Nanci Carr, J.D.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Business Law, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, CSUN
In addition to core-curriculum courses covering contracts, torts, and agency and business organizations, Professor Carr teaches upper-division courses in entertainment law, labor and employment law, marketing law, international law, and intellectual property.
Professor Carr is also a principal at MaierCarr PC, managing a transactional practice with clients ranging from technology entrepreneurs to major teaching hospitals. Prior to forming her law firm, she was associate general counsel for Cardinal Health and counsel for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Professor Carr also serves on several committees in CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, and assists in student advisement and curriculum development. Her academic research interests are in the area of contract law.
Professor Carr received her B.S. in Business Administration from Ball State University and her J.D. cum laude, from Southwestern University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review.
In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Carr teaches Entertainment Business Law (BLAW 651).
Carey Christensen, M.S.
Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication, CSUN
Professor Christensen serves as the Option Coordinator for CSUN’s Music Industry Studies (MIS) Bachelor of Arts degree program and is the first steward of the Mike Curb Endowed Chair in Music Industry Studies, established in 2007 through a $1million donation from Mike Curb, founder and head of Curb Records. He is also co-founder and former Academic Director of the Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration (MIA) degree program, offered through CSUN’s Tseng College.
Prior to joining the CSUN faculty in 2008, Professor Christensen worked for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (“The Recording Academy”) for eight years. Initially, he served as a producer of Los Angeles-area educational and professional-development events that featured major music-industry personalities, including Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman and John Williams. He later became Senior Manager of Ticketing for both the Grammy and Latin Grammy award presentations. In this role, he supervised the management of ticketing operations for the annual, worldwide, live-television broadcasts (46th through 50th Grammy Awards and fourth through eighth Latin Grammy Awards); managed customer-service call centers; and assisted legal counsel with trademark-infringement matters.
Before joining The Recording Academy, Professor Christensen worked in a variety of music industry sectors (including publishing and production-music libraries), and as a contractor for Los Angeles-area musical acts. As a double-bass instrumentalist, he has performed and/or recorded with a variety of prominent musicians, including Ben Harper and Neil Sedaka.
Professor Christensen holds an M.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (MBA and MIS) from CSUN, where he also earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Performance.
In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Christensen serves as an Instructor of Record for the Comprehensive Exam (MUS 697).
Deborah Cours, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Marketing, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, CSUN
Dr. Cours teaches general business and marketing courses in CSUN’s undergraduate and graduate business programs as well as electives in small-business consulting and integrated marketing communications. Her research focuses on interpersonal influences on consumer behavior, especially in the contexts of family and advertising. She has also published, in collaboration with her marketing colleagues, articles on the pedagogical use of experiential learning.
Dr. Cours was the founding director of the Wells Fargo Center for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at CSUN. She currently serves as director of her college’s graduate and evening programs, including the University’s Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.
Dr. Cours earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Iowa, and her Ph.D. in Marketing at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Cours co-teaches Analysis of Contemporary Organizations (GBUS 600) and serves as an Instructor of Record for the Comprehensive Exam (MUS 697).
Daniel DeGravel, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Management, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, CSUN
Dr. DeGravel has broad experience in the public and private sectors in both France and North America. This experience enables him to bring a comparative, international perspective to his teaching fields of interest, which include strategic and organizational change management and human resources management. Dr. Degravel has taught at the University of Paris Dauphine, France’s leading school of business management. He has also been a consultant and project manager for Electricité de France (EDF) Paris, a leader in Europe’s public electricity sector.
Professor DeGravel joined CSUN in 2006 and has taught in the University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.
Dr. DeGravel received his Ph.D. in Business Management (with high honors) from the University of Grenoble (II), France.
Amanda Harrison, M.A.
Lecturer, Department of English and Queer Studies Program, College of Humanities, CSUN
Amanda Harrison earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees while working internationally as a marketing and touring executive in the live-music business. Through this experience, she developed and honed the advanced managerial, logistical and diplomatic skills needed to keep touring clients and their productions on the road, on schedule and in top performing condition across multiple time zones and despite ever-changing challenges.
In addition to teaching at CSUN, Ms. Harrison maintains a consulting business that serves musicians and music-festival clients worldwide. In her courses, she strives to incorporate business rhetoric and professional-quality writing standards with an overview of current trends and issues relevant to the world of musical performance.
