2020 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Songwriters Workshop

November 6, 2020

The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Songwriters Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Songwriters Workshop provides advanced songwriters and producers with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the industry and hone their craft while immersing themselves in the LA songwriting community. The songwriters accepted into the 2020 program participated in virtual recording sessions with their fellow workshoppers, attended virtual masterclasses with leading music industry professionals and received live feedback on their music from leading publisher and label A&R executives.

The ASCAP Foundation 2020 Harold Adamson Songwriters Workshop will be held virtually in November 2020 and is made possible through funding by The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Fund.

About Harold Adamson
Harold Adamson was the great lyricist behind the classic songs "Time on My Hands" and "An Affair to Remember" as well as contributing music to many Broadway shows and movies including Smiles, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Around the World in 80 Days. Mr. Adamson received five Academy Award nominations and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.

 

Read on to get to know the songwriter participants and mentors of our 2020 workshop.

SONGWRITER: Allie Nixon

Allie Nixon

Allie Nixon is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer. She first caught attention as an artist by Randy Spendlove and JR Richards while performing in Santa Barbara in her early college years, before moving to London to jumpstart her music career. Since, she’s studied under and performed with notable artists like Michael McDonald, Jon Foreman and Depeche Mode. Her music has been heard and performed internationally, from stage to sync music. Stylistically, Allie’s sounds are a synth/indie dream pop mashup, heavily influenced by the '60s British invasion and the psychedelic rock, disco and pop eras of the late 20th century. While she’s worn many hats, she has most recently found a new love for producing and looks forward to many collaborations and sounds to come! Allie plans to release her debut solo EP in the spring of 2021.


 

SONGWRITER: author

author

"author" – moniker of Northern Virginia native Ben Levy – reflects the only thing that matters to him. Though not born into a creative family, author was inspired at an early age by an uncle who wrote children’s books. Drafts of stories in spiral-bound notebooks (luckily tucked tightly within a bookshelf when not being used – as exposure of these plotless, imaginative atrocities to others would have likely led him to eventually consider law school instead of Los Angeles) were the building blocks for his love of creativity.

Studying music intensely throughout high school, author was driven by artists and songwriters who carefully crafted lyrics that made him understand troubling emotions that he was unable to process. A severe fear of inadequacy blurred his perception of his place in the world and led to him giving up on his dream of a musical career only weeks before college auditions. Only days later on a trip to a family friend’s home in Maryland, author saw a young man around his age singing passionately with an acoustic guitar who reminded him of himself. This passionately-performing stranger changed his life, and a picturesque cotton-candy sunset accompanying the evening convinced him that writing songs was undoubtedly his purpose and his passion.

Deeply indebted to those who have, and continue to, provide him comfort in times of distress: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Christopher Breaux (better known by his stage name Frank Ocean), Phil Elverum of The Microphones and Mount Eerie to name a few – author will stop at nothing to share his pain, his experiences, his trauma and his fears so that others may feel better about theirs.

SONGWRITER: BENCE

Bence

If young JFK ever made music, it would be in the style and prose of BENCE. Using vintage and modern instrumentation, BENCE creates a cinematic story: love, loss, betrayal, forgiveness and regret are themes. He is keenly aware of shared human experiences, writing through the good and the bad because, as he's said, that's the only way he knows how to cope. His music is haunting, brooding and expansive. But also wistful, lighthearted and optimistic. BENCE has said he has a lot to write about, using his difficult childhood as a jumping-off point. However, writing about everything from young (stupid) love to Nantucket—where he has never traveled. Once a self-proclaimed prepster, he taps into the east coast lifestyle, paying homage to relaxed summer nights on Long Island and sophisticated black-tie evenings in the city. Being from Minnesota, he makes a point to reject elitism and instead welcomes everyone into his dramatic world. At the end of the day, BENCE sees his music as escapism and wants his fans to get lost in the strumming of a guitar, the beauty of the ocean and the depths of their dreams.

