New York, NY, July 12, 2006: ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) has promoted Mike Todd to Senior Director of Film & Television Music within the Membership Group, it was announced today by Nancy Knutsen, ASCAP Senior Vice President of Film & Television Repertory. Todd, who was Director of Film & Television Music, joined ASCAP in 1999 and is based in Los Angeles.
Since 2000, Todd has produced the Television and Film Scoring Workshop, one of the most successful and prestigious programs offered by the ASCAP Foundation. Under his leadership, the workshop has attracted composers throughout the US and from many foreign countries, and he has secured the participation of many of Hollywood's most high profile composers, industry professionals, and studios and production companies. Many workshop alumni have gone on to win various awards and to score films, TV series and trailers.
Todd is actively involved in promoting ASCAP's activities and practices by regularly producing and speaking at national conferences, seminars and festivals, such as the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Winter Music Conference, DIY Festival, and many others. He has also written several in-depth educational articles and high-profile member interviews for ASCAP's website and member magazine, Playback.
"This promotion reflects Mike's many contributions to ASCAP's Film & Television Music Department," said Nancy Knutsen. "He has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining relationships with composers and songwriters at all levels of their careers and for signing several prominent new members to ASCAP."
Prior to ASCAP, Todd worked for the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, which represents many of the successful composers with whom he now interacts at ASCAP. A gifted saxophonist, he earned a Bachelors Degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and continues to lend a musician's perspective to his position, which has enabled him to understand and effectively serve the needs of ASCAP composers and songwriters.
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 240,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP also represents the repertories created by the international affiliates of 70 foreign performing rights organizations. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com
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