Joel Goodman is an American film composer, music business entrepreneur and educator.
His work has appeared at every major film festival in the world and includes scores to films and television programs that have received 5 Oscar nominations, 15 Emmy awards and over 25 Emmy nominations. Prior to scoring films, Joel composed music for advertising and produced records, including those for Chuck Mangione, Livingston Taylor and Carla Lother. In 1999, he founded the record label Museum Music and in 2002 co-founded the music licensing and publishing company MusicBox. Joel conducts university master classes in the US and Europe, is a regular panelist for such organizations as ASCAP, IFP, AFI and SCL amongst others, and currently serves on the board of the Production Music Association, where he is the Chairman of the Performing Rights Committee.
Joel was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Queens, where he learned to play his first instrument (the trumpet) from the legendary public school music educator Allen Stier. He attended high school in Manhattan at The High School of Music & Art, studying jazz with Justin DiCioccio and orchestral performance with Sydney Baker while taking private bass lessons from Rich Samalin and Ken Smith. As a result, Joel played trumpet in the orchestra, and wrote arrangements and played bass for his high school jazz band. Some notable classmates of Joel's include Charley Drayton, Bernard Wright, Sterling Campbell, Tony Mangurian, Larry Aberman, Erik Sanko, Eric Rosenberg, Roey Shamir and Marcus Rojas.
Berklee College of Music
Joel attended the Berklee College of Music as a double major focusing on both bass performance and jazz composition and arranging. This gave him the opportunity to study with such greats as Herb Pomeroy, Michael Gibbs, Bob Freedman, John LaPorta, Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Steve Swallow and Bruce Gertz.
It was during this time that Joel joined the jazz/world/fusion band Ananda founded by composer and guitarist Claudio Ragazzi. Their first album, titled Amazonia, was recorded for the record label Sonic Atmospheres and was produced by Craig Huxley. The band toured regularly in the Northeastern United States and occasionally included appearances by Ralph Towner as a member of the live band.
After graduating from Berklee in 1984, Joel moved back to New York City and began his music career as a live and studio session bassist. In 1991 he became a staff composer for the music production house North Forty Music where he composed music for hundreds of major national television advertisements including those for American Express, Budweiser, IBM, Gatorade and Procter & Gamble. Joel worked at North Forty Music until 1999, when he left to pursue composing for film full-time.
Beginning in 1996, Joel produced 4 records for the acclaimed audiophile record label Chesky Records.
|1996||I Ching||Of the Marsh and the Moon||Chesky Records|
|1997||Livingston Taylor||Ink||Chesky Records|
|1999||Carla Lother||Ephemera||Chesky Records|
|2000||Chuck Mangione||Everything For Love||Chesky Records|
Composer for Film
Joel's first score, for a documentary film called My Knees Were Jumping, came about by a chance meeting with an old high school friend on the streets of New York City. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996 and opened the door for many more film scoring opportunities to come.
While the music was being mixed into the film prior to its release, another film producer in the studio next door came in to inquire about the music, and this ultimately led to Joel's next scoring project. Green Chimneys premiered at the Sundance Film Festival the following year. When the editor from Green Chimneys was hired to edit the Albert Maysles film Concert of Wills: Building the Getty Center, Joel was asked to provide the music - an opportunity that played an important role in his subsequent founding of Museum Music.
Joel has since gone on to score over 100 films, and has collaborated with many distinguished directors and producers including Wong Kar-wai, Kevin Spacey, Albert Maysles, Andrew Jarecki, Barbara Kopple, Mark Zwonitzer, Michael Epstein, Oren Jacoby, Irene Taylor Brodsky, Marshall Curry, Sebastian Junger and Fisher Stevens.
In 2012, Joel received an Emmy Award in recognition of his score to the film Saving Pelican #895. The award was presented as part of the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music & Sound.
