THE DA CAMERA SOCIETY PRESENTS: MARISA GUPTA, PIANO SOLO.

Frédéric Chopin – Ballades (complete) Samuel Barber – Excursions, Op.20 with an opening set by Emily and Kaitlin Webster-ZuberSaturday, November 5 @ 2pm & 4pm Pompeian Room, Doheny Mansion.

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The Pompeian Room of the Doheny Mansion 

Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny Campus 

10 Chester Place Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Da Camera Society of Mount Saint Mary’s University presents pianist Marisa Gupta in the intimate Pompeian Room of the Doheny Mansion, a spectacular example of Gilded-Age architecture. The program will include keyboard masterworks including Frédéric Chopin’s complete Ballades and Samuel Barber’s Excursions, Op.20. An open-air cheese and pairing reception will follow the 4pm showing.

Pianist Marisa Gupta has a versatile musical life, comprised of solo and chamber music performances, ranging from rare repertoire of the past to a deep commitment towards music of today, performed with heartfelt conviction and a deep intellectual engagement. Born in the USA of Thai and Indian parentage, pianist Marisa Gupta made her debut performing Prokofiev’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Houston Symphony. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concours Maria Canals (Barcelona), the Viotti Competition (Vercelli, Italy), Corpus Christi and Kingsville International Music Competitions, a Solti Foundation Award, a Fulbright scholarship for study in the UK, and many others. She was an Edison Visiting Fellow at the British Library (for the study of early chamber music recordings and performance styles) and was named a finalist by the BBC for its New Generations Thinkers Scheme, an initiative inviting leading British thinkers to broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in some of the world’s leading venues including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), South Bank Centre, Kings Place (London), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), LSO St. Luke’s, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Bucharest’s Ateneul Român, Zipper Hall (Monday Evening Concerts – Los Angeles), LACMA (Los Angeles), Tokyo Opera City, Munegetsu Hall (Nagoya), and other venues throughout Europe, Japan, and the USA. Radio broadcasts include those on BBC Radio 3, BBC TV 4, Radio 4 (Netherlands), Radio Catalunya, KUSC (LA) and KUHF (Houston). She has appeared at numerous festivals including Rockport, Ravinia, Three Choirs Festival, Prussia Cove, Yellow Barn, and many others. Marisa has worked closely with a number of composers, notably Jörg Widmann, Brett Dean, Philippe Hersant, and David Matthews, and has given the US and UK premieres of works by Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, European premieres of major works by Aaron Jay Kernis and Ned Rorem at the Wigmore Hall, and the world premiere of Rhapsodie by Philippe Hersant. Chamber music collaborations include those with Anthony Marwood, Philippe Graffin, Stephen Kovacevich, Nicolas Dautricourt, Lynne Dawson, Tom Meglioranza, Mats Lidstrom, Natasha Brofsky, Eduardo Leandro, Alan Kay, members of the Berlin Philharmonic, COE, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, LPO, Hallé, the Verona, Calder, Rolston, and Doric Quartets, Nash Ensemble and many others.

Marisa received the Diplôme de Soliste from the HEM Genève in Switzerland, where she studied with Pascal Devoyon. She received her Doctorate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, focused on the performance of approximately 50 recently discovered solo piano works by the Catalan composer Frederic Mompou. Other important mentors include Richard Goode, Horacio Gutierrez, and John and Nancy Weems.

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Tickets are $30-$115. Students may email dacamera@msmu.edu with a valid student I.D. for a $10 ticket code. A limited number are available.  

For more information, contact The Da Camera Society 

Email: dacamera@msmu.edu  | Box office: (619) 537-9832

KICK OFF SUPER BOWL LVII WITH SHERYL CROW heading to the Pregame Parties.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow is bringing her iconic talent to the Main Stage at On Location’s exclusive pregame parties, and you are invited!

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MEDALISTS REVEALED AT 2022 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS® IN LOS ANGELES.

Student Academy Award Ceremony Held at Academy Museum, Hosted by Actor–Producer Terrence Jenkins.

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored its student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 49th Student Academy Awards® ceremony.  The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented during an in-person ceremony, a first since 2019, held at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ David Geffen Theater in Los Angeles.  This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,796 entries from 614 colleges and universities around the world.  The 2022 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award® winners as Patricia CardosoPete DocterSpike LeePatricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis.  Hosted by Terrence Jenkins, the 2022 ceremony is available to view here.

