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NARIP ‘Hollywood to London Music Delegation’ for Culture, Commerce and IP Protection

(Hollywood, CA / London, UK – November 11, 2011)

National Association of Record Industry Professionals ( president Tess Taylor leads a music delegation from Hollywood to London this week for meetings to protect intellectual property, preserve creativity, and create new opportunities for music whose uses contribute to the national economies of the United States, the United Kingdom and world culture.

While in London the delegation will be featured at five music acquisition sessions for American television and film productions, and meet with national and international music organizations and with government agencies, including the American Embassy, which are working to strengthen the protection of Intellectual property rights.

NARIP brings popular film and television music supervisors, Andrea von Foerster (The OC, Grey’s Anatomy) and Chris Mollere (Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars) to London to conduct a series of educational programs for the British music industry.  These programs create an opportunity to develop relationships and encourage the use of British music in American television and film productions.

Both supervisors actively seek music for current American projects, and music publishers, record company executives, personal managers and others will be presenting to them in London for consideration. Such music placements generate licensing fees and public performance royalties to their creators and owners, stimulate CD and digital sales, increase consumer awareness and media interest, and can provide an important vehicle for developing new artists to recognition and success.

“Artists and songwriters, and the record and music publishing industries have suffered unprecedented losses from illegal downloads, piracy and counterfeiting, but the demand for great music will always exist, and where there is demand, there is potential for restoring a robust and healthy environment from which creativity and consumers throughout the world benefit,“ says Tess Taylor, President of NARIP and creator of its Music Supervisor Sessions. “Music authors, government and industry must work together to ensure that creativity and intellectual property rights are encouraged, protected and enforced as cornerstones of the American and British national economies, and vibrant ongoing contributors to world culture.“

Two of NARIP’s Music Supervisor Sessions in London are SOLD OUT, more  dates have been added:

NARIP sessions have been a hit in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Berlin, selling out in four cities. Session participants have enjoyed music placements in True Blood and Dexter, with more placements pending.

 “We have created a new access point that wasn’t available before,” says Taylor. “We’re thrilled by the success of these sessions which broaden Hollywood’s access to quality music from rich and diverse sources. NARIP helps to make the distance between Hollywood and the rest of the world that much shorter.”

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been enamored with music from the UK and some of my favorite songs and albums of all time are from British artists,“ says Chris Mollere. “I look forward to spending the week enjoying London and seeking out more amazing British music!” Mollere‘s favorites include Elbow, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Arctic Monkeys, Joy Division, The Vaccines, Shady Bard and Gomez.

“Year in year out the most consistently amazing music comes from the UK such as Various Cruelties, The Vaccines, La Roux, Adele, Eliza Doolittle, White Lies, Fyfe Dangerfield, Chapel Club, Plan B, Chase & Status, The xx and more,“ says Andrea von Foerster. “For every project I’ve worked on during the last 12 years I’ve made sure to pay attention to what was coming out of the Mother Country. I look forward to meeting more people in London who can help me discover the next big thing to place in my projects.“.

“We are excited to announce the first in a series of NARIP London Music Supervisor Sessions,” says NARIP UK Executive Director and delegation member Sharon Dean, who is also founder of Respect Music. “Music placements into the U.S. film, TV, trailer and advertising markets are of significant importance to all music creators, and NARIP’s initiative offers access to the key U.S. music supervisors and decision makers.”

NARIP’s Music Supervisor Sessions expand its participants potential to secure new uses of their music and level the playing field for those who may not yet have enormous market presence or music catalogs.


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NARIP promotes education, career advancement and good will among record executives.  Established in 1998 and based in Los Angeles, NARIP has chapters in New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Phoenix, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and London, and reaches 100,000+ people in the music industries globally.

NARIP is committed to promoting the cultural and economic benefits of music and intellectual property, and to providing a platform to convey insights and perspectives to improve the music business around the world. NARIP upholds the contributions of music and related fields to the fiscal health of the U.S. and global economies, and is committed to fair compensation and protection for artists, and for those who invest in, own and market their works.


Profiles of Delegation Members

 Tess Taylor, President, National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP)

Tess Taylor is president of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) and creator of NARIP’s Music Supervisor Sessions, which feature top music supervisors from the film, TV and ad agency sectors and have yielded multiple music placements. NARIP’s sessions have been a hit in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin and New York, with sessions scheduled in London in November 2011 (two of which are sold out). One of the U.S.’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. Dubbed “International Music Ambassador” by music supervisor P.J. Bloom (Glee, Nip/Tuck, The Shield, CSI: Miami), Ms. Taylor works with groups such as the European Music Export Office, Danish Songwriters Guild, French Music Export Office, Boomtown (Sweden) and Berlin Music Commission to connect their members to opportunities in Los Angeles and throughout the U.S. She 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 in its start-up phase. In the last year she has keynoted at Popkomm (Berlin), the Drucker Career Conference (Los Angeles), the Trigger Creative Conference (Sweden), the University of Vienna’s Institute für Popularmusik in Austria, and at NAMM 2011 (Los Angeles). 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.

Andrea von Foerster, Music Supervisor, Firestarter Music

Andrea von Foerster was born in the West Midlands in England and grew up in the U.K., Indiana and Southern California. She got her start at Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group in the music department for live action features such as Armageddon, Gone In Sixty Seconds and her favorite… High Fidelity. Andrea music supervises for film, television and online projects. Credits include music documentaries such as Freestyle: The Art Of Rhyme, Mayor Of The Sunset Strip and The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights as well as independent films such as (500) Days Of Summer, It’s Kind of A Funny Story and most recently From Prada To Nada. Television work includes The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy and Dollhouse and numerous MTV shows such as Run’s House and Life Of Ryan. She is currently working on the studio feature Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (New Line Cinema) and the independent film I Am Ben in addition to the TV shows Modern Family (ABC), Traffic Light (Fox), Stargate Universe (Sy-Fy) and Chronicle.

Chris Mollere, Music Supervisor, Fusion Music Supervision

Chris Mollere has music supervised the ABC Family Television series Kyle XY and 10 Things I Hate About You, as well as feature films The Box, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell and The Haunting of Molly Hartley. He is currently music supervisor for the CW television series The Vampire Diaries and for the ABC Family series Greek and Pretty Little Liars. He completed the soundtrack for Season One of The Vampire Diaries, released on Capitol Records in October 2010, and just completed the soundtrack for Season One of Pretty Little Liars, out now on Water Tower Records.

Sharon Dean, Executive Director NARIP UK, Director Respect Music

Ms. Dean is Executive Director or NARIP UK and Founder / Director of London-based publishing company Respect Music. Prior to starting Respect Music she was Director of Licensing at PRS for Music where she was responsible for all audio / product / media licensing. She is also on the Board of AIM.

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