Music Industry News from the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Paul Young chats with APM’s “Marketplace”

April 22, 2016

Paul Young, director of the USC Thornton Music Industry Minors Program, was interviewed for American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated radio show, Marketplace, in a discussion about the long-term financial viability of the music publishing industry. Young explained that ownership of song copyrights can help keep publishers afloat in the midst of an overall music industry downturn. […]


Jeffrey & Todd Brabec quoted on the economics of “Hamilton”

April 19, 2016

Jeffrey Brabec and Todd Brabec, faculty members in the USC Thornton Music Industry program, were quoted in the New York Post about the landmark success of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning hip hop musical. The pair, widely regarded as leading experts in the economics of Broadway productions, discussed how the tongue-in-cheek story of the first […]


Alumna Danielle Gillman creates apps for parents of children with special needs

April 1, 2016

USC Thornton Music Industry alumna Danielle Gillman (BM ’01) has developed an app for the parents of children with special needs, which grew out of her experiences raising her own daughter, who is autistic. Gillman and her husband, Ben Chutz, created Birdhouse for Autism as a way to track the complexities of caring for a […]


Music Industry alumna Olivia Mitchell to premiere short film at Tribeca

March 31, 2016

USC Thornton alumna Olivia Mitchell (BS ’14, music industry) will premiere her short film, Girl Band, at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Mitchell co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced the film with fellow USC alumni Kerry Furrh (BA ’14, film and television production) and Cailin Lowry (BA ’14, film and television production). She also created original […]


Ben Bram and Scott Hoying win second GRAMMY Awards with Pentatonix

February 16, 2016

USC Thornton alums Ben Bram (’10, music industry) and Scott Hoying won their second GRAMMY Awards last night for their arrangement of Pentatonix’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” from the a cappella super-group’s “That’s Christmas to Me” album. For the second straight year, the duo won for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, the […]


Alumna Julie Boardman produces Forest Whitaker debut on Broadway

February 10, 2016

USC Thornton alumna Julie Boardman (BS ’04, music industry) will co-produce the Broadway debut of fellow USC alumnus Forest Whitaker this month in Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie.” The Michael Grandage-directed play is set in a faded hotel in Manhattan where a down-on-his-luck gambler mourns the death of the hotel’s night clerk, Hughie, and recalls his glory […]


Amplify names Vivian Wang one of “16 To Watch in 2016”

January 27, 2016

USC Thornton Music Industry faculty member Vivian Wang was profiled recently by Amplify as part of the publication’s “16 To Watch in 2016” series. The series served as a guide to “fast-rising stars in the entertainment industry.” Wang was selected for her work as head of Venue Event Services at AXS, a digital marketing platform […]


Thornton students and alums give MAX’s “Gibberish” an orchestral edge

December 3, 2015

MAX, a rising star in popular music, featured a cast comprised almost exclusively of USC Thornton student musicians in a video for his newest single, “Gibberish.” In addition to the many Thornton students performing in the video, the orchestral arrangement is the result of a collaboration between MAX and Zi Zhu Zhao (MM ’16, piano), […]


USC Thornton ranks high on Hollywood Reporter’s list of top music schools

December 1, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter recently profiled USC Thornton on its list of the “Top 25 Music Schools of 2015,” ranking the school at number three. The profile noted that Thornton’s proximity to Los Angeles’ film and music industries fosters unparalleled opportunities for graduates of the school’s Contemporary Music Division, particularly in programs such as Music Industry, […]


Paul Young visits University of the Pacific for lectures and masterclasses

November 20, 2015

Paul Young, trombonist and director of the USC Thornton Music Industry Minors program, visited his alma mater, the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California, for a series of lectures and masterclasses this week. In addition to working with UOP students on brass technique, Young also contributed to an Artist Management class, […]


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