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Art Phillips : Associate Artist

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Artist website: http://www.artphillips.com

Art Phillips is a two-time EMMY winner, APRA award winner and composer for a myriad TV series and movies both in Australia and the US. Beginning his music career in the early 1970s as a guitarist in Los Angeles, Phillips made a name for himself as one of LA's top session guitarists, working and performing with the likes of Barry Manilow, Minnie Riperton, Demis Roussos, The Carpenters, Smokey Robinson, Dory Previn, Burl Ives and The Lettermen.

Art Phillips was musical director, conductor and orchestrator on live concert tours for Demis Roussos, Dory Previn, John Rowles and toured as guitarist for Manilow for over three years. He produced recordings for Roussos, Manilow, Sally Kellerman (hot lips from MASH) and John Rowles - achieving a Gold Record award for his production work on Johns' renowned album 'Another Chapter' (EMI Records).

His early composition credits include writing incidental music for the US television series The Love Boat. He also penned the R&B single 'Here We Go' for Minnie Riperton and co-wrote the Motown Record release 'Now That I Have You' for recording artist Teena Marie (from the album Lady T.)

In 1987 Phillips moved to Sydney. It was here he really found his feet in screen composing. The list of Australian-made TV shows and films he's worked on is endless: SBS documentary Dead Tired, Channel Nine's Missing Persons Unit, ABC's The Flying Vet, Outback House, Made in China, The Secret Lives of Sleepwalkers, Neighbours, and a Disney mini-series Lost Treasure of Fiji, to name just a few.

Art Phillips has a long list of credits writing and producing original music for production library music companies out of the US, UK and Germany. He has accomplished 51 CD titles (over 800 tracks) in a diverse array of styles. His production music has been used in television shows throughout the world including Cold Case Files, The Dog Whisperer, E True Hollywood Story, America's Most Wanted, Current Affair (US), Celebrity Profile, NYPD Blue, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Survivor, 60 Minutes, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, The Ricki Lake Show, Good Morning America, Amazing Medical Stories, Harry's Practice, The Great Outdoors, Extra-The Entertainment Magazine Show and The USA Today Show.

Phillips is the immediate past president of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (2001-2008), and served as Vice President from 1992-2000, and is an active and valued member of the music community in Australia. He has passed on his knowledge and expertise to countless students at Universities and Institutions across Australia and is a councillor for the Music Council of Australia.

Art Phillips holds a Master of Music Studies degree from Griffith University / Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

With many credits to his name, his list of honours is equally impressive:

- He was honoured by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in both 1987 and 1988 for contributions as composer to the Emmy award-winning Achievement 'Outstanding Music Direction And Composition in a Drama Series' for Santa Barbara (NBC).

- In 1995, Art Phillips was awarded the APRA Award for Best Soundtrack Album for his score to the ABC television series The Flying Vet. He recently received a nomination for Best Original Music in a Television Series for The Lost Treasure Of Fiji (2008 APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards), and a nomination in 2007 for an earlier episode as well.

- In 2006 Phillips's composition Floating, from US recording artist Megan Rochell (co-written with Richard Rudolph who penned 'Loving You' for Minnie Riperton), achieved Billboard's top-40 R&B chart position.

- In 2005 Art was nominated for an ARIA award for Best Original Soundtrack Album for Outback House and also nominated by the APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards for Best Music In a Television Series or Serial for Outback House. In 2004, US recording artists Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore recorded a cover of his composition Here We Go (Phillips/Riperton/Rudolph) on their platinum album Things That Lover Do.

Art Phillips — current to October 2010