|Carpenter Fellow Gregory Tripi (seated) is congratulated by BMI TV composer Mike Post and BMI's Linda Livingston. Photo by Randall Michelson|
The Fellowship was established in 1989 by the BMI Foundation and Carpenter's family, colleagues and friends to honor the late composer whose credits include such television themes and scores as The A-Team, Magnum P.I., The Rockford Files, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hunter and Riptide. Post, Carpenter's longtime writing partner, has penned some of the most memorable theme songs in television history, including Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Law and Order, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap and City of Angels.
Tripi is a classically-trained composer of music for film, television and multimedia. An accomplished musician on piano, bass, bassoon and sitar, he has studied film scoring, music synthesis and composition with many extraordinary teachers at both Berklee College of Music and the University of Alabama. The Boston-based musician has won several other prestigious awards for his music, including the Georges Delerue Film Scoring Award, the Thomas Dolby Production Award and the 2005 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Music Internship, working with BMI composer W.G. "Snuffy" Walden.
The BMI Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions and grants. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation come primarily from songwriters, composers and publishers, BMI employees and members of the public with a special interest in music. Because both the Foundation staff and the distinguished members of the Advisory Panel serve without compensation, over 97% of all donations and income are used for charitable grants.