

Television Academy Spars Over Membership of Music Supervisors

25 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Should music supervisors be allowed to join the TV Academy?

It’s a controversial topic within the Hollywood music community, and a new move to admit them – without consulting the membership – is meeting with strong resistance from many composers, including several former governors.

Currently, the Acad’s “music peer group” consists of about 350 composers, songwriters and music directors. Music supervisors, who for the most part add pre-existing songs to the mix of many series, are not permitted. Last month, the branch’s 12-member executive committee voted to admit music supervisors and, in an email to committee members, the Acad’s two music governors stated flatly that they would not submit the idea to the full membership.

“We were elected to lead, not poll,” it said. “Had the people of Alabama been asked in 1964 if African Americans should be allowed to vote, they probably would have said no. But because it »

- Jon Burlingame

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Music Supervisors Kudofest Bursting at the Seams

22 January 2015 12:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Judging by the crowd jammed into the two soundstages at L.A.’s Mack Sennett Studios on Wednesday night, the organizers behind the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards are having a tough time keeping up with the increasing numbers of wannabe attendees. What started out as a brunch in its first couple of years has grown into a full-blown A-list event, with film and TV music pros of every stripe hobnobbing with the soundtrack curators who make their projects sing.

It was the third venue to host the ceremony in five years, and the second consecutive year for Mack Sennett, but demand is clearly exceeding the space, with the cocktail hour ultimately packed elbow-to-elbow.

There was the requisite lineup of celebrity presenters, including soundtrack legends Kenny Loggins (“Footloose”) and Ray Parker Jr. (“Ghostbusters”), but the real stars were the supervisors themselves, including Frankie Pine (who won for “Nashville”) and guild »

- Steve Chagollan

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