Applications Open for 2023-2024 SCL NY Mentor Program


(Preference given to New York City and Nashville Metropolitan Areas)

SCL Mentor Program
Opportunity for Associate Members

NY Mentor Program 2023-2024

The SCL Mentor Program is designed to serve as an introduction to the screen music industry, for selected SCL Associate Members. Separate programs are run in both Los Angeles and New York. The New York program is now open for applications. The Los Angeles program is open for applications until September 11.

Both composers and songwriters are invited to apply. Applicants will be asked to designate whether they consider themselves primarily a composer or a songwriter. During the program, there will be a handful of sessions devoted specifically to each discipline (i.e. composing / songwriting), however, the applicant’s initial designation will in no way limit their ability to attend any session.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a current SCL Associate Member. An applicant will be ruled ineligible if credits qualify them for a higher level of SCL membership. It is preferred that selected applicants reside in the New York City or Nashville areas, and be available to attend Zoom-based virtual sessions during business hours as well as several in-person sessions. Most sessions are in the afternoon, subject to times that mentors are available. Finalists will be interviewed regarding their availability to attend all sessions. 

Please note that our mentors are volunteering their time. Sessions cannot always be confirmed with advance notice. Efforts are made to provide details as far ahead as possible, but mentees should plan to be flexible. During the program, mentees have the opportunity to interact with working composers and songwriters, many of whom sit on the SCL Board of Directors and embody the industry practicalities of creating music in all genres. Activities include meetings with music attorneys, PRO reps, engineers, music editors, orchestrators, music copyists, talent contractors, publicists, and performing musicians, among others. 

The 2023-24 term for the NY Mentor Program runs from
October 2023 to May 2024 with a short holiday break.

Applications for the 2023 New York program must be SUBMITTED ONLINE HERE by 11:59PM Monday, September 18, 2023 and include the following:

  • A statement no longer than one page indicating what the applicant hopes to gain from the mentor experience, as well as the applicant’s goals as a music creator for audiovisual media.
  • A one-page résumé/CV with education credentials and credits, including all current and previous internships and workshops. Optional: Vimeo or YouTube link to a demo reel or any other visual elements that support your submission.
  • For Composers
    MP3’s of original film score music, or links to websites, SoundCloud, ReelCrafter, or Dropbox links to original film score material totaling no more than 5 minutes of music.
    PDFs of scores are encouraged if available.
  • For Songwriters
    MP3’s of original songs (demos are fine), or links to websites, SoundCloud, ReelCrafter, or Dropbox links to song material totaling no more than 5 minutes of music.
    [Songs may be edited to a single verse & chorus for brevity.]
    PDFs of lead sheets and/or lyric sheets with chords are encouraged if available.

Applications missing any of the required materials will be disqualified.
For any questions, please use the Contact page and direct your questions to the Mentor Program.