Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the U.S. performing right organization, and composer Rick Baitz have partnered to present the New York City-based program "Composing for the Screen" 2012. The immersive seminar will take place over six weekly sessions beginning Thursday, September 13 and ending Thursday, October 18 at the BMI Media Room (7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007).

"Composing for the Screen" provides an opportunity for nine emerging film composers to participate in a high-level workshop, where film music will be examined from many perspectives: historical, psychological, dramatic, stylistic, and more. Using the facilities of the BMI Media Room, participants will explore a wide range of film excerpts, including: composing, recording, and sharing work in a supportive environment. For each student's final project, he or she will compose a cue to a well-known film, which will then be recorded by top-notch New York studio musicians.

Students will leave the workshop with greater confidence in their own voices as film composers, a strong cue for his or her reel, an increased understanding of the business of film music, and greater sensitivity to the art of composing for the screen. During the year following the workshop, regular meetings will be held with the group, to share work and discuss students' development as film composers.

"Composing for the Screen" will be open to the emerging film composer who has some experience in film and wants to learn more about it. Free to accepted participants, the program will be limited to nine students.

Application packets for "Composing for the Screen" can be downloaded at All applications must be received by Tuesday, August 21.

Program Schedule:

Six sessions, to be held at the BMI Media Room (7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007), except for Session 5, the final recording session, location TBA

1. Thursday, Sept. 13: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

2. Thursday, Sept. 20: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

3. Thursday, Sept 27: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

4. Thursday, October 4: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

5. Thursday, October 11: Recording session, time & location TBA

6. Thursday, October 18: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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