Musicology News from the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Alumnus Richard Brown joins Warner/Chappell Music as forensic musicologist

February 6, 2017

USC Thornton alumnus Richard Brown (MA ’07, music history & literature, PhD ’12, musicology) has recently accepted a position with Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. as manager and in-house forensic musicologist of the Infringement Compliance Unit. Warner/Chappell Music will utilize Brown’s expertise to assist the label’s legal team in fielding copyright infringement claims, playing an essential role […]


Joanna Demers quoted on the copyright lawsuit against Bruno Mars

November 29, 2016

Joanna Demers, chair of the USC Thornton Musicology program, was quoted in a Pitchfork article about a recently filed lawsuit against Bruno Mars for his song “Uptown Funk.” Demers argues that “intention really does matter” when it comes to whether or not Mars plagiarized Collage’s song, “Young Girls”. Demers, whose research and teaching interests include […]


Musicologist and critic Tim Page writes about the letters of John Cage

October 17, 2016

Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic and a member of the USC Thornton Musicology faculty, recently penned an article for The New York Review of Books about The Selected Letters of John Cage, which was published by Wesleyan University Press. Editor Laura Kuhn, a professor at Bard College and now director of the John Cage […]


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