Ms. Harrison earned both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English literature at CSUN.
In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Ms. Harrison teaches Current Trends in the Music Industry I (MUS 593).
Stephen W. L. Morgan, MBA
Adjunct professor, Music Industry Administration Program
Professor Morgan is a content strategist and partnership-relations executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience at the intersection of entertainment, technology, content distribution, and brands. His expertise is in the area of identifying and integrating business opportunities, developing content strategies, and creating innovative programs that increase consumer awareness and, ultimately, revenues.
Professor Morgan is currently Principal Consultant at Basis: Strategic Counseling (Los Angeles), where he serves entertainment and technology clients on a variety of projects. Prior to Basis, he was Vice President, International and Digital Synch Licensing, at Warner Music Group (Warner Chappell Music) in Burbank, CA. In that role, he provided leadership in marketing, licensing and brand building for three divisions of this “Big Three” record company of more than 3,800 employees and more than $3.4 billion in annual revenues.
While at Warner Music, Morgan designed the industry-standard financial model for licensing music content/rights across multiple media segments. He also designed the industry-standard financial model for music licensing for mobile applications, social media games, and music platforms. In addition, Morgan developed an innovative licensing model for video games and negotiated music placement in film, television and other projects, building revenue streams while protecting the rights of represented artists and their works.
Professor Morgan earned both his B. A. degree in Liberal Studies and his MBA at CSUN. In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Morgan co-teaches Analysis of Contemporary Organizations (GBUS 600) and Current Trends in the Music Industry (MUS 693).
Andrew Surmani, MBA
Academic Lead, M.A. in Music Industry Administration program and Assistant Professor of Music, Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication, CSUN
Professor Surmani joined CSUN’s faculty with nearly 30 years of music industry experience, most notably as Chief Marketing Officer for Alfred Music, the worldwide leader in educational music publishing since 1922. In this role, he oversees global sales and marketing operations and helped consolidate company operations following the largest acquisition in print music publishing history (Alfred’s purchase of Warner Brothers Publications), launched and oversaw major product lines, introduced innovative marketing campaigns and expanded into global markets. During Surmani’s tenure, Alfred launched some of its most successful product lines, including Accent on Achievement, Strictly Strings, Choral Designs, Alfred Pop Choral, Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory and the revolutionary, customizable band and string methods guide, Sound Innovations.
An accomplished trumpet player, Professor Surmani also works as a freelance musician. He has performed in the Istanbul (Turkey), Juan les Pins (France), Lake Biwa (Japan), San Sebastian (Spain), Umbria, Italy, and Wigan (England) jazz festivals. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center in New York; Fumon Hall in Tokyo, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. In addition, Professor Surmani has led a band and performed on lead trumpet in two shows at Walt Disney World, taught trumpet privately, and managed high school groups on tour to Hawaii and Japan for a music-production company.
A co-author of the best-selling series, Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, Professor Surmani has also published articles in educational and music-industry journals and conducted workshops on music education and industry topics throughout the world.
Professor Surmani was a founding board member and serves as Past President of the international Jazz Education Network (JEN), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. He also serves on the Music Technology Advisory Board at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); the Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) Advisory Board; the College Music Society Editorial Board; and was founder and a Past President of the MATES Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed to support a new arts-and-technology charter school in Thousand Oaks, California. Professor Surmani also served on the Curriculum Development Committee for CSUN’s M.A. in Music Industry Administration degree program.
Professor Surmani holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance and a Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A.), both from California State University, Northridge.
In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Surmani co-teaches Current Trends in the Music Industry (MUS 693) with Steve Morgan. He also co-administers the Comprehensive Exam (MUS 697).
Franck Vigneron, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Marketing, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, and Director, Wells Fargo Center for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (CSUN)
In CSUN’s undergraduate and graduate business programs, Dr. Vigneron teaches marketing principles, consumer behavior, brand management, entrepreneurship and consulting for small businesses, and his research focuses on luxury-brand management. In 2007, he received the “Best Paper of the Decade Award” for “Prestige-Seeking Consumer Behavior,” which was published in the Academy of Marketing Science Review. His research in this field culminated in the creation of the “Brand Luxury Index” (BLI) scale, an instrument used to measure brand luxury throughout the consumer-marketing universe.
