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What are "composing teams" and how do I become part of one?
Composing teams are groups of composers,usually working for one "lead" composer, that do television series work. Composing teams have been very popular in the animation world, since there is a need for many minutes of music per show and time schedules are often limited.

But with the advance of MIDI gear and the overall improvements in computer hardware, software, samplers and digital editing, many animation teams have disappeared and have been replaced by individual composers with massive synth/sampler setups.

However, composing teams still do exist (just check the credits on many current animation shows) and can be a great opportunity to learn things by working with and for some established composers.

Requirements for becoming part of a composing team include existing talent and ability in writing the type/style of music that the team works with, great people skills (to get along with and work with other team members), and living in an area where these teams exist. As of yet, long-distance teams that collaborate via the Internet or some other method are not yet common, but web companies such as Rocket Network are working hard to create extensive online collaboration networks that may soon change the way that composing teams are formed and operated.

Bottom line: try and find out if composing teams exist in the city/town you live in, and make yourself known to the people in charge of the teams. Get your demo to them, and emphasize your willingness to work on the team with the other composers. Once hired, make sure that you're at least getting "cue sheet credit" (for ASCAP/BMI/SESAC royalties) for the music you write even if you're not getting screen credit. Without cue sheet credit, you're only "ghostwriting" which has its own set of challenges.

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