Film Music Program

About Film Music Program

Sundance Institute Film Music Program, led by Peter Golub connects composers and directors, giving them first-hand experience of the collaborative process, with the goal of nurturing the development of music in film. At the Sundance Film Festival, the Program raises the profile of music in film through a series of concerts, events and panels.

Labs 

Each summer, Sundance Institute holds two Labs for composers, one focusing on feature film, the other on documentaries. Both Labs provide a group of talented composers with valuable first-hand experience composing for film. By pairing participating composers with emerging filmmakers supported by the Institute's Feature Film Program and Documentary Film Program, the two Labs aim to enhance the role of music in independent film. Each filmmaker/composer pair also works closely with an in-house Sound Designer from Skywalker Sound, where the Labs are held.

Sundance Music And Sound Design Labs At Skywalker Sound: Feature Film
Application The dealine to apply was April 6.
Lab Dates July 7-21, 2015
Size of Lab 6 Fellows
Location Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
Eligibility The Program is focused on supporting accomplished composers from a wide range of musical backgrounds, which may include composers with previous experience writing for film as well as accomplished composers working outside of film whose work is suitable for film scoring.
Description The Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound was launched in 2013 and brings together feature filmmakers, emerging film music composers, and Skywalker Sound affiliated sound designers.
Sundance Music And Sound Design Labs At Skywalker Sound: Documentary
Application The dealine to apply was April 6.
Lab Dates July 22-30, 2015
Size of Lab 4 Fellows
Location Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
Eligibility The Program is focused on supporting accomplished composers from a wide range of musical backgrounds, which may include composers with previous experience writing for film as well as accomplished composers working outside of film whose work is suitable for film scoring.
Description The Music and Sound Design Lab in Skywalker Sound was launched in 2013 and brings together documentary filmmakers, emerging film music composers, and Skywalker Sound affiliated sound designers.
Film Music Program @ NYU: Steinhardt
Tickets Available now
Date Saturday May 9, 2015
Location New York University, Lowes Theatre 35 West 4th St, Suite 777D NY, NY 10012
Eligibility Open to anyone; $20 fee required.
Description Hear from the top innovators in the world of Music and Sound for film and TV brought to you Sundance style in a day long, in-depth conference in collaboration with the historic Steinhardt School Of Music. Details and tickets available here.

Advice for Applicants

Instead of trying to second guess what the Selection Committee is looking for, make sure and send music that is uniquely yours, that represents your original voice. Don't be discouraged if you are not accepted on the first try; it is not uncommon for an applicant to be accepted after several attempts.


Support for the Film Music Program

The Sundance Institute Film Music Program is supported by Time Warner Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, BMI, City Drive Films, The Film Music Foundation, ASCAP, Green Hummingbird Entertainment, Joel Kellman, and Woodside Homes.