Applications Now Being Accepted for Composing for the Screen 2009

Film Music Magazine • August 13, 2009

Applications are now being accepted for Composing For the Screen 2009, a film scoring mentorship program. The New York City-based program, sponsored by BMI and directed by composer Rick Baitz, selects a small number of emerging film composers and provides a series of workshops, followed by year-round continued consultation and development.

The program provides an opportunity for nine emerging film composers to participate in a high-level workshop, where film music is examined from several perspectives: historical, psychological, dramatic, cultural, kinesthetic. Using the facilities of the BMI Media room, participants will explore a wide range of film sources while composing, recording, reviewing, and sharing work in a supportive environment. For their final project, each participant will compose a cue to a well-known film, which will then be recorded by an ensemble consisting of prominent, top-notch New York recording artists. Students can gain greater confidence in their skills as film composers, a strong cue for their reel, an increased knowledge of the business of film music and an enhanced understanding of the art of composing for the screen.

During the year following the workshop, regular meetings will be held with the participants, to monitor, advise, and continue their development as film composers.

The program will be open to the emerging film composer who has some experience in film and wants to learn more about it. Free to accepted participants, it will be limited to seven students.

Qualifications for participants include experience and credits as a composer; ability to read music; some experience composing for film preferred. Applicant should have access to professional music production equipment, such as a computer, with composing software (such as Logic, Digital Performer or ProTools) and notation software (such as Sibelius or Finale); ability to create MIDI or hybrid scores.

All inquires about the workshop should be addressed to Rick Baitz at


By Jerryl Bell on August 13th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I am interested. Film scoring is a dream of mine…how do I obtain an application?

By Tony De Luca on August 17th, 2009 at 11:04 am

Dear Sir,
I would love to participate in your program to be a film composer.
I really feel I have the talent to do this. Thank you.

Sincerely Yours,
Tony De Luca

By Tony De Luca on August 17th, 2009 at 11:05 am

Dear Sir,
How do I sign up?

Sincerely Yours,
Tony De Luca

By Matt on September 14th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

To the above posters — no one is going to see your comments on this page. This is just a news article about the opportunity, which is announced on BMI’s website here:

If you read the notice above, you will see that you should contact Rick Baitz at the address provided, or, you can fill out the application by clicking on the link I just gave.

By Matt on September 14th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Oops, the deadline already passed, never mind.

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