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The Guild of Music Supervisors & Mondo.NYC Present​​

The Third Annual NYC Guild of Music Supervisors

Education Event & Film Festival
Live Virtual Event
Thursday, October 15, 2020​

An immersive full-day virtual symposium to meet, network and learn from some of the top music supervisors and industry executives about how they do what they do. And then enjoy three great films at the first-ever Guild of Music Supervisors/Mondo Film Festival

2020 Panel Agenda

October 15, 2020

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TikTok Creatives Sound Off on Why They Are the "Sound On" Channel for Brands 12:00-12:50pm ET

Sponsor: De Wolfe Music

Members of TikTok's Music Licensing Team & Creative Lab discuss the platform's increasing importance to the advertising market, offering insight into how they leverage their unique positioning and music solutions with marketers . From education through ideation and execution, they'll answer the question, "Why make ads, when you can make TikToks?" Moderator Jonathan Hecht welcomes panelists Bryan Cosgrove, LA; Todd Triplett, NYC; and John Nussbaum, Chicago.


  • Jonathan Hecht - Founder & Music Supervisor, Venn Arts


  • Bryan Cosgrove - Creative Music Licensing, TikTok

  • John Nussbaum - Creative Lead, Central, TikTok Creative Lab

  • Todd Triplett - Creative Lead, NY, Tik Tok

Music Supervision & The 2020 Election: Political Campaign Music & PSAs Getting Out the Vote

1:00-1:50pm ET

Sponsor: Viacom

In the run up to the 2020 election, campaign music is front and center. Add the proliferation of “get out the vote” PSAs to the mix and it’s clear that music is powering the message of this most unusual year.  Hear from key agency executives behind the scenes, as well as creators who examine the impact of music on 20th century American politics.



  • Andrew Hampp - Music Strategy & Brand Partnership Consultant, 1803 LLC, and Reporter, Variety


  • Andy Bernstein - Executive Director, HeadCount

  • Sam Hayflich - Music Supervisor, Creative Music + Licensing Strategy, ViacomCBS (Vote For Your Life PSA

  • Chris Robertson - Music Supervisor, Jimmy Carter: Rock 'n' Roll President

AI and Data for Music & Media: A Brave New World 2:00-2:50pm ET

Sponsor: SyncFloor

We drill down into the impact of emerging technologies, artificial intelligence and data collection/analytics on the world of Music Supervision. How does emerging tech influence the creation, selection and use of music in media? We’ll highlight some of our favorite bleeding edge tech.


  • J Bonilla - Creative Partner/Founder, The Elements Music

  • Patricia Joseph - Synchsonic


  • Kirt Debique - CEO & CTO at SyncFloor

  • Paul Greco - Executive Director of Music & Audio Production Wunderman Thompson North America

  • Drew Silverstein - Co-founder, CEO at Amper Music

  • Scott Simonelli - CEO and Co-Founder of Veritonic


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Always An Imperative 3:00-3:50pm ET

Sponsor: Viacom

An inspirational look at music and visual media organizations and projects that are proactively addressing systemic racial and gender bias in our industry as well as pathways toward enhancing opportunities for all. We bring together leaders from a wide range of areas within the industry for this candid discussion.


  • Jazz Tangcay - Artisans Editor, Variety


  • Pamala Buzick - COO, Free The Work and Partner, The poolhouse

  • Rebecca Grierson - Managing Director, SixtyFour Music and Composer Advocate, Free The Work

  • Rachel Hislop - Editor In Chief, OkayAfrica + OkayPlayer

  • Mali Hunter - Grammy Nominated Producer, President of StoneWood music, EarthGirl Worldwide Founder, Chief Creative Officer The Retnuh Agency

  • Bahereh Kamali - SVP, Head of Strategic Development MTV Studios, Viacom

  • Stephanie Diaz-Matos - Head of Music Supervision, Raedio

  • Tiffany Miranda - President/Founder, GirlsMakeBeats

A Music Spotting Session for Visual Media: Behind the Curtain 4:00-4:50pm ET

Partners: ASCAP, BMI & SESAC

An important panel/workshop that breaks down the challenges and opportunities of how music is created in today’s Zoom world, the collaborative process, and new tools and techniques available to all members of the creative and placement ecosystem.


