The ASCAP Foundation has announced the inaugural lecture of The ASCAP Foundation Mark Snow Lecture Series, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 11 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, NY. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, provides a unique opportunity for aspiring film and TV composers, songwriters, composition and film students and SCL members to learn from Snow, who will share his knowledge and experience. The workshop will illuminate the art and business of scoring for visual media, combining a lecture and a masterclass with Q and A.
ASCAP Foundation Executive Director, Colleen McDonough commented: “We are grateful to Mark and are thrilled to add this outstanding educational opportunity to our talent development initiatives. Mark Snow believes in ‘giving back.’ There is no better way to do that than to share his time, expertise and experience in the business with emerging film & TV composers and songwriters. We are pleased to partner with Brooklyn College in this endeavor which gives enormous encouragement and support to young, talented music creators.”
Brooklyn native and ASCAP member Mark Snow has been making music since the 1950s. Following a start in the music industry as a popular recording artist with his band the New York Rock and Roll Ensemble, Snow made the switch to composer for television and film in the 1970s.
This prolific composer, best known for his scores for such television series as The X-Files, Smallville, One Tree Hill, Kojak, Millennium, Pasadena, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart and Blue Bloods is the only ASCAP composer to receive the “Most Performed Background Music” award every year consecutively since the inception of the award in 1985-6, through the present. Snow’s iconic theme for the X-Files has been recorded by almost every musical genre, from pop, to country, hip-hop, heavy metal, punk and jazz.
Snow has been nominated 22 times for Emmys for his work on television series and television films including Helter Skelter, Children of the Dust, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and Something About Amelia. Recent film projects include the scores for the two X-Files movies, and the last four movies by the iconic French director, Alain Resnais: Private Fears in Public Places, Wild Grass, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet and Life of Riley.
Thanks to Snow’s generosity, The ASCAP Foundation Mark Snow Lecture Series has been established in partnership with Brooklyn College. Snow will share career highlights, advice, experiences and insights as well as stories about people he has helped along the way and vice versa. A slide presentation featuring some of Snow’s iconic film and TV music will serve as an outline for the discussion and lead to conversations about Snow’s creative process. Although the workshop on April 11 is free and open to the public, all participants are required to register ahead of time at the following link: marksnow.eventbrite.com.