We have recently welcomed Leah Flanagan, National Manager of peak body NATSIMO (National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music Office), to our committee. Leah has been working with Dale and Cameron to create vital strategic partnerships for an Indigenous Screen Composer Initiative. Indigenous Screen Composers represent less than .1% of all screen composers nationally (according to APRA’s database figures and screen credit research undertaken by the Education Committee).
In 2020, we have commenced research in partnership with NATSIMO and Screen Australia, toward developing and creating pathways for Indigenous composers. Opportunities for improvement include education, mentorships, internships and professional outcomes. We are working toward a paid internship for an Indigenous composer in the second half of 2021 and a Masters of Screen Composition Scholarship at AFTRS in 2022.
Brett Aplin and Dale have developed and delivered the free ‘Toolkit for the Emerging Screen Composer’ webinar to: Sydney Conservatorium, A.I.M., S.A.E, Collarts, Box Hill Institute, along with a national webinar delivery, made possible through our own Events committee & APRA. This webinar has connected the Guild to a number of tertiary institutions and their students in a meaningful way in 2020. Fiona Hill and Brett are spearheading the expansion of this program in 2021. These webinars are giving students and emerging screen composers much needed information, through the use of real life personal stories. Topics covered include scope of rights, negotiation, placing a value on your work, contractual language, understanding and coping with criticism, and the importance of community & communication within our sector.
Through these new connections, we have seen a number of new members joining the AGSC.
After much planning, Cliff Bradley and Luna Pan have, in the last few weeks, commenced filming a brand new interview series titled ‘Composer to Composer’. Our first interview features Clifford Bradley interviewing composer Michael Lira, recently nominated at the Screen Music Awards for Best Music in a Feature Film. Cliff and Michael talk about their recent feature film collaboration, including behind the scenes footage of recording sessions with orchestra.
Following this interview, we have two brilliant (top tier) female screen composers lined up to interview one another in January 2021 (announcement to follow).
‘Composer to Composer’ interviews provide in-depth insights into the diverse practises of working screen composers in this country & will be available to AGSC members very soon. Stay tuned!