Frank Fitzpatrick (born Francis Edward Fitzpatrick on April 13, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan) is a social entrepreneur, creativity expert, composer and award-winning music producer for film. As the founder/director of the non-profit EarthTones, he has been a committed advocate for the empowerment of youth, conscious leadership and a more compassionate global society, using popular music and film to support arts, health and education programs. Fitzpatrick has also worked extensively in other areas of music and entertainment as a record producer, songwriter, and filmmaker, both creating original content and helping companies with creative direction, innovation and integrated media strategies.
Fitzpatrick has teamed up with other international leaders and organizations to create influential social projects like: A Prayer for Freedom - A collaboration with humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine, for the Enslaved Exhibitions and End Slavery Campaign led by Pope Francis; Just Like You – a United Nations sponsored project bringing awareness to the growing handicapped population resulting from weapons of war in the Middle East; Be On Our Way– an awareness and fundraising campaign to help build sustainable homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina, in collaboration with Miramax Films and Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation; Yoga Revolution – a CD series and national awareness campaign to help fund yoga and fitness programs for at-risk youth; and Beat the World – an international collaboration between the world's top conscious Hip Hop artists and dance crews spanning over 20 countries.
In 2011, Fitzpatrick attended his first Executive Program at Singularity University at their NASA facility in Mountain View, CA.
In 2012, Fitzpatrick was a Delegate at the Skoll Foundation's annual Skoll World Forum in Oxford, where he was joined by thought leaders, philanthropists and heads of foundations, corporations and governments all gathered to connect and collaborate on new ways to use Social Entrepreneurship to address global challenges.
In 2012, Fitzpatrick helped facilitate Singularity University's inaugural Hollywood Executive Program. Along with special guests, including filmmakers Neal Baer and Paul Lazaradus, he led a program for Singularity University’s 2012 graduates and international alumni introducing The Technologies of Emotion, a subject that would become the centerpiece of several international talks to follow, including TEDxFIAP. In the same year, he was named as a delegate to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.
Frank was Master of Ceremony and Creative Director for Yoga For Hope's Los Angeles Inaugural event – co-sponsored by EarthTones and part of City of Hope's national campaign promoting alternative and supportive therapies (music, yoga, meditation) for patients with life-threatening diseases. He served as Executive Music Producer on the film Amazing – a co-venture between Shanghai Film Group and the National Basketball Association (NBA), creating songs and videos from the film to help inspire health and fitness for NBA fans and youth across China.
In the Autumn of 2012, Frank launched the WHY Music Campaign to help people better understand and apply the benefits of music for health, education and human relations. WHY Music began with a series of articles in the Huffington Post, and expanded to include a series of live talks, round tables, and workshops.
In 2013, Frank introduced The Seven Faces of Music in his TEDx keynote at San Diego State University. His original concept using metaphor, stories and animated characters to communicate the power of music and how it can support us in all the areas of our lives, later became the curriculum framework for his WHY Music In Schools pilot program for underserved youth.
Frank was nominated for the Gift Citizen Award at the 2013 Ciudad de Las Ideas in Puebla, Mexico for the WHY Music project's potential to positively impact the lives of 10 million people.
In 2014, his organization EarthTones partnered with the Singularity University Labs to support the WHY Music initiatives through the development of exponential technologies.
He presented a workshop to world leaders in Health and Technology on the application of Music, Meditation and Movement ("the 3M Revolution") as alternative and preventive therapies for health and wellness at the 2014 Exponential Medicine Conference.
In 2015, Fitzpatrick and EarthTones partnered with FaceBook, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation to incubate and create InspiredEd - an online Social and Emotional Learning resource platform supporting at-risk high school students and teachers.
In 2016 Frank collaborated with humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine to create the inspirational video A Prayer for Freedom, part of the End Slavery Campaign initiated by Pope Francis and a coalition of spiritual leaders from around the world. The video premiered at the Vatican in Rome, the House of Lords in Westminster, and opening of the Enslaved Exhibition at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Ohio.
Fitzpatrick created and piloted the first music-based Social and Emotional Learning program for at-risk middle school students at the LAUSD Incubator School in Los Angeles, collaborating with a number of leading experts and organizations including Arts and Services for the Disabled. The pilot program was called WHY Music In Schools.
As part of his commitment to integrate advanced technology with mindfulness and social impact programs, Frank helped facilitate the inaugural Digital Raign AV/VR Leadership summit at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.
