Magazine article Variety

Acad Spars over Music Supervisors

Magazine article Variety

Acad Spars over Music Supervisors

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Should music supkrvisors be allowed to join the Television Academy?

It's a controversial topic within the music community, and a new move to admit them - without consulting membership - is meeting with strong resistance from many composers, including several former governors.

Currently, the Acad's "music peer group" consists of about 350 composers, songwriters and music directors. Music supervisors, who for the most part add pre-existing songs to the mix of many series, are not permitted. Last month, the branch's 12-member executive committee voted to admit music supervisors and, in an email to committee members, the Acad's two music governors, Michael Levine and Rickey Minor, stated flatly that they would not submit the idea to the full membership, and equated the issue to fighting for black voting rights during the civil rights era, infuriating members.

Former music governor Mark Watters, an F. …

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