SONGWRITER: Brian Brundage

Brian Brundage

Brian W. Brundage is a writer-producer based in Los Angeles whose cuts include Rhys Lewis’s 2020 single "Good People" and 2019 single “End Like This," Hot Chelle Rae’s current single “Stay,” Emily James's 2020 single "Bartender,” Cody Lovaas’s 2019 single “Talk Slow,” Bre Kennedy’s current single “Broken Record" and upcoming "Where Did Summer Go," as well as recent singles with Eli Teplin, Clark Beckham and Dan Wilson. Upcoming cuts include Rhys Lewis, Minke, Jeremy Messersmith, Savannah Outen, Home Grown, Noah Davis, Golda and others. Recent co-writes include Tom Grennan (Insanity/Sony), Delta Goodrem (Sony), Sam Calver (Island), Lime Cordiale, Sir Sly (Interscope), The Wrecks (Big Noise) and Britton Buchanan. Frequent collaborators include Eli Teplin, Adam Friedman, Jenny Owen Youngs, Alex T and Danny Silberstein, among others. Prior to diving into sessions, Brian worked full time in Dan Wilson‘s studio where he contributed additional production, instrumentation and engineering for Wilson-produced projects from Celine Dion to Leon Bridges, Brett Dennen, Jason Mraz, Florence + The Machine, Noah Cyrus, Birdy, Alec Benjamin and others. Brian has also had success in sync with songs on The Fosters, Siesta Key, Pretty Little Liars (Freeform), the trailer to the film Zoe and Love Island (ITV2).

SONGWRITER: Caleb Contreras

Caleb Contreras

I am a multi-instrumentalist and producer originally from Austin, Texas. I started my career interning at Orb Recording Studios in Austin in 2014 and within six months became one of Orb's main engineers. In 2015, when I was 22, I had the opportunity to go on a sold-out North American tour with Leon Bridges. Being on such a big tour for the first time brought me a lot of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like playing a sold-out show at The Apollo Theatre in New York. After the tour I went back to engineering at Orb, where I began building relationships with artists and taking on more of a producer role, most notably an artist named Taylor Parsley. Over the next two years Taylor and I built up a catalog of work and completed a nine-song project which I co-wrote, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered. Before releasing the songs we caught the attention of a label called EQT which ended up signing Taylor and the project in 2019.

Around the same time as Taylor got signed, I decided to leave Austin and head to Los Angeles with the goal of expanding my music career even further. In my first year in LA I got my first movie placement in Bill & Ted Face the Music - a song called "Leave Me Alone" by Culture Wars and my first placement with a major label artist, THEY. - a song called “Mood Swings” on THEY’s sophomore album, The Amanda Tapes. I am still frequently working with Dante Jones and Drew Love of THEY.

I take pride in my unrelenting obsession with creating music and I work everyday to learn more and more. I continue to look to my favorite producers (Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley, Kanye West, Max Martin, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin and Frank Dukes to name a few) for both inspiration and as a bar for the level of excellence I’m always striving to achieve.

SONGWRITER: Jack Duda

Jack Duda

Burlington-based singer-songwriter Jack Duda creates an expansive array of catchy and upbeat songs, influenced by combinations of jazz, punk and indie rock. Jack’s inspiration stems from the music that has impacted him the most, including psychedelic rock, experimental rock and surf rock, and bands such as The California Honeydrops, Of Montreal and Drugdealer.

Born in 2000 and growing up in Trumbull, Connecticut, Jack began his music career at six years old at his first drum lesson. While becoming an accomplished drummer he also developed his skills as a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. Over the next few years he experimented with other instruments such as piano and ukulele, and joined the nationally acclaimed Trumbull High School Marching Band.

Continuing, as a teenager Jack formed Genghis Kong, a band pulling stylistic influences from popular emo bands and other local bands. At UVM, he along with some other friends formed Don Rico, a “surf punk” band based in Burlington, VT. Jack was the primary songwriter and lyricist, and lead singer, on Don Rico’s EP and album. COVID-19 brought an end to Jack’s involvement in Don Rico but allowed him the time to look inward, and think of the sound he most wanted to create. He started to perform as a solo act with a constantly changing set and repertoire of new and original music. Spending hours and hours in a makeshift home studio, he has been further cultivating his own sound. Jack has already crafted and self produced a number of singles, and he hopes to have his debut album done by the end of the year.

