A Day With The PMA

by Robin Munson

Art and I have just returned from the Production Music Conference hosted by the PMA. The event proved to be very enjoyable and enlightening.

There were two “tracks” of lectures, one focusing on the creative side, and the other on the business. The two tracks were presented simultaneously, apart from the keynote addresses.

Unfortunately, we were unable to get to the event early enough to hear the first keynote speech from Jeff Beal. This was a real disappointment for us, as Mr. Beal is one of our favorite composers. If anyone was there for that we’d really appreciate your sharing some of the highlights. His work is so varied, extensive, and inspiring! Among his many scores are “Ugly Betty”, “Monk”, and a personal favorite, “Jesse Stone”. But reading through his bio in the PMC program, I see that this is only a tiny fraction of an amazing body of work. So sad we weren’t there! Also, unfortunately, we had to leave early to beat the L.A. traffic out of town, which means we missed a number of informative panels. Next year we will plan to be there the whole day.

We did get to attend “Trailer Music: New Trends, Modern Techniques”. Continue reading

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