Past and Current Employers
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Directed by Alexander Craven and executive produced by Jeff Pfifher, 'Somewhere'is a musical love story. Submerged in tones of loneliness and longing, this film will build to an empowering, show-stopping anthem which emboldens people of all walks, raises awareness for immigration rights, and takes a stand against hate.
Past and Present
Highlighting a handful of the industry experts I've learned from over the years.
Ari Herstand is the CEO and founder of the music business education and artist advocacy company, Ari’s Take. Started in 2012 as a blog, Ari's Take has become the go-to resource for independent musicians on how to run a successful music career in the NEW music business. He is also the author of the best-selling book, How To Make It in the New Music Business which is a #1 Amazon best-seller in 3 categories and has been adopted by over 300 universities and translated into multiple languages. Herstand's well-researched, relatable, no BS approach is why so many musicians continue to trust him for advice. He is also the host of the Webby Award winning podcast, the New Music Business where he interviews innovators and experts in the music industry. Since its launch in March of 2020, over 350,000 people have listened to the show.
Wendy Griffiths is an accomplished senior level executive with 25 + years of experience in Music Synchronization, Licensing and Video Marketing. Proven success in creating and helming exceptionally effective Synch licensing and marketing teams for BMG, WB Records & Position Music. She founded Truly Music in 2019 and since then has grown the Sync company's roster to artists like John Mayer, the Goo Goo Dolls, Alesso, Marshmello, Kat Von D and more.
Pictured above is songwriter, lyricist, and sync consultant Amira Gadd. She worked as the Creative and Client Services + A&R at Garrett Whoosh Trailer Music for Motion Pictures and currently consults artists to help them with their careers in addition to being the Community Director at License Your Music. She's gotten dozens of radio ready songs made, as well as received the honor of being a friend of the Guild of Music Supervisors
Jody Aaron Friedman is an award-winning songwriter, producer, recording artist and music supervisor. He is also the founder of License Your Music. His companies, HD Music Now and Collaborate Music, have worked in a variety of capacities with the major film studios, advertising agencies, trailer houses and television networks. His music supervision & clearance projects include projects such as defining the sonic branding for ASICS Shoes, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Focus Features)”, “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner” (Netflix), “Ugly Delicious“ (Netflix), “Generation” (HBO Max)", “Strangers, Season One” (Facebook Watch), “Trinkets” (Netflix)”, “Ingress: The Animation” (Netflix + Fuji TV), “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” (Tremolo Productions + Netflix) & more. He is a proud member of the Guild of Music Supervisors.
Suzan Koç is a music publisher and songwriting coach who specializes in helping songwriters find their unique voice. Her career in the music industry started as an intern at Warner Chappell in Paris in 1989 after meeting Nesuhi Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records with his brother, the legendary Ahmet Ertegun. In 7 years she worked her way up to be the Director of International Creative and signed rising Swedish pop group Ace of Base (50 million records sold). In 1996, she moved to New York, where she was VP of Creative for Hit & Run Music (Phil Collins, Genesis) where she met songwriter Shelly Peiken (“What A Girl Wants” (#1), “Bitch (#2) and landed cuts with Reba McEntire, Brandy, and *NSYNC. She then became the VP of Writer Development at BMG Publishing in 2001.
Thomas Barsoe is the Founder/Executive Producer/Manager of OC Hit, a subsidiary record company to Sony Music Group. OC HIT is a full-service facility providing the highest quality services including recording, mixing, mastering, distribution, PR/marketing, music education and their critically acclaimed songwriting and development camps. After years of touring through his own success as a Platinum selling artist, he created OC Hit in 2014 to fuel up and coming artists to the same level of success.