American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers
A.S.M.A.C. is an organization whose mission is to promote the arts of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.
The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) was founded in 1938. It welcomes all composers as either associate or full members. The creation of ASMAC started with a various amount of composers and arrangers who were writing music for films, they were not getting the appreciation that they deserved and they decided to join together to make a group to promote their work and to educate the masses in their field of study. Members originally dubbed their group "The American Society of Music Arrangers" (ASMA), the predecessor to ASMAC. With eight studios hiring orchestras at the time of their creation, one of the group's first goals was to be fully employed. Another one of their early goals was to get royalties for their orchestrations, a goal that has still not been achieved in the year 2008.
Other areas, where they have had more success, include: screen credit, better working conditions, improved union scales, even parking privileges, and anything they could think of to improve their lot.
The membership now numbers over 500 and has expanded to those who are, or have been, active in the preparation of music for movies, theatre, recording, television and live performances.
ASMAC also holds workshops, seminars and gives scholarships to deserving students.
The biggest event of the year for ASMAC is the Golden Score Awards Dinner, which features the Golden Score Award (Composing), the Irwin Kostel Award (Arranging) and/or the President's Award (Non-composing).
ASMAC Mission and Purpose
The mission statement of ASMAC is to solely promote the arts of Arranging, Composing, and Orchestrating. This is to further provide musical knowledge to students, people in entertainment, and the general public that shows interest in music.
The purpose of ASMAC is to become a social network for people in the industry to share ideas and to promote their own work. Along with the Mission ASMAC strives to educate the community in a way to preserve music how we know it today. ASMAC also helps young composers and arrangers develop themselves so that they can thrive in the industry.
The ASMAC organization offers two scholarship competitions for young composers/arrangers. One competition is for a Big Band where the participant writes an arrangement or a new composition for a big band and the second is for a Chamber ensemble, where the participant will write a composition for a Chamber group. Each competition offers numerous cash prizes plus a rehearsal reading and recording by some of Los Angeles’ finest musicians. Each contestant must be a member of ASMAC or join ASMAC at the time of entry.
This year ASMAC had its 75th birthday as an organization and had a massive anniversary celebration up which almost 400 people attended. Leading the group at this celebration was notable film composer Michael Giacchino.
Many members of the group gave their own testament at this festival including members such as Van Alexander (composer of the Ella Fitzgerald standard “A Tisket, A Tasket”) Johnny Mandel (Mash and The SandPiper) Laurence Rosentha (The Miracle Worker, Becket) Doug Bsterman (Broadway Orchestrator), and many many more.
At the event there were many tributes to the members which included Videos and Live Bands performing works by the members.