Dennis Dreith

Exec Dir
AFM SAG & AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund

Dennis Dreith has spent the majority of his professional career scoring music for films and commercials, as well as heading his own publishing company—Magic Closet Music. In addition to his career as an active film, television and jingle composer (The Punisher, Mobsters, The Shadow, Columbo), he has orchestrated and /or conducted scores for such pictures as Misery, Addams Family, Heart and Souls and A League of Their Own providing services for John Williams, Lalo Schrifrin, Dominic Frontiere, Marc Shaiman, Hans Zimmer, Eliot Goldenthal, Mark Isham and Cliff Eidelman. In addition Mr. Dreith has served as Music Supervisor on several major motion pictures as well as Music Consultant on the legendary Barbra Streisand New Year’s Las Vegas Concert.

Dreith served as International President of the Recording Musicians’ Association (RMA) in excess of 15 years. Dennis served as a consultant and member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Negotiating Sub-committee for every major electronic media agreement negotiated by the AFM. During that time, he was also AFM liaison to both the Theatrical and Television Motion Picture Special Payments Fund, and the Phonograph Record Manufacturers’ Special Payments Fund collecting and distributing millions of dollars annually for distribution to participating musicians. Dreith also addressed the House Sub-committee on Intellectual Properties in support of Digital Performers Rights legislation which was signed into law by President Clinton in November of 1995. In 1996, he traveled to Japan where he negotiated and executed a “Friendship Agreement” between the Musicians Rights Commission of Japan and the RMA, which in turn has resulted in the substantial distribution of Japanese royalties to U.S. recording musicians.
Mr. Dreith was the Administrator (CEO) of the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund for from 1999 through 2014. Mr. Dreith is currently the Executive Director of AFM&SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution

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