NEWPORT BEACH, CA (Jan. 17, 2003) - Billy Martin, the award-winning composer whose outlets include such media icons as Walt Disney Pictures, Universal, Fox, the Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and ABC, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Society of Composers and Lyricists. The SCL Advisory Board and Board of Directors contain many of the top industry professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the interesting and pressing issues of the film music industry today. The new Board of Directors were announced at the SCL annual membership meeting on Wednesday, January 15th 2003.

The Board oversees and coordinates all of the activities of the SCL including seminars, educational events, the Mentor program for young composers, and the annual State of the Art Conference. Billy, who has been a member of the SCL for 5 years, is currently Chairman of the Website Committee, and is responsible for all aspects of the SCL website at

"The website is one of our most valuable means of communication to our members and to the world", said Billy. "By serving on the board, I can stay in the loop on all of the issues that affect the SCL, be a more effective Website Chairman, and broaden my service to other areas. It's an honor to serve in an organization whose advisory board includes legendary figures like Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard, Howard Shore, and Hans Zimmer."

Martin has written for numerous film and television productions including Steven Spielberg Presents Toonsylvania, Land Before Time VIII (Universal), Cinderella II (Disney), Silent Predators (TBS), American Tail IV (Universal), and Land Before Time VI (Universal). He is a winner of several film music awards including A Song For Jade (Calfeye Films) - Winner, 2001 Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award, and Requiem (Ungerfilm) - Winner, 1999 Cine Golden Eagle Award. His most recent work includes composing additional music for the Charlotte’s Web movie sequel due for release on DVD later this year. As a songwriter, he has contributed songs to feature films including Outside Providence and Selena while television series from Touched by an Angel to Murphy Brown have also featured his lyrics and music.

In addition, Billy created the original orchestral music for a trio of animated games centred on Disney’s feature film Treasure Island, released on PC and Mac, to coincide with the movie based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel. Other titles for which Martin has written music for game animation include Hunchback of Notre Dame, Jungle Book Rhythm and Groove, and Lion King II. He also composed the music for Ubisoft’s Tarzan Untamed and Disney’s Phonics Quest which were nominated by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences for 2002 Console Children's Game of the Year and 2002 Computer Educational Title of the Year, respectively. More information on Billy Martin is available online at