Dallas, TX (June 30, 2015)—The Board of Directors of the SPARS Foundation recently elected as its new president Drew Waters, who currently serves as the director of education at Ex’pression College in Emeryville, CA.
Waters, who succeeds Kirk Imamura, president of Avatar Studios, New York as SPARS president, holds a dual Ph.D. in Music Performance and Composition from New York University, a Master’s of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a BA in Sociology from Sir Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. He was an Assistant Professor, Recording Technology Department Head and co-chair at California State University – Monterey Bay and Assistant Professor State University of New York (SUNY) – Plattsburgh.
Waters has lectured and presented at many institutions including Berklee on the Road (Los Angeles) and Full Sail University. He is the author of many conference presentations addressing current trends in academia and digital learning.
Waters has served in several high profile management positions in the recording industry including vice president of archives for Universal Music Group, VP of Capitol Studio Operations, Archives and Strategy for Capitol Records/EMI and as partner in MediaStor Audits. He has been a consultant for Slate Digital and continues artistic endeavors through his company, Frameworks Music, composing, arranging, performing, recording and producing original content for sync and licensing through Warner/Chappell Publishing.
Kirk Imamura, SPARS past President, recently stated, “Drew’s diverse background in the academic arena coupled with his industry management experience, make him a perfect fit for the SPARS mission of mentoring. He has a heart for students and recording professionals and the challenges they face in a changing industry.”
SPARS is the 36-year-old non-profit association representing professionals in the recording industry.