Faculty & Staff

Meet our highly experienced staff of engineers, producers, educators, and musicians.

Mars Fariss

Audio Electronics Instructor


Marsellus Fariss is a veteran audio engineer with over 25 years experience in live audio and production management. He started his journey as a professional musician working out of Asheville, NC where he toured the country and made records with Blues and American bands through-out the 2000s. After turning his focus back to audio engineering in the 2010’s, he helmed the fabled Grey Eagle Music Hall for most of the next decade before following his ambitions and appetites south to New Orleans, La. There he twiddled the knobs and caressed the faders at nearly every festival and noteworthy venue in the area before going freelance in 2015 to take on more touring work with national acts and with the ever-growing plethora of cruise ship festivals now sailing the seas.
Mars Fariss
Mars Fariss
Growing up in a musical household surrounded by guitars and records, attorney Michelle Davis stepped into the music industry right out of high school. She leveraged internship experience at 99X in Atlanta and Warner Bros./Reprise Records to launch her own music PR firm while still an undergrad at the University of Georgia. After receiving her A.B.J. in public relations in 2005, she joined upstart Ticket Alternative in Atlanta working in box office management and event marketing. In 2008 she jumped at the opportunity to return to her beloved Athens, taking on the role of music editor for venerable alt-weekly Flagpole Magazine. Her music writing has also appeared in Uncut, Oxford American and Performer Magazine.

Embedded in the local music scene for four years, Michelle was fascinated by the intersection of music and technology and the challenges faced by musicians in the digital era. Driven by the desire to better serve as an advocate for artists, she returned to UGA to pursue her law degree. While at Georgia Law she was senior articles editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law, president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and was nominated to join the prestigious Atlanta IP Inn of Court as a pupil.

Michelle clerked with entertainment litigation firm Crain Law Group and the office of the general counsel for NPR. As part of Georgia Law’s D.C. Semester In Practice, she took on a legal extern position providing in-depth music policy analysis for the Future of Music Coalition, a non-profit artist advocacy group.

Her love for writing and music law converged in 2015 when her essay, Introducing the RightsCoin: Using BlockChains to Track Copyright Ownership, was named as a finalist in the Grammy Foundation’s Entertainment Law Initiative writing competition.

At some point in law school, she also took a stab at stand-up comedy with two whole performances—garnering rave reviews such as, “maybe don’t” and “stick to copyright.”

In 2015 she launched Davis Entertainment Law, counseling creative professionals (including Kindercore Vinyl, Caroline Aiken, and Cindy Wilson) on matters of IP, contract law and corporate governance. She recently closed her practice to go in-house at the University of Georgia where she negotiates hundreds of contracts each year in the procurement office.

Michelle is honored to join the stellar team at Tweed and grateful for the opportunity to nerd out on copyright in front of a captive audience. She’s looking forward to unpacking the complex legal and business issues that govern the music industry for tomorrow’s production stars so they can confidently build their careers.
Michelle is a member of the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and serves as chair of the AthFest Educates Board of Directors. She lives in Athens with her husband, two daughters and three dogs.

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