Sony Music Group’s Torton School of Music Screening Scoring has established a blacksmith course for students at the University of Southern California in a relentless effort to fund the Social Justice Initiative. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage the inclusion and expanding opportunities of black composers, who are widely represented in film and scoring.
The fund is backed by Quincy Jones who said: “When I wanted to score a film when I was 15, it probably didn’t happen at that age. Now, the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Song and Best Score the same year.” Once nominated, I know that ‘first’ often means ‘only.’ To help change this narrative, I support the new Screen Scoring Diversity Scholarship for black musicians at the Thornton School of Music in the USC. It’s a beautiful place for musicians… and it makes my soul laugh, which is exactly what a scholarship is for! “
Scholarship coverage is the full cost of USC Thornton’s Screen Scoring Master’s program, including tuition, accommodation and meals, as well as additional ancillary services. Bleeding Fingers, a leading custom scoring company working across music and visual media, will also offer an apprentice. The company was founded by Hans Zimmer, Steve Kofsky and Russell Emanuel, who served as president and CEO of Production Music.
Sony / ATV Chairman and CEO John Platt said: “We are proud to partner with Bleeding Fingers and USC Thornton in establishing this scholarship as we work to break down barriers for black musicians. We bring a new, creative voice to the film and scoring community and the music industry across.” Looking forward to
Zimmer added, “There are many barriers to becoming a musician, no less expensive than studying at a top school. “We want to break down this wall and find a truly talented person who will become the role model of the future.”
“USC Thornton’s departmental contemporary music and screen scoring program has been so encouraged by the commitment and generosity of our colleagues at Sony / ATV and Bleeding Fingers,” said Sean Holt, vice dean of the contemporary music department. “We are excited about the opportunities and lasting impact this scholarship will have on our efforts to build a more inclusive on-screen music community.”
“This scholarship from Sony / ATV Music Publishing has been outstanding and most gratefully accepted,” said Daniel Carlin, director of the screen scoring program. “Blood Fingers Music, Hans Zimmer and our partnerships with partners are equally important. The late Austin Hammonds is now the composer of Bleeding Fingers and has already had great success in the premiere screen-music company.” The professional industry improves both. We feel blessed and truly grateful. “
Potential applicants will be able to learn more about the program on the USC site.