The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has selected 12 aspiring composers to participate in the 20th annual ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop with composer and arranger Richard Bellis. The workshop begins July 8 in Los Angeles and runs through July.
For 20 years, the ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop has been a premier learning experience for emerging composers. The workshop gives participants a hands-on opportunity to work and learn in a professional composer's environment.
Bellis, an Emmy Award-winning composer, is a member of ASCAP's Board of Directors and author of The Emerging Film Composer. This year he celebrates his eleventh year with the program and once again led a panel selection of the workshop's 12 participants, who were selected from more than several hundred applicants worldwide. This group will take part in a series of seminars and training sessions provided by a cadre of industry professionals, agents, music attorneys and veteran music composers.
This year, guest speakers include Doug Frank, president of Music Operations for Warner Bros. Pictures; Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning composer John Debney; director Tom Shadyac; and music editor Jeff Carson. Industry veterans who regularly contribute their time and talent to the program include music editor Michael Ryan, co-founder of Mad 4 Music; Jo Ann Kane Music Services; recording engineer Armin Steiner; orchestrator David Slonaker; and concert master Endre Granat.
As part of the annual workshop, ASCAP selects scenes from contemporary films and challenges the participants to create an original musical score to dramatically enhance the scene.
For more information on the workshop, visit www.ascap.com/about/workshops.html#film.