A recent study revealed that women composers score only 2 percent of the 250 top-grossing box-office films.
While a similar study hasn’t been commissioned for television, the consensus is that the numbers are equally low.
The Alliance for Women Film Composers is on a mission to change that. Since its inception two years ago, AWFC has been helping women land scoring gigs while it campaigns for recognition of their work.
The alliance maintains a database of the professional accomplishments of its members and seeks to connect them with directors. It also works to get their music performed at local concerts and to place women alongside their male counterparts on industry panels.
The behind-the-scenes efforts make a difference, says AWFC president Laura Karpman. “It’s about going into a meeting at Fox and saying, ‘If you have a fantastic script and are looking for a woman composer, I can put 30 people in a room with any director.’”
AWFC board member Lolita Ritmanis — Primetime Emmy–nominated for Cartoon Network’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Justice League — has benefited from the group’s efforts.
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