Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive and President of Music at Electronic Arts, is featured in Billboard Magazine’s just-released ‘Nashville Power Players’ list as one of the year’s most influential music industry executives. The article appears in the August 6, 2016 issue of Billboard and is available online at Billboard.com.
Schnur joined Electronic Arts, the global leader in video game software and streaming content, in 2001 to create and continually develop the international vision for music in the company’s games. Since then, he has been responsible for bringing together superstar acts and promising new artists to craft a series of groundbreaking soundtracks that have redefined both the gaming and music industries. In an early profile piece published by Billboard, they wrote, “It’s up to Steve Schnur to match bands with appropriate games – not just to get gamers to rock a little harder while playing best sellers – but to give artists a chance to break through.” Among the artists first introduced to the public by Schnur via EA titles are Thirty Seconds to Mars, Robyn, Fallout Boy, K’naan, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, The Weeknd and Florence + The Machine.
Schnur’s hands-on approach to composer selection, orchestration and production of well over 100 EA soundtrack albums – including original scores for The Sims, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Medal of Honor and Star Wars: Battlefront with composers that have included Mark Mothersbaugh, Michael Giacchino, Junkie XL, Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer – has earned EA over 50 soundtrack nominations over the last 10 years.
In his 30+ years in the entertainment industry, Schnur has been an MTV programmer, label executive, television and record producer, music supervisor, composer and songwriter. He has been profiled by the New York Times, London Financial Times and CNN, featured In Variety’s ‘Music City Impact Report’, named “One of the Most Creative People In Entertainment” by Entertainment Weekly, “One of the Most Powerful People in the Music Business” and “One of the Top 20 Power Players in the Digital Entertainment” by Billboard, and “One of the Top 25 Power Players in the New Hollywood” by The Wall Street Journal. Schnur’s awards include MUSEXPO’s 2009 International Music Person of the Year, the ACLU’s 2009 Bill of Rights Award, The Guild of Music Supervisors’ 2012 Music Supervisor of the Year, and MUSEXPO’s 2014 International Music Supervisor of the Year.
For more information about Steve Schnur, please contact Christy Watkins at Christy@aristomedia.com.
Worldwide Executive and President of EA Music Group
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