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Chanda Dancy Wins APM/YMF Music Business Fellowship

Application process for second annual fellowship officially opens (June 17, 2004)

Associated Production Music, the largest provider of production music to the entertainment industry, and Young Musicians Foundation have awarded the first annual APM/YMF Film and TV Music Business Fellowship to Chanda Dancy, an aspiring, young composer living in Los Angeles.

?Most young composers arent aware of the different career paths open to them in the business of film and television music production, supervision and licensing. With this new fellowship, we intend to help change that, said APM President Adam Taylor, who founded and endowed the program last year.

The winner was announced at the Todd-AO scoring stage on the CBS/Radford studio lot, where James Horners Academy Award winning score for ?Titanic and the films song ?My Heart Will Go On were recorded. The scoring stage is the largest and among the most modern in Los Angeles.

Presenting the award were APM President Adam Taylor, YMF Executive Director Edye Rugolo, and scoring composers George S. Clinton, Joseph Curiale, Laura Karpman and Jeff Rona. The first runner-up is Christopher Stafford. Alisha Bauer and Anouk Erni are both finalists.

?Winning this fellowship will give Chanda a real-world education in the business of composing for film and television, said YMF Executive Director Edye Rugolo. ?YMF exists to give young musicians these kinds of opportunities. Chanda has demonstrated the perseverance and dedication it takes to make it in the highly competitive film and television scoring business.

YMF, which was solely responsible for selecting the fellow, conducted personal interviews with all five finalists, who were chosen from several dozen applicants. Dancy was awarded the fellowship based largely on her prior academic achievements. Her initiative in gaining real-world industry experience while studying at USC was also a factor. In YMFs judgment, she stands to benefit the most from the program, which includes 16 different half-day sessions designed to provide her with direct insight into the business of scoring for production music libraries, music copyrights, licensing, clearances, as well as orchestra management. A complete breakdown of the sessions, which will be held over the course of this summer, is available at

Dancy is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundations 2003 Henry Mancini Scholarship and the BMI Foundations Pete Carpenter Fellowship in Film Scoring for 2002. She recently received a graduate degree from USC in music scoring for motion pictures and television, and has composed music cues for several television programs, including Law and Order and the 2003 series, Dragnet. In addition, shes written cues for more than a dozen student and independent film projects.

Composers interested in being considered for next years fellowship program can apply online at

About APM
Associated Production Music (, a joint venture of EMI Music Publishing (the worlds largest music publisher) and BMG Music Publishing (a division of Bertelsmann AG) provides the United States and Canada with music selection services and exclusive licensing rights to 21 different music libraries specifically for use in film, television, radio, recording and new media.

With more than 175,000 different musical tracks from which to choose, APMs catalog comprises one of the largest and most diverse collections of original music available to entertainment and media producers, from contemporary electronica, hip-hop and rock, to classical and everything in-between.

To assist clients in finding the right music for their productions, APM offers a variety of complementary, rapid-response support services. The companys full-time staff, which has more than 50 years of combined experience, helps clients find the type of music they need, even when the clients dont know exactly what kind of music that would be.

APM provides direct access to its libraries through PLAY Music Finder, a proprietary search and download system, accessible via the Internet at Visit APMs Internet pressroom at

About YMF
Founded in 1955, the Young Musicians Foundation ( is one of the oldest and most respected organizations on the West Coast that serves young musicians locally and nationwide. YMF provides performance opportunities, financial assistance, and music education programs each year to thousands of aspiring musicians at all stages of their development.

YMF currently administers 13 programs: The Debut Orchestra, Debut Orchestra Summer Camp, National Debut Competition, Conductor Training Program, Chamber Music Series, Scholarship Program, Youth Mentor Artists Program, YMA Honors Orchestra, YMA Scholarship Fund for Diversity, Instrument Loan Program, Arts Management Training Program, School Outreach Concerts, and BMI Composer-in-Residence.

In the words of noted conductor Henri Temianka, "An impressive number of artists, whose names are household words in the musical capitals of the world, are indebted to the Young Musicians Foundation for their early beginnings. They, in turn, have upgraded the international cultural image of Los Angeles by being the most effective goodwill ambassadors our city has ever produced." Visit YMF online at


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