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Music and the Moving Image Conference XVII

COVID-19 Updates on Music and the Moving Image Conference

Due to COVID-19 related concerns and regular updates we receive from both New York State and New York City government as well as NYU leadership, we have made the decision to convert the Music and the Moving Image Conference to a remote format for the summer of 2021. For more information about how this impacts the conference, please follow the link below to a designated coronavirus FAQs page.


Online Conference at NYU Steinhardt:
Thursday, May 27 - Sunday, May 30, 2021

2021 Abstracts
2021 Bios

Call for Papers

The annual Music and the Moving Image Conference encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPhone, computer, and live performances) and that of music and sound through paper presentations. We encourage submissions from multidisciplinary teams that have been pooling their knowledge to solve problems or come up with a new perspective regarding music and moving images.

Keynote Address: HOWARD SHORE (Lord of the Rings — Opera: The Fly) 
“For Stage and Screen: A Conversation with Howard Shore”
with Paul Chihara

Keynote Panel: “Studio Legends NY” — featuring a panel of venerable New York studio musicians who recorded some of the most iconic film scores by leading composers. Led by Film/TV composer & NYU professor MARK SUOZZO (The Nanny Diaries American Splendor) 

Abstracts or synopses of papers (250 words or fewer) should be submitted no later than December 18, 2020.

Submit via JotForm

The program committee includes:

Ann-Kristin Wallengren — Lund University (co-editor of “Today's Sounds for Yesterday's Films: Making Music for Silent Cinema,” Palgrave Macmillan, and guest editor of “Music and the Moving Image: “Special Issue, Psychology of Film Music”);  

Brian Mann — Vassar College ("The Madrigals of Michelangelo Rossi”, Monuments of Renaissance Music, vol. 10 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002));

Rebecca Fülöp — University of British Columbia ("Music, Whiteness, and Masculinity in Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans" in Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound; special co-editor of "Bach on Screen” special double issue of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute);

Gillian B. Anderson — Orchestral Conductor (Rosita at the Venice Film Festival, Composing for the Cinema, Music for Silent Film 1892-1929: A Guide), MUSA volume on Way Down East (Griffith, 1920);

and Director Ron Sadoff — New York University (The Moon and the Son / co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound).

This year’s conference will run for four days, from Thursday May 27 - Sunday, May 30, 2021 with sessions until Sunday evening. The conference will run prior to the NYU Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker (June 1–12, 2021).

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Fees and Registration

Registration is now open.

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2021 Costs & Fees:

$204 (Regular Registration)

$86.70 (Student Registration)

Film Music Foundation logo

We appreciate the generous support of scholarships provided by the Film Music Foundation (FMF), a nonprofit California Public Benefit Corporation that promotes appreciation of the art and craft of film music through education, filmed interviews, scholarly research and writing, and film scoring workshops for students.