The 2022 Student Academy Award medalists are:

Alternative/Experimental
Gold: “Against Reality,” Olivia Peace, University of Southern California

Animation
Gold: “An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It,” Lachlan Pendragon, Griffith Film School, Australia

Silver: “Laika & Nemo,” Jan Gadermann and Sebastian Gadow, Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg, Germany

Bronze: “The Seine’s Tears,” Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard and Nicolas Mayeur, Pôle 3D Digital & Creative School, France

Documentary
Gold: “Found,” Shuhao Tse, New York University

Silver: “Here to Stay,” Jared Peraglia, New York University

Bronze: “Seasons,” Gabriella Canal and Michael Fearon, Columbia University

Narrative
Gold: “Almost Home,” Nils Keller, University of Television and Film Munich, Germany

Silver: “Rooms,” Welf Reinhart, University of Television and Film Munich, Germany

Bronze: “Shedding Angels,” Freddy Macdonald, American Film Institute

First-time honors go to Pôle 3D Digital & Creative School.

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2022 Oscars® in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Film category.  Past winners have gone on to receive 65 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared 14 awards.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

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Julia Roberts honored with the Academy Museum’s Inaugural Icon Award for her decades-long career in cinema during the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Second Annual Gala. The Star-Studded event raised $10 million.

Gala Honors Miky Lee, Sir Steve McQueen, Julia Roberts, and Tilda Swinton. With Featured Performance from Diana Ross, Gala was Co-Chaired by Halle Berry, Jason Blum, Ryan Murphy, and Lupita Nyong’o and Presented by Rolex.

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 15, 2022) – The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which held its second annual gala tonight, raised $10 million to support the museum’s access, education, and programming initiatives. Dedicated to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking, the gala was generously presented by Rolex—founding supporter and official watch partner of the Academy Museum—and co-chaired by Academy AwardⓇ-winning actor and Academy Museum supporter Halle Berry, Academy Museum trustee and producer Jason Blum, Academy Museum trustee and screenwriter-director-producer Ryan Murphy, and Academy Award-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o. 

The celebratory evening was a star-studded affair that honored four Hollywood icons for their contributions to film both past and present. George Clooney presented Academy Award-winning actor Julia Roberts with the inaugural Academy Museum Gala Icon Award for her decades-long career in cinema and her significant global cultural impact.

The Visionary Award was presented to Academy Award-winning actor Tilda Swinton by longtime friend and collaborator Luca Guadagnino for her extensive body of work that has advanced the art of cinema. This year’s Vantage Award was presented by Daniel Kaluuya to Academy Award-winning director, producer, and writer Sir Steve McQueen for his work helping to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema.

The Icon, Visionary, and Vantage Awards, fabricated by UAP, are solid cast stainless steel statuettes inspired by historic versions of the OscarⓇ statuette; they are mirror polished by hand and attached to a cast bronze base with an engraved stainless steel nameplate affixed. Groundbreaking producer and Academy Museum trustee, Miky Lee received the Pillar Award from Jeffrey Katzenberg acknowledging her exemplary leadership and support for the international film community.

The Pillar Award, designed by the Haas Brothers and fabricated by UAP, is solid cast bronze, hand polished, hand stamped, and triple plated in nickel, copper, and 24k gold.

Now in its second year, the Academy Museum Gala is an annual celebration that reflects the museum’s mission to advance the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema and to expand knowledge and conversation about cinema as a global art form and cultural force.

