AMP Announces Officers for 2004

Jan Horowitz of DHMA is new president of six-year-old trade association.

The Association of Music Producers (AMP) has announced new officers for the current year. Jan Horowitz, vice president and business manager of David Horowitz Music Associates (DHMA), steps into the role of 2004 national president of the trade organization that represents companies that compose music and design sound for television commercials. Ms. Horowitz, who will serve a one-year term, succeeds Jeff Rosner, partner and executive producer at Sacred Noise. Elected to a one-year term to serve with Ms. Horowitz were: Nick DiMinno, president and administrative partner in Three Tree Productions, for a second term as vice president; Ben Davis, managing partner and producer in Music for Picture, as secretary; and Tiffany Warin, president and executive producer of tonefarmer, as treasurer.

Jan Horowitz: A trumpet and piano player, Ms. Horowitz credits a summer job as a studio assistant for her career in music. She became a recording engineer for rock, pop and jazz records and concerts, both freelance and as an employee of Blue Rock Studio in New York. She worked with such artists as Bette Midler, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, and recorded albums in Stockholm, Madrid and New York, before teaming up with her husband, David Horowitz, in 1987 to manage DHMA, overseeing the expansion of the four-person operation and the construction of new studio facilities to house the growing company. A founding member of AMP, she served as secretary, working alongside the organization’s first president, Lyle Greenfield, president and creative director of Bang Music and Sound Design, and later with Mr. Rosner.

Nick DiMinno: Mr. DiMinno started his career as a musician in the early ‘60s, touring the country with various bands. His experience led him to the Richmond Organization, a music publisher, and from there to A&R Recording, where he rose to studio manager and worked closely with the celebrated record producer Phil Ramone. For ten years, he produced music for advertisers at HEA Productions, leaving there to establish a partnership with David Lucas at David Lucas Associates, later with the addition of two more partners 4/4 Productions. Also one of the founders of AMP (as was 3 Tree partner Jake Holmes), he served his first term as vice president in 2003.

Ben Davis: Mr. Davis grew up straddling the worlds of music and film, from high school bands to college radio, student films to a projectionist job, documentary film production, and eventually a recording career with his band Wagon for the Hightone and Glitterhouse Record labels. He moved to New York and worked as a music producer at Saatchi & Saatchi from 1997 - 2000, then enjoyed a brief stint as a producer with tomandandy. In 2001, Mr. Davis said, he gave in to his most primal need, to organize, and founded Music for Picture with composer-partners Jeremy Adelman and Peter DuCharme.

Tiffany Warin: Ms. Warin spent 13 years in advertising, working as an account executive for Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Wieden + Kennedy (Portland) and Deutsch Advertising in Los Angeles, before becoming director of creative resources for Deutsch New York where she was instrumental in hiring creatives and established a lecture series to bring in guest speakers, including David Sedaris and John Waters, to discuss the creative process. Leaving the agency world, she joined Raymond Loewy as a partner in the then year-old tonefarmer, after a stint as a clarinetist in her home town symphony in Modesto, CA. She also works as a voice-over artist and singer.

The new president said her organization will focus on business issues in the coming year, among them E&O group insurance rates for members; meetings with agency music producers; cooperative efforts with the Production Music Association; and gatherings of business managers to discuss industry issues. In addition, she hopes to launch a series of AMP composer concerts.

“My personal commitment to AMP was born out of watching how business realities intersected with the creative process. Musicians don’t see themselves as joiners, and it took a lot of convincing, but forming AMP made business sense and creative sense,” said Ms. Horowitz. “Advertising is the larger context of this industry, but we are first and foremost about the music. I’m very proud of what AMP has already accomplished, and we have great plans to do more. ”

Founded in 1998 for the purpose of gathering and sharing information on all aspects of music production and the music business, the Association of Music Producers (AMP) is a national organization with chapters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Minneapolis.The presidents of AMP’s chapters serve on the national board of directors. Current chapter presidents are: New York-Jan Horowitz; West Coast-Howard Dubin, general manager and chief financial officer, of Chris Bell & Company; Midwest-Steve Ford, president of Steve Ford Music; Florida-Steve Roitstein, president of Riot Music; and Minneapolis-Bob Hest, a partner in Hest & Kramer Music.

AMP is the first organization to represent the commercial music industry on a broad platform of creative, business and community matters. Production guidelines, legal issues relating to rights, licenses and composer royalties, talent negotiations, industry education, public relations and industry charitable endeavors are some of the bullets on AMP’s agenda. At a time when the impact of music is growing exponentially in every broadcast medium, AMP is serving to give the music community a clear voice and the benefit of its own experience. AMP is an affiliate of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP).