Music Industry News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Alumnus Ross Golan releases podcast recorded at Thornton

June 4, 2018

And The Writer Is…, a podcast by multi-platinum songwriter and USC Thornton alumnus Ross Golan (BM ’01, Music Industry), recently released an episode recorded at a Spring 2018 Popular Music Forum, featuring Thornton students and vice dean Chris Sampson. The podcast’s featured guest, GRAMMY-nominated producer Joe London, has released hit singles with Pitbull, Jason Derulo, […]


Alvin Liang wins USC Thornton 2018 Kanter Award

February 20, 2018

USC Thornton Music Industry senior Alvin Liang has been selected as a recipient for the USC Thornton 2018 Kanter Award, taking home $7,250. He previously won the USC Stevens Award with his EventAll app, which he describes as “The WordPress of the event-planning world.” The Kanter Endowed Music Industry Project Fund provides upper-level students with […]


Ebony teams with Thornton for a music industry discussion

February 16, 2018

Ebony recently published photos and videos from its fall visit to the USC Thornton Contemporary Music Division, featuring Ethiopia Habtemariam, president of Motown Records, and singer-songwriters Sebastian Kole and BJ The Chicago Kid, in collaboration with the Universal Music Group. The trio spoke with Popular Music and Music Industry students at Carson Center about the […]


Jeff Brabec and Todd Brabec contribute to “USC Entertainment Law Spotlight”

December 5, 2017

Jeff Brabec and Todd Brabec, faculty members in the USC Thornton Music Industry program, recently contributed to the inaugural issue of the USC Gould School of Law’s journal, USC Entertainment Law Spotlight (some pages redacted). The industry veterans authored “Music Royalties 101,” exploring the various licensing structures available to artists in TV, motion pictures, video […]


College Magazine surveys “10 Music Courses at USC to Jump Start Your Music Career”

November 27, 2017

College Magazine recently put USC Thornton at the center of an article exploring college courses to “Jump Start Your Music Career.” From classes in jazz performance and music theory to Music and Science Fiction and Thornton’s legendary Beatles class, the piece surveys the many innovative learning opportunities available to Thornton music students. The article puts […]


Billboard names USC Thornton a top music business school

November 1, 2017

Billboard Magazine recently named USC Thornton one of the “15 Best Music Business Schools in 2017,” citing the school’s five new professional master’s degree programs, which are focused on Arts Leadership, Community Music, Contemporary Teaching Practice, Screen Scoring, and the Music Industry. The article quotes alumnus and guitarist-trumpeter Erik Miron (’09), whose band, the Vignes […]


Alum Ben Adelson makes Billboard’s “40 under 40” list of “Young Power Players”

October 25, 2017

USC Thornton Music Industry alumnus Ben Adelson (’09, Music Industry) recently made Billboard Magazine’s list of “40 under 40: Music’s Top Young Power Players Revealed.” Adelson, who is a Senior Vice President at Republic Records, led Cleveland-based blues-rockers Welshly Arms to generate 6.5 million U.S. streams of their single “Legendary,” and also nurtured singer-songwriter Noah […]


Guild of Music Supervisors conference held at USC

October 16, 2017

Last week, The Guild of Music Supervisors held its 3rd annual “State of Music in Media” conference at USC’s Bovard Auditorium, convening a series of panels featuring some of the brightest talents in the field. The event was organized with help from USC Thornton Music Industry chair Paul Young, and included music supervisors and show […]


Student Karli Webster makes a strong debut on The Voice

October 4, 2017

close USC Thornton junior Karli Webster has officially joined Team Miley on NBC’s The Voice. During her blind audition on the October 3rd episode of the hit singing show, Karli received nods from Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus, eventually choosing to work with Cyrus. The 20-year-old Music Industry major, originally from Santa Clarita, California, has […]


Paul Young profiled in the Daily Trojan

September 19, 2017

Paul Young (MM ’06, DMA ’09, Jazz Studies), director of USC Thornton’s Music Industry program, was recently profiled by the Daily Trojan on the launch of the school’s new Master of Science Degree in Music Industry. The article, “Paying it forward: Paul Young to lead Thornton program,” describes how Young crafted the curriculum for the […]


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