The Pete Carpenter Fellowship is an annual, competitive residency for aspiring film, television, and video game composers. The program awards a $2,000 stipend for three to four weeks of intensive, in-studio mentorship with established composers in Los Angeles, and also offers the opportunity to consult with other distinguished leaders in the entertainment industry. The fellowship begins in October and is hosted by award-winning BMI composers and Sonic Fuel Studios co-founders Christopher Lennertz and Timothy Wynn. The duo’s versatility encompasses a wide range of genres in film, television, and video game scoring. Lennertz has scored numerous films including Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, Ride Along and Ride Along 2, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, as well as TV series Agent Carter, Galavant, Revolution, and Supernatural, and the Medal of Honor video game series, among others. Wynn has written music for films including Superfast! and To Save a Life, TV shows The Chair and Odyssey: Driving Around the World, and video games XCom2 and Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, among many others. The two also collaborated on the hit video game, Warhawks.
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
The fellowship is a one-month, full-time training program beginning in October of 2021. Candidates must be able to adjust their schedules accordingly.