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Chair, Film and Music Industry Studies
Conrad N. Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies

Department chair and Grammy®-winning producer John Snyder brings a wealth of industry knowledge, business experience, and vision to FAMIS. As a jazz producer, John has produced over three hundred original recordings since his start in 1977; to date, thirty-four (34) have been nominated for Grammy® awards and five (5) have won. His label clients include A&M, Atlantic, Fantasy, MusicMasters, Concord, RCA, Sony, Antilles, Verve, Private Music, Telarc, GRP, Elektra, Rounder, Columbia, Evidence, and Justin Time.

As an attorney and member of the New York Bar Association, John’s unique combined knowledge of both the legal and technical aspects of music production has enabled him to serve in executive positions throughout the industry. He served as the assistant to president Creed Taylor of CTI Records, where he oversaw all legal and business affairs, publishing, manufacturing, distribution, and A&R operations. Later, John served as director of the Horizon Jazz Series for A&M Records under Herb Alpert, and as director of jazz production for Atlantic Records, where he supervised production, packaging, promotion, publicity, and marketing.

In 2002, John founded the Artists House Foundation, an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to helping musicians and music entrepreneurs create sustainable careers. The foundation has produced immeasurable amounts of video and educational content since its inception; its Jazz Master Class series has been broadcast on both New York and New Orleans public access educational television. Since 2007, the Artists House website has received over ten million views, while the organization’s YouTube channel has hundreds of thousands of views.

A true visionary and entrepreneur, John later launched a national initiative called Athletes and the Arts, bringing together arts, educational, and sports medical associations. Athletes and the Arts seeks to provide musicians resources for the unique healthcare and wellness needs that accompany live performance. In 2013, John presented the initiative to both the American College of Sports Medicine and the Performing Arts Medical Association.

John joined Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts faculty in 2004, and was selected as the Conrad Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies. As a former member of the New York Chapter of the the Recording Academy, he has served on its Board of Governors, Education Committee, and Grammy in the Schools Committee.

In His Own Words

"Our program is unparalleled in the country not only because of its focus on building an entrepreneurial foundation for our students to build sustainable careers in the music, film, and creative professions, but also because of its intimate, personalized approach."


John’s Latest

Filmmaker Magazine Interviews Professor Jon Vogl

FILMMAKER Magazine recently sat down with Digital Filmmaking professor Jon Vogl to talk shop about post-production – and how filmmakers pay for it. A leading industry publication for over two decades, FILMMAKER offers editorials on the art and the business […]

Professor Esteb’s Feature Sweeps Festivals Across Country

It’s been quite a festival season for Instructor of Screenwriting Steven Esteb. His 2016 feature film, Hate Crime, has swept film festivals across the country, winning awards and accolades in twelve different festivals. This week, the drama racked up its […]

Professor Garrett Bradley Wins Award at Sundance

Garrett Bradley, Instructor of Digital Filmmaking, made quite the splash at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival with her new short film, Alone. The film, which documents the consequences of mass incarceration as seen through the eyes of a single New […]

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