In 2017 Fitzpatrick completed a short film entitled WHY Music In Schools with co-director Chris Dela Cruz and co-producer Sharon Swab. The film, narrated by Fitzpatrick, promotes the value of and need for Music, Arts, Fitness, Mindfulness and Social and Emotional Literacy as part of learning and healthy development for youth. It features highlights from the WHY Music in Schools Incubator Pilot.
From 2012 - 2016, Fitzpatrick was featured in a variety of international speaking engagements, including the Shanghai Film Academy, Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program at NASA, METal International in Los Angeles, Singularity University's Hollywood Executive at Fox Studios, Kent University in England, the SEMPRE Music & Health Conference in Glasgow, the AHRC at the Canterbury Cathedral in the UK, the Exponential Medicine Conference in San Diego, Education Disrupted at Pepperdine University, InnovateED in Los Angeles, the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, SXSWedu in Austin, Facebook in Menlo Park, The Wealthy Visionary Conference in Los Angeles, Ciudad de Las Ideas in Puebla, Mexico, and TEDx conferences hosted by FIAP* (Faculdade de Informática e Administração Paulista) in São Paulo as well as by San Diego State University.
Round tables/Think tanks
Fitzpatrick has been a featured guest to a number of round table forums and think tanks since 2012, in which he has spoken on the topics of creativity, interactive technology, and music in education, wellness and social activism. In 2012, Fitzpatrick began collaborating with Glasgow Caledonian University for the application of their scientific studies about the effects of music on learning and human development. In 2013, he attended the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) Summit: Learning 2030 series at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, and hosted a roundtable on creativity with a group of leading physicists and artists. In 2014, he hosted a seminar and think tank in partnership with Pepperdine University’s Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture entitled Education Disrupted: Enhancing Creativity and Learning through Music, Media, and Technology. In the same year, he was also a featured speaker for SXSWedu in Austin, Texas, InnovatEd in LA, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the United Kingdom.
Since 2015, Fitzpatrick has continued to help facilitate multi-disciplinary teams to explore innovative solutions in a number of fields, including Education, Technology, Emotional intelligence, Digital Media, Music and Health. Programs included the InpsiredEd incubator at Facebook, the AHRC network in partnership with the Music and Health Conference in Glasgow, the AR/VR Leadership Summit at the Esalen Institute, and Alternative Therapeutics and Technology program at the Exponential Medicine Conference, in San Diego.
Since 2012, Fitzpatrick has been a writer for The Huffington Post on a variety of topics, including creativity, music, health and social entrepreneurship. Between 2012 and 2013, he authored a ten-part series of articles for Huffington Post in support of EarthTones’ WHY Music Initiative. Fitzpatrick has been a contributing writer for various other publications including LA Yoga, Origin, HelpGuide and Music Connection.
Fitzpatrick has created the soundtracks for over two-dozen films including: Disney's teen hit Jump In!, the animated The Proud Family Movie, Anne Rice penned Queen of the Damned, David Zucker's box-office record breaking Scary Movie 3, the Bill Gates–Steve Jobs' docudrama Pirates of Silicon Valley, George Harrison's British comedy Nuns on the Run, Miramax's In Too Deep, and Ice Cube's & Chris Tucker's Hip Hop classic Friday.
Fitzpatrick was named one of the "Top Music Supervisors of the Decade" (1990s) by Variety. He has contributed to the sale of over 6 million soundtrack albums. He has recorded his own music with orchestras around the world including the China National Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra National de Venezuela.
In 2009, Fitzpatrick brought together a group of like-minded artists - including Grammy Award winner Van Hunt, New Orleans born rapper Supervision, Buku Wise and singers from the original Hidden Faces - to create the featured song "Be On Our Way" for Tim Story's film Hurricane Season, featuring Forest Whitaker.
In 2010, Frank Fitzpatrick's song Soul Music, performed by Anthony Hamilton, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. The song was the title track for the motion picture Soul Men (Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac and Sharon Leal).
Fitzpatrick produced the original soundtrack for the film Beat The World, released in 2011 featuring international song collaborations with KRS-One and K'naan, Talib Kweli and Sway, Nneka and Ziggy Marley, and Les Nubians and MV Bill.
