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The Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) presented its third annual Linda Komorsky AIMP Scholarship to Decker Paterson on May 19, 2022 during their most recent webinar “AIMP NFT Series Part 2: Branding Songwriters and Songs with NFTs, DAOs and the Metaverse.” Paterson, who is slated to graduate in December 2022 with a dual degree in Music Industry and Theater at the University of Southern California (USC), will be awarded $3,500 to help him complete his education.

The Scholarship Committee — Barbie Quinn, Sr. Director, Administration & Publisher Relations, BMI and AIMP LA Chapter Secretary; Eric Polin, SVP-Music Publishing, Universal Pictures, and AIMP LA Chapter Board Member; Kathy Spanberger, President of peermusic and former AIMP LA Chapter President; and Liz Redwing, AIMP LA Administrative Director — reviewed many qualified applicants and recommended Paterson, who was unanimously confirmed by the AIMP LA Chapter Board of Directors.

Decker Paterson

“Thank you so much to the AIMP for choosing me as the recipient of this very generous and prestigious award,” said Paterson. “I am incredibly humbled and forever grateful for this opportunity that the AIMP and the Komorsky family have given me, and I am excited to make both of them proud in the near future.”

Paterson started working with and developing artists at the age of 17 and has maintained that same passion for A&R by interning at multiple A&R and management companies including Dark Horse LA, Dim Mak Records, and CON-STRUC-TION. Paterson is currently managing an artist named Aimee Vant, and will be taking an administrator role at an indie and hip-hop blog called Vituhmins this summer, where he hopes to complete a rebrand. Throughout his time at USC, Paterson has maintained a GPA of 3.86 and, in addition to the Linda Komorsky AIMP Scholarship, has received numerous scholarships including the Dean’s Scholarship, the Braverman Scholarship, and the Academic Achievement Award Scholarship.

“We are elated to be presenting the Linda Komorsky Scholarship to Decker Paterson,” said Teri Nelson Carpenter, Los Angeles Chapter President of the AIMP, as well as President and CEO of Reel Muzik Werks, LLC. “He is an incredible student, not only academically but also in the work he does day in and day out to support independent artists and songwriters in Los Angeles. He truly represents the kind of student we want to award the scholarship to each year.”

Barbie Quinn, Scholarship Committee Chairperson added, “While all the applicants were wonderful, Decker stood out above the rest. After speaking with him and hearing his motto, ‘to get value, you need to give value,’ we knew he truly lived by those words. Through his studies and his passion for developing the next generation of music makers, he embodies the values that Linda Komorsky brought to our profession. We’re thrilled to be presenting this scholarship to such a deserving young man.”

Linda was an amazing music publishing executive and advisor who left us all too soon due to an unfortunate accident.  In her career, she held senior-level executive positions at Dimensional Music Publishing and BMG Music Publishing, as well as being president of EG Music.  When the digital juke box was created, Linda was hired as TouchTunes Vice President of Business Affairs where she was instrumental in acquiring music licenses for this “new” technology.  More recently, she started her own company, International Music Services, that covered music publishing administration and entertainment consultancy.

Linda was extremely generous in all facets of her life, but especially gave back to an industry she so loved.  She was a past President of our own AIMP and a past Secretary to our sister organization, the California Copyright Conference (CCC).  She also taught a 10-week lecture series on music publishing at the University of California, Los Angeles which was always well attended.  

Tony Mastronardi, who founded TouchTunes said, “Within the music industry, Linda was a visionary.  Although not from the Internet age, she knew much earlier than most other veterans that the recording industry needed to embrace change and reposition itself for the new reality of downloadable content.”   

Singer, songwriter and artist Jennifer Warnes said, "On October 26th, 2014, my beautiful, bright and much beloved friend, ally and advocate, Linda Komorsky, was struck down in a car accident and has left our world. Linda was a highly respected music publisher, one of the first females in a male industry -- beautiful, feminine, smart, funny, strong and self reverent. We used to joke that our generation of women were collectively the 'first pancake on the griddle'.  A few rare women of my generation took it upon themselves to embody gender equality long before that idea was popular. To make any social change requires vision and courage. Linda was that girl -- in the right place, at the right time, offering the right medicine. She made it all taste good. She was the wind beneath many people’s wings, mine included. I salute her artistry and grace from depths of my feminine heart. I wish Linda had written a book about what she knew. I would give that book to every young woman who aspires to make a difference in the world."

Click here to read the full press release about the scholarship.  

Donations, of any amount, are greatly appreciated!

Please send any questions regarding the Linda Komorsky Scholarship to: lkscholarship@aimp.org.

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