August 01, 2013

ASCAP TV & Film Scoring Workshop Celebrates 25 Years

2013 Film Scoring Workshop

New York, NY, August 1, 2013: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its annual Television & Film Scoring Workshop from July 8th - August 1st, 2013, celebrating 25 years since the program first launched in 1988. Founded by composer Fred Karlin, and co-produced with ASCAP’s longtime veteran Nancy Knutsen, the Workshop has become one of the most well-respected educational programs for composers in the world. In 1998, Emmy Award-winning composer Richard Bellis joined the workshop as a mentor and has served in that position for the last 16 years. The Workshop is partially funded by the ASCAP Foundation.

The Workshop, which is held annually in Los Angeles, provides the training ground for young composers to score a scene from a feature film with a professional orchestra and all the support that an A-list composer would receive. With composers coming from every corner of the world, a meeting often looks a United Nations session. This year’s workshop included young composer-hopefuls from countries across the globe, including Australia, Austria, Colombia, Ireland, Peru, Spain and Sweden.

The 2013 Workshop participants: 

Jose Chick Aguirre
Erik Aho
Amie Doherty
Vicente Ortiz Gimeno
Raimund Hepp
Carlos Martín Jara
Norman Kim
Sebastian Örnemark
Erick Schroder
Marco Scorsolini
Joseph Twist
Daniel Velasco 

"The Workshop is about more than just inspiration and advice. We give our participants access to the same tools and contacts that the professionals use,” commented ASCAP Film & Television Workshop Co-Producer Michael Todd. “The idea is to further this specialized craft of scoring to picture, and to nurture the next generation of composers so the film and TV music ecosystem stays vibrant and growing."

Workshop Co-Producer Jennifer Harmon added: "Our participants come to the Workshop at a critical point in their careers.  We identify them just before they launch and provide a training ground for them to hone the skills they will need to succeed. Think of it as a finishing school."

The alumni list of the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop reads like a Who’s Who of acclaimed composers. Alumni have been honored with nominations and wins at the Primetime Emmys, César Awards, BAFTAs, Grammys, Golden Globes, ASCAP Film & TV Music Awards, Satellite Awards, Gemini Awards, Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) Awards, Spike Video Game Awards, Hollywood Music & Media Awards, Irish Film & Television Awards, International Film Music Critics Association Awards, World Soundtrack Awards, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, BAFTA Games Awards, Ivor Novello Awards and even the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. These include names like Michael Bearden (Lopez Tonight, Michael Jackson’s This Is It), Joseph Bishara (Insidious, The Conjuring), Brian Byrne (Albert Nobbs, Zonad), Jim Dooley (Pushing Daisies, Epic Mickey 1 & 2), Rob Duncan (Castle, Missing), Stephen Endelman (Made in Jersey, The Englishman Who Came Up a Hill and Went Down a Mountain), Brian Langsbard (Snapped, The Franchise), Matthew Margeson (Skyline, Kick Ass 2), Gerard Marino (God of War, God of War II), Mateo Messina (JunoYoung Adult), Trevor Morris (The Tudors, The Borgias), Julia Newmann (Bones, The Finder), John Nordstrom (One Tree Hill), Atli Örvarsson (Chicago Fire, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Didier Lean Rachou (Deadliest Catch, Powder Blue), Scott Starrett (The Event, Drop Dead Diva), Joe Trapanese (Oblivion, The Bourne Legacy), Marcus Trumpp (Mesrine: L’Instinct de Mort, Mesrine: L'Ennemi Public n°1), Erica Weis (1600 Penn), Eric Whitacre and Austin Wintory (Journey, Flow).

Among this year's ASCAP Primetime Emmy Award nominees are ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop alumni Robert Duncan (Last Resort) and Trevor Morris (The Borgias), both of whom were also nominated in 2012. Morris previously earned two Emmys for his themes for The Tudors and The Borgias.

Over the years, numerous scoring legends and top-tier composers have lectured at the Workshop, including Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Randy Newman, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, John Powell, Geoff Zanelli, Garry Schyman, Michael Levine, David Vanacore, Ron Jones, Jeff Cardoni, Michael Giacchino, Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders, Walter Murphy, Mark Isham, Alf Clausen, Ramin Djawadi, Bruce Broughton, Steve Porcaro, Jay Gruska, David Lawrence, Brian Tyler, Sean Callery, Mark Snow and John Debney.

As the highlight of the Workshop, this year's young composers recorded their own scores to a short movie scene (pre-selected by ASCAP) with a 60-piece orchestra at the Newman Stage on the FOX lot. With the help of the same scoring mixers and orchestrators that work with A-list composers, each Workshop participant was able to leave with a professional demo that will help kick start their career.

For more information on the 25th annual ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop, click here.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 700,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

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