Melissa (Pradun) Chapman
is the President and negotiator /creative business maker / licensor extraordinaire of Groove Garden.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Melissa grew up listening to Barbra Streisand and participating in choir and musical theater. Melissa attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she participated in women’s A Cappella and graduated with a BA in Advertising. Melissa went on to pursue her MA in Music Business at Columbia College Chicago.
During her time as a grad student, Melissa took advantage of every opportunity to work in Chicago’s entertainment industry, including positions at a recording studio, a record label, a casting agency, and a production company. By combining her love of music with her experience and knowhow for supporting and nurturing music-lifers, Melissa had found her calling within the industry in music placement and licensing.
Melissa has handled licensing music and intellectual property for big brand commercials and little specialty projects alike since 2007, including major campaigns for Target, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Mist Twst, Estee Lauder, Wrigley, Hershey, Foster Farms, Vancouver Olympics, Vizio and on and on. On the big screen, Melissa has cleared songs for the Sundance favorite “The Fits,” as well as “LOEV,” “Listen Up Philip,” “Donald Cried,” “Damsels in Distress,” “Francine” and more.
Melissa prides herself on an honest approach to music licensing and giving credit where credit is due. Ms. Chapman started Groove Garden in 2009 in order to fully honor her knowledge, ethics and passion which had been stifled at other companies.
In her spare time, Melissa loves to hang with her husband, baby boy and two fur babies, drink coffee, watch Game of Thrones and go to live shows. She one day aspires to write a book on concert etiquette, called: We’re All Here to Enjoy The Show, So Shut The Hell Up. It’s a work in progress.