Olav and Carolynne Wyper have more than 25 year’s experience working in the international film and television communities. Michelle de Vries joined SMA at the start of 2019 and together with Carolynne they are principal agents for an impressive roster of award winning composers while Olav specialises in the representation and career development of directors and screenwriters.
The experience gained by the principals over many years in major record companies and music publishers provides an unrivalled wealth of knowledge about all aspects music for film. Working closely with the composer, producer and director SMA covers all aspects of the entire scoring process including budgeting, booking musicians and studios here and in Europe, copyright clearance and contract negotiations.
The business was started as Olav Wyper Music in 1975 after the principals decided to leave the majors and become indies managing recording artists, bands, record producers and songwriters. Also acted as consultants to UK record labels as well as European consultants to Japan’s JVC Victor Records.
By 1993 the business was already established as a leading composer management company and the name was changed to Soundtrack Music Associates Ltd. In partnership with Tony Smith’s Hit & Run Music Group a branch office, Soundtrack Music Associates LLC, opened in Los Angeles in 1997.
The name change to SMA Talent in 2003 was a result of expanding the business into representing directors and screenwriters.
In 2014 SMARisingTalent (SMART) was launched providing an industry-first, affiliated platform with the stated aim of helping emerging film and tv composers to climb the ladder.