Documentary Film Scoring Credits (Partial List)
|Film Title||Filmmaker||Release Info|
|Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah||dir. Adam Benzine||HBO|
|An Honest Liar||dir. Tyler Measom & Justin Weinstein||HBO|
|Bad Boys||dir. Zak Levitt||ESPN - 30x30|
|JFK||dir. Susan Bellows||PBS - American Experience|
|Running From Crazy||dir. Barbara Kopple||OWN; 2013 Sundance FF|
|Miss You Can Do It||dir. Ron Davis||HBO|
|The Diplomat||dir. Jennifer Arnold and Senain Kheshgi||ESPN – Nine for IX; Tribeca FF|
|MAKERS: Women Who Make America||dir. Barak Goodman||PBS|
|American Winter||dir. Joe Gantz and Harry Gantz||HBO; 2013 Portland Intl. FF|
|Which Way is the Front Line from Here?||dir. Sebastian Junger||HBO; 2013 Sundance FF|
|Clinton||dir. Barak Goodman||PBS - American Experience|
|Being Elmo||dir. Constance Marks||PBS; 2011 Sundance FF Award Winner|
|$ellebrity||dir. & prod. Kevin Mazur & Tricia Nolan||2012 SXSW FF|
|Saving Pelican #895||dir. Irene Taylor-Brodsky||HBO|
|Hot Coffee||dir. Susan Saladoff||HBO; 2011 Sundance FF|
|Triangle Fire||dir. Jamila Wignot||PBS – American Experience|
|Buck||dir. Cindy Mehl||Theatrical; 2011 Sundance FF Award Winner *additional music|
|My Lai||dir. Barak Goodman||PBS – American Experience; Peadbody & Emmy Winner|
|Once Brothers||dir. Michael Tolajian||ESPN – 30×30|
|A Small Act||dir. Jennifer Arnold||HBO; 2010 Sundance FF|
|Valentino: The Last Emperor||dir. Matt Tyrnauer||Theatrical; 2009 Toronto FF|
|Wyatt Earp||dir. Rob Rapley||PBS – American Experience|
|A Village Called Versailles||dir. Leo Chiang||PBS – ITVS|
|Grand Central||dir. Michael Epstein||PBS – American Experience|
|Buffalo Bill||dir. Rob Rapley||PBS – American Experience|
|Combat Diary||dir. Michael Epstein||A&E; 2007 Emmy Award Nomination|
|Worse than War||dir. Mike DeWitt||PBS|
|Racing Dreams||dir. Marshall Curry; prod. Bristol Baughan||ESPN|
|The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln||dir. Barak Goodman; prod. Jamila Ephron||PBS – American Experience|
|Breaking the Huddle||dir. & prod. Joe Lavine||HBO Sports – Emmy Winner|
|Looking for Lincoln||dir. & prod. John Maggio & Muriel Soenens||PBS|
|Walt Whitman||dir. Mark Zwonitzer||PBS – American Experience|
|Kit Carson||dir. Steven Ives||PBS – American Experience|
|Hear & Now||dir. Irene Taylor Brodsky||HBO; 2007 Sundance FF Audience Award Winner|
|Constantine’s Sword||dir. Oren Jacoby||First Run Features|
|Rain In A Dry Land||dir. Anne Makepeace||PBS; 2006 Full Frame FF|
|The Cats of Mirikitani||dir. & prod. Linda Hattendorf||PBS; 2006 Tribeca FF|
|Sister Rose’s Passion||dir. Oren Jacoby; prod. Steve Kalafer||HBO; 2005 Academy Award Nomination|
|Bearing Witness||dir. Marijana Wooten; prod. Barbara Kopple||A&E; 2005 Tribeca FF|
|Final Cut||dir. Michael Epstein; prod. Rachel Horovitz||Trio; 2005 Berlin & Toronto FF|
|To Be Alive! (restored 2004)||dir. Francis Thompson; prod. Alex Albenese||Academy Award Winner|
|Just A Clown||dir. Andrew Jarecki; prod. Marc Smerling||2005 Sundance FF|
|Novel Reflections: The American Dream||dir. Michael Epstein||PBS – American Masters|
|The Collector of Bedford Street||dir. & prod. Alice Elliott||HBO; 2003 Academy Award Nomination|
|Robert Capa: In Love and War||dir. Ann Makepeace; prod. Joanna Rudnick||PBS; 2003 Sundance FF|
|Children Underground||dir. Edet Belzberg; prod. Alan Oxman & Michel Negroponte||HBO; 2002 Academy Award Nomination; Special Jury Award Sundance FF|
|Too Hot Not To Handle||dir. Susan Lester; prod. Laurie David & Joe Lovett||HBO|
|Las Vegas||dir. Stephen Ives; prod. Amanda Pollak||PBS – American Experience|
|The Staircase||dir. Jean-Xavier Lestrade; prod. Denis Poncet||ABC/Sundance|
|Happy To Be Nappy||dir. Diane Kolyer; prod. Ellen Goosenberg||HBO 2004 Emmy Award Winner|
|Born Rich||dir. Jamie Johnson; prod. Nick Kurzon & Dirk Wittenborn||HBO; 2004 Emmy Nominee; Sundance FF|
|Seabiscuit||dir. Stephen Ives; prod. Eve Morgenstern||PBS 2003 Emmy Award Winner|
|Making The Cut||dir. Mike Tolajian; prod. Ray Romano & Matt Marantz||HBO|
|10 Days That Changed America: Antietam||dir. Michael Epstein; prod. Caroline Suh||History Channel|
|None Without Sin||dir. Michael Epstein; prod. Elizabeth McNeill||PBS – American Masters|
|The Burning Wall||dir. & prod. Hava Kohav Beller||PBS; 2002 Berlin FF|
|A Boy's Life||dir. Rory Kennedy; prod. Liz Garbus||HBO; 2002 Tribeca FF|
|The Children of Chabannes||dir. & prod. Lisa Gossels & Dean Weatherall||HBO 2001 Emmy Award Nomination|
|American Standoff||dir. Kristi Jacobson; prod. Barbara Kopple||HBO; Sundance FF|
|Brooklyn North Homicide (Theme & Series)||dir. Daniel Elias; prod. David Houts||Court TV / BBC|
|Beauty In A Jar||dir. Lisa Ades; prod. Lesli Klainberg||A&E|
|In Search of China||dir. Emma Joan Morris; prod. Robert Fruchtman||PBS|