The event was attended by some of Hollywood’s most prolific and notable actors, filmmakers, and industry executives as well as members of the event’s host committee who came together to support the museum. Guests included: Congressman Adam Schiff, Adrien Brody, Alan Bergman, Alana Haim, Alana and Steve Polacheck, Academy Museum trustee Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, Alexa Demie, Alexandra Daddario, Alicia Vikander, Allison Janney, Amal and George Clooney, Amber Valletta, Andrea Nevins, Academy Museum trustee Arnaud Boetsch, Ashton Sanders, Ava DuVernay, BJ Novak, Academy CEO Bill Kramer, Academy COO and Academy Museum General Counsel Brendan Connell, Jr., Brian Swardstrom, Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz Beckham, Bryan Lourd, Brynn Saban, Chloe Zhao, Christina Ricci, Chudney and Joshua Faulk, Cleo Wade, Colman Domingo, Daniel Kaluuya, Danny Elfman, Danny Ramirez, Academy Museum trustee David Dolby and Natasha Dolby, Derek Blasberg, Diana Silvers, Diego Boneta, Djuna Bel, Academy Museum trustee Dominic Ng, Donna Langley, Eddie Redmayne, Eiza González, Elvis Mitchell, Emma Stone, Academy Museum trustee Eric Esrailian, Este Haim, Evan Ellis Ross, Gia Coppola, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Glenn Close, Ha Jung-Woo, Hailey Bieber, Honor Titus, Academy Museum Director and President Jacqueline Stewart, Academy President Janet Yang, Academy Museum trustee Jason Blum and Lauren Schuker, Jay Ellis, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Jeremy Scott, Jeremy Strong, Jessica Chastain, Jim Gianopulos, Jodie Turner-Smith, Joe Jonas, John Cho, Jonathan Majors, Judd Apatow, Academy Museum trustee Julia Gouw, Juliana Margulies, Jung Woo-Sung, Jurnee Smollet, Kaia Gerber, Kaitlyn Dever, Academy Museum trustee Katherine Oliver, Ke Huy Quan, Keke Palmer, Kelly Sawyer Patricoff, Kerry Washington, Kevin Huvane, Academy Museum trustee Kimberly Steward, Laura Dern, Laura Harrier, Lee Byung-hun, Leslie Mann, Lena Dunham, Lily Collins, Lous and the Yazuka, Luca Guadagnino, Mark Bradford, Max Minghella, Mia Goth, Michelle Yeoh, Mindy Kaling, Naomi Scott, Natasha Lyonne, Ness Saban, Nicholas Ghesquiere, Nikolai Haas, Olivia Wilde, Park Chan-wook, Precious Lee, Raja Rajamannar, Rebel Wilson, Regina Hall, Ron Howard, Academy Museum trustee Ryan Murphy, Selena Gomez, Selma Blair,  Sophie Turner, Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee, Stephanie Hsu, Stephen Galloway, Sterling K. Brown, Taylor Russell, Thuso Mbedu, Van Jones, Vanessa Burghardt, Whitney Peak, Yoon Jong-bin, and Youn Yuh-Jung. 

Following a cocktail hour in Fanny’s Restaurant, the RAISE choir lead guests to a Wolfgang puck-inspired dinner on the Dolby Family Terrace. In a room inspired by the Hollywood landmark restaurant, Perino’s, guests were treated to a special musical performance by the iconic Diana Ross.

Event production and design were overseen by Gala Creative Director Lisa Love, Artistic Director Raúl Àvila, with musical direction by Keith Baptista, choreography by Jen Green, and costume direction by Jacqui Getty. 


ABOUT ROLEX AND CINEMA
For many decades, Rolex has maintained close ties with the world of cinema. Its watches have played a role in numerous films, including Oscar-winning masterpieces. The company promotes excellence, encourages the preservation and transmission of the cinematic arts, and celebrates progress by accompanying cinema legends and budding talents: through its Testimonees such as Martin Scorsese and James Cameron, its partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative with its mentorships for talented young filmmakers. Rolex has partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2017, serving as Proud Sponsor of the Oscars , hosting the event’s Greenroom, while also supporting the Governors Awards, recognizing lifetime achievement in film and is the exclusive watch of the Academy. To assist in the preservation of film history for future generations, Rolex became a Founding Supporter of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Through its support of the film industry, Rolex champions excellence, the perpetuation of knowledge, the conservation of the art of filmmaking, and the rise of new talent.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s Restaurant and Café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm. 

49TH STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS® CEREMONY TO BE HELD THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20th AT THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES.

LOS ANGELES – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted 14 students as winners of the 49th Student Academy Awards® competition. This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,796 entries from 614 colleges and universities around the world. For the first time since 2019, students will participate in an in-person award ceremony. The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in the four award categories will be announced at the ceremony. 

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2022 Oscars® in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Film category.

Hosted by actor, host, producer Terrence Jenkins.

Construction of the David Geffen Galleries reaches 50 percent completion with $700 million raised toward the campaign. 

