The Prizes for the 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest!

CINE: We are pleased to announce Prizes for the 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest for Emerging Composers!





Sponsors and Prizes to the 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest for Emerging Composers!

Sponsors and Prizes to the 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest for Emerging Composers!

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our contest sponsors, this year over $20,000 worth of amazing products are available to our contest winners and runners up, including:


Grand Prize (Emerging Category) — The Complete Embertone Collection, valued at over $1,000 (US)

Embertone obsessively samples great instruments, finding new ways to capture their essence, and programming them in an intuitive and responsive package. The winner of our Emerging category will receive their entire collection — over 20 instruments!

Finalists (Emerging and Youth Categories) — Solo Strings Bundle, valued at $375 (US)

A deeply sampled solo strings collection featuring Leonid Bass, an amazing upright bass made in Italy in the 1700’s and played by the accomplished bassist Leonid Finkleshteyn; Fischer Viola, an ultra advanced solo viola virtual instrument more than a year in the making; Blakus Cello, a collaboration with the mighty Blake Robinson, Australian composer/cellist extraordinaire; and Friedlander Violin, a virtual violin with malleable, intuitive controls, and an authentic, living sound.

All Contestants — $20 (US) voucher to the Embertone store


Sponsor: MOTU

Grand Prizes (Emerging and Youth Categories) — MOTU 624™ Thunderbolt™ / USB3 / AVB Ethernet audio interface with DSP and mixing, valued at $795 (US), and Digital Performer 9, valued at $795 (US)

Equipped with renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC technology, the 624 packs the award-winning analog audio quality and proven performance from MOTU’s flagship 1248 interface into a compact, mobile half-rack enclosure with 16 inputs and 16 outputs, including 2 pristine mic preamps, 2 guitar inputs, 4x6 line in/out, phones and 8‑channel optical. Advanced features include low-latency Thunderbolt and USB3 connectivity, 48-channel mixing, DSP effects, AVB audio networking and Wi-Fi control.

Digital Performer 9 represents a complete studio production experience on your computer desktop. Record, edit, mix, process and master polished recordings. Combine external hardware — synths, controllers, mics, instruments, compressors — with virtual instruments, loops, audio tracks and MIDI tracks, all together in a seamless, intuitive production environment. Work musically with features like the Drum Editor and QuickScribe notation, then switch gears for creative production techniques with inspiring plug-ins like DP’s Subkick, Ensemble Chorus, and guitar FX plug-ins. Import loops, launch virtual instruments and 3rd-party plug-ins: Digital Performer is the consummate host. Then polish your recording with Digital Performer’s extensive editing, mixing, processing and mastering tools. No matter how you approach your music and audio production, DP’s highly customizable user interface empowers your personal workflow.


Grand Prize (Emerging Category AND Youth Categories) — Evolution Stratosphere, Evolution Flatpick 6 and Evolution Mandolin, valued at $537 (US)

First Runners-Up (Emerging AND Youth Categories) — Evolution Mandolin and Evolution Flatpick 6, valued at $358 (US)

Second Runners-Up (Emerging AND Youth Categories) — Evolution Mandolin, valued at $179 (US)

When Orange Tree Samples introduced their line of guitar sample libraries in 2008, it represented a stunning leap forward in sampled guitar realism. Today, you’ll find the Evolution line of guitars and basses in final productions of numerous movie and television scores, trailers, games, even pop hits. Evolution Stratosphere represents the fifth generation of the Evolution guitar engine and incorporates refinements that provide unparalleled realism and more intuitive play.

If you need a realistic mandolin that works perfectly for country, folk, and Americana, look no further! Meticulously sampled, Evolution Mandolin features multiple round-robin in both pick directions for ample variation while playing. Its three velocity layers offer a wide, expressive dynamic range. In addition to all the staple articulations, including palm mutes, harmonics, and legato, we also sampled misfretted notes that can be interspersed in your mandolin performance for additional realism.

From feathery soft dynamics to bright energetic sustains, Evolution Flatpick 6 gives you a highly-authentic flatpicking guitar perfect for folk, country, and bluegrass music. Evolution Flatpick 6 features a handmade steel string acoustic guitar with a full, lively tone. Crafted by a distinguished luthier, the guitar’s construction features a special variation on hybrid bracing, using smaller and lighter braces for a rich bass response and crisp treble frequencies.