SONGWRITER: Jake Wildhorn

Jake Wildhorn

Jake Wildhorn is an acoustic singer-songwriter from North Salem, New York. As the son of two musicians, writing and performing is a part of Jake’s DNA. He thrives for it. Jake’s music is a mix of contemporary pop and acoustic rock inspired by both modern and classic artists such as Don Henley, Rob Thomas, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. Jake has been working tirelessly on his first EP release over the past year, writing, singing and producing every song with various engineers and studios in the New York area. He spends so much of his time in studio crafting and artfully perfecting his music in order to show the world his level of commitment and drive for quality with his music. Jake debuted as an artist playing his original song “Made for This” at a benefit concert for Parkland Florida at the BB&T Center. He is a strong advocate for the arts in our education system and has performed in the past for the Make a Wish Foundation. Jake’s first self-titled EP Jake Wildhorn came out on July 17th 2020.

SONGWRITER: Jason Strong

Jason Strong

Jason Strong is a record producer and songwriter who graduated as a scholarship student from Berklee College of Music and moved to Los Angeles in July ’17, where he has since established himself as a record producer and songwriter, with singles for both signed and independent artists topping Spotify and iTunes charts all over the world. His work has racked up hundreds of millions of streams and has landed him in the top 10 on radio in parts of Europe. His work in television has also resulted in a number of placements including the critically acclaimed shows Love Island UK, Dynasty, The Voice and MTV’s Teen Mom, among others. Jason has landed cuts with Burak Yeter, Emilia Ali and Dwilly to name a few, and has upcoming singles with Salem Ilese, The Leaders, Naïka, Jordan Hollywood and more. Jason currently works under renowned producer Sidney Swift, who has had multiple hits with artists including Beyoncé, Big Sean, Jason Derulo, Future and Major Lazer among others. Some recent and upcoming collaborators include Marcus Lomax (Zedd, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez), Sak Pase (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj), Rollo Spreckley (Noah Cyrus, BTS, Ava Max, Pink Sweat$), Annika Wells (Jonas Brothers, Illenium) and Jimmy Harry (P!nk, Britney Spears, Diplo, Felix Jaehn).

SONGWRITER: Julianne Hope

Julianne Hope

Julianne Hope is a rising, pop-forward producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. Effortlessly pulling inspiration from rock and roots music, she brings fresh percussive rhythms to her tracks and melodies thanks to her background as a touring drummer and her varied instrumental abilities. A strong melodic and conceptual writer with an emphasis on honest and emotional lyrics, her recent co-writes include Nick Sarazen, Violet Skies, Bendik Moller, KOLE, Tyler Spry, Elsa Curran, Aidan Alexander, JORDY, Brooke Tomlinson, Georgia Greene, Rebecca Black, Sad Alex and Chord Overstreet, among others. Her talent and hustle have also led her into rooms with idols such as Jason Evigan, Whitney Phillips, Kaydence, Jesse Saint John and Bekah Boom.

 

SONGWRITER: max & kyle

max & kyle
Max Levin (l) and Kyle Scherrer

max & kyle are a producer duo best known for creating song starters and original samples with exceptional sound design and ear-catching melodies. Having landed cuts with Travis Scott ("A Man"), Tinashe ("Save Room for Us"), PRETTYMUCH, Dava and 7715, they are now consistently providing custom ideas for notable producers including Illmind, Tone Jones, Charlie Heat, Tee-WaTT, Toby Wincorn, Some Randoms and more. Max Levin (keyboards, synth programming) and Kyle "DryKyle" Scherrer (guitar, bass) apply their extensive knowledge of jazz theory to produce across various genres: from hip-hop to pop, R&B and world styles. The duo currently has songs in the pipeline with Sabrina Carpenter, Iann Dior, Russ, Bryce Vine, Quinn XCII, Christian French, Dava and more.