Los Angeles, Calif. – (October 13, 2022) The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced today that construction of the David Geffen Galleries, the museum’s new building for the permanent collection, is now 50 percent complete.

Progress since the start of construction in 2020 has included the installation of 1,500 deep foundation piles and seismic base isolators, construction of foundations and basements and above-grade walls and decks. This fall, temporary falsework will be installed to support construction of the portion of the building that spans Wilshire Boulevard. Completion of construction is projected for late 2024.

The museum is also pleased to announce that the campaign has reached $700 million of its $750 million goal. Los Angeles County’s contribution toward the building was $125 million, with the balance of funding from private philanthropy. As part of this unprecedented public-private partnership, this landmark County-owned building will be 80% paid for by private donations.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal CityWalk, Opening in Early 2023, is Hiring.

On the Menu: Serving Up Approximately 250 Newly-Created Positions. Click here for more information and to apply: www.nbcunicareers.com
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Universal City, CA, October 13, 2022 – The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen™, an original concept restaurant opening at Universal CityWalk in early 2023, is hiring. The innovatively themed dining establishment is seeking to employ approximately 250 candidates to fill a variety of newly-created positions.

The new restaurant will be one of three worldwide locations, exclusively at Universal CityWalk locations in Orlando, Beijing and soon to be, Hollywood.  Featuring an extensive menu of eclectic brunch, lunch and dinner items, sumptuous milkshakes and desserts and delectable confectionary treats, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen brings an entirely new take on culinary inspirations that will appeal to the entire family.

When it opens in early 2023, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will not only bring an exciting level of dining to Universal CityWalk, it is sure to become one of L.A.’s must-go eateries.

With preparations underway for its opening, the restaurant is seeking to fill approximately 250 newly-created jobs.

A sampling of the full and part-time positions available include: Restaurant Managers and Sous Chefs, Servers, Bussers, Runners, Hosts, Bartenders, Dessert Cashiers, Retail Associates, Line Cooks, Prep Cooks, Bakers, Dishwashers, Receivers and Wardrobe attendants.

For more information and to apply, candidates can visit, www.nbcunicareers.comhttps://jobs.universalparks.com/universal-studios-hollywood/universal-citywalk-hollywood/. More information about The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will be shared soon.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will be located adjacent to the popular Universal Cinema and joins recent dining establishment additions, including NBC Sports Grill & BrewAntojitos Cocina MexicanaVIVO Italian KitchenFirehouse Subs®Jimmy Buffett’s MargaritavilleThe Habit Burger GrillVoodoo Doughnut and Chick Chick Chicken.

The spotlight continues to shine brightly on Universal CityWalk, one of L.A.’s most influential lifestyle centers, which has boosted the city’s rhythm with a variety of memorable experiences for close to 30 years.

More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.

Yep Roc Records Signs Ruen Brothers.

New Single “Don’t Know What’s Come Over You” Out Today. Duo Added to Yep Roc’s 25th Anniversary Show at Cat’s Cradle October 22. Listen/Share: “Don’t Know What’s Come Over You”

Los Angeles, Calif. – Yep Roc Records announces the signing of the Ruen Brothers, who today share their new single, “Don’t Know What’s Come Over You.” 

Since forming in 2013, Scunthorpe, England-born siblings Henry and Rupert Stansall’s journey has taken them from the ‘£ a pint’ pubs and clubs of Scunthorpe to the dizzying heights of festival stages such as Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and Coachella, to performing opening sets for Orville Peck, Nikki Lane, Greta Van Fleet, and George Ezra.

“Saddling up on the steed that is Yep Roc feels like a sweet twist of fate,” offers the Ruen Brothers. “We’ve grown up with and admired so many artists on this indie label powerhouse over the years, from our humble beginnings covering Nick Lowe songs in the pubs of our industrial hometown in Northern England to recording our debut album All My Shades of Blue with the late, great Ian McLagan on keys. To find ourselves on the same roster as these – among many other – talented musicians in this next chapter is supremely cool. Joining Yep Roc feels like gaining a team of new siblings-in-music for our roadshow journey across the West.”

Ruen Brothers will be among eight artists performing at Yep Roc’s 25th-anniversary concert at Cat’s Cradle on Oct. 22. Tickets are now on sale here.

