Screen composers pressured to reduce quality and they don’t like it

Streaming contracts seem to be turning nasty, and composers are feeling the pressure internationally. Here is Caitlin Yeo, president of the Screen Composers' Guild.

The rise is a tribute to hard-working members. As Yeo wrote in an email, ‘The AGSC is a ship not a dinghy! A big new thing here is the welcoming of Annie Parnell as Executive Director of the guild. Also, Brett Aplin has been a remarkable VP and essentially my brains trust. Craig Morgan has done so much for the mental health and well being of composers, and Felicity Wilcox has equally done so much to combat the gender inequity in our industry.’

Brett Aplin’s work in Victoria is bringing a real surge in Melbourne members. But there are more urgent reasons as well.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.