The Society of Composers & Lyricists has announced its inaugural Nashville Steering Committee, which is comprised of talent from Music City’s film, TV, gaming, production music, arranging, songwriting and performance communities.
Committee members include Keith Mason (Coordinator of Commercial Music and Music Technology, Belmont University), Pat McMakin (Studio Manager, Ocean Way Studios) and Steve Schnur (Worldwide Executive and President of Music, Electronic Arts). The chapter will be chaired by veteran film and television composer Jay Weigel.
“For more than half a century, Nashville has been known as ‘Music City USA.’ But within the past decade, this birthplace of country music has become one of the world’s top 3 destinations to record scores for films, television, and games of every genre, and is first or second home to more songwriters, composers and orchestrators than anywhere on earth,” Schnur explains. “With the arrival of the SCL, Nashville is now officially ‘Music City Global.’”
“With so many of our members traveling to Nashville to record these days, it became obvious to us that there was an opportunity to bring the SCL’s experience, education, advocacy and other resources to a community that will hopefully reap the benefits as it expands,” SCL President Ashley Irwin notes. “And building on the long-standing alliances we already share with the major PROs (ASCAP, BMI and SESAC), we see a very bright future for all things SCL in Nashville.”
Since the April launch of the SCL’s newest chapter, the members of the committee have been meeting to determine a slate of events for the remainder of the year that will serve to introduce the SCL and its benefits to music creators in Nashville looking to better understand the world of writing for audio-visual media. Event details will be shared in the coming weeks.
For more information, visit thescl.com/nashville-chapter.
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