Fitzpatrick composed the original score and theme songs, as well as produced the soundtrack, featuring Arturo Sandoval and Alpha Diallo, for the Canadian period drama High Chicago, making its debut at the 2012 Pan African Film Festival. He recorded the original score for Amazing, a partnership between Shanghai Film Group and the National Basketball Association (NBA), with the China National Symphony Orchestra featuring lead soprano Ying Huang. His title song from the film The Kiss (also featuring singer Huang) was performed live as the opening numberfor the 2012 Shanghai International Film Festival. Amazing premiered at the 2013 Shanghai Festival, andiron awards at the Chinese American Film Festival and the Macao International Film Festival.
In 2016, he composed the music, featuring lead soprano Sasha Lazard, and produced the video, in collaboration with humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine, for the End Slavery Campaign. The video, entitled A Prayer for Freedom, premiered at the Vatican in Rome, the House of Lords in Westminster, and at the opening of the award-winning Enslaved Exhibition at the Harriet Tubman Theater & Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. in 2017 Fitzpatrick composed the original score and songs for Universal's feature film Bring It On: Worldwide, produced the soundtrack album, and co-produced two music videos featuring his original songs "Call On Me" and "Invincible". In addition to serving as Executive Producer, Frank was also composer of the original songs and themes for the Canadian-South African co-production, a romantic comedy called Love Jacked.
Fitzpatrick was the composer and music director for HBO's hit TV series The Larry Sanders Show, creating the theme and all the original music. He also composed themes and scores for other series including, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Muddling Through, High Society, and a number of TV films for the Disney Channel, MTV and Turner Broadcasting.
Songwriter and record producer
Fitzpatrick is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and multi-platinum selling record producer. He has written and produced for artists from around the world including Jill Scott, Dave Hollister (Blackstone), K-Ci & JoJo, Les Nubians, K'Naan, Fat Joe, Jazz (Dru Hill), Akil (Jurassic 5), Slimkid3 (The Pharcyde), Brownstone, Ziggy Marley, Ice Cube, Carl Anderson, Van Hunt, Public Announcement, Anthony Hamilton, Lina, Sasha Lazard, Alpha Diallo, Keali'i Reichel and Ying Huang. His song Jump to the Rhythm (performed by Jordan Pruitt) was released on both Pruitt's debut album, No Ordinary Girl, on the Jump In! Soundtrack, and is featured as the opening song in the 2007 High School Musical Tour. The Sasha & Shawna duet single and Fitzpatrick-produced version of Fields of Gold (written by Sting) was featured in the 2007 PBS special Heavenly Voices. Frank Fitzpatrick produced the compilation benefit album, Yoga Revolution, as the first in a series that brings together musical icons and rising kirtan stars to raise funds for yoga and fitness programs for underserved youth. Yoga Revolution was released March 30, 2010 through Time Life Records in conjunction with Nettwerk Music and EarthTones, with net proceeds to benefit the Yoga Health Foundation. It features Sting, Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Seal, Sarah McLachlan, Michael Franti, Angélique Kidjo, Anoushka Shankar, Ziggy Marley, Krishna Das, Deva Premal, Donna De Lory, and others.
In 2011, Fitzpatrick co-wrote and produced the soundtrack for the film Beat the World, collaborating with conscious international Hip Hop artists including K'Naan, KRS-One, Les Nubians, MV Bill, LIna, Talib Kweli, Nneka, and Ziggy Marley.
A special edition of Yoga Revolution: Music For Hope was released in 2012 in support of City of Hope's Yoga for Hope campaign promoting music, yoga and meditation as alternative therapies for the support and prevention of life-threatening diseases (cancer, diabetes and HIV-AIDS)
Fitzpatrick has written and produced Main Title and Featured Songs for several films. His title song for the film Soul Men was performed by Anthony Hamilton and nominated for a Grammy Award. He co-wrote and produced all the original songs for the film soundtracks to Shanghai's Studio's Sci Fi Feature Amazing, Dimension Film's Scary Movie 3, Universal Pictures' Bring It On: Worldwide, the Canadian period drama High Chicago, the Detroit-based documentary Urban Roots, and the international romantic comedy Love Jacked (to be released in 2018). He has composed for and produced international symphonic recordings including by the Chinese National Symphony, the London National Symphony, and Orchestra Simfonica Nacional de Venezuela.
