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Composer Tom Holkenborg Launches SCORE Academy

Film composer Tom Holkenborg today launched SCORE Academy, an annual year-long program, created in collaboration with ASCAP, that offers emerging composing talents the chance at hands-on instruction, up-close and personal with one of Hollywood’s most in-demand composers.

Tom Holkenborg’s SCORE Academy provides a singular opportunity. Students will be receiving a full-contact curriculum, designed by Holkenborg himself, to educate a new generation of film composers and ready them for the demands of Hollywood. The Academy aims to raise students skill sets to the highest level in all aspects of scoring, sound design programming, music production, music technology and film music business.

“I have always been a passionate advocate of making education accessible to all, and my SCORE Academy will provide the hands-on tuition and training that’s required to make it as a composer,” said  Holkenborg. “Vocational education in this field is invaluable, and SCORE Academy will equip our students with the tools they need to succeed.”

The course will be offered annually to students for free, furthering Holkenborg’s commitment to providing education resources to emerging composers. Holkenborg already produces and funds the free online tutorial series Studio Time, which over three seasons has amassed a following of over 100,000 YouTube subscribers and given people around the world invaluable insight into his composition process. Holkenborg also held an Associate Professor position at ArtEZ Academy of Music in the Netherlands, where he created a four year bachelor program called Media Music.

Tom Holkenborg’s SCORE Academy will mentor selected emerging film composers, taking a deep dive into production; tackling mixing, building sample libraries, working in surround sound, cue structure, sample and plug-in usage, among many other technical skills. Outside the studio the program will also provide tuition on navigating director/composer relationship and work-flow, marketing and promotion, and the business side of Hollywood.

Holkenborg is one of Hollywood’s truly unique talents, a full-contact composer, renowned for his maverick approach, and mastery of studio technology and instrumentation. He has over 120 scoring credits in film, video game and television music including Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road, Black Mass, Alita: Battle Angel, Divergent and the forthcoming Terminator: Dark Fate. He has worked with directors including Robert Rodriguez, George Miller, Tim Miller and James Cameron, and his movies have grossed over $2 billion at the box office.

Find the application for SCORE Academy online.