Summer Institute : Music Business, Entrepreneurship + Technology : Faculty
A graduate of Tufts University (1988) and the Washington College of Law (1992), Andy Hurwitz’s passion for music helped pave his way through school in various capacities including the music director for WMFU (Boston), hip-hop director at WAMU (Washington), the house DJ at Revival (Philadelphia), and as the associate producer of Black Entertainment Television's "Rap City" program.
Hurwitz has worked extensively in the entertainment business since 1992. He started his career as a music attorney in Philadelphia. In 1995, Hurwitz was named general manager of the Knitting Faculty Record Group, a combination of four separate independent labels that combined to release over 50 records a year. In 1997, he joined Sony Music Entertainment as the director of Artist Development for Columbia Jazz, where he helped manage the careers of new artists while helping oversee the entire Miles Davis reissue series. Simultaneously, Hurwitz started Ropeadope Records as a side project, but then left Columbia to work on Ropeadope full time.
In addition to his work in the music and law businesses, Hurwitz is a children’s author who has penned nine music-themed books for Penguin Publishing and also is a founder of Baby Loves Everything – a children’s entertainment company now in production with DVDs, CDs, books and more. Projects have included “Baby Loves Disco,” “Baby Loves Hip-Hop,” “Baby Loves Salsa” and “Baby Loves the Blues.”
Hurwitz has taught Music and Media at Temple University, and classes ranging from copyright law to media marketing at Drexel University. He is now faculty in the Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology program at the University of the Arts.
Michael Johnson is an active performer, producer and recording engineer who currently lives and works in Philadelphia. In addition to teaching at UArts, he also heads the Music Technology department within the School of Music.
Michael has been very active in the American independent rock universe for the last decade, having been a part of releases on labels including Sub Pop, Matador, Ninja Tune and Hometapes. He has performed on or engineered albums by Kurt Vile, Daedelus, the War On Drugs, Nightlands, Lilys, Holopaw and Pattern Is Movement, as well as his current Ape School project and more. He has toured the United States and Europe extensively and shared the stage with the aforementioned artists and such rock luminaries as Dinosaur Jr, Iron and Wine, and Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse) among others.
Over the years, his efforts and exploits have been featured in the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork.com, CNN, Playboy Magazine, Newsweek and MTV. He currently focuses his energies on his duties at UArts, while maintaining an active performance and production schedule for his own projects and outside interests. Michael is sponsored by Eventide's audio division and is highly versed and experienced in the use of analog synthesizers.
JohnPaul Beattie MB ’10 (Composition) is a classical composer specializing in MIDI orchestration. For the past several years he has been composing commercial music for the local Philadelphia production company, Juggling Wolf, owned by three UArts alums: Jason Chen BFA ’08 (Animation), Ian Foster BFA '08 (Animation) and Marina Gvozdeva BFA '08 (Animation). His personal compositions are large classical works including The Devine Comedy Symphony, 2009 and Stalingrad, a ballet performed for his senior recital in April 2010.
In addition to composing, JohnPaul is the master sound engineer for the College of Performing Arts and teaches Music Technology and Live Sound Production for the School of Music. As an instructor, JohnPaul puts a high emphasis on "hands-on" learning, structuring his classes so students spend as much time as possible in front of mixing boards and microphones. It is with this philosophy in mind that he created the student run "Live Sound Sessions." In these sessions, local bands are invited to UArts to perform so the students may practice how to mix the sound for a live event in a stress-free environment. Groups that have participated include the Luke Carlos O'Reilly Quartet, Steve Tripak, Package, SoHo, No Irish Need Apply, Cute Girl from English and the Justin Binek Trio.