SONGWRITER: Michael Blum

Michael Blum

Michael Blum is a producer, writer and artist with his main studios based in the heart of Los Angeles. Blum’s productions have gained airplay on domestic and international radio (including NPR, BBC Radio and CBC Radio), and have been featured in film and television across Netflix, MTV and more. Michael's productions have also been featured and reviewed in tastemaker press including Billboard, American Songwriter and Hollywood Life, and in July 2020, Blum and collaborator Jenna Lotti were named the inaugural recipients of the ASCAP Foundation Peggy Lee Songwriter Award for their song “Fake ID.” As an artist, Blum has featured at showcases throughout LA including Echo Park Rising and Mainstage at Melrose Trading Post, and has performed in concerts presented by Sonicbids and World of Wonder.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Blum began his career in music as a jazz guitarist. After being named the “Rising Star” guitarist in Downbeat Magazine's 63rd Annual Critics Poll, Blum released his debut solo EP, The Reservoir, which combined his jazz background with his love for contemporary songwriting. After the initial success of his solo project, Blum relocated to Los Angeles in 2019 and partnered with management company Fire Tower Entertainment. Since then, he has written in sessions for major publishers with both indie and signed talent, and has co-written and produced singles for artists including WESLEY, Jenna Lotti, Jake Clark, Michelle Ray, Sophie Ann and many more, landing him top spots in editorial playlists across DSPs. Blum continues his work both as a producer and as a singer-songwriter, with a self-produced EP featuring a number of artists he has been producing due out in early 2021. www.producedbymichael.com

SONGWRITER: Roz

Roz

Roz loves people! She enjoys making people feel welcomed, heard and appreciated and music is her super power! Born in Georgetown, Guyana and raised in New Jersey, Roz has developed her own unique sound that she calls "reggae soul music." It's a marriage between Motown and her hometown.

Roz is an award-winning songwriter and performing artist who performs both nationally and internationally. Along with performing in countries like Haiti and the Philippines, Roz has joined historical greats like Louis Armstrong in the esteemed privilege of representing her country in the American Music Abroad Tour where she traveled as an Artist Ambassador to five African nations. Roz loves music and its connective power of bringing people together. She also enjoys co-writing and collaboration with other creatives. It is her goal to write and perform timeless music that heals the soul while moving the soles of your feet.

Roz first started in music as the co-host of a hip-hop radio show. She memorized lyrics each week as she played and listened to artists like Lecrae and many others. Hosting the show deepened her love for the music, the people and for God. Not knowing that she would one day be a featured artist on the radio, Roz’s 2018 release White Flag gained rotation on notable Nashville radio station Lightning 100 and in spring 2019 she was selected to compete in the stations annual Battle of the Bands competition. Her diligence in writing has also earned Roz such awards as Artist Writer of the Year at the annual GMA Immerse Conference and her writing has appeared on records for artists like Nobigdyl and Derek Minor. Roz’s future artist goals include going to school for production but for now she's most excited about the upcoming release of her kids' song series.

SONGWRITER: Zenden Lavon

Zenden Lavon

Zenden Lavon is a rapper, singer, songwriter and producer. The Los Angeles artist credits his many moves from country to country throughout his childhood as the driving force behind his many concept-driven projects. Some of Zenden’s biggest influences are Bob Marley, André 3000 and Jay-Z. He’s had the pleasure of participating in “Belsodfa,” a RedBull Middle East collaboration that paired him with an unknown artist and gave him eight hours to create, write and record a song that was later distributed through Universal. Zenden looks to diversify his talent in writing and producing for other artists across various genres while continuing to push his music to new heights.

 

A&R MENTORS: Chloe Weise & Jon Chen

Chloe Weise

A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Chloe Weise began her career in music as an intern at RCA/Jive Label Group, working in both the A&R and International Marketing departments. In 2012, she was hired full time as the assistant to the Head of A&R at RCA Records and eventually promoted to her current role, Vice President, A&R. During her time as an executive at RCA, Chloe has looked after multi-platinum-selling albums including Sia’s This Is Acting, featuring her Billboard Hot 100 #1 single, “Cheap Thrills,” Pentatonix’s robust original & holiday catalog that has sold nearly 10 million albums to date in the US alone, the Backstreet Boys’ Billboard 200-topping comeback album, DNA, their first album to debut at #1 in nearly 20 years, as well as projects from Miley Cyrus, ZAYN, Fantasia, & more and signed artists like rising singer/songwriter, Sasha Sloan, and female vocal quintet, Citizen Queen. Chloe is currently focused on crossing country juggernaut, Kane Brown, to Top 40 and breaking ACM New Female Artist of the Year, Tenille Townes, and Paloma Mami, a Chilean-American singer/songwriter who blends Latin music and R&B, in addition to developing new music from established superstars like Miley, Martin Garrix, Shakira, and Enrique Iglesias.

