Chris Stone.Los Angeles, CA (January 22, 2008)-The Los Angeles Chapter of SCORE is sponsoring a workshop and panel presentation, New Music Industry Opportunities, as part of its ongoing Business Success Forum Series for the Los Angeles small business community. The event will be held on Saturday, January 26 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon in the 220-seat main hall of the Glendale Library at 222 E. Harvard St. in Glendale, CA.
Music industry leaders Chris Stone, David Goggin and KamranV will discuss the history and current status of the industry and provide information on how to start and build a successful business in today’s volatile music industry environment.
Richard Hadel, Chair of the Los Angeles Chapter of SCORE, comments, “Our intent is to offer a wide spectrum of subject matter in our small business information programs. This presentation gives SCORE L.A. the opportunity to provide basic information on starting and running a business in the music industry, a very important and dynamic sector of the small business community in the Los Angeles area.”
Stone is co-founder of the Record Plant Recording studios, established in 1968 and host to countless legendary artists. He is also co-founder, past president and chairman of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) and the co-founder of the Music Producers Guild of the Americas, now the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy. He is CEO of World Studio Group, Inc., a privately held affiliation of world-class recording studios, and also serves as CEO of Filmsonix, Inc., an audio business-consulting firm. Stone is the author of Audio Recording for Profit – The Sound of Money and an Associate Professor of the Music Industry and Recording Arts Program of the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles. He also teaches Music Industry Entrepreneurship at berkleemusic.com, the online school of Boston-based Berklee College of Music.
The traditional music industry has been turned upside down in recent years,” Stone comments, “and torn apart by the Internet and digital downloading. It is critical for anyone planning to get into the music business to tune into the latest trends and technical developments.
Award-winning photographer, journalist and author David Goggin, a.k.a. Mr. Bonzai, has written over 1,000 articles for magazines in the U.S. Europe and Asia, including more than 5000 interviews with leading musicians, artists, directors, producers and media figures. He has published the books Studio Life, Hal Blaine – The Story of the World’s Most Recorded Musician and Faces of Music: 25 Years of Lunching With Legends. His photos and articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Mix, EQ, Pro Sound News, Electronic Musician, Sound on Sound, Keyboard, Music Connection, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles magazine, among others. He heads Communication Arcs, a public relations firm representing major recording studios and pro audio manufacturers/
“I’ve been in this business for more than 25 years and it has never been stable,” says Goggin. “If you don’t reinvent yourself every year, you are destined to disappear.”
Music producer and technologist KamranV is a pioneer in building the bridge to the new music business. A graduate of USC’s Music Industry program, he went on to set the standard for research-driven artist marketing as Head of Production in the New Media division of Interscope Geffen A&M, and co-founder/head of marketing for Universal Music’s Mobile division. He blazed new trails for new technology business development incorporating mobile phones, video on demand, and high-definition physical formats such as DVD-Audio and DualDisc, for which he served as producer of many releases including Grammy-nominated albums by Sting, Snow Patrol, Keane, Nine Inch Nails and Beck. KamranV currently serves on the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy’s Los Angeles chapter. He is an executive strategist for multinational clients and is a co-founder/President/COO of Spaceland Recordings, an on-demand, globally distributed live audio and video record label.
“I am eager to share my experience at this SCORE seminar,” says KamranV, “and give back what I’ve learned to the next wave of music entrepreneurship.”
Now in its 42nd year, SCORE-L.A. is a local chapter of the national SCORE organization, a non-profit association of highly experienced, current and retired business executives and owners who donate their time to provide advice and counsel to individuals who own and operate small businesses or plan to start a business. SCORE is affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration.