Art Phillips is a music composer, guitarist, record producer, arranger, orchestrator and musical director – and delivers original music with a distinctive approach to enhance the stories you want to tell.
Art is also owner and director of 101 Music Pty Ltd – a creative production music label.
owner | director | composer | producer, 101 Music Pty Ltd & Art Phillips Music Design
Art Phillips is a two-time Emmy Award winning composer with credits spanning feature films, television, advertising and documentary series including Santa Barbara, Neighbours, Missing Persons Unit, Outback House, Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji, The Flying Vet, The Secret Lives of Sleepwalkers, Catalyst, Dead Tired, Made in China, Fatal Bond, Signal One and Sher Mountain Mystery.
Composer of over 50 production music (library) albums for companies such as Sonoton, FirstCom Music, 5Alarm Music, Universal Production Music, One Music, Bruton, Chappell Recorded Music Library, Groovers Music Library, Access Music, EVO, and his own production music label 101 Music Pty Ltd, now with 43 album releases in the 101 Music catalogue, where Phillips is composer of 24 of these album releases.
His production music has been used in television shows throughout the world including Cold Case Files, Hollywood Medium, America’s Most Wanted, Current Affair (US), Lost JFK Tapes The Assassination, National Geographic, Celebrity Profile, NYPD Blue, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Survivor, 60 Minutes, Dancing With The Stars, The Dog Whisperer, E True Hollywood Story, The Ricki Lake Show, Good Morning America, Amazing Medical Stories, Harry’s Practice, The Great Outdoors, Dateline, Extra-The Entertainment Magazine Show, E-News Daily, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, NFL Redzone Replay, Celebrity Page, Weather Caught On Camera, Secrets of the Earth, Fugitive Task Force and The USA Today Show.
In 2019, Art was honoured with a ‘Global Music Award’ for his song, ‘All Along’, produced by Art Phillips Music Design, ‘Songwriters / Music & Lyrics’: Art Phillips & Bev Klingsick.
In 2018, he received a ‘Global Music Award’ for his album ‘Italian Holiday’, from his production music catalogue 101 Music Pty Ltd.
Also in 2018, Art was nominated by the Production Music Association ‘Mark Awards’ (USA) for ‘Best Jazz Artist’ for his album ‘Italian Holiday’ featuring Phillips on electric and acoustic guitars, released by his record label 101 Music Pty Ltd.
Art is the longest standing President of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC), 2001 ~ 2008, and was Vice President from 1992 ~ 2000.
In 2016, Art was appointed Deputy Chair of the ‘Academic Board of The Australian Institute of Music’ (AIM.) He is a councillor for ‘Music Australia’, formerly known as ‘The Music Council of Australia’, representing ‘Music in Film and Television’, 2005 ~ current.
He has been honoured with a ‘Fellowship Award’ from the ‘Universal Business School Sydney’ (2016), ‘In recognition of his distinguished contribution to entrepreneurship in Australia’.
Phillips recently was bestowed the title ‘Adjunct Professor’ for his extensive work in academia and his prolific career profile in the music industry as a music composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator and business entrepreneur. The title was given by the ‘Universal Business School of Sydney’ (UBSS), where Art lectures and adjudicates on the occasional basis. Art has written a series of ‘case studies’ for UBSS and sits on their ‘Academic Senate Board’ as well as the ‘Course Advisory Committee’.
Art is responsible for writing and delivering the ‘Master of Music & Media’ subjects, ‘Music & Moving Image’, ‘Screen Music Analysis’ and ‘Music & Media’, for ‘Excelsia College’ (Australia). One of the three subjects are delivered in intensive mode over a 6-day period across 3 separate terms.
Phillips has passed on his knowledge and expertise to countless students at Universities and Institutions across Australia and abroad, and is an active and valued member of the global music community.
Art holds his ‘Master of Music Studies’ – Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University / 1999.
Art Phillips, aka Arturo diFilippo, as known on many solo guitar record releases, is a 2nd generation Italian who grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania (USA). All four of his grandparents were born in Italy, and his grandfather Antonio Phillips, born ‘Antonio Di Filippo’, from Montenero Val Cocchiara, Molise (Italy), immigrated to the USA in 1901 where immigration officials at Ellis Island, New York changed his name on arrival to Antonio Phillips ……he was only 7 years old at the time and had no say in the decision.
Art pays tribute to his grandfather and family by including his authentic family name, Di Filippo, on his solo acoustic guitar and mandolin Italian CD releases.
‘A good score can define a story as no word can possibly do, as it guides the viewer through a powerful emotional journey’ (Art Phillips / 1988)
…………..emotional solutions through music
‘I am always looking for new challenges to develop a fresh sound to a project rather than predictable music clichés. In the early 1950s there was an American dramatic television series produced out of New York entitled ‘DANGER’, directed by Yul Brynner and Sidney Lumet, where the great guitarist and composer Tony Mottola scored all the episodes with the sound of a single guitar. It was such a unique and identifiable signature. I’m passionate about a strong collaboration with the filmmaker, and to develop a distinctive emotional soundscape to serve the visual story’. Art Phillips (2013)