RENÉE FABIAN

BIO

Renée Fabian, originally from Pennsylvania, gave more than 150 performances as a saxophonist, taught private lessons and served as the music supervisor for an after-school music program in Washington, D.C., before changing careers to journalism. Currently working as a digital content producer for The Recording Academy in Santa Monica, Calif., she also assists the director of Making Music & More LLC with creative and administrative projects, and has written for publications such as VICE, Healthline, The Fix, The Week, The Daily Dot, Ravishly, BlogHer, She Knows, The Establishment, and The Culture Trip, among others. Renée holds a B.M. in Saxophone Performance from West Chester University and an M.A. in Arts Journalism from the University of Southern California. She currently resides with her two cats in the sunny metropolis of Los Angeles.

EDUCATION

2014                        University of Southern California, Los Angeles,

                                        Master of Arts – Specialized Journalism (The Arts)

 

2009                        West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, Pa.

                                   Bachelor of Music – Saxophone Performance

                                        Summa Cum Laude, Honors College

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015 – Present        The Recording Academy, Producer, Content Development

                                          Former Creative Services Assistant/Assistant Editor. Pitching, writing and posting

                                          content for The Academy's digital properties. Copy-editing/proofing of print and

                                          web content, print collateral, and other items. Feature, news, website, and marketing

                                          copy-writing as needed. Researching photos and creating website graphics as needed.

 

2005 – Present        Freelance Writer and Editor

                                          Writing experience includes articles, blogs, press releases, greeting card verses,

                                          newsletters, and marketing materials. Work published at VICE, The Fix, Healthline, The

                                          Week, The Daily Dot, The Establishment, She Knows, BlogHer, and The Culture Trip,

                                          among others. Editing experience includes copy-editing as well as managing editor roles

                                           for mxdwn.com (2015) and Melinda Fabian, Illustrator.

 

2012 – Present        Making Music & More LLC, Administrative/Creative Assistant

                                          Designing and writing regular newsletters and other educational materials, website

                                          design and maintenance, social media presence, email correspondence, creation of

                                          marketing materials, research, and data entry.

 

2014 – 2015            SMS Talent, Receptionist

                                          Answering and transferring phone calls, submitting talent through Breakdown Express,

                                          processing mail, entering payroll information, and other administrative duties.

 

2012 – 2014            Brian Davis & Associates, CPAs, Administrative Assistant

                                          Answering phones, data entry, bookkeeping, invoicing, generating spreadsheets,

                                          processing payroll and taxes, processing incoming/outgoing payments, scheduling,

                                          marketing, mailing, filing, ordering office supplies, and other administrative duties as

                                          assigned. QuickBooks.

 

Fall 2013                  Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD),

                                  Entertainment Media Intern

                                          Data collection assistance for the National Responsibility Index (TV) and Studio

                                          Responsibility Index (film) and writing entertainment-related blog articles as assigned.

 

2011 – 2012            Springboard After School, Music Supervisor and Teacher

                                          Supervisor of after-school music program at 10 schools. Included curriculum creation and

                                          development, scheduling, hiring, and general program oversight. Director of bands and

                                          music teacher for pre-kindergarden through eighth-grade level instrumental music.

 

2010 – 2012            Freelance Saxophone Performance

                                          Saxophone performances at Senior Centers and other venues. Over 150 performances

                                          given in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

 

2004 – 2012            Private Music Instructor

                                          Private instruction for individual saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piano students. Taught

                                          independently and for Making Music & More, Lessons In Your Home, EnPointe

                                          Productions, and West Chester University High School Summer Music Camp.

 

2008 – 2010           Music & Arts Center, Retail Sales Associate

                                         Sales, customer service, phones, merchandising, inventory management, and cashier.

 

2005 – 2009           Rocking Chair Studios LLC, Associate

                                         Children’s games, puzzles and greeting card company. Writing press releases and

                                         greeting card verses, data entry, inventory management, assembly, mailings, packaging,

                                         customer service/sales, and administrative assignments.

 

2007 – 2008          Maternal & Child Health Consortium of Chester County, Office Assistant

                                        Work study program. Data entry, filing, mailings, and materials assembly.

VOLUNTEER WORK

2017 – Present       Self Injury Foundation blogger

 

2012 – 2015           Trevor Project

 

2005 – 2007           Maternal & Child Health Consortium

2006                        Habitat For Humanity

AWARDS & HONORS

2016                        Honorary Mention, Memoir/Personal Essay

                                 85th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition

 

2008                         Pi Kappa Lambda — National Music Honor Society

 

2006                         Omicron Delta Kappa — National Academic Honor Society

 

2006                         Who’s Who Among College Students

 

2006                         AmeriCorps/Bonner Leader & Scholarship

 

2006                         National Dean’s List

DIGITAL SKILLS

Computers: Mac, PC

Programs: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Internet: Browser proficient (Chrome, Explorer, Firefox)

Email: Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, Constant Contact

Blogging/Web Platforms: WordPress, Blogger, Drupal

Basic Website Design/Maintenance: Muse, WebStudio, Limited HTML

Social Media: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube

Design/Editing/Graphics: Photoshop, Premiere, Audition, Acrobat Pro

RENÉE FABIAN

WRITER, EDITOR, CREATIVE SERVICES