June 18, 2014

BMI Continues Its Support Of The Sundance Institute’s Film Music Program

Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 18, 2014 – Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, is proud to continue its support for Sundance Institute’s Film Music Program, which collaborates with Skywalker Sound to host the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound. Its first 2014 session of the Lab, which begins July 8 at Skywalker Ranch, provides an opportunity for composers and directors to explore the collaborative process of writing music for feature film and is a joint venture of the Institute’s Film Music Program and Feature Film Program.

BMI is a long-time supporter of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program. As a founding supporter of the Institute’s Composers Labs, BMI has played a critical role in the long-term development of the Lab. Through their involvement, BMI has furthered the careers of many film composers from the Labs. BMI builds on its support of the Film Music Program by producing a composer/director roundtable each year at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, highlighting BMI composers who have scored films in the Festival, as well as their filmmakers.

The Sundance Institute Film Music Program is in its second year of collaborating with Skywalker Sound, which focuses on both film composing and sound design. 

“BMI is proud to have supported the Sundance Institute Film Music Program since its inception,” said Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations. “The work that occurs during their Lab is a unique artist development forum for film music and sound design. It’s a vital program for the film music community.”

At the Lab, fellows work with a variety of Creative Advisors, a distinguished group of film composers, sound designers, filmmakers and film industry professionals. The program aims to give composers first-hand experience working on film music and sound design, and to give directors insight into the process as well.

2014 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab - Feature Film Participants:
• Dates: July 8 - 22.
• Feature Film Fellows: Nikole Beckwith, Chloe Zhao, Gabriela Amaral Almeida, Jordana Spiro, Oorlagh George and Daniel Kwan.
• Composer Fellows: KT Tunstall, Timo Chen, Josh Moshier, Katy Jarzebowski, Ryan Cohan and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum.
• Creative Advisors include composers: Harry Gregson-Williams, James Newton Howard, Blake Neely, Alan Silvestri and Alex Wurman; sound designer Randy Thom; film music agent Robert Messinger; BMI Vice President Doreen Ringer-Ross; and music editor Adam Smalley.

About BMI
Celebrating 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.


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