The intersection of music and visual media

Get inspired by the stories of world-class composers and the collaborators they work with in film, television, trailers, video games, and more.

Here are a few of the events we host.


Ravel Studies

Our Ravel studies feature deep dives into orchestration and composition studies, plus interviews with guests from the world of film, television, game, and media music.



Our Legends series offers the chance to study some of the film scoring greats of yesteryear, and look both at compositional and orchestration techniques, as well as some classic films.


Ellington Studies

Our Ellington studies focus on jazz arranging, composition, orchestration, performance, and history.



INFOrums are informative panels of creatives including composers, producers, directors, editors, and engineers. We also tackle technical and historical topics.



Meetups offer creative people a chance to network and exchange information in a relaxed, public atmosphere.

Connect with some of the greatest influencers in the industry today.

The Academy’s regular studies, meet ups, and panels let you dialogue with best and brightest composers, arrangers, orchestrators, filmmakers, engineers, and musicians.

Upcoming events

Our events are all open to the public. We are constantly at work on new events so check back often, join the mailing list, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook to get notified when new events are added.

Some of our past guests

• Ron Jones, composer (Family Guy, Star Trek Next Generation)

• Dawn Soler, Senior Vice President of Music, ABC Studios

• Dan Wilson, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer (Adele, Dixie Chicks)

• Richard Bellis, composer, arranger, and lecturer (SCL, USC, Television Academy, ASCAP)

• Tim Simonec, orchestrator and conductor (Call of Duty, Alias, Lost, Ratatouille)

• Penka Kouneva, game/film composer and orchestrator (Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Matrix)

• Mark Watters, Emmy-winning composer and conductor (Disney, Pixar, MGM, NBC)

• Jeremy Konner, director of film and TV (Another Period, Drunk History)

• David Newman, composer (War of the Roses, Tarzan, GalaxyQuest, The Nutty Professor, Ice Age)

• Mike Lang, pianist/keyboardist (John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Hans Zimmer, Michael Bolton, Barbra Streisand)

• Gene Cipriano, woodwind player (Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney, Miles Davis)

• Mark Adler, Emmy-winning composer (Francis Ford Coppola, Philip Kaufman, Martin Scorsese)

• Richard Niles, composer, arranger, producer (Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Cher, James Brown, Mariah Carey, Michael McDonald)

• Charles Fernandez, Emmy-nominated composer, orchestrator, and conductor (Disney, Adult Swim, MGM)

• Russell Brower, composer and Emmy-winning sound designer (Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, World of Warcraft)

• David Silverman, animator and director (The Simpsons, The Road to El Dorado, Monsters Inc., Ice Age: Continental Drift)

• Mark Griskey, video game composer (LucasArts, Marvel, Disney, Ubisoft, Sega)

• Bruce Broughton, Emmy-winning composer (Silverado, Tombstone, The Rescuers Down Under, The Presidio, Miracle on 34th Street)

• Tyler Bates, composer, songwriter, and producer (Guardians of the Galaxy, Salem, 300)

• Cliff Eidelman, composer (Star Trek VI, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Big Miracle)

• Gernot Wolfgang, composer (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra)

• Ira Hearshen, arranger and orchestrator (Randy Newman, Lalo Schifrin, John Debney, Stanley Clarke, Lee Holdridge)

• Derek Waters, writer, actor, director (Drunk History)