Dan Foliart’s music has been indelibly etched on the landscape of network television, as he celebrates his 35th consecutive year in the profession. Currently, he is serving his fourth term on the ASCAP Board of Directors. He recently ended his service as president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists after serving that organization for five terms over ten years. He believes that the relationships that he has nurtured through meetings with members of Congress, as well as friendships that he has fostered with his colleagues here and around the world, will be valuable components that he will continue to bring to the ASCAP Board.
Last year found Foliart working with comedian George Lopez’s on his series Saint George that aired on the FX network. Included among his recent projects are ABC Family’s successful series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the eleven year run of 7th Heaven, for the WB. Along with Emmy nominations, Foliart has garnered 34 ASCAP Film and Television Awards, including 16 in the Most Performed Theme category.
Of the 50-plus series he has composed for, many continue to air both in syndication and internationally. Beginning at Paramount Studios with then partner Howard Pearl, Foliart started an extended run that included such favorites as Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Angie, Bosom Buddies, Joanie Loves Chachi, and cable’s first series, Brothers. Other series that he has composed for include Home Improvement, Roseanne, Beverly Hills 90210, 9 to 5, Guns of Paradise, Island Son, Carol and Company, Soul Man, Burke’s Law, Malibu Shores and 8 Simple Rules.
Growing up in Oklahoma City, he was proud to have his symphonic work Oklahoma Trilogy performed as part of the state’s centennial celebration. While enrolled at Amherst College, where he received his BA degree, he had the opportunity to write the song score for GD Spradlin’s film The Only Way Home. The songs were co-written with celebrated Nashville songwriter Tom Shapiro, with whom he penned over 100 more.
Passionate about recognizing the heritage of his chosen field, Foliart was responsible for instigating the Society of Composers & Lyricists Ambassador program, which has honored numerous legends in the music profession over the years. He has served for eleven years on the ASCAP Foundation Board, four years on the ASCAP Nominating Committee, ten years on the Television Academy’s Music Peer Committee and sits on the Advisory Board of the Hollywood Symphony and the Film Music Society. He has lectured at NYU, Tulsa University, Columbia, USC, the California Copyright Conference and European Film Music Days in Paris. In 2013, he and Arthur Hamilton were featured in the opening reception of the annual Festival of Books at the Library of Congress, performing Read All About It, a song they wrote that encourages children to read books. In 2011, also at the Library of Congress, he performed his television themes at ASCAP’s prestigious We Write the Songs event.
Foliart lives in La Crescenta, California with his wife, Cheryl, and has two children, Matt and Lauren.