SUN/4/18 :: 4:00p
Music, Money, and Mindfulness

Presented by USC

This panel explores the art and impact of music from multiple angles, including the relationship between music and mindfulness and how to succeed in the industry. Participants include USC Thornton School professors Jeff Brabec, Lynn Helding and Richard Wolf, moderated by Varun Soni, Vice Provost for Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention and Dean of Religious Life at USC.


Varun Soni

Dr. Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California (USC) and the first Hindu to serve as the chief religious or spiritual leader of an American university. He is also Vice Provost of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention, Adjunct Professor of Religion, and University Fellow at the Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy. Prior to USC, he spent four years teaching in the Law and Society Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.



Jeff Brabec

Jeff Brabec is Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for BMG, the fourth largest music publisher in the world.  Brabec specializes in evaluating music publishing catalogue acquisitions.  He is the co-author with his twin brother Todd of the book "MUSIC, MONEY, AND SUCCESS: The Insider's Guide To Making Money In The Music Business" (8th Edition). He has been awarded the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism, The Texas Star Award  for Outstanding Contribution and Achievement in the Field of Entertainment Law and the  California Copyright Conference Apollo Award honoring leadership and achievement In the music industry.



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Lynn Helding

Lynn Helding is the author of The Musician's Mind: Teaching, Learning and Performance in the Age of Brain Science. Performance credits include leading roles with Harrisburg Opera, Nashville Opera and Ohio Light Opera, and solo recitals throughout the US, Italy, France, England, Germany, Spain, Australia and Iceland. Recognized as a “legendary figure in the field of voice pedagogy” by the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University, Helding received their 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. She is currently Professor of Practice in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at USC’s Thornton School of Music and serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Singing.


Richard "Wolfie" Wolf

Richard "Wolfie" Wolf is an Emmy Award-winning composer, multi-Platinum selling music producer, and professor at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he teaches ever-popular classes on music and mindfulness. He is the author of In "Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness". As a producer/remixer/songwriter, Wolf worked on projects with Prince, Bell Biv DeVoe, Freddie Mercury, MC Lyte, Eazy-E and Coolio, and has been contributing to the soundtracks for hundreds of films and television programs, including twelve seasons of the worldwide hit NCIS. He started practicing Zen meditation when he was a teenager.


Saturday, April 17

Festival of Books Kickoff

Presented with USC
Join us for the kick off the 26th Annual Virtual Festival of Books featuring the President of USC, Dr. Carol L. Folt along with surprise appearances by favorite L.A. Times writers, as well as a performance by the USC Trojan Marching Band. Please join in this prelude to  the week-long celebration of books with stimulating conversations, panels, children’s and poetry readings and more!
Saturday, April 17

Selfies for Social Change: Claiming Space in Social Media

Presented by USC
Creators and influencers who use digital outlets to claim space and empower communities discuss how social media can be used for social good.
Sunday, April 18

Music, Money, and Mindfulness

Presented by USC
Authors and experts explore the art and impact of music from multiple angles, including the relationship between music and mindfulness and how to succeed in the industry.
Tuesday, April 20

Making History: Media, Stories, History, and Memory

Presented by USC
A lively panel of celebrated USC authors discuss their work and the fascinating connections between stories, media, history, and memory.
Thrusday, April 22

Eastside Punks, Screening and Conversation

Presented by USC
Celebrate the release of Eastside Punks, a series of documentary shorts produced by Razorcake magazine about first-generation East L.A. punk bands. Excerpts of the films will be screened followed by a conversation with the director and subjects.