A national association of professional music composers and producers for film, television and media

SCGC Apprentice Mentor Program  (AMP)


The 2018 Apprentice Mentor Program will open with:

 

CALL FOR MENTORS during the week of September 10, 2018
CALL FOR APPRENTICES during the week of September 17, 2018

 

For more program information, please request to :
Nicholas Stirling, AMP administration:
nstirling (at) screencomposers (dot) ca

What is The Apprentice Mentor Program?

The AMP is a legacy program unique in Canada, and entering its 17th year for 2018, allows us to provide opportunities for emerging composers starting out in the business to get some real, on-the-job training from real, working, professional composers.

The aim of the AMP is to educate and advance the level of expertise of emerging film composer Apprentices.  Through one-on-one partnering with a veteran Screen Composer Mentor, the select Apprentice is available to assist in many vital aspects of the Mentor’s composing and business activities during high-production periods.

The Mentor is able to select the timeline and duration of the placement to offer and benefit from this valuable skills exchange.  Apprentice candidates are selected on a competitive basis.  The number of candidates that are accepted into the program vary from year to year, and from region to region, but we have accepted as many as 22 apprentices in previous years.

Why Should I be interested?

Through testimonials we’ve been told by many graduate Apprentices and Mentors of the following benefits offered by this program and the experience:

These are some of the highlights possible with a tenure in the AMP.
  Your experience awaits!

How do I qualify to apply?

To maintain a consistent standard of professionalism, both Mentors and Apprentices must be current SCGC members in good standing at either the Associate or Professional level. Apprentices shall have at least one (1) media credit. Mentors are veteran composers with their own studio & business for 3 or more years.

Does it cost me to get in?

No. There is no cost to apply for the program.

Can it lead to a job?

Yes, in many instances there have been part-time and full-time work opportunities which continued between Apprentice and Mentor long after the program term had finished. (sometimes years!) The AMP is there to foster a relationship as well as a learning experience, and we gladly advocate for participants to work together after the program ends, without further involvement from the SCGC.

When does the program start?

Each September, there is an official Call for Entries to both Apprentice and Mentors in the SCGC membership. Specific terms commence after assessment and selection of candidates, usually between October and the following May 31st.

AMP placements are between 2-6 weeks in duration, with some allowances in timeline at the Mentor’s discretion.

Who decides the candidates?

The AMP Committee, chaired by 2nd Vice-President Darren Fung, convenes each year to thoroughly review all applications and make final selections for both Apprentice and Mentor candidates. The Committee members alternate each year and include 3-4 veteran composers nationally from the SCGC membership.

Applicants will need to submit the following :

Thank You For Your Interest!

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