Over their career, they have released two full-length albums, including 2018’s All My Shades of Blue, which features Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Dave Keuning (The Killers), and Yep Roc artist emeritus Ian McLagan (Faces) and was produced by Rick Rubin, who noted: “there’s nobody else like these guys making classic, timeless, unique music at this level.”

With a highly cinematic sound, the Ruen Brothers have found success writing songs for various films, including Netflix’s The Half of It, Blumhouse’s Adopt a Highway, and their forthcoming film score for the independent Going Nowhere.

ELTON JOHN’S FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD THE FINAL TOUR HEADS TO LOS ANGELES AT DODGER’S STADIUM, NOV. 17, 19 AND NOV. 20, 2022.

FINAL NORTH AMERICAN SHOWS SET FOR TWO NIGHTS AT DODGER STADIUM IN LOS ANGELES ON NOVEMBER 19 + 20, 2022.

NEW YORK, NY – Elton John’s final dates for his award-winning Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour in North America and Europe is winding up soon. The North American stadium kicked off at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on July 15, 2022 before concluding with back-to-back performances at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on November 19 and 20, 2022 — commemorating his iconic performance at the historic venue in October 1975. 2023 kicks off with two shows in Auckland New Zealand on January 27 and 28, followed by soon-to-be-announced dates in Australia before the epic 4-year tour formally concludes there later that year. Please visit www.EltonJohn.com 

Announcing the final dates of his tour on social media, Elton John said, “Hello, all you wonderful fans out there. I’m coming to you today with an announcement I’ve been working towards for, well, all my life: the shows that I announce today will be my final tour dates ever in North America and Europe. I’m going to go out in the biggest possible way, performing at my very best, with the most spectacular production I’ve ever had, playing in places that have meant so much to me throughout my career. Whether it’s next summer in Frankfurt or at the legendary Dodger Stadium for the grand finale in the United States, I can’t wait to see you all on the road one last time. This has been an incredible tour so far, full of the most amazing highs, and I look forward to making more wonderful memories with you at these final shows. To all my friends down under, We’ll be seeing you too. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you in your town.” 

For the US, Canada and UK dates, American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public. Presale details are included in the tour routing below. 
Public on-sales begin Tuesday, June 29 in Europe and Wednesday, June 30 in North America. 

Ahead of the stadium run, Elton will mark his return to the stage this Fall in Europe on September 1st at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, then later to North America on January 19, 2022 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.  More details on the previously announced arenas dates on sale now are available on www.EltonJohn.com/Tours.  

Recently winning the 2021 iHeartRadio “Golden Icon” Award, the tour has also received top accolades including the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Award for “Tour Of The Year,” 2020 Pollstar “Major Tour of the Year” and the 2019 Billboard Music Award for the “Top Rock Tour.” The Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour kicked off to a sold-out crowd on September 8, 2018 and has since received rave reviews around the world. The critically acclaimed show takes the audience on a magical journey through his incredible 50-year career with never-before-seen-photos and videos, all set to the tune of some of Elton’s most beloved songs from his legendary catalog including, “Bennie and the Jets,” “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Philadelphia Freedom.” 

Friday, October 21, 2022                  Vancouver, BC               BC Place
Saturday, October 29, 2022             San Antonio, TX             Alamodome
Friday, November 4, 2022                Houston, TX                   Minute Maid Park
Saturday, November 12, 2022         Phoenix, AZ                   Chase Field
Saturday, November 19, 2022         Los Angeles, CA            Dodgers Stadium
Sunday, November 20, 2022            Los Angeles, CA            Dodgers Stadium 
 
For more information or to purchase tickets and VIP packages, please visit EltonJohn.com. These exclusive VIP offers can include premium tickets, on-stage photo opportunities at Elton John’s piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs, custom merchandise, and much more.

THE ACADEMY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MERCURY STUDIOS, ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS IN JONAS GWANGWAMUSIC COMPOSITION INITIATIVE.

Career Development Program for British Musicians Brought Together Academy Members, Composers and Industry Executives for Celebratory Event at Abbey Road Studios in London.

