Curriculum Vitae



2004-2019 Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Hilton Baldridge Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies, Professor, Director of the School of Music Industry, Chair of the Department of Music Industry Studies

  • The Department has 390 students, six degrees and two minors (in Digital Filmmaking, Music Industry Studies, Urban Production, Entertainment Studies, and Popular and Commercial Music); 10 full-time faculty, 24 part-time faculty, staff of 4, and various production and recording facilities.
  • Wrote and built a website to brand Loyola University as the “creative university” (, summer 2013.
  • Supervised the production of new degrees in Filmmaking, Musical Theatre, Interactive Design, Popular and Commercial music, Urban & Electronic Music Production, Entertainment Studies and the redevelopment of the existing degrees in Music Industry Studies (, summer 2014, summer 2017.
  • Supervised the production of the Departmental website (  
  • Supervised the application for a Board of Regents grant for $250,000 for equipment to enhance our new filmmaking program, 2015.
  • Appointed to the Louisiana Music Commission by Governor Blanco, February 2007, and Governor Jindal, June 2009; appointed to the New Mexico Music Commission by Governor Richardson, 2008, for writing the enabling legislation to initiate the Commission. 
  • As Vice-Chairman of the Louisiana Music Commission, I wrote the economic and educational plan for music in Louisiana.
  • Served on various University and College Committees including the University Senate, the Center for the Study of New Orleans, and College Committees for Curriculum, Rank and Tenure, Career Development, the Resident Artist Program, and he Dean’s Advisory Group.
  • Chair of the University Revenue Generation Task Force and member of the Presidential Advisory Group for Financial Equilibrium, 2014-15.
  • Founded the Resident Artist Program for the College of Music & Fine Arts and secured the services of Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg as Resident Artist (2015) and as a full-time faculty member in the College (2017).  Produced a documentary of her first year in residence (
  • Participated in University MAGIS process (2017-2018), including creating extensive plans for 14 initiatives, four of which were approved, including a new employee onboarding program ( ( for entertainment industries and an executive training program for entertainment industry management.
  • Member of the Steering Committee for the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint (2015-present).

2007-2015  Center for Music & Arts Entrepreneurship, New Orleans Music, Entertainment and Educational Consortium, Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Administered RC/EEP Board of Regents grant for one million dollars and a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $400,000; staff of 5, received grants of 1.4 million dollars.
  • Founded the Center for Music & Artist Entrepreneurship to administer student companies and produce media to enhance the local “cultural economy”.
  • Founded the city-wide consortium of universities, “The New Orleans Music, Entertainment and Educational Consortium”, as a way to unify the efforts and maximize resources during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.  It included a state university (UNO), a historic black university (Dillard), a private university (Loyola), and a community college (Delgado) under one umbrella as related to the cultural economy.
  • Founded the campus-wide initiative, The Year of the Writer; built website for it (now defunct); published several books including a collection of faculty and student essays, “Secret Trespasses”.
  • Produced and webcast Commencement and various university colloquia, seminars, and events, and those from the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing, the Center for the Study of New Orleans, and various concerts, operas, forums, recitals, and other productions from the College of Music and Fine Arts.
  • Established the Departmental (and University) YouTube Channel, which has received over 2 million views (

2007-2019 Athletes and the Arts, Loyola University, Department of Film & Music Industry Studies, Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Co-founded a national initiative in respect of artist health and wellness in conjunction with the Performing Arts Medical Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, Music Teachers National Association, the American Society of Sports Medicine, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, among others; current Executive Committee member.
  • Built the website for the coalition (
  • Became IRB certified and conducted a pain/exercise survey for all instrumental students in the College of Music & Fine Arts, fall 2014; co-presented the findings at the Performing Arts Medical Association Annual Conference, Snowmass, CO, 2015.
  • Created new Performing Artist Health &Wellness initiative for the College of Music & Fine Arts, including a concert series, bringing in experts in the field for seminars and presentations, and offering a course in the subject of performance and artist health and wellness, and a Mindfulness course.
  • Establishing a hearing health initiative for students and faculty including annual hearing tests.  Placed db meters in rehearsal rooms.

