For general program information contactTonya Dedrick, SCGC Managing Director
tkdedrick (at) screencomposers (dot) ca
The MP is a legacy program unique in Canada, and entering its 20th year for 2022, 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 MP is to educate and advance the level of expertise of emerging film composer Mentees (apprentices). Through one-on-one partnering with a veteran Screen Composer Mentor, the select Mentee 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. Mentee 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.
Through testimonials we’ve been told by many graduate Mentees 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 MP. Your experience awaits!
To maintain a consistent standard of professionalism, both Mentors and Mentees must be current SCGC members in good standing at either the Associate or Professional level. Mentees shall have at least one (1) media credit (Film/TV, short, video, webisode, theatre etc). Mentors are veteran composers with their own studio & business for 3 or more years.
No. There is no cost to apply for the program.
Yes, in some instances there have been part-time and full-time work opportunities which continued between Mentee and Mentor long after the program term had finished. (sometimes years!) The MP 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.
Each October, there is an official Call for Entries to both Mentees and Mentors in the SCGC membership. Specific terms commence after assessment and selection of candidates, usually between October and the following May 31st.
The MP Committee, chaired by 2nd Vice-President Darren Fung & SCGC Board member Evan Macdonald, convenes each year to thoroughly review all applications and make final selections for both Mentee and Mentor candidates. The Committee members alternate each year and include 3-4 veteran composers nationally from the SCGC membership.
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