BMI Foundation Opens 22nd Annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship for Aspiring Film Composers

Film Music Magazine • November 5, 2009

The BMI Foundation has announced the opening of the 22nd annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship for aspiring film composers under the age of 35. The Fellowship was established by the BMI Foundation and Pete Carpenter’s family, colleagues, and friends to honor the late co-composer of television themes and scores including The A-Team, Magnum P.I., The Rockford Files, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hunter and Riptide.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work for 4-5 weeks with BMI composer Mike Post, Pete Carpenter’s partner and friend and writer of such TV themes as NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and Law and Order. There will also be an opportunity to meet with other distinguished theatrical, film, and television composers. In addition, the winner will receive a $3,000 stipend for travel and expenses.

Applications for the 2009 Pete Carpenter Fellowship will be available online at, via e-mail to, or by writing to Linda Livingston, BMI Foundation, 8730 Sunset Blvd., 3rd Floor West, Los Angeles, CA 90069. The postmark deadline for entries is January 29, 2010.

The BMI Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions and grants. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation come primarily from songwriters, composers and publishers, BMI employees and members of the public with a special interest in music. Because both the Foundation staff and the distinguished members of the Advisory Panel serve without compensation, over 95% of all donations and income are used for charitable grants.


By Dennis R. Savage, Producer on May 8th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Hello, I had the pleasure of attending a seminar yesterday, May 7th held by the South Eastern Connecticut Film Makers where the guest speaker was Brenton Costa, recipient of the Pete Carpenter Fellowship award.
Not being familiar with the BMI honor I found this web site in an effort to educate myself. Is there a reason that the information has not been updated to show the most recent winners?
I was very impressed with Mr. Costa and I see much potential for his success in the industry of music composition. Thank you, Dennis

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