“Women in general rarely get any press within the film and television industry, which contributes to the perception that there are no women composing for film and television, which contributes to the perception that there are no women to hire for the good films that get the press and eventually the awards nominations, extending the decades long lack of women getting awarded in the industry, which feeds the perception that there are no women composers, and the cycle continues. I hear it and see it all the time”.
— Female Music Executive in a piece of private correspondence
Our panel of talented musical storytellers is sure to ignite a lively and engaging discussion about the issues facing female composers. With first class credits across a wide variety of disciplines, panelists will share career strategies, major issues within the industry and some juicy anecdotes along the way.
Come for a new perspective on the universal concerns of composers: temp scores, sample libraries, copyright agreements between director and composers, vertical layering in game composition, collaboration on big Broadway shows and more!
Micki Grant is a composer, lyricist and actor. She has been distinguished as a five-time Tony Award nominee for writing Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope and Your Arms Too Short to Box with God. Grant has triumphed, pushing past gender and racial attitudes to break through with many “firsts.” She is the first African-American contract player on a daytime TV soap (Another World). She is the first woman to win a Grammy for her score Don’t Bother Me… She is also the first woman and the first African-American to have two shows running on Broadway simultaneously. Grant received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Having Our Say. She is the recipient of the National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award (1999) and the AUDELCO’s Outstanding Pioneer Award in 2000. In addition to her Grammy for Best Score, she has been honored with an OBIE Award for music and lyrics, a Drama Desk Award for lyrics and performance, the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Dramatist Guild of America, and is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award.
Sarah Plant is a composer, flutist and keyboardist who scores feature films, documentaries, animations, multimedia, and museum installations. She was the Associate Music Director for Ang Lee's Oscar-nominated feature Eat Drink Man Woman, and has composed for PBS, ITVS, Bravo, Canal+, CBC, the Center for Asian American Media, the American Museum of Natural History, Bill T. Jones Dance Company and for Spanish, Swiss and other European TV. She has received awards and grants from the American Music Center, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Independent Television Service and ASCAP. Her compositions have been performed at the Kennedy Center, BAM, the Spoleto Festival and Carnegie Recital Hall. She also licenses an independent library of her music, specializing in Latin American and international styles.
Winifred Phillips is an award-winning composer. Her video game credits include Assassin’s Creed Liberation, The Da Vinci Code, God of War, Speed Racer, Shrek the Third, several LittleBigPlanet games, and many more. She has received a Global Music Award, an Interactive Achievement Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, two Hollywood Music in Media Awards, five Game Audio Network Guild Awards, and many others. Phillips is the author of the bestselling book, A Composer’s Guide to Game Music (The MIT Press). Called “a fine achievement!” by composer Harry Gregson-Williams, A Composer’s Guide to Game Music was described by The Boston Globe as “the first book designed to help experienced musicians brave the transition to the world of game composing.”
Elizabeth Rose (Moderator) has written songs for television, film and the New York stage. Her one-woman musical comedy, Relative Pitch, was produced by The Cherry Lane Theatre. Rose is a member of the NYSCL steering committee.
Produced by JoAnne Harris and Terry Lawler
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