For over 30 years, Steve Dancz has composed and produced music for media soundtracks seen by millions around the world. Known for the stylistic range and emotional depth of his music, he has been commissioned repeatedly by iconic names like Columbia Pictures, CBS, HBO, National Geographic, Paramount Pictures, TBS, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Discovery Networks, PBS and NPR, and twice scored the film featured in the Super Bowl broadcast (2011 & 2014), the world's largest TV viewing event. His music is licensed widely for use in media around the world.
Dancz has worked simultaneously throughout his career on the creative, business and education sides of the entertainment industry. He spent two decades as director of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Georgia's and co-founded UGA’s Music Business Program with the Terry College of Business.
He is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts grant and as a pianist and conductor has performed throughout the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), the Vienne Jazz Festival (France), The Brussels Conservatory of Music (Belgium), Tocar la Vida (Argentina), and the first World Festival of Sacred Music (India) at the request of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.
Steve created the soundtrack and is seen on-screen in “SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS,” directed and produced by Michael Wiese. Shot in Tibet, the film continues to be exhibited around the world and Mr. Dancz speaks at screenings about the filmmaking, post-production and scoring processes, his travels in Tibet/Central Asia and the nature of pilgrimage.
Dancz is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and served two terms on the Board of Governors of the Atlanta Chapter. He currently directs the University of Georgia’s Jazz Study Abroad Program in Italy and is a Visiting Guest Artist teaching Music Entrepreneurship & Scoring for Media at Kennesaw State University.
At conferences, seminars and master classes, Steve speaks on topics including the creative process, artist entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset, distance learning, creating music for film, TV and games and the development of improvisation skills for all musicians.
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