January 12, 2017

BMI Announces 19th Annual Composer/Director Roundtable at 2017 Sundance Film Festival

BMI’s Snowball showcase to feature an array of impressive performers

Los Angeles, January 12, 2017 – Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) and Sundance Institute have announced the line-up for the 19th annual Composer/Director Roundtable and 15th annual Snowball during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

BMI’s roundtable, “Music & Film: The Creative Process,” will take place on Tuesday, January 24, at Festival Base Camp, presented by Canada Goose (475 Swede Alley, Park City, Utah), from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The conversation will be moderated by Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI’s Vice President of Film,TV & Visual Media Relations. The roundtable is a cornerstone event at the Festival exploring the role of music in film. Focusing on the relationship between composer and director, participants will discuss what goes into creating a successful film score, the ingredients of an effective composer/director relationship, the Sundance Film Festival experience and more. The roundtable is open to Festival credential holders.

“We are proud to be so closely aligned with the Sundance Institute Film Music Program throughout the year,” said Ringer-Ross, “and we are committed to shining a light on our composers at the Sundance Film Festival because they provide an essential and deeply emotional element of filmmaking that is so subliminal that it often goes unnoticed and uncelebrated.”

This year’s panelists include Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program Peter Golub, Sundance Institute Composers Lab advisor George S. Clinton; composer Greg Tripi and director Mark Palansky (Rememory), composer Tyler Strickland and director Michael Barnett (The Mars Generation), composer H. Scott Salinas and director Matthew Heineman (City of Ghosts), composer Matthew Atticus Berger and directors Kief Davidson & Pedro Kos (Bending the Arc), composer Laura Karpman and director Amanda Lipitz (Step), composer Fil Eisler and director Marti Noxon (To the Bone), composer Jeff Beal and directors Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power), composer Mark Orton and director Sydney Freeland (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train), composer Martin Tillman and director Evgeny Afineevsky (Cries from Syria) and composer Keegan DeWitt (Golden Exits, The Hero, The Incredible Jessica James and Newness). DeWitt will be paired with director Brett Haley (The Hero).

The Snowball – to be held at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, at Festival Base Camp Presented by Canada Goose (475 Swede Alley, Park City, Utah) – will feature a stellar lineup of talented BMI singer-songwriters including Angela McCluskey, who has worked with the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Parov Stelar, and Kendrick Lamar, among others; award-winning film composer, violinist, pianist, and accordionist Paul Cantelon; Sean McConnell, whose album debuted at #1 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter Charts; Rachel Crow, who wrote and recorded a song for the film Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, chart-topping band The National Parks and pop/rock duo The Hearings. The Snowball is open to Festival credential holders.

BMI has historically showcased a phenomenal mixture of buzzworthy and iconic artists at the Festival. Memorable performances have included Donovan, Rodriguez, Christina Perri, Allen Stone, Terence Blanchard, Keb’ Mo’, Michael Penn, Vanessa Carlton, Minnie Driver, Shelby Lynne, Alison Moorer, Dawes, Los Lobos, Cheap Trick, Devo, Beck, Family of the Year, Adam Duritz, Death Cab for Cutie, Rosanne Cash, Robert Randolph, Brett Dennen, John Paul White, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Percy Sledge, Den Penn & Spooner Oldham, among others.

Both the Composer/Director Roundtable and Snowball exemplify BMI’s focus on nurturing and sustaining relationships with emerging and established composers. Our Film, TV & Visual Media Relations department is proud of its long-standing relationship with Sundance Institute and its Sundance Film Festival to promote the value of music in film. As we continue these efforts, BMI’s innovation in the genre is unparalleled with an impressive roster of Film/TV composers that includes John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, Rachel Portman, David Newman, Thomas Newman, Mychael Danna, Justin Hurwitz, Harry Gregson-Williams, James Newton Howard, Mark Mothersbaugh, Laura Karpman and Alexandre Desplat.

For more information on BMI events at the Sundance Film Festival as well as on-site coverage of the Festival, visit, follow @BMI on Twitter – hashtag #BMISundance – and stay connected through Facebook.

Celebrating over 76 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 nearly 12 million musical works created and owned by more than 750,000 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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