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.
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.
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
(c) Signed release form for submitted material
(f) Letter(s) of recommendation are strongly encouraged, but not required
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.
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