LOS ANGELES, CA and LONDON, U.K. – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with Mercury Studios, today announced Peter Edwards and Oleta Haffner as the participants selected for the Jonas Gwangwa Music Composition Initiative, a one-year career development program for Black British musicians interested in composing music for film.  Part of the Academy’s ongoing global outreach and engagement efforts, the program aims to foster broader representation in film music composition.

The Academy and Mercury Studios hosted an event celebrating Edwards and Haffner at Abbey Road Studios in London yesterday evening (October 6).  Academy CEO Bill Kramer and President Janet Yang welcomed guests, Academy Executive Vice President, Impact and Inclusion Jeanell English spoke about the importance of the Academy’s talent and development programs, and Academy member Misan Sagay (Writers Branch) reflected on the Jonas Gwangwa Music Composition Initiative and its goals.  Academy members Gary Yershon and Nainita Desai (Music Branch), who spearheaded the creation of the program with Sagay, then joined composers Segun Akinola and Bankey Ojo, along with Natasha Baldwin, Executive Vice President, Classics and Screen at Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), for a panel discussion on the challenges of the industry, their own career journeys, and how the program can help to pave new paths for participants.

“We are so honored to have Peter and Oleta, two incredibly talented composers, participate in this program, through which we seek to provide the connections, tools and opportunities needed to expand access to the global film industry,” said English.  “We also thank Mercury Studios and all of our partners for making this program possible.”

“Talent discovery and development is at the heart of what we do at Mercury Studios so we are looking forward to working with Peter and Oleta over the next year,” said Mercury Studios Co-President Marc Robinson.  “We hope this initiative will only expand as we continue to create ways to engage composers around the world.” 

Edwards is a composer, musical director and pianist who has been working in the London jazz scene for 12 years, and Haffner is a London-based composer who writes music for animated short films and theater productions.  Throughout the year, they will receive access to Academy members across various branches in order to gain an understanding of the filmmaking process; one-on-one mentorship with a member of the Academy’s Music Branch to learn about the practical aspects of composing for film; access to Academy events and screenings in London; and introductions to leading practitioners from all areas of film music, among other mentorship programming.  They also will be matched with a filmmaker who is in the process of making a short film and will be given the opportunity to compose music for the film.  

The composition work will be funded by two grants from Universal Music Group’s (UMG) Decca Records and Mercury Studios, a full-service, global production film and television studio.  Additional programming and support will be provided by UMG’s Abbey Road Studios.

Gwangwa, who died in 2021, was a prominent South African jazz musician and composer.  He received Oscar® nominations for Original Score and Original Song for his work, with George Fenton, on “Cry Freedom” (1987).

For more information on the Jonas Gwangwa Music Composition Initiative, visit https://oscars.org/learn/jonas-gwangwa-initiative.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the arts and sciences of the movies, including public programming, screenings, publications, educational outreach, exhibitions, and more.

ABOUT MERCURY STUDIOS
Mercury Studios is a full-service production studio originating, producing, selling, distributing and investing in scripted, unscripted and live content. Editorially independent, Mercury Studios is powered by Universal Music Group and represents the world’s leading catalogue of music-related content.

ABOUT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
A global music icon and the world’s first purpose-built recording studio, Abbey Road Studios has been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in music technology over the last 90 years. The studios’ phenomenal history encompasses celebrated work by artists from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Fela Kuti, Kate Bush, Oasis and Radiohead to Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Frank Ocean, Amy Winehouse, Brockhampton and Little Simz, as well as scores to films from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and many of the “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars” movies, to “Gravity,” “The Shape of Water,” “1917,” “Black Panther,” “Black Widow” and “Avengers: Endgame.” Since stereo was patented at Abbey Road in 1933, the studios have been home to numerous innovations in recording technology and continue to innovate today with Europe’s first music tech incubator, Abbey Road Red. Abbey Road Studios is part of Universal Music. Discover more at www.abbeyroad.com.

ABOUT DECCA RECORDS
Established over 90 years ago, Decca is one of the world’s most iconic record labels having been home to countless legendary musicians including Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Vera Lynn and Bing Crosby. Today, Decca provides the platform for a new generation of ambitious artists at the forefront of their scenes – names such as Andrea Bocelli, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Melody Gardot, Max Richter, Aurora, Jacob Collier, Nicola Benedetti, Ludovico Einaudi and Isobel Waller-Bridge, who continue to represent the label’s cultural legacy. Discover more at: decca.com.

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