Founder and president of Costa Communications, a leading entertainment public relations firm in Hollywood. Formerly an award-winning broadcast journalist. He is a member of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, the Grammys, the Emmys and the host committee for the Oscars. Costa is on the advisory board of The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference, the World Soundtrack Awards, the International Film Music Critics Association, the Transatlantyk Film and Music Festival, FIMUCITÉ, and the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Costa Communications’ clients have been featured in virtually every major television, print, and online outlet.
A pioneer in the promotion film music, Ray Costa has consulted on awards campaigns with virtually every major studio including Sony, The Weinstein Company, Dreamworks, Fox Searchlight, Universal, Disney, and Warner Bros. Costa’s award campaigns have yielded nominations and wins for Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammys, Tonys, Emmys, BAFTAs and other prestigious accolades for his clients.
Over the years, Ray Costa and Costa Communications have represented legendary composers and songwriters including Alan Menken, Marc Shaiman, Marvin Hamlisch, Burt Bacharach and Jerry Goldsmith to contemporary composers Alexandre Desplat, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Steven Price, and new discoveries including Junkie XL, Antonio Sanchez, Jóhann Jóhannsson and this year’s Oscars winner Ludwig Göransson. Costa Communications has also represented the songwriters behind hits including One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful, Nicki Minaj’s Starships, and Sara Bareilles’ Love Song. Other songwriters he has represented or consulted with include: Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Diane Warren, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Lana Del Rey, Darren Kris, Common and Bono. Additionally, this year, Ray Costa represented all of the Academy Award-nominated composers and three of the Oscars-nominated songwriters.
He volunteers his services to non-profits including Education Through Music – Los Angeles, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Hollywood Heart, and more. He has served pro-bono as the publicist for the Society of Composers and Lyricists for over 20 years.