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Charles Bernstein

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Charles Bernstein is a founding member of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, and is currently on its Advisory Board. He is well known as a Los Angeles based film and TV composer, author and educator who has composed scores for over 120 motion pictures ( Recent credits include contributions to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds (2009), the score for a 2009 National Geographic Special Darwin’s Darkest Hour; and the 2008 Hallmark Hall of Fame drama Sweet Nothing in My Ear. Mr. Bernstein is also well known for scoring genre classics, A Nightmare on Elm Street (the original), The Entity, Stephen King's Cujo, George Hamilton's Dracula spoof Love At First Bite, and a wide variety of comedies, dramas and action films. After studying composition at the Julliard School in New York, Mr. Bernstein attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received an Outstanding Graduate of the College Award, a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship and a Chancellor's Doctoral Teaching Fellowship. Mr. Bernstein has served many terms as Music Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he has chaired the Academy Awards Rules Committee for 10 years and has also served as the Academy’s Vice President. He currently sits on the ASCAP Foundation Board and the ASCAP Board of Review as well as the SCL Board of Directors. He has taught on the graduate film-scoring faculty at USC and for the past 23 years at UCLA Extension, where he also serves on the Advisory Board. As an author, Charles Bernstein has received an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his writings on music and has written over 100 articles, essays and two books, "Film Music and Everything Else” and “Movie Music: An Insider’s View.” (More at

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