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Composers Lab FAQ

When is my application due?

Applications for the Music And Sound Design Labs must be postmarked by April 4th, 2014 in order to be reviewed.

What kind of materials do I need to send?

Once you fill out the online application form and have paid your application fee please also mail us the following:

  • Your printed application
  • A bio and resume
  • A written short statement (1 short paragraph explaining why you want to apply to the Lab)
  • $35 Application Fee (if paying by check)
  • A 15-minute music sample on CD (Please be sure to label the CD with each separate track listed. We want to know what we are listening to.)
  • You are also welcome (but not required) to include a DVD showing your work.

How will I know my application and materials have been received?

You’ll receive a confirmation email upon physical receipt of your materials.

Where do I send my materials?

2013 Composers Lab Application
c/o Jarom Rowland
Sundance Institute
5900 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90036 USA
(310) 360-1981

Can I apply for both the Music And Sound Design Lab: Documentary and the Music And Sound Design Lab: Feature Film?

Yes. On the web application it will ask you which lab you are applying for. You are welcome to select both. If you do select both, it will require you to indicate a preference. If you are selected to attend the Music And Sound Design Lab for Documentaries you will be ineligible for the Feature Film lab. Participants are not allowed to do both lab tracks in the same year. You don’t have to apply separately to each lab. There is only one application fee.

What if I go over 15 minutes on my demo CD?

That’s okay. Just try to keep it close.

Can I also send in a supplemental DVD?

Yes, please do. Although it is by no means mandatory.

Will I get my materials back?

If you’d like us to mail your submission materials back to you after the selection process, simply include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your application. Otherwise, your materials will be destroyed after selections have been made.

Do you accept international applicants?

Yes. However if selected international applicants may be asked to cover a portion of their airfare to the program.

I work with another composer - can we apply as a team?

Unfortunately we do not accept applicants who are a part of a team. We have resources to help individual composers only.

When will I know if I have been selected or not?

Participants for the Documentary track will be notified in early May. Participants for the Feature Film track will be notified the end of May.

If accepted into the program what do I have to pay?

You do not have to pay. If accepted as a Fellow into the program your costs associated with getting to and attending the lab are covered. This includes travel, lodging and meals.

How many people apply to the Lab?

We usually have over 350 applicants each year and those numbers keep rising. Between both labs there are 10 spots for Fellows.

If I am not accepted into the program can I receive feedback on my application?

Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions we receive we are unable to offer individual feedback to applicants.

Who are the Advisors at the Labs?

Advisors to the Lab have included composers: John Adams, Jeff Beal, Terence Blanchard, Carter Burwell, George S. Clinton, Stewart Copeland, Miriam Cutler, Danny Elfman, Osvaldo Golijov, Ca-mara Kambon, James Newton Howard, Mark Isham, Michael Kamen, Laura Karpman, Rolfe Kent, Thomas Newman, John Ottman, Basil Poledouris, Graeme Revell, Edward Shearmur, Shirley Walker, Harry Gregson-Williams, Alex Wurman, and Christopher Young.

Directors have included: Gregg Araki, Orlando Bagwell, Jon Else, Ulu Grosbard, Vikram Jayanti, Law-rence Kasdan, Kasi Lemmons, Peter Medak, Stanley Nelson, Robert Redford, Ron Shelton, Gus Van Sant, Jessica Yu, John Waters, and Mark Waters.

In addition, film and sound editor Walter Murch has been a Creative Advisor. Also Film Music Agents Robert Messinger, Richard Kraft and Vasi Vangelos have also attended as well as Music Editors Scott Johnson and Adam Smalley.