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BASCA presents: Media Composer Conference

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Date(s) - 20/04/2018
9:15 am - 6:30 pm

Milton Court Hall, Guildhall School of Music & Drama

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has curated a dedicated and focused day for media composers, bringing together industry experts and high profile composers from the worlds of film, TV, adverts and gaming.

Returning for the second year, the conference will consist of panel discussions and interviews throughout the day, ending with a keynote interview with Academy Award-winning film composer Rachel Portman OBE

Leading media composers and industry experts will cover video game music, the booming production music industry, music supervision and share invaluable advice for music creators.

There will also be plenty of networking opportunities with a dedicated session at the end of the conference, where you will be able to speak with many of the panellists and other composers.


9:15am – Registration and Refreshments

9:50am – 10:00am – Introduction to BASCA and Day Overview

10:00am – 10:50am – The Composer Team
A roundtable discussion with the team of people that creatively and technically support the composer. Speakers include film and TV composer and arranger/conductor Andrew Skeet (Black Mirror, ITV’s Victoria), film music mixer Rich Aitken (Silent Witness, Killzone 2) composer, sound designer and producer Simon Ashdown (Britannia, Ex Machina), composer for film, TV & concert works Laura Rossi (Battle of the Somme, London to Brighton) and BAFTA award-winning music editor John Warhurst (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Les Misérables).

11:00am – 11:50am – Video Game Music
Featuring some of the industry’s top composers in this relatively new genre of composition who will discuss topics such as how do I break into this industry? What are the specific challenges of working in the interactive medium compared with other entertainment forms?

Speakers include Ivor Novello Award winning composer & sound designer Joris De Man (Horizon Zero Dawn, Killzone), BAFTA and IFMCA award winner James Hannigan (Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings), BAFTA winning contemporary classical composer Jessica Curry (Dear Esther, So Let Us Melt), award-winning Bristol based film, TV and video games composer Tess Tyler (LEGO Group games, Dead and Burried) and panel chair Richard Jacques, who is a multi award winning, BAFTA and Ivor Novello nominated composer for film, TV and video games (James Bond 007: Blood Stone, Alice in Wonderland).

12:00pm – 12:50pm – Meet the Music Supervisors
An in-depth panel discussion examining the current landscape of the industry, the relationship between the composer and director, full of tips and advice on what music supervisors are looking for and how best to secure sync deals.

Speakers include Managing Director of Native Music Dan Neale, Music Director of Soho Music Laura Harrison,  international music supervisor Michelle De Vries and moderated by BASCA board director Mark Ayres.

12:50pm – 2:00pm – Lunch (included in your booking)

2:00pm – 3:20pm – Surviving as a Media Composer: Tips + Tricks
From publishing, networking, pitching and communicating with directors, we look at the art of navigating a career as a professional media composer.

BASCA Media Executive Committee member and BAFTA nominated Kevin Sargent (Ordinary Lies, The Wrong Mans) will be joined by composer and collaborator Tom Hodge (McMafia, Vodafone, Sky Formula 1) BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Nainita Desai (Earth’s Natural Wonders, The Confessions of Thomas Quick), BAFTA and three times Ivor Novello Award winner Rob Lane (Channel 4’s Elizabeth, The A Word) and composer of some of the biggest entertainment programmes on British TV Paul Farrer (The Weakest Link, Dancing on Ice).

3:30pm – 4:20pm – Production Music
Writing production music can offer you a good income and flexibility in your everyday life, but with so many options out there, has the industry reached saturation point?

Speakers include Sarah Pickering, Head of Promotions at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Natalie Dickens, MD and owner of Felt Music (The Grand Tour, Pepsi), Caspar Kedros, Director of Production at BMG Music UK (The Shape of Water, BBC Sport Relief), Dan Graham, owner of Gothic Storm (Black Panther, Blade Runner 2049) and BASCA board director Marc Sylvan (Pointless, Million Pound Drop).

4:30pm – 4:45pm – Tea/coffee break

4:45pm – 5:45pm – IN CONVERSATION WITH… Rachel Portman OBE – Interviewed by Nainita Desai and Q+A
British composer Rachel Portman became the first female composer to win an Academy Award, which she received for the score of Emma. She was also the first female composer to win a Primetime Emmy Award, which she received for the film, Bessie. She has received two further Academy Nominations for The Cider House Rules and Chocolat, which also earned her a Golden Globe Nomination. She has also written stage and concert works, among them commissions from the BBC Proms and Houston Grand Opera. In 2010 Rachel was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

5:45pm – Networking (drinks included in your booking)

Media Composer Conference 2016 testimonials:

“Thank you for such an informative and encouraging day. It was wonderful to hear about the industry from such a variety of perspectives.” – Charlotte Harding (composer, producer, orchestrator)

“This has been by far the best BASCA event I’ve been to.” – David Lawrence (composer, songwriter, producer)

“I thought all the panels & keynotes were wonderfully inspiring. Everyone I spoke to & met was of the same opinion.” – Martin Gratton (composer, arranger, performer)

Tickets are available to buy now! All tickets include lunch & complimentary drinks during the evening networking session.

WIN a prize bundle from Time+Space worth over £2,000!

We’ve teamed up with online suppliers of virtual instruments, audio plugins & sample libraries Time+Space to offer one lucky delegate a prize bundle of one of each of the following:

*Gothic Instruments Complete Bundle*
*iZotope Ozone 8 Advanced version*
*Toontrack – Superior Drummer 3*
*Synthogy – Ivory II Studio Grands*
*Red Room Audio – SAGA Acoustic Trailer Percussion*
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*Output Analog Brass and Winds*

PLUS all delegates will receive 15% off at Time+Space, 33% off Soundiron products and 25% off Dorico scoring software

BASCA Professional and Standard members £35 | BASCA Digital members £55 | Affiliate Organisations £69 | General Public £79 (+ booking fees)

Please book tickets via Eventbrite here.