Guild of Music Supervisors UK & European Chapter launches at Metropolis Studios, London
By Emma Francis / UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors
Last night, 6th April 2017, marked the start of the new UK & European chapter of the Guild of Music Supervisors.
In case you missed it, the UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors is a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of the role of a music supervisor within the entertainment industries.
A packed-out Metropolis studio was flooded with the biggest names in the music supervision world, media experts and music industry legends all eager to know more about this new, mysterious organisation. It was filled with talks about the plans of the Guild and excited whispers about the potential they can bring to the industry.
The Guild’s President, Iain Cooke, took to the stage to start the proceedings welcomed by a roaring cheer, showing just how popular and respected he is and how pleased they were for him to be an active frontman for the organisation’s goals. For someone who spends most of his time working behind the scenes, Iain gave a charismatic and eloquent speech about the new Guild, why they were formed and most importantly, what they were going to achieve. He reiterated the importance of inclusion to the Guild, assuring everyone that if they weren’t involved already they could most certainly get involved now. It was also stated that education was a high-priority and that the organisation will strive to aid those starting out in the profession as well as sharing knowledge amongst seasoned pros to help promote best practice across the industry as a whole. The speech ended with an impressive list of thanks, the board members, the sponsors and everyone else who had made the event and launch possible to the scale that it was.
Ayla Owen, the Guild’s co-chair was welcomed to the podium by the guests. She echoed Iain’s statements about the Guild’s passion for education by telling a wonderful story about the Board’s own Maggie Rodford, Managing Director at Air-Edel. Ayla reminisced about a time when she was just making her way into the supervision world and was seeking a mentor. She approached Maggie for a meeting, who agreed to give her valuable time and knowledge to a budding music supervisor. One day, the next generation of professional supervisors will emerge and the Guild wants to make sure they’re raised into the profession as best possible.
“This professional guidance should be available to all that seek it, and this will be one of the key resources that the Guild of Music Supervisors will provide for its members, particularly for its associate members who are just getting started in the business.” Ayla Owen, Co-chair.
The UK & European Guild looks forward to what the future holds for supervision and is grateful for all the support it’s received from sponsors, trade organisations and media & music industry professionals. To join us please click here.