In 2001 Fitzpatrick directed and produced the short film Jungle Jazz: Public Enemy #1. Created in the style of a '50's propaganda film, Jungle Jazz incorporated rare Soundies film footage from the 1940s into an original story, accompanied by Fitzpatrick's own soundtrack mixing Big Band + Drum and Bass. Jungle Jazz premiered at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival, winning The Silver Bear Award for best Short Film. The film played at several festivals around the world, winning additional awards in Sydney, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Kansas City and Santa Cruz. In 2007, Fitzpatrick completed his first animated short film The Rebel Angel.
Since 2008, Fitzpatrick has produced a number of music videos, multi-media and music-based short films including Hip Hop Nation, Express Yourself, The Kiss, A Prayer For Freedom, Call On Me, and WHY Music In Schools. He was executive producer on the romantic comedy Love Jacked (2018).
Socially conscious media
Founder of the non-profit arts organization EarthTones, Fitzpatrick has created themes and music campaigns for many socially conscious and charitable media projects. These include, Reflections, (directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood) an AIDS awareness film which premiered on BET and was distributed to high schools throughout the U.S., Just Like You, a song and video collaboration with Middle Eastern rapper Rayess Bek broadcast as part of a United Nations sponsored peace initiative, and Scenes In Jazz, a compilation CD and arts awareness campaign which features different artists performing original jazz compositions to support music and arts education programs.
Fitzpatrick's professional career began in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan. While attending the University of Michigan's music and business schools, he worked for Eclipse Jazz and Major Events, producers of live shows for the likes of Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Jarreau, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles and Prince. Fitzpatrick also performed as a musician (guitar) and hosted his own radio show, Jazz 'Round Midnight on WCBN-FM. Through Eclipse Jazz, he helped host a series of educational workshops with many of the performing artists including Ornette Coleman and Dave Brubeck.
Fitzpatrick relocated to Los Angeles in 1983 to work for record producer Richard Perry of Planet Records' and Studio 55. Productions included the Pointer Sisters' multi-platinum Break Out album and Julio Iglesias' debut English-language duets with Diana Ross and Willie Nelson. Fitzpatrick expanded into film music by working as a music editor for the film composer Georges Delerue, going on to co-produce a 3-CD orchestral retrospective of Delerue's film scores entitled, The London Sessions. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the collection included "Between You and Me" performed by Carl Anderson and co-written by Fitzpatrick and Delerue as the original title track for Bruce Baresford's Her Alibi.
In 1989, Fitzpatrick formed the studio group Hidden Faces with writing/producing partner David Kitay. Although Kitay left the group, Fitzpatrick continued to create some of his original soundtracks and recordings under the name Hidden Faces. Hidden Faces can be heard on soundtrack releases for Nuns on the Run, Highway to Hell, Breaking the Rules and Friday, as well as the score collection Pictures in the Dark and on the more recently released song compilation Best of Hidden Faces.
Health and wellness
Frank has studied the healing arts and yoga for over 25 years. He is a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200) in the Hatha, Bhakti and Tantric traditions, having completed teacher training programs with master teachers Shiva Rea, Max Strom, Jeffrey Armstrong, Saul David Raye and Rod Stryker.
In 1984, Fitzpatrick produced the Feeling Great Show on KJLH radio with host Dr. Jeanne Segal. Frank has been a contributing writer for LA Yoga Ayurveda & Health Magazine and HelpGuide, and has been an advisor to, as well as had his work featured in Yoga Journal. Frank is an advocate for the use of Yoga, meditation, music and mind-body practices as preventative and supportive care for patients. In 2012, Frank was the Program Director for City of Hope's Inaugural Los Angeles Yoga for Hope Event, promoting music, meditation and yoga for patients and loved ones dealing with life-threatening diseases. He has presented to leaders in health and technology on the integration of these alternative therapeutics at the Esalen Institute and Exponential Medicine Conference. He has helped promote and designed content for the integration of mind-body, mindfulness, fitness and emotional intelligence for students through Yoga Revolution, the Yoga Health Foundation, InspirED and WHY Music In Schools.
Awards and accolades
In 2001, Fitzpatrick received the Silver Bear Award from the Berlin International Film Festival for his short film Jungle Jazz: Public Enemy #1. The film also received top prizes at film festivals in Australia and Brazil. A number of his film soundtracks, including Friday, Jump In! and Queen of the Damned, were certified Gold or Platinum. In 2010, Frank Fitzpatrick's song “Soul Music”, performed by Anthony Hamilton, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. In 2013, Fitzpatrick was honored as a Gifted Citizen by Ciudad de Las Ideas for his development of the WHY Music Initiative.
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