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Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music conference
1-Oct-2006 - Two-day event will focus on the evolving role of music in film and television.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge and top composer Terence Blanchard are among the industry professionals who are set to participate in The 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, being held on November 14-15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Now in its fifth year, this cutting-edge conference examines the increasingly important role of music in film and television, and provides a dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas among the entertainment industry's most influential executive and creative talents including award-winning composers and directors, top-name music supervisors, key studio, network, record label and publishing professionals, and VIPs from the advertising, gaming and commercial fields.

In an exclusive Q&A conducted by Tamara Conniff, executive editor and associate publisher of Billboard, Melissa Etheridge will discuss crossing over to the world of film and TV music. In another Q&A session, Doreen Ringer Ross, VP Film/TV Relations of BMI, will talk to Terence Blanchard about his work composing for films and discussing how he balances scoring with his career as one of jazz music's leading trumpeters.

Etheridge, one of the music industry's most successful female artists, got her first break in film music when she was asked to write songs for the Nick Nolte movie Weeds that was released in 1987. Since that time, Etheridge has released nine albums, and has won two Grammy awards for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Etheridge's career highlights have also included hit songs such as Come to My Window, I'm the Only One and I Want To Come Over, three multi-platinum albums titled Melissa Etheridge (1988), Yes I Am (1993) and Your Little Secret (1995), and a talked-about performance of Janis Joplin's Piece of My Heart at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. Etheridge has continued to write for and perform on television shows and movie soundtracks, and just this year claimed the title song for the celebrated Al Gore documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

A New Orleans native, Blanchard has been a staple on the jazz scene since the 1980s and has made an impact both as a performing musician and a composer. He began his film-scoring career working with Spike Lee on such films as Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Clockers, Summer of Sam, and Mo' Better Blues, for which he earned a Grammy Award nomination. Other honors include an Emmy Award nomination for his work on The Promised Land, a Golden Globe nomination for the scoring of Lee's 25th Hour, and Grammy nods for his album The Heart Speaks and his work on Wandering Moon. Blanchard also works as the Artistic Director for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the University of Southern California. Most recently, Blanchard collaborated with Lee on his films Inside Man and When The Levees Broke, for which Blanchard wrote the original scores.

This must-attend industry event will also feature compelling panel discussions on topics such as creating music for commercials and games, the irector/composer relationship, and the anatomy of a film, networking cocktail parties, roundtable sessions, and live artist performances.

Sponsors of this year's conference are ASCAP, APM, Berklee College of Music, BMI and SESAC.

For information about The 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, visit For information on registration and group discounts, contact Erin Parker at 646-654-4643. For sponsorship information, contact Karl Vontz at 415-738-0745. For hotel information, contact The Beverly Hilton Hotel at 310-274-7777.

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