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Dennis Dreith


Dennis Dreith Retires from The Fund

Dennis Dreith recently announced his retirement from the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund.
Dennis’ accomplishments in the music, television and film industry cannot be overstated, and it will be quite a daunting task to attempt to fill his shoes.

As a native Californian born in Glendale, Dennis showed a talent for music at an early age.  He learned to play a variety of keyboard and reed instruments while still in his teens, formed a jazz combo in the late 1960s, and toured as a side musician with such artists as Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Osmonds and the Beach Boys.

Dennis went on to lead a successful career as an active film and television composer (The Punisher, Mobsters, The Shadow, Columbo), and has orchestrated and /or conducted scores for such pictures as Misery, Addams Family, Heart and Souls, and A League of Their Own, providing services for John Williams, Lalo Schifrin, Dominick Frontiere, Marc Shaiman, Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal, Mark Isham and Cliff Eidelman.  In addition, he worked as Music Supervisor on several major motion pictures, functioned as Music Consultant for the legendary Barbra Streisand New Year’s Las Vegas Concert, and composed numerous works for the concert stage.

Dennis served as International President of the Recording Musicians’ Association (RMA) in excess of 15 years, and was a consultant as well as member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Negotiating Committee.  Dennis formerly addressed the U.S. Congress House Sub-Committee and worked with Congress in support of numerous Intellectual Property Rights issues.

In the late 90s as landmark legislation was taking root in favor of performer rights under the US Copyright Act, Dennis traveled to Japan where he negotiated and executed a "Friendship Agreement" between the Musicians Rights Commission of Japan and the RMA.  This agreement resulted in the substantial collection of Japanese royalties to U.S. recording musicians …the precursor for the formation of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund.

For over 18 years Dennis has collectively served as the Administrator of the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (through March, 2012), and as the Executive Director of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund.  His advocacy on behalf of musicians and vocalists has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in distributed remuneration to US performers.

Dearest Dennis,

Your sense of fairness, even-handed personality, quick wit, sense of humor and kind heart has touched us all.  We thank you for all you have done and wish you the very best in all of your endeavors!

Farewell our Grand Poobah - You will be missed…

With greatest respect and admiration,
The Fund Staff

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