MDA & MediaCorp launch first joint call-for-proposal to create theme songs for seven MediaCorp TV programmes
If you can write and compose music, here’s an opportunity to showcase your works to mass TV audiences, have them aired over MediaCorp free-to-air radio and online platforms and build up your fan base.
Local music companies and music artistes are invited to score and produce original theme songs for one Malay, one English and five Chinese MediaCorp TV programmes through a call-for-proposal (CFP) from 25 September to 5 November.
Interested content creators, including unsigned artistes and composers, can submit ideas for theme songs for the seven MediaCorp programmes, which range from in-house to independently produced blockbusters and dramas. The aim is to uncover music talent, provide a stage for their songs to be heard, and spur the creation of more good local music. Selected songs will receive airplay on MediaCorp’s free-to-air TV channels and xinmsn. All songs will be broadcast on selected MediaCorp’s radio stations at least two weeks prior to the first telecast of the show, during the show and minimally one month after the show ends.
Successful proposals will be commissioned by MDA and licenced for use by MediaCorp, after undergoing selection by a panel of evaluators comprising the show’s Executive Producer and story planners. MDA will fund up to S$8,000 under its Development Assistance grant scheme (http://www.mda.gov.sg/Schemes/Pages/DevelopmentAssistance.aspx) for selected applicants to develop each theme song. The funding can be used to offset expenses such as studio hire, mixing cost as well as producer, composer and artiste fees. This collaboration is in line with MDA’s efforts to match locally-produced music to locally- produced content, with the foremost being the film Imperfect. Its theme song is the first to be supported under Production Assistance (http://www.mda.gov.sg/Schemes/Pages/ ProductionAssistance.aspx), which encourages productions highlighting Singapore talents in credited roles and spur Singapore Spend1.
This joint CFP is expected to pave the way for future tie-ups between MDA and MediaCorp, with the aim to create more opportunities for local musicians to score theme songs for local dramas in all four languages via MDA’s Development Assistance. It is an extension of the enhanced Development Assistance grant schemes which came into effect in July to better promote the music industry.