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Composers FAQ - General

What is the Universal Composers Initiative?  

The Universal Composers Initiative ("Initiative") is a pipeline initiative to develop up and coming composers who have had limited or no access and exposure to the studio production system, including opportunities to compose music for projects in collaboration with filmmakers and studio executives.


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If selected as a Semi-finalist or Finalist, what kind of projects will I work on?

Potential assignments include the pitch and "demo" of original material for short films and feature films, "write to picture" for filmmakers on upcoming film releases, shadowing opportunities, working closely with music production staff from development to delivery, and collaborating with musicians and production personnel to create final scores. 

Project assignments may vary depending on each installments unique program design, the needs of the participating production company, candidate style and capabilities, and executive feedback.

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How will I be notified if I am a Semi-Finalist or Finalist?

Candidates invited to participate in the initiative will be notified by email and/or telephone.

Please note that participation in the initiative is contingent upon the candidate's execution of a composer agreement with Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios, LLC and/or participating production company, a copy of which will be made available at the time of notification.

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Are composers selected every year?

No. The initiative revolves around project availability and production timelines, the studio cannot commit to yearly installments. Applications are only live on this site when the submission period is open. Announcements about when applications will be accepted are announced publicly via GTDI’s social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

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How many composers are selected for the Initiative?

The number of finalists selected to participate varies installment to installment.

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Is there any guarantee that my composition will be used for the selected projects?


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Who will own the rights to any composition(s) created while in the initiative? 

Due to the customizable nature of this initiative, ownership rights will be dependent upon the participating business unit's specific needs.

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