Reference Books | Periodicals, Directories, etc. | Professional Organizations
FILM & TV | REFERENCE BOOKS
Complete Guide to Film Scoring
Richard Davis. Berklee Press, 2nd edition. (2010)
Essential for anyone interested in the business, process and procedures of writing music for film or television, this book teaches the Berklee approach to the art, covering topics such as: preparing and recording a score, contracts and fees, publishing, royalties, copyrights and much more. Features interviews with 21 top film-scoring professionals, including Michael Kamen, Alf Clausen, Alan Silvestri, Marc Shaiman, Mark Snow, Harry Gregson-Williams and Elmer Bernstein. Now updated with info on today's latest technology, and invaluable insights into finding work in the industry.
The Emerging Film Composer: An Introduction to the People, Problems, and Psychology of the Film Music Business
Richard R. Bellis (2007)
Written by ASCAP Board member and Emmy Award-winning composer Richard Bellis, The Emerging Film Composer speaks to the following issues and more: Why do filmmakers like the music they like? What makes them comfortable or uncomfortable when it comes time to put music in their film? how can you make them want to like your cues? how do you"court the muse" on a deadline? How much are you worth, and can you live on that? How can you increase your efficiency in the studio or at your writing desk? How can you get your next job while working on the current one?
Musician's Business & Legal Guide
Mark Halloran. Prentice Hall; 4th edition. (2007).
Definitive in scope and written specifically for musicians by respected legal and business experts in the music industry, this text covers nearly all of the confusing business and legal situations musicians find themselves in on the way to and through a professional career. It focuses on issues as they are actually practiced - with clause-by-clause commentaries on most all the major music industry contracts.
The Reel World: Scoring For Pictures
Jeff Rona. Hal Leonard Corporation; 2nd edition (2009)
This updated how-to guide takes you inside the world of creating music for film and television. Packed with case studies and insider's tips, The Reel World - 2nd Edition lets you learn by example how to ensure musical aesthetics, use the most effective technology and techniques, understand the business side of things, and nurture positive relationships with music editors, directors, producers, recording engineers, musicians, and music executives. The author uses his real-world experience working as a composer in television and film to show you what it takes to do the job, how it's done, and how you can do it, too. If you want to work as a composer, scoring for film, television and other visual media, The Reel World - 2nd Edition is just the guide you've been looking for to help you get started in this fascinating and rewarding industry.
FILM & TV Periodicals and Directories
Film Music Magazine
Film Score Monthly
The Hollywood Reporter
Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
FILM & TV | Professional Organizations
ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES (AMPAS)
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
AMPAS presents the Academy Awards and other film industry programs, seminars, and publications.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
Suite 600, Paramount Building
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
(212) 869-1330; toll free (800) 762-3444
The AFM is a trade union that represents professional U.S. and Canadian musicians in collective bargaining and contract negotiations in all aspects of the entertainment industry. It also publishes The International Musician.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS (AFTRA)
260 Madison Ave. 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10016
AFTRA is a trade union which represents performing artists in radio and television in collective bargaining and contract negotiations.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MUSIC ARRANGERS AND COMPOSERS
c/o The Proper Image
P.O. Box 17840
Encino, CA 91416
(818) 994-4661 Fax (818) 994-6181
ASMAC represents the artistic and professional interests of arrangers, composers and orchestrators; presents workshops and clinics for members and students; produces the Take One newsletter six times a year, and presents several annual awards.
FILM MUSIC NETWORK
Los Angeles Chapter:
1146 N. Central Ave #103
Glendale, CA 91202
New York Chapter:
244 Fifth Ave., Suite 2882
New York, NY 10001
The Film Music Network's Los Angeles and New York chapters host monthly networking events for the express purpose of helping professionals to learn more about the industry, make contacts, and expand their businesses. Each month the events include guest speakers who discuss industry issues and subjects -- questions and participation from attendees are welcome. L.A. events are held the first Monday of each month; New York events are the second Monday. Call for location and membership information.
THE FILM MUSIC SOCIETY
1516 South Bundy Drive, Suite 305
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Sparked into action when a major film studio discarded over 40 years of priceless original music recordings and artifacts, the Film Music Society (formerly The Society for the Preservation of Film Music) is dedicated to educating, recognizing, preserving and documenting film music, and acting as an information center on film music and its composers. The Society publishes a quarterly journal, The Cue Sheet, which reports news of the Society's activities, publishes a variety of film music articles, book reviews and new resources.
INDEPENDENT FEATURE PROJECT (IFP)
104 W. 29th St., 12th floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 465-8200
IFP is a non-profit membership organization which provides information services including panels, seminars and conferences; "Independents Night" (a monthly showcase of features, shorts, documentaries and works-in-progress held in New York); and the Independent Feature Film Market (a festival held annually in the fall). The organization also has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Miami. IFP's excellent web site provides a wealth of information and contacts.
MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (MPAA)
15503 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436
The MPAA is a trade organization for the motion picture industry; responsible for film ratings and other issues of industry policy.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES (NATAS)
110 W. 57th Street, Suite 1020
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (212) 586-8424 / Fax: (212) 266-8129
NATAS presents the Emmy Awards and other programs and seminars for the television industry.
THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS
8447 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 401
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 281-2812 / Voicemail
(310) 284-4861 / Fax