Emmy Award-Winning Composer Lolita Ritmanis and Miriam Cutler to Present Berklee College of Music Scholarship

By: Oct. 06, 2016

Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) the global leader in music rights management is proud to announce that BMI Vice President of Film, TV & Visual Media Relations, Doreen Ringer-Ross, composers Lolita Ritmanis, and Miriam Cutler will present its annual music scholarship at Berklee College of Music on November 14. The BMI sponsored scholarship will go to a film scoring student selected by the department on the basis of their demonstrated musical ability and potential for career success in film scoring. The scholarship presentation will include a luncheon for special guests and members of the media.

Each year, the scholarship is given in the name of a noted BMI composer. This year, Ritmanis and Cutler will be the honored composers. Ritmanis' credits include hundreds of hours of music scored for Batman Beyond, Batman: The Killing Joke, Marvel's Avengers Assemble, Justice League, and Superman, to name a few. Cutler has scored more than 100 films and television programs, written songs for film and TV, created music for circus and theater projects, produced and recorded albums, and performed live in many bands and venues. Her credits include HBO's Emmy winning Ghosts of Abu Grahib and Vito, Emmy nominated Ethel and Thin, Oscar nominated Poster Girl and King's Point, and films The Hunting Ground, Family Affair, Lost in La Mancha and One Lucky Elephant to name a few.

"This scholarship continues our mission of supporting young and emerging composers at the college level," stated Ringer-Ross. "We support Berklee's commitment to excellence in music and film scoring and we are particularly proud to be bringing two strong women composer role models to present this for us this year."

BMI is also very proud to continue the all-female themed day by supporting BMI composer and newly named Chair of Berklee's film scoring department, Alison Plante. Plante, whose work includes documentaries for PBS, the History Channel and the Annenberg Channel, as well as independent films, national television spots, museum installations, and live theater, is the first woman ever to hold such a position at any film scoring department in the country. Additional details regarding Plante can be located at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/h3k9bgf

Past composers for whom the scholarship has been given include Christopher Young, Terence Blanchard, Basil Poledouris, Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Harry Gregson-Williams, Thomas Newman, Randy Edelman, Bill Ross, Ed Shearmur, Mark Mancina, Chris Montan, and George S. Clinton, who also served as Film Scoring Chair for two years.

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