Join us for a conversation on the future of the creative economy between Prince Charles Alexander and John Whynot, faculty in the Music Production and Engineering Department and Grammy-winning engineers
; David Hughes, chief technical officer of the Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA); Ruth Vitale, executive director of CreativeFuture
; and Brett Williams, CreativeFuture’s youth outreach director.
Alexander is a professor of music production and engineering at Berklee. A sought-after recording and mixing engineer, his clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., and Usher, among many others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 platinum and gold certifications from the RIAA, and has three Grammys and seven Grammy nominations from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Producer/mixer/engineer Whynot is also a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. His decades-long journey in music has taken him to the pinnacle of achievement in both professional recognition (Grammys, Junos) and record sales (multi-platinum). His career highlights include programming and mixing the score to The Last of the Mohicans, which won an Oscar for sound, and his Grammy-winning work with Lucinda Williams on the Hank Williams tribute Timeless.
Hughes joined the RIAA in 2006 and is currently the chief technology officer. He represents the recording industry’s technology interests and coordinates technology efforts. He sits on the Library of Congress’s National Recording Preservation Board and is the inventor of a number of U.S. and international patents.
Vitale has over 30 years of experience producing, distributing, and marketing independent films. As founder and co-president of Paramount Classics, she acquired and distributed a diverse slate of films ranging from Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides to Craig Brewer’s Hustle and Flow. More recently, Vitale launched CreativeFuture, an advocacy organization for all creative individuals.
Brett Williams comes to CreativeFuture after almost a decade of experience in independent film production in New York.