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Composers FAQ - Letters of Recommendation

Are letters of recommendation mandatory?

No. Letters of recommendation from entertainment industry professionals are strongly encouraged, but not required.

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Is there a preferred format for letters of recommendation? 

Letters of recommendation must be on business or personal letterhead and dated in the current calendar year. It is recommended that those signing recommendation letters include either a title and/or a brief introduction indicating their position in the entertainment industry.

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How many letters of recommendation can I submit?

A maximum of two (2) letters of recommendation may accompany each submission.

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How should I submit recommendation letters?

Recommendation letters must be submitted through the online application with the filename(s) titled as follows: Recommendation [1 Or 2] - First Name Last Name. Recommendation letters emailed or mailed to the Initiative separate from the  application will not be considered.

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How is "industry professional" defined?

Industry professionals are persons who currently or previously worked in entertainment media (e.g., music, film, television, digital and streaming services, etc.).

Positions within both film and television industries include:

(a) Studio

(b) Production company

(c) Non-profit and network executives

(d) Composers/producers

(e) Feature film and episodic directors

(f) Educators (e.g., music department chairs, professors or music composition instructors) who have entertainment industry experience and/or music credits

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May I submit letters of recommendation from my agents or representatives?

No. Letter(s) from agents, managers, attorneys, etc. are considered a conflict of interest.

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To whom should letters of recommendation be addressed?

Letters of recommendation may be addressed to "Universal Composers Initiative" or "To Whom It May Concern."

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