Composing for the Screen 2019: A Film Scoring Mentorship Program – Apply Now!

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Sponsored by BMI and directed by composer Rick Baitz, this NYC-based program selects a small number of emerging film composers and provides a series of workshops, followed by continued consultation and development.
This is an opportunity for nine emerging film composers to participate in a high-level workshop, where music for media will be examined from many perspectives: compositional, psychological, dramatic, stylistic—and more.
Using the elegant facilities of BMI’s NYC offices’ media room, participants will explore a wide range of excerpts – studying, composing, recording, and sharing work in a supportive environment. Students will leave the workshop 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, it will be limited to nine students.
Accepted students are responsible for their own transportation to and accommodations in the New York area for the six-week duration of the workshop. Enrollees must commit to attendance at all six sessions.
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.
To apply, click here, or contact Rick Baitz at
Six sessions, to be held in the BMI media room, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St, NYC 10007 (except for Session 5, recording session).
1. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, 4-7 PM
2. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, 4-7 PM
3. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, 4-7 PM
4. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, 4-7 PM
(Two-week break to prepare final project)
5. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 – Recording Session, 2:30-6:00 PM, location TBD
6. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, 4-7 PM