July 5, 2017

BMI Proudly Continues its Support of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program

Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 5, 2017 – Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, is proud to continue its support of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, which collaborates each year with Skywalker Sound to host the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound. As a founding supporter of the Institute’s Composers Lab, BMI has played a critical role in the long-term development of the Lab and through its involvement, has furthered the careers of many film composers who have participated. Building on its support of the Film Music Program, the Company produces 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.

The first session of this year’s Lab, which is a joint venture with the Institute’s Film Music Program and Feature Film Program, begins July 7, at Skywalker Ranch and will provide an opportunity for composers and directors to explore the collaborative process of writing music for feature films. The second session of the lab will focus on composing for documentaries, and will come together as a joint venture of the Film Music Program and Documentary Film Program.

“BMI has been a proud supporter of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program since its inception,” said Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI Vice President Film, TV & Visual Media Relations. “The Lab is a unique creative development forum for emerging film composers and filmmakers that has flourished immensely in tandem with Skywalker.”

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 focuses on giving composers firsthand experience working on film music and sound design, while also providing directors with insight into the process.

The participants and advisors of the 2017 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound are as follows:

  • Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab: Narrative Feature Film (July 7-20) with participating composer fellows: Bijan Olia, Jackson Greenberg, Cindy O’Connor, Camilla Uboldi, Sergei Stern and Jesi Nelson.
  • Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab: Documentary (July 22-30) with participating composer fellows: Adam Schoenberg, Ryan Rumery, Rebecca Dale and Darryl Jones.
  • Creative advisors include BMI composers Harry Gregson-Williams, Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard, George S. Clinton, Miriam Cutler, Craig Richey, Laura Karpman, BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross,Christophe Beck, Todd Boekelheide; Skywalker Sound designers Dennis Leonard, Bob Edwards,Pete Horner, Malcolm Fife, Bonnie Wild and David Accord; music editor Adam Smalley; directors Miguel Arteta, Robb Moss and Amir Bar Lev; editor Toby Shimin and writer and film historian Jon Burlingame.

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. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly and receive our e-newsletter every Monday to stay up to date on all things music.

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