12 Gifted Composers From Six Countries Selected For Exclusive ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop

June 29, 2017

Acclaimed Program Has Launched Careers of Dozens of Award-Winning Alumni

 LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2017 -- ASCAP, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announced the 12 composer participants selected for its prestigious annual ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, now in its 29th yearLed by Emmy Award-winning composer Richard Bellis, the comprehensive 4-week program takes place in Los Angeles.  It culminates when each aspiring composer has the opportunity to record their original score for a major motion picture scene using the same tools as a world-class composer: a 64-piece orchestra at the historic Newman Scoring Stage at FOX Studios.

The Workshop, supported by The ASCAP Foundation, is known in Hollywood circles for grooming some of the world’s top composers, connecting them with agents, music supervisors, attorneys and A-list Hollywood studio executives. Among the program’s alumni since its 1988 launch are Jim Dooley (TNT’s Last Ship, Emmy winner for ABC’s Pushing Daisies,); Rob Duncan (NBC’s Timeless; multi-Emmy nominee for the ABC hit Castle, and Starz’s Missing); Matthew Margeson (2017 film Rings, 2016 films Eddie the Eagle and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, International Film Music Critics Award winner for 2015 hit The Kingsmen: Secret Service); Mateo Messina (Oscar-winning 2007 film Juno, NBC’s Superstore and Hulu’s Casual); Layla Minoui (Bravo’s Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce), Julia Newmann (additional music for hit FOX TV series Bones); and Joe Trapanese (ABC’s Quantico; 2016 film Allegiant, 2015 hit film Straight Outta Compton).

“I’m so proud of the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop and the opportunity we have been able to offer these young composers who have worked so hard to earn their place in this exclusive group,” said Shawn LeMone, ASCAP SVP Membership. ASCAP supports its members in all stages of their careers and it is gratifying to get see them go on to make their marks in the film and television industry. 

The Workshop is produced by ASCAP Film and TV membership executives Michael Todd and Jennifer Harmon. Participants are chosen from more than 300 applicants by a team of 20 professional composers. This year’s participants are:

●  Bronson Buskett (Los Angeles, CA)

●  Tyler Durham (Nixa, MO)

●  Bernhard Eder (Vienna, Austria)

●  Riley Hughes (Los Angeles, CA)

●  Ana Kasrashvili (Rustavi, Georgia)

●  Jonathan Keith (Los Angeles, CA)

●  Levente Kovacs (Vienna, Austria)

●  Alexander Lecluyse (Paris, France)

●  Antoni Mairata March (Madrid, Spain)

●  Nolan Markey (Los Angeles, CA)

●  Drew Mikuska (Los Angeles, CA)

●  Megumi Sasano (Los Angeles/Japan)

Among the scoring legends and top-tier composers that have lectured at the Workshop are: 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.


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 over 800,000 members representing more than 10.5 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. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

About The ASCAP Foundation

Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org


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