Dan Foliart's music has been indelibly etched on the landscape of network television, as he celebrates his 32nd consecutive year in the profession. Currently, he is serving his first term on the ASCAP Board of Directors and fourth term as president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists. He feels that the knowledge he has gleaned over the last two years at ASCAP and the eight years as head of the SCL, the relationships that he has nurtured through meetings with members of Congress and the Copyright Office, as well as friendships that he has fostered with his colleagues around the world, will be valuable components that he will continue to bring to the ASCAP Board.
The composer of the underscore and theme song to ABC Family's most successful series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Foliart brings his unique touch to Brenda Hampton's latest project after an 11 year run on 7th Heaven, which made it television's longest running family drama. Along with Emmy nominations, Foliart has garnered 32 ASCAP Film and Television Awards, largely due to two other long running series, Home Improvement and Roseanne, which also has helped to make Foliart a 16-time winner in the Most Performed Theme category.
Of the 50-plus series he has composed for, many continue to run both in syndication and internationally. Beginning at Paramount Studios, with then partner, Howard Pearl, Foliart started a ten-year 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 been associated with include 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 celebrations. 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.
Foliart played a key role in instigating the SCL's Ambassador program, which to date has honored 18 legends in the music profession. He has served for seven 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, Columbia, USC, the California Copyright Conference and European Film Music Days in Paris. As an artist and producer, he completed a five-year labor of love, an album of calypso songs, Back to the Island with legendary Bahamian artist Count Bernadino, whom he met in 1966. Foliart lives in La Crescenta, California with his wife, Cheryl, and has two children, Matt and Lauren.