$249 $174

Working Composer is the essential guide to making money with your music.

You want to make a living writing film, games or TV music but, like most composers, you probably have a lot more questions than answers.
Where on earth do you start? What’s the most effective way of getting your first job? How do composers actually make a living? Where does the money come from? How do royalties work?

Working Composer will answer all those questions and many more. You’ll learn to develop a viable business plan, put together a demo reel and social media strategy, find out about the many income streams available to composers and even take a look at how to negotiate.

  • Learn Creative and Practical Skills: like building a demo reel, finding opportunities and pitching for work.
  • Acquire Essential Business Knowledge: areas such as copyright and royalties. Knowledge that can quite literally make or cost you a fortune.

Get the vital skills you need to make money as a composer in today’s industry. ThinkSpace Education’s Working Composer is our comprehensive guide to making a living as a working composer.

Career planning, market research and promoting yourself.

Interviews with industry professionals.

Analyses of the industry today and how to make money.

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Course Content

What Will I Learn?

  • How you get credits, manage the complexities of copyright, collect royalties and get paid!
  • How you present yourself to the market, your web presence, social media, branding and your demo reel.
  • How to get out in the wider world, find specific market opportunities and pitch yourself for jobs.
Available downloads:

6 hours of video tutorials supporting a 40,000 word course text!

Course Structure

  • Career Planning and Market Research

    How to choose and analyse a viable target market.

  • Promoting Yourself

    Including demo reels, your website and social media.

  • Copyright

    What it is, how to use it to make money and how to avoid being sued.

  • Royalties

    What they are, where they come from and how you collect them.

  • Finding Work Opportunities

    Techniques and tips for jumping the queue and getting started.

  • Selling and Marketing

    How to pitch and convert opportunities into commissions.

  • Agents, Publishers and The Big Time

    What they do and how they can help when Hollywood comes calling.

Course Tutors

Anne Miller

Anne Miller is the Managing Director of Accorder Music Publishing, and as such she oversees relationships with producers and composers and knows how to maximise royalty income. As a TV music publisher she has worked on many iconic children’s television programmes such as Teletubbies, Rosie and Jim, Boohbah and more.

Claire Fitch

Claire Fitch is a composer and sound-designer who has been working on independent game scores across a wide variety of genres since 2003. Clients have ranged from Intel, AMD, Adobe, Blender and Riverdeep to Forfas, Galway City and Northern Ireland Science Park.

Darrell Alexander

Darrell Alexander of COOL Music LTD is a music agent working with composers on the world’s biggest films, games and television shows, from Harry Potter to Halo 4 to Downton Abbey. Studying at the RCA, the Leipzig Conservatoire and the UCLA, he directly studied under THE biggest names in the business, including Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, Pierre Boulez, Itzhak Perlman and more.

Erik Desiderio

Erik Desiderio has worked on more than fifty films, producing the score for the Academy Award winning film, The Moon and the Son, the Immortals and the multi Emmy Award winning series, The Borgias. Television work includes composing music for Entourage, and the Primetime Emmy Awards. Video game work includes clients such as: Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Nintendo and Cartoon Network Games.

Gina Zdanowicz

Gina Zdanowicz is an Emmy-nominated sound designer and music composer for games, film and TV. A Berklee College alumni, Gina operates her own independent sound studio, Serial Lab Studios. Her work can be heard hundreds of game titles, from award winning AAA to casual such as Just Cause 3, Paladins, Bioshock 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

Maggie Rodford

Maggie Rodford is Managing Director, Music Supervisor and Composer Agent for Air-Edel, one of the world’s leading publishing and production companies, and has credits on many A-list movies such as Murder on the Orient Express, Paddington 2, Harry Potter, Bridget Jones’ diary and many, many more.

Rob Manning

Rob Manning is a London-based multi-instrumentalist and composer for film and television. With over a decades experience he has composed and recorded music in a wide range of styles from intimate acoustic textural work, epic orchestral to electronica for broadcasters including the BFI, HBO, Disney, Discovery, National Geographic, SKY, BBC, Channel 4, ITV and FIVE.

Working Composer
$249 $174

  • Learn everything you need to know to make money with your music in the film, games and television industries.
  • Interviews with real working professionals give you contemporary industry advice
  • Real world challenges to motivate you to take action. For example: go out and find five new work opportunities.
  • Six hours of video tutorials and a 40,000 word comprehensive course text.

Course not for you? See our 30 day money-back policy.


  • Internet Access

    You need access to a reliable broadband internet connection to stream the course materials, preferably 5Mb/s or better. We need an active email address that can receive emails from us. Course materials are mostly streamed.

  • Computer

    Unlike other ThinkSpace Education courses (which require a capable, mid-range machine) as long as you are able to stream video and text on your device, you may use whatever platform you wish. (As a professional composer, we would still advise the mid-range computer though!)

  • Time

    The video material totals 6 hours with over 40,000 words of companion course text, however you can watch / read them in whatever sitting suits you best.

  • Downloadable Materials

    Downloadable course materials are only enabled after the money-back guarantee has either been waived or expired (30 days after purchase).

Contact Us

My name is Bradley and I’m the student support manager here at ThinkSpace Education. If you have any questions that you’d like answering, please don’t hesitate to or email me at, or jump on over to our contact page by clicking the button below.