Jonathan McHugh takes the reins of Loyola’s music industry studies
Loyola’s College of Music and Media has announced that Jonathan McHugh is the college’s new Hilton-Baldridge Chair. As Hilton Baldridge Professor at Loyola, he will benefit from an endowed chair, helping to lead the university’s Music Industry Studies program, where students aspire to work in the music industry by as executives, producers, sound engineers, performers and more. He graduated from Tulane and is a lifelong fan of New Orleans music, a renowned independent film and television producer, director and music supervisor who has held high-level creative and marketing positions in some of the biggest entertainment companies in the country.
McHugh joins Loyola after seven years as an adjunct professor and student advisor in the KOGOD Business School BAE program at American University in Washington, DC. Combining his decades of experience in record labels, publishing, soundtrack production, directing/production and music supervision, he has developed and taught several well-reviewed courses including: The Business of Visual Media, The Streaming Revolution and Advanced Issues in Entertainment.
While studying at American University, he orchestrated numerous student trips to Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville and created the “Up Close” series, where music industry experts and executives talked to students and introduced them to potential internships and jobs. The series mirrors Loyola’s weekly Music Industry Studies Forum, a lecture series that brings industry stars and experts to campus.
McHugh is also a freelance film and television producer/director/music supervisor, and has held senior creative and marketing positions at some of the world’s largest entertainment companies, including New Line Cinema/Warner Films. , Zomba/Sony Films & Music and Def Jam Film/Universal Music.
He has just made two documentaries on pop culture: Long Live Rock… Celebrate Chaosfocused on the hard rock music fan’s passion, and Cosplay Universe, on the transformative nature of cosplay culture. Additionally, McHugh has produced 35 films and TV shows about some of pop culture’s biggest stars and icons, including Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Janis Joplin, Snoop Dogg, Muhammad Ali, Ludacris and Tommy Lee of Motley Crew, and shows like Sun Records for the Viacom network.
McHugh has also supervised music and produced soundtracks for over 100 visual media projects, including Austin Powers, The Wedding Singer, Rush Hourthe Seen series and most recently, the Starz film and TV series Blind spot. He is currently overseeing the music for the second season of the animation monster brothers series for Lionsgate/Fox/Tubi. The comedy features the voices of Tiffany Haddish, Pete Davidson and Woody Harrelson.
McHugh is a member of the Television Academy (Emmy Awards), a jury member of Producers Guild Documentary, a former administrator of the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) and former president of the Los Angeles chapter. He is co-founder of the Guild of Music Supervisors.