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The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) in New York, in conjunction with New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) present:

Womens' Work:
Film, TV, Musical Theatre
and Game Composers

Wednesday, May 14th 2014 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House 331 East 70th Street
(Between 1st & 2nd Aves), New York NY


- Admission is Free -



Our panel of talented musical storytellers is sure to ignite a lively and engaging discussion about the issues facing female composers. With first class credits across a wide variety of disciplines, panelists will share career strategies, major issues within the industry and some juicy anecdotes along the way.

Come for a new perspective on the universal concerns of composers: temp scores, sample libraries, copyright agreements between director and composers, vertical layering in game composition, collaboration on big Broadway shows and more!

Micki Grant is a composer, lyricist and actor. She has been distinguished as a five-time Tony Award nominee for writing Don’t Bother MeI Can’t Cope and Your Arms Too Short to Box with God. Grant has triumphed, pushing past gender and racial attitudes to break through with many “firsts.” She is the first African- American contract player on a daytime TV soap (Another World). She is the first woman to win a Grammy for her score Don’t Bother Me... She is also the first woman and the first African-American to have two shows running on Broadway simultaneously. Grant received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Having Our Say. She is the recipient of the National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award (1999) and the AUDELCO’s Outstanding Pioneer Award in 2000. In addition to her Grammy for Best Score, she has been honored with an OBIE Award for music and lyrics, a Drama Desk Award for lyrics and performance and is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award.

Sarah Plant is a composer, flutist and keyboardist who scores feature films, documentaries, animations, multimedia, and museum installations. She was the Associate Music Director for Ang Lee's Oscar-nominated feature Eat Drink Man Woman, and has composed for PBS, ITVS, Bravo, Canal+, CBC, the Center for Asian American Media, the American Museum of Natural History, Bill T. Jones Dance Company and for Spanish, Swiss and other European TV. She has received awards and grants from the American Music Center, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Independent Television Service and ASCAP. Her compositions have been performed at the Kennedy Center, BAM, the Spoleto Festival and Carnegie Recital Hall. She also licenses an independent library of her music, specializing in Latin American and international styles.

Winifred Phillips is an award-winning composer. Her video game credits include Assassin’s Creed LiberationThe Da Vinci CodeGod of WarSpeed RacerShrek the Third, several LittleBigPlanet games, and many more. She has received a Global Music Award, an Interactive Achievement Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, two Hollywood Music in Media Awards, five Game Audio Network Guild Awards, and many others. Phillips is the author of the bestselling book, A Composer’s Guide to Game Music (The MIT Press). Called “a fine achievement!” by composer Harry Gregson-Williams, A Composer’s Guide to Game Music was described by The Boston Globe as “the first book designed to help experienced musicians brave the transition to the world of game composing.”

Elizabeth Rose (Moderator) has written songs for television, film and the New York stage. Her one-woman musical comedy, Relative Pitch, was produced by The Cherry Lane Theatre. Rose is a member of the New York Society of Composers and Lyricists (NYSCL) steering committee.

THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS (SCL) is the non-profit and premier organization for professional film, television, video game, and musical theater composers and lyricists, and those working in our industry such as orchestrators, arrangers, music supervisors, music agents, music attorneys, music editors, copyists, recording engineers, and related jobs, with a distinguished 65-year history in the fine art of creating music for visual media. Current SCL Members include the top creative professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy and pressing issues of the film music, television music, game music, and musical theatre industry today.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media. NYWIFT energizes the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equity. The preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT brings together nearly 2,000 women and men working both above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 40 women in film chapters worldwide, representing more than 10,000 members. NYWIFT produces over 50 innovative programs and special events annually, including the Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement, which honors women in front of and behind the camera, and Designing Women, which recognizes costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists in the industry.

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