Film/TV Scholarship Opportunities

BMI Film Scoring Scholarship at Berklee

The BMI Film Scoring Scholarship is a yearly tuition scholarship chosen on compositional maturity and talent, as well as financial need.  Each year the scholarship is given in the name of a BMI composer, with that composer leading a master class on film scoring and composition to students at the college. Past composers for whom the scholarship has been given include Christopher Young, Terence Blanchard and Basil Poledouris.

Berklee is the only college in the world that offers an undergraduate degree in Film Scoring, one of the fastest growing departments in the college.  The curriculum at Berklee is geared toward preparing students for careers in the industry.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music.  For over half a century, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business.  With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing 70 plus countries, and a music industry “who’s who” of alumni, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.

BMI Film Scoring Scholarship at UCLA

BMI sponsors the BMI Jerry Goldsmith Scholarship at UCLA Extension in their film scoring department. BMI’s scholarship is awarded semi-annually to students enrolled in UCLA Extension’s Certificated Program in Film Scoring.  It develops the talent of promising film scoring students by providing them with education through UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts program.

Named after BMI composer Goldsmith, the legendary and award-winning composer, has written the scores for memorable films and television shows that span more than five decades, such as the films Stagecoach, Planet of the Apes, Patton, Chinatown, Star Trek, The Omen, LA Confidential, and Mulan.

BMI Film Scoring at USC

BMI is a proud contributor to the highly regarded University of Southern California’s graduate program in Scoring For Motion Pictures & Television (SMPTV) at the Thornton School of Music. Every year we sponsor a series of presentations by 4-time Oscar-nominated engineer Dennis Sands (Forrest Gump, Argo, Godzilla, Dream Girls, The Bourne Supremacy), including two on-site workshops in Dennis’ music-mixing studio in Santa Barbara, which is fully equipped with the new Dolby Atmos cinema sound system.

BMI Foundation Pete Carpenter Fellowship

The Pete Carpenter Fellowship is an annual, competitive residency for aspiring film, television, and video game composers. The program awards a $2,000 stipend for four to five weeks of intensive, in-studio mentorship with established composers in Los Angeles, and also offers the opportunity to consult with other distinguished leaders in the entertainment industry. The annual fellowship begins in October and is hosted by award-winning BMI composers and Sonic Fuel Studios co-founders Christopher Lennertz and Timothy Wynn. The duo’s versatility encompasses a wide range of genres in film, television, and video game scoring. Lennertz has scored numerous films including Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, Ride Along and Ride Along 2, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, as well as TV series Agent Carter, Galavant, Revolution, and Supernatural, and the Medal of Honor video game series, among others. Wynn has written music for films including Superfast! and To Save a Life, TV shows The Chair and Odyssey: Driving Around the World, and video games XCom2 and Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, among many others. The two also collaborated on the hit video game, Warhawks.  Learn more