Each product license includes the free Kontakt Player.


Grand Prize (Emerging Category) — Sonokinetic Orchestral Bundle, valued at $1,760 (US)

The Sonokinetic Orchestral Bundle features a dazzling array of cinematic orchestral sampling including ostinato strings, maximo, woodwinds ensembles extended, sotto, tutti vox, capriccio, grosso, minimal da capo, vivace, tutti & scores (maximo, sotto, tuttivox, capriccio, grosso, minimal, vivace & tutti). Find out more and view Sonokinetic’s complete line


Grand Prize (Emerging and Youth Categories) — Finale version 25, valued at $600 (US)

Finale is the world-wide industry standard in music notation software. Anywhere music appears on the printed page, Finale likely created those pages. Finale helps the choir to sing, the band to march, the students to learn, and the orchestra to raise the excitement level in the latest blockbuster movie.

Part of what sets Finale apart is its unique ability to create anything on the printed page. Where other software offers paint-by-numbers solutions, Finale offers complete freedom and flexibility. As a result, musicians around the world rely on Finale to create, edit, audition, print, and publish the widest variety of musical scores.

Finale also offers breathtakingly realistic music playback, and more ways to share music with others.

Today’s Finale represents the latest evolution in music notation software, making Finale’s signature freedom and flexibility easy for everyone to use.


Grand Prize (Emerging Category) — Voices of Gaia Bundle, valued at $267 (US)

This bundle includes all of the Voice of Gaia exotic and indie vocal soloists: Francesca Lilac Genco, an all-new exotic female solo mezzo-soprano who sings dramatic fusions of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian vocal styles, creating her own language; Linda Strawberry Coloma, a professional solo mezzo-soprano with an intense, dynamic and truly expressive quality perfect for everything from cinematic scoring, EDM and dreampop to industrial and world music; and Bryan “Bryn” Lane, an eclectic male tenor trained in operatic vocal techniques, inspired in equal parts by Middle-Eastern and American Spiritual and Gospel music.

Grand Prize (Youth Category) — Elysium Harp, valued at $149 (US)

Elysium Harp is a 47-string grand concert pedal harp virtual instrument library, fully compatible with the free Kontakt Player and Komplete Kontrol S‑Series Keyboards by Native Instruments. We recorded this massive Lyon & Healy bronze concert harp in exquisite detail, with extended articulation choices, advanced controls, easy play-assist features and warm presence across the entire key range.

First Runner-Up (Emerging Category) — Olympus Elements, valued at $99 (US)

Olympus Elements is a powerful choral instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt Player, Komplete Kontrol and S‑Series Keyboards that puts the core functionality and raw sonic power of our massive 63-voice Olympus Symphonic Choir into a compact and easy-to-use interface, with rich features, dynamic play-ability and brilliant acoustics.

First Runner-Up (Youth Category) — Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble Micro and Olympus Micro Choir, valued at $58 (US)

Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble Micro is the compact starter edition of our acclaimed Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble library. This heavy cinematic drum library features a total of 28 hard-hitting ensemble articulations, including 6 concert snare drum sets, 5 large tom sets, 7 bass drum sets, 4 Indian Dhol Egyptian Riq and a Greek Daf articulation.

Olympus Micro Choir is the official introductory pack to the mighty Olympus Symphonic Choral Collection, but it goes much further than that. This light-weight, user-friendly choir instrument stands alone as the perfect tool for musicians who just need a basic choir in their mix, without all the fuss. Divided into matching men’s and women’s divisi-sections, Olympus Micro includes a classic set of great-sounding ‘Ah’ and ‘Oo’ vowel sustains, with both natural and smooth “pad” modes. It also offers a pair of synchronized Latin and Russian sustaining words (called “polysustains”), as well as ‘Ah’ and ‘Oo’ staccato syllables.


Grand Prize (Emerging Category) — Automatic Membership to the Composer Pool at, where you’ll work with top-level clients throughout the entertainment industry.

scoreAscore helps musicians and composers discover exciting opportunities in the music-for-picture industry, while providing media-makers an outlet to access top-tier musical talent from around the globe. scoreAscore has worked with a variety of film, television, gaming and corporate clients — and the winner of the 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest gets to skip the audition process and join the composers working through scoreAscore.


The 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest for Emerging Composers

The 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest for Emerging Composers


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