The Pete Carpenter Fellowship is an annual, competitive residency for aspiring film, television, and video game composers. The program awards two $3,000 awards each Fall for an intensive, in-studio mentorship with established composers in n New York and Los Angeles, as well as offering the opportunity to consult with other distinguished leaders in the entertainment industry.
The Pete Carpenter Fellowship was established in 1989 by BMIF 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. Also the winner of an Emmy and fifty BMI Film & TV Awards, Post is best known for his TV theme songs for series including Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, and NYPD Blue.
“To honor Pete’s memory, we created the Pete Carpenter Fellowship, which was really an extension of my work with him. This Fellowship couldn’t happen without BMI. It’s the place to be because they’re a team of composers first and genuinely invested in your success. When I see our young winners, I get a mainline injection of optimism and am reminded of why I started this program and what I learned at the beginning of my own career: somebody’s going to appreciate what I wrote and pay me for it, life’s pretty good, and it’s especially good because we have BMI covering our back.” - Mike Post