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FOX Sports Commissions Placement Music for Musical Score for Second Consecutive Super Bowl for a Salute to the Declaration of Independence

Steve Dancz scores “Heart of Independence” for one of the world’s biggest broadcast events

Placement Music was chosen by FOX Sports for a second consecutive Super Bowl to create an original score for “Declaration of Independence,” a six-minute segment for its FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY broadcast. “Heart of Independence” composed by Steve Dancz, a renowned composer for film/TV and educator, will air just before kick-off. The feature will include readings from football legends, current players, owners and high-profile celebrities. The broadcast is expected to reach more than 100 million viewers in more than 200 countries.

This year, FOX Sports’ ‘Declaration of Independence’ feature honors our veterans, active military and their families,” said Jennifer Pransky, feature producer, FOX Sports. “Steve Dancz’s composition is the perfect tribute to our servicemen and women. Our first partnership with Placement Music was such a success, that there was no question in my mind about who should produce the score for this year’s project.”

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danczFor more than 25 years, Dancz has composed and produced music for countless soundtracks seen by millions around the world. Known for the stylistic range and emotional depth of his music, he has been hired repeatedly by iconic names like Columbia Pictures, CBS, HBO, National Geographic, Paramount Pictures, TBS, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Discovery Networks, PBS and NPR, and has twice been commissioned to score the film featured in the Super Bowl broadcast (2011 & 2014), the world’s largest TV viewing event.

Dancz has worked simultaneously throughout his career on the creative, business and education sides of the entertainment industry. He spent two decades as director of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Georgia’s and co-founded UGA’s Music Business Program with the Terry College of Business.

He is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts grant and as a pianist and conductor has performed throughout the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), the Vienne Jazz Festival (France), The Brussels Conservatory of Music (Belgium), Tocar la Vida (Argentina), and the first World Festival of Sacred Music (India) at the request of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.


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