What is the SCGC?
A national association of professional music composers and producers for film, television and media.
The SCGC Mission is to :
– Promote the music, status and rights of film, television and media composers in Canada.
– Improve the status of music score composers through promotion, education and advocacy.
– Improve the quality of music for film, television and media through professional development of its members.
– Represent the rights and interests of our members with producers, broadcasters, government agencies and other relevant persons and entities.
A Short History
The SCGC was first founded in 1980 as the Guild of Canadian Film Composers (GCFC) by composer and jingle producer Ben McPeek. He wanted to form an association that could demonstrate to the film and television industries that first class scores could be composed and recorded in Canada. By organizing people who had a stake in the business of composing for film and television the GCFC would raise awareness with regard to the talent available in our country. If the work was being done locally there would be considerably savings both in time and money, which was an advantage for the producers/directors.
Members also knew that if they couldn’t do the job the work would go to someone locally and therefore keep the work in Canada. By keeping the work in Canada members would then have a better shot at the next job as a result of the growth of the local industry has been ingrained in our organization ever since. This idea of thinking collectively to help the community and in the long run help the individual. Subsequently, more people were hired locally the industry began to take root and less work was being sent to other countries. Ultimately when the industry flourished each of the individuals would benefit.
In the mid 1990s, the Guild created a new mandate “To improve the quality and status of music as it applies to film and television, through education and the professional development of its members and the producing community.” During this period professional development took on an informal structure with members exchanging information, providing knowledge of contracts, potential jobs and negotiation tactics. The Guild also created a Composer (As Contractor)/Producer Model Agreement which has become a standard in the industry.
The GCFC received certification May 23, 2003 under the Federal Status of the Artist Act.
The Guild of Canadian Film Composers changed its name to the Screen Composers Guild of Canada in 2010 to reflect the change in the film and television industries to include media for both large and small screens, and the changes in its members’ working environments and skills.