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Ivan Barias is a music producer, songwriter, composer and engineer with over 20 years of music industry experience. His introduction to the industry came when he was introduced to DJ Jazzy Jeff and was then invited to be a part of his A Touch Of Jazz producer collective. It was there where he met songwriter Carvin Haggins with whom he went on to form a formidable songwriting and production partnership under the brand of Carvin & Ivan. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his songwriting and production and has been nominated three times for a GRAMMY in the Best R&B Song category. For his production work, he has received an additional nineteen GRAMMY nominations and has been recognized by ASCAP multiple times for his work as a songwriter and composer. He has produced and written music for artists such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Jazmine Sullivan, Justin Timberlake, Phony Ppl, Meg Thee Stallion, Chrisette Michele, Keyshia Cole, 2 Pac, Chris Brown, Mario, Mary J. Blige, Estelle, Raheem Devaughn, Ledisi, Jaheim, Faith Evans, Freeway, Rick Ross and many others.
As a composer he wrote the theme for the animated series “We Bare Bears” which was performed by Estelle and was also a composer for the film “Unfinished Business” which chronicled the history of the WNBA’s New York Liberty basketball team. Ivan is the former president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy (’12-’15), and also served on the Academy’s Board of Trustees (’16-’20). He recently completed a 4 year term as the Co-Chair of the GRAMMY Producers & Engineers Wing and currently serves on the GRAMMY Songwriters and Composers Wing Leadership Council. In 2011 he was selected as a Creative Ambassador for the city of Philadelphia as part of the city’s GPTMC program and was also an Ambassador for the Philadelphia 76ers community Basketball League La Liga del Barrio. In addition to Ivan's musical achievements he helped establish a non-profit educational initiative called DASH (Destined to Achieve Successful Heights) which teaches high school students music production and songwriting in a partnership with Philadelphia School District.
Ivan believes it is important to bolster the music industry ecosystem by empowering the next generation of music creators and music executives. As a speaker, he has shared his music business experience at many industry related events and has been a guest speaker on several music industry panels (SXSW, Future of Music Coalition, Music Business Association,The Recording Academy, ASCAP) and has been a guest lecturer at various academic institutions (Drexel, New York University, Rowan and University of Pennsylvania).