  • Jonathan McHugh - Music Supervisor, GMS Board Member

  • Ed Gerrard - Music Supervisor, GMS Board Member​


  • Robert Glasper - Composer

  • Ruwanga Samath - Composer

  • Jonathan Zalben - Composer

30 Minute Advertising Deep Dive 5:00-5:30pm ET

Alec Stern, Chicago-based Director of Music at DDB will break down a recent ad campaign’s music and what goes into music creation for ads in 2020.


  • Al Risi - Music Supervisor and Founder, Groove Guild


  • Alec Stern - Director of Music, DDB Chicago

Guild of Music Supervisors/Mondo Film Festival 2020

October 14-16, 8pm ET Each Evening

Opening Night 10/14 MR. SOUL

From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music and politics -- voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. 


The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants' recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.


Post Film-Q&A with Director Mellisa Haizlip, Music Supervisor Ed Gerrard Moderated by Jonathan McHugh


“Long Live Rock…Celebrate the Chaos” follows some passionate super rock fans as they drop everything to "commune" with their "rock family” at America’s top rock festivals while they celebrate the chaos...that is rock 'n' roll. Get a front row seat to see what makes the hard rock fan want to crowd surf, mix it up in the mosh pit or even participate in the oh so crazy...Wall of Death.

Featuring interviews and live performances from the bands and members of Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Slipknot, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Prophets Of Rage, Greta Van Fleet, Halestorm, and many, many more. "Long Live Rock" also explores the inescapable dark side of this chosen lifestyle, chronicling such delicate topics as substance abuse, depression, loss of life and the unspoken truths that are unfortunately too commonplace in the rock 'n' roll world.


Post-Film Q&A with Director/Music Supervisor Jonathan McHugh


"Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President" chronicles the role of popular music in propelling Jimmy Carter from Georgia to the White House, and the significant role that music played in his life and work.

Carter’s life-long passion for music gave him an unexpected edge as a presidential candidate as he tapped into a force that transcended racial and generational divides, and often party lines.

Artists like like Bob Dylan, Gregg Allman and the Allman Bros, Willie Nelson and Johnny & June Carter Cash all performed for and became friends with Carter and helped build up his cool factor to get him elected.

Director Mary Wharton traces how Carter’s genuine approachability, combined with the unifying power of music, became key to his political appeal and allowed him to connect with voters.


Post Film Q&A with Director Mary Wharton and Music Supervisor Chris Robertson- Moderated by Jonathan McHugh

Overview & Mission Statement:

Mondo.NYC invites you to its third annual partnership with the Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS), a non-profit organization with the mission to promote the craft of music supervision for the mutual benefit of all media stakeholders in film, television, gaming, advertising, trailers and emerging media. The Guild is an educational and professional resource for music supervisors and those working in related fields across the media spectrum -- learn more about the Guild here. The Guild's NYC Education Event & Film Festival will explore the opportunities and challenges of supervision and sync & master licensing, and how related technologies like AI, blockchain and more may impact them.

This year's virtual event focuses on how music supervisors are in the bull’s eye of the music industry including labels, publishers, music editors, directors, producers, agents, brands, as they interface with visual media. Panelists include noted global, NYC and LA-based music supervisors, composers and sync and master licensing execs.

Program day/time: Thursday, October 15, 2020, 12:00 Noon-5:30pm ET


  • $99.00

  • $84.00 student discount fee

Fee includes:

  • Admission to the Mondo Guild of Music Supervisors Education Event

  • Admission to Mondo.NYC conference events October 15 

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