|In My Corner||dir. Ricki Stern; prod. Annie Sundberg||PBS|
|Concert of Wills: Building the Getty Center||dir. Susan Froemke; prod. Albert Maysles||Maysles Films|
|What About Me?||dir. Ben Allanoff; prod. Ted Hope||Good Machine|
|Green Chimneys||dir. Constance Marks; prod. Neil Parent||HBO; Sundance FF|
|My Knees Were Jumping||dir. Melissa Hacker; prod. Melissa Hacker||PBS; Sundance FF|
|Superchief||dir. Nick Kurzon; prod. Nick Kurzon||HBO|
Narrative Film Scoring Credits (Partial List)
|Film Title||Filmmaker||Release Info|
|Canvas||dir. Joseph Greco; prod. Sharon Lane, Adam Hammel, Bruce Beresford||Screen Media Films|
|Club Soda||dir. Paul Carafotes; prod. Paul Carafotes, Jake Steinfeld, James Gandolfini||Independent, included in Stories USA|
|The Hire: The Follow||dir. Wong Kar-wai; prod. David Fincher||bmwfilms.com|
|Evenhand||dir. Joseph Pierson; prod. Jon Glascoe||Sharp/Hart|
|Disorder||dir. & prod. Jack Smith||Universal|
|Interstate 84||dir. Ross Partridge; prod. Tonia Lynn; Kevin Spacey||Trigger Street Productions|
|UnderMind||dir. Nevil Dwek; prod. Andy Fierberg & Amy Hobby||Double A Films|
|Lisa Picard is Famous||dir. Griffin Dunne; prod. Dolly Hall & John Penotti||GreeneStreet Films *additional music|
|The Forgotten||dir. Vincente Stassolla; prod. Henry Simonds||1918 Productions|
|How to Kill a Mockingbird||dir. Joe Sweet; prod. Amy Brewster||Sweet Films|
|Cherry||dir. & prod. Joseph Pierson & Jon Glascoe||Cypress Films|
|Hoboken Tales||dir. Jay Gable; prod. George Belshaw||JudgeBelshaw Entertainment|
|Origin of the Species||dir. Andres Heinz; prod. David Nickoll||Panorama Releasing|
|Seed||dir. Bobby Sheehan; prod. Sarah Feldmann||IFC Films|
In 1999, Joel founded the record label Museum Music that specializes in creating custom music CDs for museums and related cultural organizations. That year, New York's Museum of Modern Art was hosting a Jackson Pollock exhibition. The museum was looking to create a compilation CD of music to accompany the exhibition, and Joel was contacted as music consultant. Seeing a unique opportunity, Joel successfully pitched MoMA to create the compilation himself, and thus Museum Music was born. "Jackson Pollock Jazz" featured music licensed directly from the artist's personal collection, and was an immediate success. Shortly after, Museum Music landed business with the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, which was preparing for its grand opening at the time, and has since grown to service dozens of major cultural institutions around the world.
In 2002 Joel and longtime college friend Daniel Stein founded the music licensing and publishing company MusicBox. Under Joel's leadership, the company licensed and produced custom music for all types of visual media, ultimately growing to include 24 catalogs and over 30,000 songs with representation in more than 45 countries worldwide. Ole Music Publishing, one of the largest independent music publishers in the world, acquired MusicBox in 2011.
Education and Advocacy
Joel strongly supports and advocates for the fair and just valuation of music. As a board member of the Production Music Association and chair of its Performing Rights Committee, Joel works to educate the membership on best practices for effectively valuing and exploiting their copyrights in today's evolving music industry. He is a regular panelist for such organizations as ASCAP, IFP, AFI and SCL, providing insight and expertise on these same issues, and has served as an ASCAP industry representative in meetings with members of the U.S. Congress, advocating for the rights of artists.
In addition, Joel leads film music workshops at universities, conferences and film festivals around the world, encouraging the creative process and guiding both students and peers on effective methods for creative collaboration between composers and filmmakers.
Joel is an active cyclist and fan of cycling. He rides over 7,500 miles a year, has ridden the entire length of the California coast twice, and has ridden across the United States from Canada to Mexico.
- Everything for Love - Chuck Mangione : Credits : AllMusic
- Ink - Livingston Taylor : Credits : AllMusic
- Ephemera - Carla Lother : Credits : AllMusic
- Spotlight On: Joel Goodman, composer & founder, MusicBox — Los Angeles
- MusicBox Bios
- About the PMA - Board Members
- Documentary Craft: Interview with Composer Joel Goodman
- Amazonia - Ananda : Credits : AllMusic
- Of the Marsh and the Moon - I Ching : Credits : AllMusic
- IMDB - Joel Goodman
- Winners of the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards
- Museum Music - Jackson Pollock Jazz
- ole clear Acquires MisicBox
- Get with the Net: Licensing Music for Digital Media - NAB Panel 2013