 
Jon Chen

Jon Chen is a Senior Director of A&R at Warner Chappell Music working on the careers and development of various writers and producers including Nolan Lambroza, Simon Says, J. Lauryn, Jared Scharff, Jorgen Odegard as well as signing/developing artists such as newcomer Poutyface on Island Records.

 

Previously, Chen served as Senior Creative Director at BMG Music Publishing, where he worked with the likes of Bebe Rexha, Jason Evigan, Alex Salibian, Rook Monroe, Bipolar Sunshine and Trackside among others.  Prior to his tenure at BMG, he was as an A&R Manager at Warner Records, where he assisted in the development of artists such as Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jason Derulo.

 

REMOTE RECORDING SEMINAR MENTOR: Will Wells

Jon Chen

Will Wells is a producer, songwriter, professional musician and recording engineer. He recently served as executive producer and co-writer of the debut album from Anthony Ramos, whom he met while working as Electronic Music Producer on the Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize award-winning hit Broadway musical Hamilton. The critically acclaimed album, The Good & The Bad, was released by Republic Records. Additionally, he was commissioned by ESPN to write the first-ever theme for the Heisman Trophy Ceremony, and music direct the national live television broadcast in December 2019. Most recently, he collaborated with Gabe Fox-Peck to produce "Stand Up,” the end-title song for the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet, performed by the film's lead Cynthia Erivo. The song has received nominations for Best Song from the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards, NAACP Image Awards and the Academy Awards.

Wells studied Film Scoring and Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music. While there, he honed his skills as a songwriter, arranger, conductor and musician. Since then he has crafted an impressive resume working with renowned artists such as Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Imagine Dragons, Logic, Wyclef Jean, DJ Premier, LMFAO, Pentatonix and many more in the studio and on stage.

 

VOCAL PRODUCTION MASTERCLASS MENTOR: Gian Stone

Gian Stone
Gian Stone is a Grammy-nominated writer, producer and vocal producer from New York City. He’s written and produced songs for artists including Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande (wrote and produced Billboard #1 single “Stuck With U”), Maroon 5 (co-wrote “Girls Like You”), Marshmello and Halsey (co-wrote and co-produced “Be Kind”) and the Jonas Brothers (co-wrote and produced “Like It’s Christmas”). His vocal productions can be heard all over the radio from artists such as Katy Perry, Madonna, Dua Lipa, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, SZA, Ben Platt, Maroon 5, Keith Urban and many others. 
 

TOPLINE MASTERCLASS MENTOR: Steph Jones

Steph Jones
Steph Jones is a multi-genre lyric/melody writer, singer and vocal producer based in Los Angeles. Most recently, Jones co-wrote singles such as “Polaroid” for Keith Urban, “Chemicals” for SG Lewis and “Hole In The Bottle” and “The Way I Used To” for Kelsea Ballerini.  She also co-wrote “People You Know” for Selena Gomez’s #1 album Rare, John K’s single “If We Never Met” (RIAA Certified Gold), “Happy” for P!nk off her #1 album Hurts 2B Human, Little Big Town’s single “Over Drinking,” Celine Dion’s “Look at Us Now” for her # 1 album Courage and more.

 

WRITING & PITCHING FOR SYNC MENTORS: Rochelle Holguin Cappello, Catherine Wharton, Leslie Arredondo & Jen Schwartz

Rochelle Holguin

At ViacomCBS, Rochelle Holguin Cappello works closely with composers, producers, songwriters, record labels and publishers to create the sound that defines TV programming, marketing and digital products. As Vice President of Creative Music Strategy & Licensing, she oversees music supervision across MTV, VH1, BET, Logo, CMT and PopTV. She manages the creative and operations of the ViacomCBS Music Library. In her role, Rochelle has worked on award-winning programming including Schitt’s CreekRuPaul’s Drag RaceTeen Wolf and The Real World.

