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This is an invitation to join the Society of Composers & Lyricists. If you write music or lyrics for film, television, or video games, you will want to be a part of this distinguished organization. Our members include hundreds of the most prominent composers and lyricists in the industry. Must be at least eighteen (18) years old to join.

Current members who wish to renew: on the home page, login if you have not already done so (at the upper right under the heading "Member Directory"), then click "Renew Membership" .

The SCL is devoted to your professional needs and concerns. Besides fostering a sense of community among our members, we provide information on a variety of subjects, including the creative, financial, technical and contractual aspects of writing for film and television. The SCL is active in improving the workplace and working conditions through a continuing dialog with filmmakers and television producers and directors.

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Membership Benefits:

Informative Seminars

  • Contractual Issues - Budgeting, Packages and Publishing
  • Business Topics - Marketing and Promotion
  • Technical Advice - Computers, Studios and Telecommunications
  • Professional Forums - Composer-to-Composer panels

THE SCORE

  • Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for outstanding print coverage of music. Published quarterly, "THE SCORE" contains practical articles regarding professional, legal, and technical issues, plus member news.

Other Benefits

  • Premier Partners Program - Discounts from various vendors including studio gear, software, hardware, and more.
  • The opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other working professionals in a relaxed, social environment.
  • Full access to the SCL Web Site Members Area which contains benefits available only to members including free MP3 downloads of past seminars, streaming video of past events, member forums, tech & assistant jobs offered/looking for, free PDF copies of past issues of THE SCORE, and more.
  • Film Screenings - Full-length screenings of important new films, including Q&A sessions with the composer and/or songwriter, and sometimes the director, producer, music supervisor, music editor, featured soloist, etc.
  • Invitations to special member events such as the Annual Membership Meeting, Holiday Dinner, "An Evening With..." events with legendary composers and songwriters, etc.
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Requirements:

Full Membership

  • Film Composers: 1 motion picture credit (unreleased films count) or 4 "additional music by" credits or 20 minutes of cue sheet credit from any number of shows.
  • Television Composers: 1 episode or TV movie credit on free or cable TV (pilots count) or 20 minutes of cue sheet credit from any number of shows.
  • Songwriters/Lyricists: 1 source or featured song placed in a motion picture, television program or video game.
  • Game Composers: An aggregate of 30 minutes of original music composed for any number of released titles. Only games that contain recorded music will be considered for eligibility.
  • Musical Theater Composers/Lyricists: At least 1 professional, fully-staged Actors Equity Association production at an Equity-based and approved regional theatre in the U.S., including productions off-Broadway and Broadway. Composer/lyricist must have received compensation and had a professional run in front of a paying audience.
  • Commercial and trailer composers with appropriate credits are welcome to apply for membership.

Associate/Student Membership

If you do not have the credits to become a full member, but are engaged in writing music and/or lyrics for motion pictures, television, video games or musical theater, or you are a student of film composition, musical theater, video games, or songwriting, you may join the SCL as a non-voting Associate Member. As an Associate, you are entitled to all mailings, activities and discounts for activities available to full members.

SCL Sponsor/Patron Category

Agents, Managers, Music Executives and other industry professionals are invited to join as non-voting Sponsors and are entitled to all SCL mailings, activities and discounts available to full members.

 

Membership Levels:

SCL Full Member (voting member)

(For composers/lyricists/songwriters with the required credits for Full membership)

  • Subscription to The Score / Premier Partners Program merchandise discounts
  • Free admission to SCL Seminars / Free admission to SCL Screenings with composer Q&A
  • Access to SCL website "Members Only" section w/additional benefits
  • Special member events including Hollywood Bowl Night & Holiday Dinner
    VOTING PRIVILEGES INCLUDE:
  • (1) voting in the SCL Board of Directors bi-annual election, and
  • (2) applying to run for the SCL Board of Directors (after three years of Full voting membership).

SCL Sponsor/Patron Member (non-voting member)

(For Industry Professionals involved with the film/tv/game/musical theater industry including music executives, music supervisors, music editors, musicians, agents, attorneys, and managers) All the benefits of full MEMBER Level except Voting Privileges.

SCL Gold Member (voting member)

(For composers/lyricists/songwriters with the required credits for Full membership) All the benefits of full MEMBER Level PLUS

  • Invitation to the annual SCL Oscar Nominees Champagne Reception
  • Invitation to the annual SCL Emmy Primetime Nominees & Daytime Winners Champagne Reception
  • Special Recognition in each issue of The Score

SCL Gold Sponsor/Patron Member (non-voting member)

(For Industry Professionals involved with film/tv/games/musical theater) All the benefits of full GOLD MEMBER Level except Voting Privileges.

SCL Platinum Member (voting member)

(For composers/lyricists/songwriters with the required credits for Full membership) All the benefits of full GOLD MEMBER Level PLUS

  • David Raksin and BT Composer DVDs
  • One free non-member guest to SCL Seminars / Reserved Prime Seating at SCL Events

SCL Platinum Sponsor/Patron Member (non-voting member)

(For Industry Professionals involved with film/tv/games/musical theater) All the benefits of full PLATINUM MEMBER Level except Voting Privileges.

SCL Diamond Member (voting member)

(For composers/lyricists/songwriters with the required credits for Full membership) All the benefits of full PLATINUM MEMBER Level PLUS

  • Evening Cocktail Reception with the SCL President
  • SCL Famous First (signed & matted)

SCL Diamond Sponsor/Patron Member (non-voting member)

(For Industry Professionals involved with film/tv/games/musical theater) All the benefits of full DIAMOND MEMBER Level except Voting Privileges.

SCL Associate / Student Member Level (non-voting)

(For the Student composer/lyricist/songwriter, and those without credits for Full membership, but whom are actively working towards their first film/tv/game/musical theater credits)

  • Subscription to The Score / Premier Partners Program merchandise discounts
  • Free admission to SCL Seminars / Free admission to SCL Screenings with composer Q&A
  • Access to SCL website "Members Only" section w/additional benefits
  • Special member events including Hollywood Bowl Night & Holiday Dinner
  • Mentor/Intern Program Applicant (Associate / Student Level only)
 

 

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