Music Industry News

Támar Davis performs at MojaMoja Brunch & Benefit Concert

March 1, 2017

USC Thornton Music Industry alumna Támar Davis (’02) performed at the 9th annual MojaMoja Brunch & Benefit concert last month, celebrating the life and musical legacy of Prince. Davis, known professionally as Támar, competed on the hit NBC show “The Voice” and was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for the 2006 song “Beautiful, Loved and […]


USC Thornton comes in at #2 in latest “Hollywood Reporter” ranking

December 9, 2016

The Hollywood Reporter has again named USC Thornton on its list of the top music schools, ranking the school at number two in the world. The article, “Top 25 Music Schools, 2016” makes special mention of Thornton’s cutting-edge Screen Scoring program and its relationship to the Los Angeles music industry. Composer and Screen Scoring faculty […]


Alumnus Marcello Dubaz receives Emmy nomination for sound editing

November 18, 2016

USC Thornton Music Industry alumnus Marcello Dubaz (BS ’12) and his production team received a nomination for Outstanding Sound Editing at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for their work on the 2016 History Channel production of Roots. Dubaz was a sound effects editor on the miniseries and has also been involved in post-production of The […]


“Billboard” ranks USC Thornton’s Music Industry program among the nation’s best

October 13, 2016

@Billboard ranks @USCThornton & @USCIovineYoung among top 12 elite music business schools – http://bit.ly/2ekRQmd


Zhu, EDM artist and Thornton alum, to headline at the Shrine

October 7, 2016

USC Thornton alumnus Steven Zhu (BS ’11, music industry), known professionally as the electronic dance music artist Zhu, will headline at the Shrine Auditorium on October 12. As recently detailed by the Daily Trojan, Zhu performed at events on and around USC’s campus while still a student at Thornton before he took on his somewhat […]


Paul Young argues against unauthorized music uploads

October 5, 2016

USC Thornton Music Industry faculty member Paul Young recently penned an editorial for the Washington-based newspaper The Hill regarding the lack of fair pay for musicians whose copyrighted work is uploaded to digital streaming services such as YouTube. In the piece, titled “Upstream without a payment,” Young argues that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) […]


Student Lani Renaldo opens for Halsey at the Shrine

September 30, 2016

This past summer, USC Thornton Music Industry student Lani Renaldo performed as the opening act for the singer Halsey at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Renaldo and Halsey first met through through the web video series Samsung Level Music Lab in February. After writing for Halsey, Renaldo was asked to open for the artist […]


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 […]


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