Music Industry News from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Contemporary Music professors quoted about the challenges of new streaming music services

June 12, 2015

Two USC Thornton Contemporary Music faculty members were quoted by the Los Angeles Times recently about the introduction of new music streaming services by Apple and Jay-Z. Mark Goldstein of the Music Industry program discussed the financial risks inherent in Apple’s new digital music platform. “This is great theater,” Goldstein said. “I don’t know what’s […]


Paul Young interviewed about music licensing for independent artists

March 31, 2015

Paul Young, director of the USC Thornton Music Industry Minors program, was interviewed about the nuances of music licensing and artist marketing for the Bands Rising podcast and website, led by host Tony Cook. Young discussed the changing business dynamics faced by independent musicians, noting that “marketing is the one thing that I think survives […]


Members of the USC Thornton Board of Councilors offer career advice for aspiring professionals

March 24, 2015

The USC Thornton Alumni Association and Board of Councilors recently presented an interactive career panel for aspiring music industry professionals. Moderated by musician and producer Randy Jackson, the panel of industry veterans and members of the USC Thornton Board of Councilors offered Thornton students insight and advice about pursuing careers in artist management, music licensing […]


Paul Young of music industry program provides insight into “Blurred Lines” verdict

March 16, 2015

ABC7 Eyewitness News sat down with USC Thornton professor Paul Young, director of the music industry minors program, for an expert analysis of the legal battle between Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and the family of Marvin Gaye. Young, a former executive and producer with Universal Music Group, provided insight into the business implications for the […]


Young Guru participates in Tech808 conference for entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds

December 2, 2014

Young Guru, a USC Thornton artist in residence, was a featured guest at last week’s Tech808 conference in New York for entrepreneurs who love hip hop. “The crowd of fans thrust their cellphones toward him. They didn’t want autographs. They wanted app advice,” an article in re/code stated. “And one by one, 10 minutes by […]


The Hollywood Reporter ranks USC Thornton in top three of music schools

November 21, 2014

In the November 14th issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the USC Thornton School of Music was ranked third on their list of the “Top 25 Music Schools of 2014.” Among the descriptions of notable faculty and alumni, THR included DJ-producer Young Guru and USC Thornton alumni Bear McCreary, who has garnered critical acclaim for scoring […]


Paul Young wins 2014 Steven B. Sample Teaching & Mentoring Award

November 18, 2014

Paul Young, USC Thornton faculty and director of the Music Industry Minors program, has been selected as one of this year’s recipients of the 2014 Steven B. Sample Teaching & Mentoring Award. In conjunction with USC Trojan Family Weekend, the award honors faculty members who have been nominated by parents and symbolizes “an important aspect […]


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