Contest overview

The Music Scoring Contest is hosted by Sheridan's Music Scoring for Screen and Stage graduate certificate program.

The contest will run from January 22 to February 22, 2024, and will be open to the first 70 people who register to participate.

The Music Scoring Contest is designed for music undergraduate students in Canada who are considering a career in composing for film, TV and games. View eligibility criteria.

Participants will compose an original score to accompany a Sheridan-provided short animation video, and will submit the following as their contest entry:

  • a movie file with the composed score, uploaded to YouTube (private link);
  • the audio file of the score on its own; and
  • a PDF of the notated written score.

Three winners will be selected by our judges based on the highest evaluation using the Music Scoring Contest rubric.

Winners will be notified by email in March 2024.

View full contest rules and regulations.

Prizes: Win up to $2,500!

All three winners will receive cash prizes (in Canadian dollars):

$2,500

1st place prize

$1,500

2nd place prize

$1,000

3rd place prize

Get expert feedback on your submission

The judges will also provide professional feedback to each contest participant who expresses interest.

When you enter the contest, you’ll be asked if you’d like to receive feedback on your contest submission. If you say yes, the judges will send you detailed feedback on mixing, composing and orchestration, as well as overall composition tips. This is a great opportunity to learn from the experts! 

The judges

  • Allison Leyton-BrownAllison Leyton-Brown is a prolific composer for various media.

    Recent work in children’s TV includes animated series Vida the Vet (Spinmaster, 2024 release) and Peg+Cat (PBS Kids).

    Allison is currently scoring the second season of How I Got Here for Forté Entertainment.

    Recent podcast scores include The New Yorker: Political Scene (Condé Nast), Good Sport (TED Audio Collective), Chasing Cosby (LA Times), Imposters (Spotify), Unfinished: Short Creek (Sirius XM), Man in the Window (Wondery) and The Argument (NY Times).

    Allison’s theatrical work includes the international touring production of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show (UK/North America/Asia).

    She divides her time between Toronto and NYC and is a proud member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists in New York (SCL NY) Steering Committee.

    Allison teaches the composition courses in Sheridan’s Music Scoring for Screen and Stage graduate certificate program.

  • Beau CassJuno-winning engineer Beau Cassidy is a leader in setting the standard for a new generation of music and audio experts.

    Beau works as an independent contractor and freelance engineer/producer for various clientele and facilities, including Revolution Recording and Universal Music Canada’s 80A Studios.

    Beau also mixes in Dolby Atmos and works out of Raventape Music Room, a private facility in Toronto owned and operated by Robbie Grunwald and Alex Gamble.

    Beau’s production style is a mix of euphoric, high energy and punk/emo-influenced dance music.

    Beau has been teaching recording in the Music for Screen and Stage graduate certificate program at Sheridan College since 2021.

  • Charlie FinlayCharlie Finlay is a multi-woodwind instrumentalist and big-picture-minded music educator with extensive experience in music education and music for film and television.

    He earned a master’s degree focused on music technology from the University of Toronto and has 19 years of experience working as a music editor and composer, and with music supervisors, which has given him a diverse perspective in music for film and TV.

    Charlie teaches the collaboration courses for Sheridan’s Music Scoring for Screen and Stage graduate certificate program. He is also the program coordinator. 

  • Felipe TellezFelipe Téllez is a Colombian-Canadian media composer known for his unique fusion of electronic, Colombian folk and classical music.

    He recently composed for films that entered TIFF 2023 and Cinequest (Orah and Tomorrow, respectively). He has also orchestrated for award-winning features and documentaries and collaborated with Mike Post of Law & Order.

    Felipe founded the Canadian Studio Symphony, an ensemble specializing in media music.

    He’s the recipient of multiple arts council grants, and mentors emerging artists while teaching at various institutions, including Sheridan College and the University of Toronto.

    Felipe teaches the orchestration courses for Sheridan’s Music Scoring for Screen and Stage graduate certificate program

  • Robbie GrunwaldRobbie Grunwald is an independent producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist and composer.

    Based out of Raventape Music Room in Toronto, Robbie’s credits include performing across the globe with artists including Donovan Woods, Jill Barber and Rose Cousins.

    He has contributed compositions for dance by choreographers Michael Caldwell, Mairead Filgate and Meredith Thompson, and has contributed scores for films by Mike Vass, Paola Marina and the show YidLife Crisis. Robbie has also produced records for Blackbird Valley, Lydia Persaud and Nate Daviau (The Launch), and has contributed to albums by Juno-winning artists Donovan Woods, Jill Barber, Rose Cousins and The Good Lovelies.

    Robbie has mixed music and scores in stereo as well as Atmos for Universal music and many independent artists. His own musical projects include electronic music duo DoubleTooth, Blackbird Valley and his own solo work.

    Robbie teaches the mixing and sound design courses for Sheridan's Music Scoring for Screen and Stage graduate certificate program.

Eligibility criteria

Contestants must be:

  • Residents of Canada (excluding residents of Quebec and current Sheridan College students).
  • At least 18 years of age or have a parent/guardian who has read and agreed to the Official Contest Rules on their behalf.

Contest dates and deadlines

Monday, January 22, 2024 Contest opens (register to participate!)
Thursday, February 22, 2024 Contest closes (submission deadline)
March 2024 Winners will be notified
April 2024 Judges will provide feedback

How to enter the contest

Step 1: Register to participate in the contest by completing the Expression of Interest Form. The first 70 people to submit the Expression of Interest Form will be invited to participate in the contest.

Step 2: Check your email for instructions. Once you submit the Expression of Interest Form, you’ll receive an email giving you access to the video that you will need to compose music to, along with instructions for how to submit your contest entry. If you do not see an email, please check your junk mail/spam folder.

Step 3: Follow the instructions to submit your original score by the contest deadline (February 22, 2024).

Step 1: Register to participate – Expression of Interest Form

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