Composer Interviews


It's not just about the fee!

Please join AGSC Vice President Brett Aplin for It's Not Just About The Fee! - a discussion of copyright, publishing, licensing, royalties and other boring stuff that may end up mattering more than your fee (or at the very least should be factored into your fee!)

Most of us just want to write music, and hate having to navigate and negotiate music agreements. However, a basic understanding of copyright, publishing, licensing and royalties as they pertain to screen music composers will allow you to consider important questions such as:

● What concessions are reasonable to ask for if the fee is low? ● What should be on the table if the fee is reasonable? ● Should you increase your fee if the terms of your music agreement are not favourable? ● How might understanding the basics of copyright, publishing, royalties and licensing help you strike a far more equitable deal?

These issues go right to the heart of your career longevity and may save you a significant amount of money over the course of your career.

So if you intend screen composition to sustain you well into the future then join Brett in a discussion on these issues and more, and discover how a little knowledge can help you negotiate a far better deal. 

Date:  Thursday 1 November 2018 Time: 6pm - 8pm  Place:  APRA, 3-5 Sanders Place, Richmond  Cost: No charge.  Book: Email or register here.

You are very welcome to extend this invitation to others who may be interested.


Brett Aplin is an AFI and APRA-AGSC Screen Music Award winning composer known for his collaborative approach, efficiency and versatility across multiple genres and media.

A classically trained pianist, he won the 2000 Annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship (BMI Foundation, NYC) and travelled to Los Angeles to work with Emmy and Grammy award-winning television composer Mike Post, where he composed music for Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and generally couldn’t believe his luck. Needless to say, this officially launched his film scoring career.

Since then he has scored more than 50 films across features, documentaries and series television, many of them highly acclaimed and awarded internationally. He has also co-composed over 80 episodes of children’s television across 4 series, written for award winning short films, and even for a prime time game show! His music has been heard locally on ABC1, SBS, Network Ten and internationally on BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, The History Channel, ZDF, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, Netflix and many more.

He is passionate about assisting both emerging and established composers manage the increasing challenges in the screen music industry and bangs on incessantly about composers needing to get together more often, share both the good and bad decisions they've made and to support each other!

Below are a few of the films he has worked on...

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