Rochelle also spearheads the A+R and marketing initiatives for the global ViacomCBS Production Music Library and has strived to increase representation for women and POC in the company’s library, focusing on finding, nurturing and spotlighting the work of Black women producers and songwriters. Her commitment to diversity also extends to creating a more diverse network of music supervisors working on shows across brands.

 

Before her current role, she held the post of VP of Creative Strategy at Universal Music Publishing Group, a $7 billion earning licensing entity that operates worldwide. While there Rochelle worked to shift internal culture across the company, encouraging teams to better understand the vision behind music by getting to know the artists they represented more intimately.

 

Rochelle was named an emerging Powerful + Influential Latino in Entertainment by the Imagen Foundation in 2015. She is on the advisory board for Women In Music and the NVAK Foundation, as well as a member of both the Recording Academy and Television Academy. Rochelle is a proud alumnus of UCLA.

 

In her free time, she serves as a mentor for Brown Girls Dream, an informal support system for high potential women of color. The program seeks to level the playing field by pairing young leaders with industry veterans who help them navigate their careers' early stages.

 
Catherine Wharton

As part of the Creative Music Licensing & Strategy team at ViacomCBS, Catherine Wharton music supervises shows, themes, promos and digital content for global music brands including BET, VH1, CMT and MTV. Previously, Catherine worked in trailer music at marketing collective Jax with notable campaigns including Game Of Thrones, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Roma and Fantastic Beasts, and on the sync team at Warner Records pitching artists from Dua Lipa to Jason Derulo to Muse for film and TV opportunities. She got her start in music at NBC Universal Television after studying Documentary Film at Chapman University.

 
Leslie Arredondo

Leslie Arredondo is the Director of Creative Music + Licensing Strategy for MTV, VH1, BET, CMT, POP and LOGO.  During her time with ViacomCBS, she has been lead on music licensing strategy for promotions across brands including MTV, VH1, BET, CMT, Logo, Comedy Central and Viacom CBS branded partnership sector, Velocity. She has licensed music for hundreds of campaigns for shows, image re-brands, social causes and sponsored programming.  She is a graduate of Baruch College in New York and, prior to her time at ViacomCBS, she worked at record labels and publishers including Sony Latin, EMI Music Publishing and Urban Box Office.

 

She is also a co-chair for ViacomCBS Latinx Employee Resource Group, SOMOS, where she works hand in hand with senior leadership on advocating for authentic representation of the Latino community within the company and throughout content.

 
Jen Schwartz

Jen Schwartz is the Director of Creative Music + Licensing Strategy for MTV, VH1, BET, CMT, POP and LOGO. With over 17 year of experience in the industry, her career began at MTV as a Music Supervisor for shows such as Made, My Super Sweet 16, Teen CribsUncommon Sense and Kingin’ With Tyga.  With their fingers on the pulse of pop culture, Schwartz and her team oversee music placements for all MTV, VH1, BET, CMT and LOGO shows including Ex- On the Beach, Floribama Shore, Jersey Shore Family Vacation, Black Ink Crew, Love and Hip Hop, Siesta Key, Girls Cruise, The Hills New Beginning and many more.  As the PRO liaison for ViacomCBS and the head of Cue Sheet Operations, her innovative ideas have helped to refine and streamline the cue sheet process from inception to delivery.

 

BUILDING YOUR A-TEAM MENTORS: Jason Boyarski, Melanie Fontana & Justin Garza

Jason Boyarski

Jason Boyarski, selected as a top-rated entertainment lawyer by Billboard, Super Lawyers Magazine and New York Magazine, is a founding partner of the full-service law firm Boyarski Fritz LLP.  Jason's expertise is well-rooted in deal-making, entertainment, technology, media, branding, consumer goods, intellectual property, content licensing, corporate matters, trademark, employment matters, venture capital and other various transactions.

