Score-Com 2012

Two-Day Symposium with Richard Glasser & Aaron Zigman

“You’re Hired!  How to Get Work and Stay Working as a Film/TV/Media Composer”


Two – Day Symposium with Richard Glasser & Aaron Zigman

Sat. April 14, 2012: 10 am – 6 pm – networking event in the evening
Sun. April 15, 2012: 10 am – 6 pm

At Ocean Way Studios
On Nashville’s “Music Row” – 1200 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37212 – Tel. 615.320.3900
Click here for a map/directions – free parking is available on adjacent streets
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The Nashville Composers Association and Film-Com are pleased to present the two-day seminar “You’re Hired!  How to Get Work and Stay Working as a Film/TV/Media Composer” with Music Executive of The Weinstein Company, Richard Glasser, and LA-based Film composer, Aaron Zigman (see bios below).

Attendees of “You’re Hired!” will learn about how and why composers are hired (and fired), and how a successful, continuous creative and working relationship between composer, music supervisor and film company plays out.  Having recently worked together on “The Company Men” and “I Don’t Know How She Does It”, Richard and Aaron will bring you their collective experience making music for some of the most well-known films in recent years.  Topics that will be covered in the symposium include:

  • How and why composers are hired – or not hired.
  • How “themes get the job” – how to present thematic ideas.
  • How to approach music for a scene – when to start a cue, when to finish, etc.
  • How to score with a “story telling” approach vs. a “visual” approach.
  • How score and song can work together, and why the choice of one over the other is made
  • Mockups: how they’re used and how they relate to the final cut
  • Temp scores: how to interpret them, what genres they’re most appropriate for, and how to write from them.
  • The importance of composer networking, promotion, relationships, etc.
  • How to work with music editors
  • How scoring sessions work, working with musicians, recording locations, etc.
  • How to create a proper music cue sheet, residuals.

And lots more.

Symposium attendees will also have the opportunity to score a short film clip that will be played at the symposium and Richard and Aaron will critique.  This is completely optional, but will provide invaluable and positive feedback on your music from top pros.  After all the attendees scores are reviewed, the actual final music from the film will be shown.  If you would like to participate in the scoring critique, click here for further info.

All symposium attendees are invited to a Film-Com networking event on the evening of Saturday the 14th.  Exact time and location TBA.  Feel free to bring your business cards, demos, or any other promotional materials!

All paid attendees will also receive all-access laminates to attend Film-Com film and television business seminars, plus the New Project Expo at Titans Stadium Club.

Please click this link to register:  Seating is limited.  Regular enrollment fee: $85 – paid NCA members’ fee: $55.


A Motown recording artist Richard began writing music at age 14.  He’s produced the soundtracks for  “Crash,” “The Kings Speech” (Academy Award for Best Picture), “Sarah’s Key”, “Spy Kids, “Scream 4”, “The Tillman Story”, “I Don’t Know How She Does It”, “My Week With Marilyn”, “Butter”, “Iron Lady”, “Blue Valentine”,  “The Illusionist;” “Painted Veil” (Alexandre Desplat Golden Globe Winner: Best Score); “Kickin’ It Old Skool;” “Hostage;” “Resurrecting the Champ;” “Chumscrubber;” (James Horner) “Matador;” “The Good Night”, “The Final Season” “Winter Passing;” and “Shortcut to Happiness (Chris Young).” He is currently the “Executive In Charge of Music” at The Weinstein Company.

Mr. Glasser has also served as Music Supervisor for major motion pictures such as “Hostage,” starring Bruce Willis; “Painted Veil,” starring Ed Norton and Naomi Watts; “The Illusionist”; “Kickin’ It Old Skool,” starring Jamie Kennedy; “First Snow,” starring Guy Pearce; “Gray Matters,” starring Heather Graham; “Find Me Guilty,” starring Vin Diesel; and “Even Money,” starring Danny DeVito.

His songs have been recorded by some of the music industry’s top artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Vicki Carr, Anne Murray, and Vic Damone. Mr. Glasser has worked with such artists as Ann Cusack, Tara Lipinski, Alison Lohman, Tara Reid, Burt Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Diahann Carroll, Ed McMahon, Dick Clark, Debbie Reynolds, Doc Severinson, Joey Heatherton and many others. Mr Glasser has worked with the following entertainment companies as a music supervisor and consultant: Yari Film Group (CRASH) (Illusionist) (Painted Veil); Fintage International (Film and Music Publishing); The Mark Gordon Company (Hostage); EMI; RCA; Universal Music; Sony Pictures; Sony Music; Capital Records; Ryko Disk (Illusionist), Hollywood Records (HOAX), Splendid Pictures International (Music and Film Investment); Cutting Edge Entertainment (Co-Founder, Executive Producer & Film Investment); Warner Bros. Music (Painted Veil); Rondor Music International (Recording and Music Publishing); LBS Communications (Bay Watch) Music and TV and Film Programming; Scottie Bros. Records (Recording and Publishing companies); Screen Gems (Music Publishing); All American (TV and Film Programming); and A & M Records (Recording and Publishing). Mr Glasser has also produced the following albums: “CRASH” (both Soundtrack and Music Inspired By releases); “The Illusionist;” “Painted Veil” (Golden Globe Winner: Best Score); “Kickin’ It Old Skool;” “Hostage;” “Resurrecting the Champ;” “Chumscrubber;” “Matador;” “The Good Night”, “The Final Season” “Winter Passing;” and “Shortcut to Happiness.”

AARON ZIGMAN (Music by) is quickly proving to be one of the most prolific and versatile composers in film music today.

A classically trained pianist since childhood, Zigman began his musical career as a session keyboardist, arranger, and as a producer to popular music stars.  Soon his resume boasted names like Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, Oleta Adams, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Chicago, Nona Gaye, Carly Simon, Huey Lewis, Christina Aguilera and Seal.

Zigman got his start in feature film composing in 2002 when director Nick Cassavetes, a friend who knew of his pop background and his orchestral works, offered him a shot at “John Q,” starring Denzel Washington.  He wrote an extravagant six-minute opening montage, recorded it with a 55-piece orchestra, and submitted it as a demo. The director, editor and studio were impressed, and he got the job.  Not too long after, the two collaborated again on “The Notebook,” starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands and James Garner, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel.  Their most recent collaboration was “My Sister’s Keeper,” starring Cameron Diaz.

Zigman’s credits include the family adventure fantasy film “Bridge to Terabithia;” “Akeelah & The Bee,” starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett; “Mr. Magourium’s Wonder Emporium,” which he co-scored with Alexandre Desplat; the period drama “Flash of Genius,” starring Greg Kinnear; and the dark drama “Alpha Dog” with frequent collaborator Nick Cassavettes.  In the past few years, Zigman composed the scores to three romantic hits – “Sex And The City,” “The Proposal” starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, and “The Ugly Truth,” starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler.  In addition, Zigman scored the last 8 Tyler Perry films, including Perry’s serious drama “For Colored Girls”.   Other scores by this very talented musician include “Sex And The City  2,”  “The Company Men,” starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper, and “What’s Your Number?, starring Anna Faris”, and “I don’t know how she does it”  a recent collaboration with “The Weinstein Co.”  Starring Sara Jessica Parker, and Pierce Brosnan.