Music Industry News

Thornton students to participate in serendipitous Sofar Sounds concert

April 27, 2017

Four USC Thornton Popular Music students will perform on the evening of Sunday, April 30th as part of the Sofar Sounds performance series on the USC campus. The series aims to create buzz by presenting unannounced musical artists in secretive locations, which are revealed to audiences just before each event. Music Industry faculty member Loren […]


Lindsay Wolfington and Music Industry alumni receive Guild of Music Supervisor nominations

March 27, 2017

A number of USC Thornton Music Industry faculty and alumni were nominated for 2017 Guild of Music Supervisor Awards. Faculty member Lindsay Wolfington and alumna Heather Guibert (’06, music industry) were each nominated for Best Music Supervision in a Television Drama – for The Royals and Rosewood, respectively – while Guibert was also nominated for […]


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. […]


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