 

Through the representation of a diverse set of clients across many practice areas, Jason's practice is on the cutting edge of multi-industry trends.  Jason's clients run the gamut of the entertainment, media, consumer goods and technology industries. The firm’s clients have included: recording artists including Marc Anthony, the Prince Estate, Wyclef Jean, Joan Jett, The Donny Hathaway Estate, Nico & Vinz, MKTO the Antonio Carlos Jobim Estate and Kevin Rudolf; songwriters and producers including Louis Bell, Frank Dukes, Claude Kelly, Xplicit, Sterling Fox, Karl Rubin, Brody Brown and Rob Fusari; music and management companies including BMG Music, AEG, Disney Music Group, AAM, Jingle Punks Music, Reach Music, Anthem and Electric Feel Music; and technology companies including Facebook, MusiXmatch, OnlineSheetMusic.com, Yokee, Create Music Group and many more.

 

Prior to Boyarski Fritz LLP, Jason has held posts at some of the most distinguished names in the entertainment business including his roles as: GM/SVP at Warner/Chappell Music; VP, Legal & Business Affairs at Universal Music Publishing Group; VP of Legal & Business Affairs at BMG Music Publishing; and Associate at the powerhouse law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

 
Melanie Fontana

Melanie Fontana is a multi-platinum, Billboard #1 songwriter signed to Universal Music Publishing.

 

She has songs and singles recently released with Blackpink, Cardi B, TWICE, Halsey, BTS, Sia, Britney Spears, The Chainsmokers, Justin Bieber, Illenium, Kiiara, R3hab, Bonnie x Clyde, Loren Gray, Daya, Krewella, DeathByRomy, The Band Perry, Astrid S & more.

 

She is most recently noted for co-writing “Bet You Wanna” for BLACKPINK & Cardi B. Just prior, “Sweet Night” came out with BTS’s V. This single went on to break Adele’s record for most global #1s of all time. “Boy With Luv,” a song she co-wrote for BTS & Halsey, landed BTS in the Guinness Book of World Records 3x in the categories Most Viewed YouTube Video in 24 Hours, Most Viewed Music Video in 24 Hours and Most Viewed Video by a K-pop Act in 24 Hours.

 

In recent months, Dua Lipa released “Good In Bed,” a song co-penned by Melanie alongside TakeaDayTrip & Lindgren. The super group TWICE also released their title track “I Can’t Stop Me,” which she also wrote. 

 

In Asia, she has had singles and album releases with Girls Generation, Everglow, Secret Number, TXT, CLC, Minzy, Flowsik, F(x), Hyolyn, Berry Good, Tiffany, blackswan, Melody Day, IOI, Kumi Koda, Ailee, Jay Park and is also known for co-writing BTS’s single “Euphoria” off of their #1 Billboard & RIAA certified Gold album LOVE YOURSELF: Answer.

 

She has co-written songs and collaborated with artists and writers such as Marshmello, Will I Am, Ryan Tedder, David Guetta, AJ Mitchell, Cheat Codes, Loud Luxury, JoJo, Afrojack, Meghan Trainor, Icona Pop, Danja, Dua Lipa, Vindata, Benny Benassi, Jordan Knight, Nick Carter, TLC, Simple Plan, Josh Kelley & Lady Antebellum.

 

In 2015, Melanie and Dj tyDi were awarded Most Played Song on BPM Sirius/XM for their co-written collaboration “Redefined,” on which she was featured as a vocalist.

 
Justin Garza

Justin Garza is the founder of The Dream Adopters, a multifaceted media company with a foundation firmly rooted in talent management for award-winning recording artists, music producers, and songwriters. With a hand on all assets of the music industry — from production to songwriting to TV and film syncs — and another arm stretched out into tech and philanthropy, The D.A. is a new media company for an ever-changing and evolving music industry. 

 

The D.A. has quickly established itself as a one-stop, record-charting operation with a growing client list and an expanding wall of hit records. Clients include Melanie Fontana, co-writer of the certified Gold record  "Euphoria" & smash single “ON” (#4 Billboard Hot 100) for K-Pop act BTS, both of which are a part of two separate #1 Billboard 200 albums;  Grammy award-nominated producer, Omega (Kesha, Fall Out Boy, Chloe + Halle & Sting); America’s Got Talent finalist and vocal powerhouse, BJC; Latin Grammy award-nominated singer and songwriter, Soaky Siren (Jason Derulo, Camila Cabello, Chris Brown, J Balvin, Rita Ora);  the multi-platinum selling producer Lindgren, whose collaboration with Melanie Fontana on the BTS and Halsey smash single “Boy With Luv” (#8 Billboard Hot 100) crushed the YouTube record for most views in 24 Hours; the Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Gino Barletta, best-known for discovering, developing and producing Daya’s debut “Sit Still Look Pretty,” The Chainsmokers Grammy award-winning single “Don’t Let Me Down” and most recently co-writing Katy Perry’s smash single “Never Really Over;” and award winning producer Wow Jones, internationally recognized as one of the most influential music directors in the world (Bryson Tiller, Justin Timberlake, Post Malone, Jojo & Bazzi). 

