Composers Launch 'Your Music, Your Future' Initiative to Help Musicians Get Fairly Compensated

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Composer Joel Beckerman, Lawyer Brad Shenfeld, Music Creative Sevices NBC Universal Television VP Alicen Schneider, composer Joseph Trapanese and composer David Vanacore speak on-stage at the 'Synch Holes & Score Wars: Understanding Your Film/TV Music Contract' panel during the 2019 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO at Lowes Hollywood Hotel on May 2, 2019 in Hollywood, Calif.

The project was announced at ASCAP's "I Create Music" EXPO in Los Angeles.

Film and TV composers Joel Beckerman and David Vanacore are launching Your Music, Your Future, a new education initiative to help young composers navigate their options for compensation.

The co-founders announced the project while speaking on a sync-focused panel at ASCAP's "I Create Music" EXPO in Los Angeles, which runs through Saturday (May 4). Specifically, they hope to educate composers on the hazards of taking complete buyouts.

"Composers have a choice about how to be compensated," says Beckerman, a member of the ASCAP Board of Directors. "We just want people to understand what they are giving up based on what they signed. Composers live in a hit driven business and they need to be compensated well for those hits to allow them to get through the slow times. It’s the difference between getting the gig and having a career."

Your Music, Your Future will offer composers free resources to help them understand deals for television, film and video game composition, and the financial implications that come after signing. That includes information on backend royalties and direct source licensing, negotiation how-to's and more.

Beckerman, who co-wrote theme songs for the Super Bowl on NBC and CBS This Morning, and Vanacore, known for his work on Survivor and Big Brother, are joined by fellow Your Music, Your Future co-founding composers Gabriel Mann (Modern Family, Arrested Development) and Miriam Cutler (RBG). Other composers among the new community include Michelle Lewis (Charlotte's Web), Jeff Cardoni (Silicon Valley, CSI: Miami), Sid Khosla (This Is Us) and film score legend Hans Zimmer.