SCGC Apprentice Mentor Program (AMP)
The 2017 Apprentice Mentor Program is now CLOSED.
The 2018 program will resume in September/October 2018 with a CALL FOR INTEREST to membership
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 15 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:
- educational advancement for media composers,
- a sense of community,
- ‘real world’ learning in a business setting and,
- a professional skills exchange between Apprentice and Mentor
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 :
- a completed online application form, and as part of this, you will need to post a resume and a 2 minute sample of your musical work online.
- You can use services like Dropbox or Soundcloud to assist you with this task at no charge.
- You should provide us a non-expiring link via the application form directly to the file that you want us to see, and it should require no additional navigation on the jury’s part.
- an important note about your 2 minute music sample: this sample is used to gauge more your technical, rather than musical sensibilities. For this reason, it’s probably a better idea to include a synth sample than a live musician recording.
- Applicants must ensure that their endorser fills out an online endorsement form.
NOTE: Endorsors may be an industry professional familiar with your music experience:
teacher, filmmaker, director/producer, musician or colleague
Thank You For Your Interest!