Composing for the Screen 2020: Online Film Scoring Mentorship Program – Apply Now!

Sponsored by BMI and directed by composer Rick Baitz, this year’s program will provide a series of online interactive meetings, followed by continued consultation and development.

Posted in News on May 22, 2020

Six emerging film composers will be selected to participate in BMI’s “Composing for the Screen” mentorship program, a prestigious high-level workshop, where music for media will be examined from many perspectives: compositional, psychological, dramatic, stylistic – and more.

Hosted digitally by renowned BMI composer Rick Baitz, the 2020 workshop, now in its 13th season, will explore a wide range of excerpts – studying, composing, recording, and sharing work in a supportive environment. Students will complete the program with greater confidence in their own voices as composers for the screen, an enhanced sensitivity to the art of scoring narrative, several strong cues for their reel, and an increased understanding of the film music business.

During the year following the workshop, the group will meet on occasion to share work and discuss students’ development as film composers.

The program will be open to the emerging film composer who has some experience in composing for the screen, and wants to learn more about it. Free to accepted participants, this year’s workshop will be limited to six students. Deadline for applications is July 19, 2020.

Qualifications: Experience and credits as a composer; media scoring experience preferred. Ability to read and write music. Access to music production equipment: computer, DAW (Logic, Digital Performer, ProTools, Cubase, etc.), notation software (Sibelius, Finale); ability to create MIDI or hybrid scores.

For more information, please contact Rick Baitz at or Doreen Ringer Ross at Here’s the application and this year’s schedule of six sessions, to be hosted digitally, using Zoom:

  1. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, 4-6:30 PM
  2. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, 4-6:30 PM
  3. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, 4-6:30 PM
  4. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, 4-6:30 PM
  5. (Two-week break to prepare final project)
  6. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 – Remote Recording Session, time TBD
  7. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, 4-6:30 PM
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