Professor Vigneron is also a serial entrepreneur with experience in both building “start-ups” and managing existing companies. In 2011, The Tasting Panel magazine named him “innovator of the year” in the wine and spirits industry for his invention of the “Single Brandy” concept, and he is the current CEO of a cognac company that is over 200 years old.
Dr. Vigneron’s academic credentials include two bachelor’s degrees -- the first in Business Administration, granted by the state of Zurich (Switzerland) and the second in Marketing, issued by the state of Isere (France). He also has a graduate diploma in International Marketing from the state of Geneva (Switzerland) as well as a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Stirling (Scotland). His Ph.D. in Marketing is from the University of Sydney in Australia.
In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Vigneron teaches Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry (MUS 683).
Kristen Walker, MPA, Ph.D.
Associate professor, Department of Marketing, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics (COBAE), CSUN
Dr. Walker’s research interests include interactive marketing, social media, retail environments, brand preference, “Big Data,” and Internet privacy. She has worked on many projects dealing with social networking and consumer-privacy protection, and frequently involves her students in client-related research projects. Recent client partnerships have involved the creation of a national marketing campaign for UFC/Fox Deportes, and consultation with Buzzine, a multi-platform content network that connects artists, audiences and advertising.
Dr. Walker’s academic career began at CSUN, when -- while earning her MPA degree -- she examined the U.S. Army’s “Be All You Can Be” campaign. She subsequently earned her Ph.D. in Marketing at UCLA, where she examined the relationships between marketing, public-policy making, and higher education. As a professor, Dr. Walker has advised both MBA students and CSUN undergraduates as part of the Wells Fargo Center for Small Business & Entrepreneurship. She was awarded first place as project supervisor for the Agora Realty and Management, Inc. team in the 2010 Graduate Specialized Project of the Year competition. An avid music lover, she attends live concerts as often as her busy schedule -- which includes consulting for small businesses and nonprofit organizations -- permits.
In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Walker teaches Marketing Management (MKT 640).
Melanie Stallings Williams, J.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Business Law, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics (COBAE), CSUN
Professor Williams teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with courses on the topics of marketing law, intellectual property law, ethics and negotiation. She also teaches the MBA program’s cross-disciplinary “Introduction to Contemporary Business” as well as in CSUN’s sustainability program. Her areas of academic research include antitrust law, intellectual property, ethics, biotechnology, small business programs and pedagogy.
Professor Williams earned her B.A. in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of California and practices in the areas of civil litigation, business matters, and intellectual property.
In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Williams co-teaches Analyis of Contemporary Organizations (GBUS 600).
Steven Winogradsky, J.D.
Mr. Winogradsky has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney in the music industry and is a partner in Winogradsky/Sobel in Studio City, California. In this practice, he provides legal services to composers, songwriters, music publishers, recording artists, and producers of film, television, and multimedia entertainment products. In addition to its entertainment-law practice, his firm also handles music clearance and licensing in all media for many production companies, worldwide administration of publishing catalogs for a number of clients, and “new media” strategies and revenue-modeling services.
Prior to establishing Winogradsky/Sobel, Mr. Winogradsky was Director of Music Business Affairs for Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.; Managing Director of Music, Legal and Business Affairs for MCA Home Entertainment; Director of Music Licensing and Administration for Universal Pictures and Universal Television; and Vice-President of Business Affairs for The Clearing House, Ltd.
Twice elected president of the California Copyright Conference, he has served as president of the Association of Independent Music Publishers. In addition, Mr. Winogradsky is a guitarist, singer and songwriter as well as a member of ASCAP as both a composer and a music publisher. In 2012, he received the Texas Star Award from the Entertainment and Sports Law section of the Texas State Bar for his contributions to legal education in the state of Texas.
Mr. Winogradsky is also the author of “Music Publishing: The Complete Guide” (Alfred Music, 2013). He has lectured widely for numerous professional associations as well as at many educational institutions, including UCLA Extension, which named him “Outstanding Instructor in Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts.”
Mr. Winogradsky earned his B.A. in Political Science at CSUN. His Juris Doctor degree is from the University of San Fernando Valley School of Law.
In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Winogradsky teaches Music Publishing and Copyright Administration (MUS 680).