Rebecca Johnson graduated from the USC Annenberg School in May 2011 with a B.A. in Communication (Entertainment and Society) and a minor in advertising. She also has a minor degree from the Thornton School of Music and in the summer of 2011 completed an album of original songs for distribution in Japan. Johnson has worked with the Norman Lear Center's Popular Music Project (PMP), and served as a research assistant to Professor Josh Kun for To Live and Dine in L.A., Crossfader: The Art of the Crossfade, and Songs in the Key of L.A. Johnson states her long term goal is "to contribute to the analysis of media arts in the digital age and participate in the quest for new models of bringing as much music, art and entertainment to as many people as possible while fairly compensating the creators and producers." Her research interests include popular music, promotional culture and the cultural industries, and her dissertation explores the patronage of independent music by corporate brands.