ManhatPro Expands with West Coast Chapter
February 2, 2012 by David Weiss
The Manhattan Producers Alliance (ManhatPro), the NYC-based media education, professional mentoring and networking community for music professionals, announced that it has launched a West Coast chapter.
The opening of ManhatPro West evolves the reach of ManhatPro to a national/international organization, with a focus on frequent collaboration in person and online.
This development helps Northern California-based composers, sound designers, and other music professionals to enjoy a direct link with ManhatPro’s dynamic NYC chapter, joining members in locations ranging from Brazil to Michigan, who are staying connected with Webinars, videoconferencing and other online tools.
ManhatPro West stands as the first regional chapter outside of NYC. Its members will be able to participate in national ManhatPro happenings, as well as the many local events created by Horowitz, a prolific TV/film/online composer whose credits include Super Size Me, “Casino Cinema”, “I Bet You Will”, and Nickelodeon Digital.
ManhatPro was founded in 2005 by NYC-based composer Joe Carroll (Jim Henson Company, Nickelodeon, Disney, WGBH). Inspired early on by his creatively enriching experiences in the buzzing NYC studio culture, Carroll started ManhatPro to renew the collaborative benefits of that workflow in today’s personal studio-centric – and often isolating — production environment.
Comprised of both senior level professionals and emerging talent, ManhatPro members meet and communicate regularly to share connections, knowledge, and studio time/space. Preferred access to publishing, licensing, music library, marketing/PR, legal and financial resources represent additional privileges of ManhatPro’s cost-effective membership.
Steve Horowitz explained, “The Bay Area music community is very active and very diverse. My hope with MPA West is to harness some of that energy, and create a link between the East Coast and West Coast media markets. Games, film, TV, the Cloud, and other emerging sectors are blurring together to create a new media distribution landscape — we feel strongly that a vibrant coast-to-coast connection helps all audio and media professionals to stay ahead of the curve.”
The first ManhatPro West event will take place during the Game Developers Conference, March 7th, 5 PM at the Thirsty Bear in San Francisco (RSVP here).The next General Membership meeting for ManhatPro NYC members will take place February 29th at Soundtrack Studios, New York (RSVP here).
ManhatPro membership is cost-effective, with eligibility for both full- and part-time composers, producers, sound designers, audio engineers, programmers and other music industry professionals. Membership can be applied for at www.manhatpro.com, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.