Thursday, August 29, 2013

An unique opportunity for musicians of any age and genre to try their hand at composing music for film.

APRA|AMCOS and Tropfest are thrilled to announce the next installment of Tropscore and Tropscore Jr. – two exciting competitions that provide a unique opportunity for musicians of any age and genre to try their hand at composing music for film. 

The animated short film at the heart of the competition has been made by the winners of Tropfest New York 2013 - Australian filmmakers, Nick Baker and Tristan Klein. 'Apart' tells the sweet story of two lovesick characters living their version of a long distance relationship. Your music could bring this story to life and make its viewers feel empathy, sadness, joy and stay glued to the screen till the final bars. 

Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival will take place again this year on December 8 in a new, exciting venue – Sydney's Centennial Park. It will provide the perfect backdrop to the winners of Tropscore, who'll have the opportunity to perform their score live to an audience of more than 90,000 people and receive a generous cash prize to support their future career. 

For composers aged 15 and under, Tropscore Jr offers a fantastic opportunity to get valuable first-hand experience writing music for film. Entries for Tropscore Jr open and close at the same time as the Tropscore competition. The Tropscore Jr. film titled 'Where's My Sandwich' was directed by Trop Jr 2013 Finalist, Harri Gilbert.

"Tropscore doesn't have to be exclusive to those who are established or even aspiring film scorers," said APRA Tropscore 2012's winner Ben Allen. "I was a songwriter who entered on a whim and found it a very rewarding experience both for the opportunities involved in the event itself and also the obvious plus of the prize money." 

Jared Underwood, who won the Tropscore competition held earlier this year, has also spent much of his diverse career performing in bands like CODA and Grafton Primary and embarking on solo songwriting projects such as Batterie. Only recently did he make the transition to film composition with fantastic results to date. 

"It's fantastic that we've been able to partner with Tropfest again to provide this wonderful opportunity for budding film composers," said Michelle O'Donnell, APRA's Manager of Film & TV. "I'd encourage anyone out there with an interest in film and musical ability to give it a go to show just how powerful film score can be." 

So whether you're a singer-songwriter, play in a rock band, write electro music or have already written music for film, enter Tropscore or Tropscore Jr. and make music in films matter. 

To enter APRA TROPSCORE or TROPSCORE JR. visit for more information as well as tips and tricks on how to make your score the best it can be. Entries must be in by 6pm on Thursday October 10, 2013. 

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