2002-2019 Artists House Foundation, Inc., New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana

President (501(c)3 Educational Foundation)

  • Raised over 2 million dollars from The Herb Alpert Foundation and the Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation.
  • Produced the New York University Jazz Master Class Series for DVD and Television (Cecil Taylor, Barry Harris, Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Benny Golson, Teo Macero, Kenny Werner, Phil Woods, Toots Thielemans.)  
  • Produced a trumpet instructional DVD with Warren Vache, “The Art of the Trumpet”, at the Juilliard School. 
  • Produced a series of DVDs documenting the recording process (Scrapomatic, Oteil Burbridge, Jason Crosby, and Kami Lyle, among others).
  • Created the website www.artistshousemusic.orgto help musicians and music entrepreneurs create sustainable careers”.  Produced thousands of hours of interview and seminar content concerning the business, legal, pedagogical and technological aspects of careers in music.  This site has been visited more than 15 million times since its inception in 2007, often averaging as many as 150,000 monthly visitors; the YouTube channel ( has as around 60,000 monthly viewers and its Twitter feed has over 58,000 followers.  
  • Wrote and built a free online course for musicians and music entrepreneurs (summer 2013); over 6500 students have enrolled in the course. ( 

2001-2002 Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut

Adjunct Instructor, Music Industry Studies

2002-2003 University of North Carolina, Greensboro                  

Visiting Instructor, Music Production and Career Development

1987-2019 John Snyder Productions, New York, New York; Norwalk, Connecticut; New Orleans, Louisiana     

Independent Music Producer, Member of New York Bar (1974)

  • Produced over 350 recordings for national and international recording companies, including Columbia Records, CTI Records, RCA Records, GRP, MCA, Polygram, Telarc, Concord, A&M, and Atlantic; 32 of these recordings received Grammy nominations, five won Grammys.  (See attached.)
  • Produced over 400 compilation and reissue recordings on CD for most of the major recording companies during CD revolution of the ‘80’s and early ‘90’s.
  • Produced multiple DVDs (Bobby Short, Etta James, Bob Brookmeyer, Warren Vache, Gerry Mulligan, among others).
  • Produced Audio Books for the John Templeton Foundation.
  • President of Saben Music Publishing, Inc.
  • Board Member of the Gerry Mulligan Foundation (2002-2007).
  • Member of New York NARAS Board of Governors, Education Committee, Grammy in the Schools Committee, and the Jazz Nominations Committee for the Grammys.             

1985-1987 Atlantic Records, New York, New York

Director of Jazz ProductionDepartment

  • Responsible for production, packaging, branding, and marketing of new recordings and reissues; managed staff of four; Grammy nominee.

1977-1983 Artists House Recording Company, New York, New York


  • Responsible for production, packaging, branding, marketing and sales of new recordings; managed staff of 10; Grammy nominee, winner of various jazz polls, New York Art Directors Award winner. 
  • Artist Management – Gil Evans, Jim Hall, Art Pepper, Chet Baker, and Ornette Coleman; produced tours of U.S., Europe, and Japan.
  • Legal/Business Affairs – arranged for capitalization and international licensing agreements; NARAS Board of Governors.

1975-1977 A&M Records, New York, New York

Founder/Creative Director of Horizon Jazz Series

  • Responsible for production, packaging, promotion, and branding of new recordings; supervised staff of 4; Grammy nominee, Grammy winner, winner of various jazz polls, New York Art Directors Club winner.
  • Legal/Business Affairs – responsible for contract negotiations, supervised international licensing.

1973-1975 CTI Records, New York, New York

Assistant to President (Creed Taylor)

  • Artists and Repertoire – involved in signing artists, selecting musicians and repertoire; planning recording dates; production manager for concert tours of U.S. and Japan.
  • Manufacturing/Distribution – supervised manufacturing operations; supplied product to U.S. distributors and international licensees.
  • Publishing – administered publishing subsidiaries; editor, Don Sebesky’s textbook “The Recording Arranger”.
  • Legal/Business Affairs – in-house counsel; managed all contract negotiations and recording commitments.

1963-1973 Professional Musician, North Carolina


  • Member of the band, “The Rivieras” in high school and performed with the “beach music” stars of the mid ‘60’s – the Tams, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Major Lance.
  • Organized and led entertainment troupe, “The Eleventh Hour”, for tours of the Caribbean, Newfoundland, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Sicily, Spain, North Africa, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Guam, Midway, Okinawa, Hawaii, during summers and holidays in college.
  • Performed in national touring shows, circuses, country clubs, hockey games, nightclub acts, and churches, throughout college and law school.  


1970-1973 University of North Carolina, School of Law, Chapel Hill

Juris Doctor

 1966-1970 University of North Carolina, School of Music, Greensboro

Bachelor of Music Education, Magna Cum Laude

  • Recipient of the Cone Music Scholarship, a School of Music Scholarship, and a University Honors Scholarship.
  • Member of School of Music Curriculum Committee.
  • President of University Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.
  • Managed band, “The Eleventh Hour”; toured regionally and internationally in the summers (the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, Europe, North Africa, and the Pacific Rim) under the auspices of the Brooklyn Navy Resale Office and the U.S. Department of the Navy.