Janet Hay has been named the BMI/Jerry Goldsmith Film Scoring Scholarship recipient at UCLA Extension, according to a joint announcement on Oct 13 by BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer Ross and UCLA Extension Program Director Pascale Halm.
Hailing from Australia and now residing in Los Angeles, Hay’s orchestral new-age ambience made her a favorite in the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and led her to win numerous awards, including first place at the Australian Songwriters Association Unisong Contest. Doreen Ringer Ross commented, “Janet is an extraordinary talent and I’m particularly pleased our recipient is a woman this year, since there are so few female working film composers. “
Hay holds a Bachelor of Music (Australia); completed the Film Scoring and Orchestration Summer Intensive Program (Edinburgh, Scotland); is currently studying at UCLA to earn a Certificate of Film Scoring – Advanced Orchestration; and is owner/manager of Mountain Arts Academy.
The BMI/Jerry Goldsmith Film Scoring Scholarship is an annual award at UCLA Extension that is presented to a student in the schools Film Scoring program. The scholarship was named in honor of Oscar and Emmy Award winning film and television composer Jerry Goldsmith who passed in 2004.
The scholarship partially underwrites the recipient’s study in the UCLA Extension Film Scoring Program, a continuing education program designed to help composers develop the specialized skills and contacts needed to pursue a successful career in film scoring.
“This scholarship is part of BMI’s overall commitment to music education and career development for new composers. Jerry was a definitive, iconic film composer, a master at his craft, and a huge mentor and supporter of young composers. He always took an interest in and made the time to meet with each of our previous scholarship recipients. BMI is proud to continue this program in his honor,” said Doreen Ringer Ross.