LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - July 11, 2016) - ASCAP, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announced the 12 composer participants selected for its prestigious Film Scoring Workshop. The intensive 4-week program, led by Emmy award-winning composer Richard Bellis, begins today in Los Angeles. It culminates on August 1, when each aspiring composer has the opportunity to record their original film scene score using the same tools as a world-class composer: a 60-piece orchestra at Hollywood's historic Newman Scoring Stage at FOX Studios.

The Workshop, supported by The ASCAP Foundation, has a reputation for grooming some of the world's top composers and connecting them with A-list Hollywood studio executives, agents, attorneys and music supervisors. Among the program's alumni since its launch in 1988 are Brian Byrne (Golden Globe nominee and World Soundtrack Award winner for 2011 film Albert Nobbs); Jim Dooley (Emmy winner for TV series Pushing Daisies); Rob Duncan (multi-Emmy nominee for the hit series Castle, Missing and Last Resort); Matthew Margeson (International Film Music Critics Award for the hit 2015 film The Kingsmen: Secret Service); Mateo Messina (award-winning film Juno and NBC's Superstore); Julia Newmann (additional music for hit FOX TV series Bones); and Joe Trapanese (hit 2015 films Straight Outta Compton and The Divergent Series: Insurgent).

"The ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop has a fantastic history of developing successful film and television composers," said Shawn LeMone, ASCAP SVP Membership. "We're proud of the role that ASCAP plays in nurturing that talent and that we can provide our members with some of the greatest opportunities for music creators. We look forward to seeing our workshop composers continue to flourish as they advance in their careers."

Workshop participants are chosen from more than 300 applicants by a team of 20 professional composers. This year's composers are:

  • Paolo Agostini (resident: Thiene, Italy; country of origin: Italy)
  • Marco Valerio Antonini (resident: LA, CA; country of origin: Italy)
  • John Carey (resident: LA, CA; town of origin: Columbus, OH)
  • Anne-Kathrin Dern (resident: LA, CA; country of origin: Germany)
  • Forrest Gray (resident: LA, CA; town of origin: Sag Harbor, NY
  • Aaron Kenny (resident: NY, NY; country of origin: Australia)
  • Dan Martinez (resident: LA, CA; town of origin: Chicago, IL)
  • Nami Melumad (resident: LA, CA; country of origin: Israel)
  • Jules Pegram (resident: Ann Arbor, MI; town of origin: Greensboro, NC)
  • Nicolas Repetto (resident: LA, CA; country of origin: Argentina)
  • Lawrence Whitehead (resident: Cardiff, South Wales; country of origin: Wales)
  • Sebastian Zawadzki (resident: Copenhagen, Denmark; country of origin: Poland)

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 575,000 members representing more than 10 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.

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