Music Industry News from the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Kevin Lyman releases new podcast series ‘My Warped Life’

April 22, 2021

Music Industry faculty member Kevin Lyman has released the first episodes of his new podcast series ‘My Warped Life.’ The series gives a glimpse behind the scenes of the 25 years of the Vans Warped Tour as Lyman shares stories with friends and colleagues from every corner of the festival industry. “I still work hard […]


USC Thornton faculty featured at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

April 15, 2021

Beginning on Saturday, April 17, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has moved online with a week-long schedule of events. At 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 18, The festival presents Music, Money and Mindfulness, a panel discussion exploring the art and impact of music from multiple angles, including the relationship between music and mindfulness […]


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Lindsay Wolfington discusses To All The Boys soundtrack

April 2, 2021

Lindsay Wolfington, a faculty member in the Music Industry program, was interviewed alongside fellow music supervisor Laura Webb by Parade and Harper’s Bazaar to discuss curating the soundtrack for Netflix’s To All The Boys: Always And Forever. In both interviews, the duo spoke about what it took to find the perfect song to capture the […]


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Andrew Leff featured on NPR’s Marketplace

March 29, 2021

Music Industry faculty member Andrew Leff was quoted in an article for NPR’s Marketplace about streaming royalties. The piece discussed the current streaming industry, its effects on musicians, and SoundCloud’s new efforts to support artists with fan-powered royalties. Leff made a point that part of the issue with streaming is that our current society sees […]


Alumni duo Karmina releases new album

March 4, 2021

Karmina, a pop duo featuring Music Industry program alumni Kelly Adams (BM ‘05) and sister Kamille Rudisill (BM ’05), recently released a new album produced by film composer John Powell called Queens of Heart. The duo says the four-part cinematic pop album is a tribute to women, paying homage “to powerful women who have elevated […]


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Jonathan Azu launches Diversity in Music, a new jobs database for entertainment

February 3, 2021

Jonathan Azu, a faculty member in the Music Industry program and founder of management firm, Culture Collective, has launched Diversity in Music, a new jobs database for BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) and female music professionals seeking employment. The Diversity in Music site allows individuals in the entertainment sector who are looking for work […]


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USC Thornton alumni named to Variety’s “Hollywood’s New Leaders” list

October 12, 2020

USC Thornton alumni Ludwig Göransson (GCRT ‘08) and Justin Lubliner (BS ‘12) were named two of Hollywood’s New Leaders by Variety. The list showcases the newest generation of leaders and change-makers across the entertainment industry under the age of 40, including agents, creatives, producers, and more. Lubliner is recognized for his achievements as the founder […]


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Carly Rose releases debut EP Wild

September 29, 2020

Singer-songwriter Carly Rose, an undergraduate student in the Music Industry program, released her debut EP Wild, which features recently released singles “Song of the Summer” and title track “Wild,” a collaboration with singer Goody Grace. “Writing is a form of therapy for me so what I write about is all the stuff that I need […]


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Rick Schmunk and Daniel Weidlein quoted in article about remote music production

September 29, 2020

Rick Schmunk, chair of USC Thornton’s Music Technology Program, and Jazz Studies alum Daniel Weidlein (BM ‘12) offered their thoughts on music education and production during the pandemic in a recent article on MajoringinMusic.com. Schmunk says that for students of music production and technology, the skills they learn in the classroom give them a leg […]


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Lindsay Wolfington offers career insights on music industry podcast

August 11, 2020

Music Industry faculty member Lindsay Wolfington recently appeared on the I Love Music podcast with colleague Laura Webb discussing her career as a music supervisor for film and television. Wolfington offers insights into the early influences that led her to a career in music supervision, how she got her start in the industry, and her […]


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