Skip to main content
Composer Landing Header Mobile Composer Landing Header Desktop

FAQ FAQ

Composers FAQ - General

What is the Universal Composers Initiative?

The Universal Composers Initiative seeks to find artists from both traditional and unconventional backgrounds that possess unique, global perspectives they can translate into distinctive musical expressions.  Participants will have unparalleled access to the studio and network process. The Global Talent Development & Inclusion team in partnership with Film Music increases the awareness of this underrepresented talent among NBCUniversal’s vast network of executives, producers and directors, leading to additional industry connections and mentors.

+ ×

Will composers be compensated?

Composers are not financially compensated for their participation in the Initiative; however, if selected for an open assignment at NBCUniversal, composers will receive a predetermined compensation for completed work.

+ ×

What is the Initiative’s time commitment?

This is an "at-will" initiative; however, if selected for an NBCUniversal assignment, composers are expected to make that opportunity their first priority. As meetings, roundtables and/or events become available composers will have the option to participate on a voluntary basis.

+ ×

Are there extensions past the two-year Initiative commitment?

No.

+ ×

May composers hold other forms of employment or be enrolled in school in concurrence to the Initiative?

Composers selected to participate in the Initiative can hold other forms of employment or be enrolled in school in concurrence to the Initiative so long as they meet eligibility requirements. However, if selected for an NBCUniversal assignment, composers are expected to make that opportunity their first priority.

+ ×

What are the application requirements?

Applicants are required to submit the following:

(a) Universal Composers Initiative application

(b) Original music link

(c) Signed release form for submitted material

(d) Current résumé with list of music credits

(e) Inclusion statement

(f) Letter(s) of recommendation are strongly encouraged, but not required

+ ×

Can I email, hand deliver or mail my application and material?

No. Only online applications submitted through the Initiative website will be accepted. Applicants who are unable to upload their application online may contact us for further information.

+ ×

Is there an application fee?

No.

+ ×

When will the Initiative begin and end?

The two-year Initiative will end two years after the official start date. The Initiative typically starts in November, but may vary from year to year.

+ ×

How many composers are selected?

The number of composers selected can vary.

+ ×

If selected for the Initiative, what types of assignments will I receive?

The Initiative's assignments are contingent upon available music needs within NBCUniversal and the parameters determined by Global Talent Development & Inclusion. The range of potential work for hire opportunities encompass music for theatrical film, television, home video and digital platforms.

+ ×

If selected for the Initiative, will I be guaranteed an assignment?

No. Assignment selection is not guaranteed.

+ ×

Where is the Initiative based?

The Initiative is based at Universal Studios, Universal City, CA. It is recommended that composers selected to participate reside in the Los Angeles area during the two-year initiative. If a composer resides elsewhere and is able to attend all scheduled in-person activities at Universal Studios, Los Angeles and surrounding locations that is acceptable

+ ×

If I’m selected as a finalist to participate in the in-person interview, will NBCUniversal reimburse my traveling expenses?

No.

+ ×

May composers participate in the Initiative remotely from other locations?

No.

+ ×

How do I know my submission has been received?

An on-screen message will appear verifying confirmation.  If the message does not appear, the application has not been received and must be resubmitted.

+ ×

Will you personally contact me about the status of my application?

No. Please check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for periodic updates on the selection process.

+ ×