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John Nau

Panelist: Music Composition for Film and Television

John Nau is a musician and award-winning composer and producer. He is co-owner of Beacon Street Studios. A native of Southern California, John plays piano, organ, guitar, and flute, and has been a professional musician for over 35 years. John grew up in a household that fostered his creativity and opened his mind to where his music career would eventually lead. This path took him from garage bands to musical theatre, jazz and latin bands, to musical director for the ESPY awards live telecast and playing keys on multiplatinum records, Hootie and the Blowfish and James Blunt among the most notable.

After many years traveling the globe playing music, in 2001 John cofounded Beacon Street Studios, where he composes for film, television, and commercials with business and musical partner Andrew Feltenstein. Located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, California, Beacon Street Studios was formed by John and Andrew with the intention of composing music for television commercials. They have since expanded the company to include sound design and final mix.

For almost two decades, the Beacon Street team has composed music for thousands of spots in a highly competitive market, and some have gone on to earn Clio and Emmy awards. Recently they composed music for four 2019 Super Bowl spots and was in charge of the sound design and final mix for five others. John is known for his work on The Spoils of Babylon(which was nominated for an Emmy for best main title theme song), The Bachelorette, Sleeping with Other People, The House,and I’m Sorry(Hulu), among others. He is currently working on a musical for Netflix.