Tess Taylor is President of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (www.NARIP.com), the biggest music business network in the world.
One of the nation’s leading authorities on careers in the music and record industries, Ms. Taylor has connected countless people to jobs and opportunities through her work in the US and abroad, cultivated collaborations for over two decades, helped launch hundreds of projects and several companies. If you’ve read Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book “The Tipping Point” then you may recognize her as a “super-connector.”
Hollywood Today calls her “a walking job fair with a Rolodex the size of an SUV.” These traits are at the core of the two organizations she founded, the Los Angeles Music Network (est. 1988) and the NARIP (est. 1998). Ms. Taylor oversees initiatives of both groups to promote career advancement, education and good will in the music and record industries. Headquartered in Los Angeles, NARIP has chapters in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and London. NARIP also has regular activities in Berlin and launched its first series of events in Paris in early 2013.
Ms. Taylor is creator of NARIP’s Music Supervisor Sessions, which have yielded multiple placements for NARIP members in shows such as True Blood, #1 box office film Chronicle, Dexter, Bad Girls Club, Don’t Trust The B—- in Apt. 23, Jane By Design, on ESPN, in a forthcoming film starring Dennis Quaid and others since the series inception in 2011. These sessions have sold out repeatedly in Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin and now Paris.
Music Connection magazine says LAMN and NARIP are “top-notch and brilliantly executed” and named Ms. Taylor in its list of “50 Innovators, Iconoclasts, Groundbreakers & Guiding Lights of 2008” (Dec 2008). Dubbed “International Music Ambassador” by music supervisor P.J. Bloom (Glee, Nip/Tuck, CSI: Miami), Ms. Taylor works with many foreign groups to connect their members to opportunities in Los Angeles and throughout the U.S. Ms. Taylor has consulted leading businesses such as InsideSessions (a joint venture between the Universal Music Group and Penguin Putnam, Inc.), The Walt Disney Company, BMG Entertainment (formerly Sony BMG), Concord Records and others.
A frequently quoted analyst of industry developments, she has been a featured expert on international television and radio, and her analyses have appeared in national and international business press. Along with workshops and seminars for her clients, she teaches “The Future of the Music Business… and YOUR Future In It,” a course she developed at UCLA, at institutions worldwide. She is at work on a book about the music business. A frequent keynote speaker and guest speaker at industry conferences and universities around the world, Ms. Taylor lectures throughout the US and around the world (in 12 countries on 4 continents to date), including at the Harvard Business School, in Bangalore, Berlin and beyond. She recently keynoted at Popkomm (Berlin), the Drucker Career Conference (LA), the Trigger Creative Conference (Sweden), and guest-lectured at the University of Vienna’s Institute für Popularmusik (Austria). She was invited to present her popular “Success Strategies” at NAMM in 2011.
Deeply annoyed by people who think music should be free, Ms. Taylor is a vigorous defender of intellectual property rights and debated Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow on “free music” at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (2006) and was invited for a rematch at Ohio University (2008). She won both times. From 1988 to 1993 Ms. Taylor was employed at MCA Records, Inc., last serving as Associate Director of Marketing. A classically trained pianist, she studied music at the University of Vienna, and is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Redlands’ Johnston College where she received her BA degree in music, German and literature. She loves traveling the world, nibbling dark chocolates and drinks lots of tea. She also loves fine fountain pens, anything written or recorded by Glenn Gould or Pete Townshend, gripping crime novels and hiking with her handsome English cocker spaniel. Please don’t buy pets, adopt!