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Patrice Rushen and Annenberg’s Josh Kun to present at Ableton Loop summit

November 7, 2018

November 9th-11th, Ableton will sponsor the Loop summit for music makers with three days of talks, performances and hands-on workshops aimed at sharing ideas on music and creative practice. Among the many musicians, creatives, and technologists in attendance will be Patrice Rushen, chair of USC Thornton’s Popular Music program, and Josh Kun, director of the […]


Music Industry students go behind the scenes at The Greek

October 3, 2018

USC Thornton Music Industry students recently had the opportunity to witness a full-scale pop tour in action, going backstage for Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at LA’s Greek Theatre. Organized by faculty member and veteran music manager Trudy Green for her Live Touring Strategy class (MUIN 515), students learned about the load-in and […]


Jessi Mason receives ASCAP’s Molly Hymen Scholarship

August 6, 2018

Jessi Mason, a senior in USC Thornton’s Popular Music program, is the recipient of the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Molly Hymen Music Scholarship. The annual scholarship benefits an outstanding undergraduate of the school’s Division of Contemporary Music who is also undertaking Music Industry classes. Mason recently released her second EP, Night Owl, which received a nomination […]


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 […]


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