Getting Repped in Post-Production: Composers Edition
In our on-going series about getting repped, for this event we are going to talk about getting as a composer.
How do composers for film and other media, and other below-the-line film crew, go about finding representation? When is it the right time in your career to seek out an agent and/or manager? How do you best position yourself to get effective representation? What sort of terms should you be willing to agree to? These and other questions will be answered by this panel of top-flight composer representatives!
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- Arbel Bedak
Arbel Bedak (he/him) is the owner and creative agent at Spectra Creative Agency,
representing a diverse roster of media composers and music supervisors and a catalog
of music for licensing. He is a multi-faceted music creative who has worked across
many aspects of music in media over the past decade, from creative sync to publishing
to composer representation.
A creative at heart, Arbel holds a Bachelor’s degree in composition from UC Davis and is passionate about helping composers at all stages develop their careers, taking a hands-on, collaborative approach to working with artists. He firmly believes in giving more opportunities to a more diverse pool of composers and is committed to raising up marginalized voices and promoting inclusion and diversity in the sync and scoring spaces. Arbel’s previous experience includes working as an agent at Evolution Music Partners and serving as Vice President of Sync A&R/Creative at Decca Publishing.
Through the course of his career, he’s had the pleasure of representing and collaborating with talents like Lesley Barber, Fil Eisler, Clint Mansell,
Max Richter, Alex Somers, and Kelly Lee Owens, to name a few. He is now excited to
be curating this new platform to develop emerging talent in the scoring and sync
spaces, representing composers and artists like Tangelene Bolton, Rebekka Karijord,
Cindy O’Connor, Julianna Barwick, Mary Lattimore, Brad Oberhofer, and EmmoLei
- Kevin Korn
Kevin Korn is a dynamic and accomplished agent who has spent over 10 years in the film music industry enriching the lives and careers of accomplished and budding forward-thinking artists and composers. Kevin is known globally for his ability to develop and nurture a new, diverse generation of film and television composers, many of whom are already destined to be Hollywood’s A-list composers of tomorrow.
Kevin’s passion for music started very young, when he played a variety of musical instruments including saxophone. He earned a degree in Music Composition from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Immediately upon graduation, he went on to work for the music-crossover department of the prestigious Creative Artists Agency, assisting pop musicians as they transitioned into film composition. While at CAA, Kevin, along with a few industry colleagues, started one of the leading networking groups for film and TV music called SYNCH THIS. The group now has over 1800+ members.
At the age of 25, Kevin became the industry’s youngest film music agent when he was hired by the prestigious Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency. Within his first two years at GSA, Kevin expanded the roster by developing such notable clients as the late Jóhann Jóhannsson (Theory of Everything, Sicario), Oscar winner Steven Price (Gravity, Suicide Squad), Sarah Schachner (Anthem, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare), Joseph Trapanese (Oblivion, Straight Outta Compton) Photek (How to Get Away with Murder, Station 19) Ryan Lott aka Son Lux (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Paper Towns), Alex Somers (Captain Fantastic, Honey Boy) Anthony Gonzalez of the band M83 (Oblivion), Eskmo (Billions, 13 Reasons Why), Amie Doherty (Undone, Jurassic Park: Battle at Little Rock and many of the next generation of diverse artists.
In 2013 at the age of 28, Kevin was recognized by Variety’s prestigious NEW HOLLYWOOD LEADERS annual list. Kevin’s passion is to educate the public about film and television music by finding ways to make composers and their scores more popular among wider audiences, and by helping to build bridges between film composers and contemporary recording artists. In October 2019, Kevin launched LIKE MINDED MANAGEMENT a creative management, consulting, and music media agency.
- Sarah Kovacs
Sarah Kovacs is an agent at Kraft-Engel Management—one of the world’s leading agencies specializing in representing composers, songwriters, music producers and music supervisors in film, theatre, television and video games.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business Management from Berklee College of Music in 2008, Sarah found the perfect home at Kraft-Engel. As an integral part of KEM for over ten years now, she has built a career around her passion for discovering, cultivating, and championing unique and diverse voices in the music for visual media space. Sarah combines her love of music and storytelling, eagle-eyed business savvy, and curiosity for emerging media spaces into her work and is a dedicated advocate for her clients.
“Developing new and exciting talent is something that really drives me, especially right now,” she says. “The pathway to becoming a successful composer is no longer a singular road, and there are more opportunities than ever for new voices to be heard.”
When she’s not making deals and giving composer advice, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband Alex and two young children, Everly and new baby Wilder.