ASCAP Announces Scholarship and Grant Recipients from 22nd Annual Television and Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis

Los Angeles, CA, September 17, 2010: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has announced that four aspiring composers who took part in the 22nd annual Television and Film Scoring Workshop with ASCAP Board Member and award-winning composer and arranger Richard Bellis have been awarded scholarships from The ASCAP Foundation and a grant from The Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles (RMA-LA).

The ASCAP Foundation provided three scholarships to honor the legacy of ASCAP composers Harold Arlen, Steve Kaplan and David Rose. Recipients were selected in recognition of their achievements and creative talents demonstrated during the Workshop. Additionally, a special RMA-LA grant was awarded to one individual to provide assistance towards the costs of a demo recording session with the Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles. A committee consisting of both industry professionals and ASCAP staff selected the four recipients who were among a group of 12 talented composers who participated in this year's Workshop.

The ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis is an intensive month-long program widely known as a major educational and networking opportunity for aspiring composers. It featured prestigious guest speakers from the highest levels of the film and television music industry. It is largely funded by The ASCAP Foundation Fred Steiner and Nathan East Fund, established thanks to the generosity of ASCAP members Fred Steiner and Nathan East.

This year's Workshop activities included a visit to Sony's Scoring Stage during the recording session of Brian Tyler's score to the film Battle: Los Angeles; hands-on orchestration review sessions at JoAnn Kane Music Services; a visit to Hans Zimmer's Remote Control facilities; conducting rehearsals on the Newman Scoring stage at 20th Century Fox Studios; an evening with two-time Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami; and an evening with Emmy-nominated Workshop alum Rob Duncan. The Workshop culminated with a recording session with a 61-piece orchestra, held on the Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage. Each participant walked away with a fully-orchestrated demo from their individual recording sessions on the scoring stage.

The scholarship and grant recipients are:

Pete Seibert - The ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Film & TV Award Scholarship
A native of Los Angeles, Seibert is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He has worked on the films Dear John (additional arranging), Fame (conducting/piano) and Alice in Wonderland (scoring assistant).

Peter Bateman - The ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Scholarship
Bateman studied music in the U.K., before moving to Los Angeles. Over the past three years he has assisted and orchestrated for a variety of film and video game composers.  He has also written
music for short and feature length movies.

Corey Wallace - The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Scholarship
Wallace, a graduate of USC, has scored three independent feature length films while continuing to work on high profile USC projects.

Layla Minoui - The Recording Musicians Association of LA Grant
Minoui, a graduate of USC, has worked on several independent films and is currently working with composer Robert Duncan on TV series such as Castle and The Gates.

About the Scholarships and Grant

The ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Scholarship:
The Steve Kaplan TV and Film Studies Scholarship was established by the family and friends of late composer, performer and producer Steve Kaplan. Kaplan's talents and credits spanned 25 years, and he was versatile in multiple musical genres. As an award-winning composer, Kaplan contributed songs, themes and musical scores to many popular television shows and films. He received four ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for his work on the syndicated game shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. This scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for one participant to further his/her career in the field of television and film composing.

The ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Film & TV Award Scholarship:
Sam and Joan Arlen established the Harold Arlen Film & TV Award in recognition of Harold Arlen's 100th birthday in 2005. Harold Arlen composed the songs for The Wizard of Oz and has written over 400 songs including favorites like "It's Only A Paper Moon," "Stormy Weather," "I've Got the World on A String," and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive."

The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Scholarship:
The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Scholarship was established with a gift from The Rose Family Trust to honor television and film-scoring great David Rose. Rose's best-known works include the instrumental standards "Holiday for Strings" and "The Stripper," music for Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie and decades of work with radio and television star Red Skelton. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student working toward a career in scoring for film and/or television who is participating in ASCAP's Film & Television Scoring Workshop.

The Recording Musicians Association of LA Grant:
The RMA-LA grant is presented to the participant with the highest average score as judged by the RMA, based upon the following criteria: podium procedure, composition, and general musicality.