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Gael started wailing in church at an early age. By age four she was actually singing in the choir instead of causing a ruckus in the pews and by 15 was playing piano, cello, guitar, clarinet and flute. Over the years, Gael sang in operas, musical theatre, clubs and cabarets, performed in orchestras and with groups as musically diverse as R&B, blues, country, rock and big bands—becoming a virtual musicologist along the way. In the studio and on stage she sang back-up for everyone and their dog (including Dick Dale, Aretha Franklin and practically every Elvis impersonator you can name). Tired of living out of a suitcase, Gael landed a job at a music supervision house. There she acted as the music supervisor for six films and four TV series, and provided music coordination and administrative services for countless other projects—moving on to independently supervise many more. Because Gael speaks both 'artist' and 'suit' she can liaison with directors, composers and bands, then negotiate the deals and confer with the legal and corporate folks without missing a beat. And she bakes a yummy chocolate chip cookie, too.
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Mark Northam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Taxation from The University of Houston and has worked as a management consultant for firms including Coopers & Lybrand and BDO Seidman where he led teams of consultants in needs analysis, selection, design and implementation of computerized accounting systems and financial tracking systems. He is also an accomplished classical and jazz pianist, and has worked in Los Angeles as a film composer.
As an author, Mark has written extensively about how writers and publishers can be financially successful in the digital age. His articles on music royalty related subjects include “How to Increase Your ASCAP, BMI and SESAC Royalties,” “The Film and Television Composer’s Resource Guide,” and “The Guide to International Music Rights Organizations,” As a public speaker and advocate of improved royalty collection and payment systems, Mark has produced royalties related events including “Direct Licensing: A Better Alternative to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC?” and “New Royalties for a New Age: Collecting Your Share of Digital Music Royalties”
Mark is publisher of Film Music Magazine and Royalty Week Magazine, and founder of The Film Music Network. He teaches music business courses through The Film Music Institute, which he founded in 1997.
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Brad Heck is a tax professional specializing in the music industry. His career includes 25 years experience in all levels of the music industry and in-depth knowledge of the music publishing and recording industries along with a decade of tax experience. His Minneapolis based accounting and tax firm services touring acts, engineers, songwriters, publishers, and music industry professionals nationwide. The firm implements asset based strategies that minimize tax load while building passive income for his clients future needs.
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