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Shawn Patterson: The Accidental Cartoon Composer

Composer and songwriter Shawn Patterson got his start in television on ‘90s series like The Ren & Stimpy Show and The Chipmunks. He has since produced work for Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken

Careers in Music: Making the Album

Compared to producing a feature film or video game, recording an album is a small operation, employing just a handful of people directly involved in the creative process alongside supporting staff within recording and audio post-production studios. Based on census data, recording studios employ an average of just four people. However, that figure is deceptive and shouldn’t discourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in the music industry.

SoundExchange

SoundExchange is a non-profit performance rights organization that represents recording artists and copyright owners, collecting and distributing performance royalty fees on their behalf. SoundExchange is the only such organization certified by the Copyright Royalty Board (appointed by The U.S. Library of Congress) to collect digital performance statutory royalties from streaming services like satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels, and similar platforms.

Henson Recording Studios

Purchased by The Jim Henson Company in 1999, the former site of A&M Records is now the Henson Recording Studios. However, despite a music history that stretches back to the 1960s, the studios were born of film legacy.

Songwriter

It was once the dirty little secret of the recording industry that many artists did not write their own music, but today consumers understand that behind a teen pop queen or platinum-selling group, there is often an unsung hero who receives only a brief mention in the fine print of the album’s credits.

Jingle Writer

Practiced in the short form of songwriting and an equally adept arranger, the jingle writer is a hired hand that specializes in composing music for advertisements, such as television and radio commercials. Whether exalting the wonders of toothpaste or an airline, this person has a knack for creating an auditory brand that artfully expresses the qualities of a product or company.

Beat Producer

There is no shortage of hopefuls who aspire to become successful beat producers, but far fewer actually understand the work of this individual in today’s popular music industry. The beat producer performs a greater function than pulling together synthesized drum hits, he or she is a composer who crafts the original music, an alchemist that mixes sampled material with original content, over which rap and hip-hop artists lay their lyrics.

BMI

BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) is a not-for-profit performing rights organization (PRO) that was founded in 1939. The company operates seven offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, Puerto Rico and London.

Lyricist

The work of the lyricist is the art of substitution; at least that’s how Sheldon Harnick, the Tony and Grammy award-winning wordsmith of musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello describes it. Songwriting, in the form that a lyricist sets words to a composer’s melodies, is a craft of poetry and wit.