Pete Carpenter Fellowship Rules

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The Pete Carpenter Fellowship was established in 1989 by Foundation Advisory Panelist and iconic composer Mike Post, in memory of the late Pete Carpenter, who was Mr. Post’s co-composer of television themes and scores including The A-Team, Magnum P.I., The Rockford Files (for which they won a GRAMMY), Hardcastle and McCormick, Hunter and Riptide. The program annually awards a $2,000 stipend for up to five weeks of intensive, in-studio mentorship with established composers in Los Angeles, and also offers the opportunity to consult with other distinguished film, television, and gaming composers and leaders in the entertainment industry. The fellowship is open to any composer 21 years or older pursuing a career in film, television, and/or gaming composition.


In order to be eligible for the competition, all applicants must be:

  1. 21 years of age or older as of June 30, 2021.
  2. A US Citizen or resident with a valid visa or green card, and eligible for employment during the residency period. Applicants must be in possesion of all documents by June 30, 2021.
  3. Pursuing a career in TV, film, and/or video game composition.

The fellowship is a one-month, full-time training program beginning in October of 2020. Candidates must be able to adjust their schedules accordingly.


Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59pm EST on June 30, 2021. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Before beginning an application, please read these guidelines thoroughly:

  1. Applicants may submit only one composition to the competition.
  2. The submitted work must be a one- to three-minute musical composition. The composition must be an original work. Applicant must own 100% of the musical submission.
  3. The entry must be submitted as an MP3, M4A, AIF or WAV file for audio; and/or MP4 or MOV for video. Files should be named only with the title of the composition. Large files should be uploaded using the Dropbox option.
  4. Applicants must warrant that they own and control all rights, title, and interest in the submitted musical composition, and that it is unencumbered by any contract with any third party.


Choose option (A) or (B) as described below:

A: An audiovisual file containing an original work that is synchronized to a clip, from a recent personal project.  You must also include a music-only version.

B: An audio file (only) containing an original work appropriate as underlying music for a film, television or video game program.

If you chose option (B), then please submit a written description of the scene or genre that inspired your music.

You may also submit a PDF of the notated score of your composition, but this is not required.


Applications will be reviewed by the Pete Carpenter Fellowship Selection Committee. Upon review, additional supporting materials (i.e. letters of recommendation, work samples, etc.) may be requested; an interview will be required for any finalists. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application by mid-summer. The fellowship will be awarded on an objective and non-discriminatory basis. The committee reserves the right to not grant the award in any year in which no suitable candidates can be found. All decisions of the committee are final.


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