 

Recent and upcoming releases for the roster include Blackpink’s “Bet You Wanna” ft. Cardi B, co-written by Melanie Fontana; “Nobody’s Love” by Maroon 5, co-written by Soaky Siren, “Raising Hell” ft. Big Freedia, produced by Omega; the lead single off Kesha’s highly anticipated album High Road and “Good In Bed” co-produced by Lindgren and co-written by Melanie Fontana, off of Dua Lipa’s most recent and highly acclaimed album Future Nostalgia (#1 album UK, #4 Billboard 200 album U.S.). The aforementioned records and many more all contributed to The DA’s clients spending upwards of 50 weeks on the Billboard charts over the past 12 months. Looking forward, The Dream Adopters have their hands on countless singles from BTS, Big Freedia, Tiesto, Lost Kings, DeathbyRomy, Kiiara, Twice, Cheat Codes, AJ Mitchell, Public, Mabel, Boys World and many more.

 

PRODUCTION MASTERCLASS MENTORS: The Futuristics

Jon Chen

While interning at Atlantic Records in 2005, LA-based Joe Khajadourian and Alex Schwartz, formed The Futuristics. Together they have achieved numerous records that hit radio and climbed the charts. Some of their credits include Flo Rida's "I Cry", Halsey’s “Hold Me Down” and The Lonely Island’s "3-Way," featuring Justin Timberlake and Lady GaGa, which earned an Emmy nomination. In early 2015, TheFuturistics co-produced Natalie La Rose’s hit debut single “Somebody” featuring Jeremih, which reached #1 on rhythmic radio and the top ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. 

 

The Futuristics have been recurring producers for the Fast & Furious franchise. The duo produced the Fast & Furious 6 theme song "We Own It," featuring 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa, selling 3x platinum worldwide, as well as Furious 7’s opening title song "Payback," featuring a rap collaboration with, Juicy J, Future, Sage the Gemini and Kevin Gates.

 

Their recent work includes "Fetish" by Selena Gomez, “Him & I” by G-Eazy and Halsey, “Bad Things” by Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha’s “You Can’t Stop The Girl” for the film Maleficent and Goody Grace’s “Nothing Good” featuring G-Eazy and Juicy J. 

 

ARTIST TALK MENTOR: gnash

Artist-Talk

gnash is a multi-platinum and Billboard chart-topping singer, songwriter and producer. A Los Angeles native, gnash stepped into the national spotlight in 2016, with his 5x platinum breakthrough hit “i hate u, i love u,” which spent an impressive 39 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, peaking at #10. The single also landed at #5 on the top 40 radio chart and has to date accumulated over 1 billion audio streams, and 500 million YouTube views.  The track was included on his third EP, us, which released in March of 2016, following his two previous EPs March 2015’s debut U,and the December 2015 follow up Me. It was also included in his full-length debut album We. In October 2016, gnash was featured on acclaimed singer-songwriter MAX's 2016 2x platinum breakthrough hit "Lights Down Low,” which has 400M+ streams and made the top 10 at Top 40 Radio. gnash has performed on The TODAY Show, as well as Late Night with Seth Meyers, and has been featured in numerous high-profile publications including BillboardVogueNylonThe New York Times and Teen Vogue, in addition to countless others. As an advocate for mental health, gnash has been open about his struggles, publicly acknowledging the benefits therapy has had on his life and using his story to show fans that it's ok to have feelings. And through his music, he has encouraged people to find their own unique way to express them. gnash kicked off 2020 by releasing a string of new songs, all from his highly-anticipated new album, due out later this year. For more information, please visit: www.gnash.us.