Applications Now Being Accepted for Composing for the Screen 2009, A Film Scoring Mentorship Program

Posted in News on August 12, 2009

In film, the element of music provides a crucial role in enlivening the narrative.
How does a composer find the notes, rhythms, harmonies and timbres that produce the near-magical transformation from story to multi-dimensional, multi-sensory – and often deeply moving experience?

Sponsored by BMI and directed by composer Rick Baitz, this New York City-based program selects a small number of emerging film composers and provides a series of workshops, followed by year-round continued consultation and development.

Today’s era of film composition is characterized by diversity: from traditional orchestral scoring to tribal textures to rock songs – and more. In addition, today’s economic climate may demand unusual creative musical solutions. This is an opportunity for nine emerging film composers to participate in a high-level workshop, where this diversity will be examined from several perspectives: historical, psychological, dramatic, cultural, kinesthetic. Using the elegant and comfortable facilities of the BMI Media room, participants will explore a wide range of film sources – composing, recording, reviewing, and sharing work in a supportive environment. For their final project, each participant will compose a cue to a well-known film, which will then be recorded by an ensemble consisting of prominent, top-notch New York recording artists. Students will walk away from the workshop with greater confidence in their skills as film composers, a strong cue for their reel, an increased knowledge of the business of film music and an enhanced understanding of the art of composing for the screen.

During the year following the workshop, regular meetings will be held with the participants, to monitor, advise, and continue their development as film composers.

The program will be open to the emerging film composer who has some experience in film and wants to learn more about it. Free to accepted participants, it will be limited to seven students.

Qualifications: Experience and credits as a composer; ability to read music; some experience composing for film preferred. Applicant should have access to professional music production equipment, such as a computer, with composing software (such as Logic, Digital Performer or ProTools) and notation software (such as Sibelius or Finale); ability to create MIDI or hybrid scores.

All inquires should be addressed to Rick Baitz at

Six sessions, to be held at the BMI Media Room, 320 W. 57th Street, NYC (except for Session 5, the final recording session, location TBA).
1. Thursday, Sept. 17, 4-7 PM (including champagne Meet-&-Greet with BMI personnel)
2. Thursday, Sept. 24, 4-7 PM
3. Thursday, Oct. 1, 4-7 PM
4. Thursday, Oct. 8, 4-7 PM
5. Thursday, Oct. 15, 4-7 PM – Recording session, location TBA
6. Thursday, Oct. 22, 4-7 PM

Click here to download the Composing for the Screen 2009 application.

SOURCENews TAGS Film & TV Los Angeles New York


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