Berklee and Electronic Arts Announce Next Gen Scholarship Program

The new partnership will establish an annual scholarship and mentorship program.

February 2, 2023
Hildur Gudnadóttir

Acclaimed composer Hildur Gudnadóttir will be a guest speaker at the inaugural EA Day at Berklee.

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The Screen Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music and EA Music have announced a partnership that will enable greater equity in the entertainment industry and world of screen scoring. The EA/Berklee Next Gen Scholarship will, each semester, offer one qualified student or non-cisgender composer studying in the Screen Scoring Department and who has demonstrated support of women and non-cisgender individuals in the industry the chance to not only receive a financial scholarship but the opportunity to be mentored by an industry-leading team and learn how they compose, orchestrate, and arrange an original score for an EA video game title. 

“This is an exciting moment for the Screen Scoring Department and Berklee as a whole,” said Sean McMahon, department chair. “We are constantly striving to provide the best possible education for our students to attain personal and professional success. With this scholarship and mentorship program, Berklee and EA Music will collaborate on a vital initiative that allows the selected students to succeed, learn, and enter the world of composing with support from one of the most forward-thinking companies in interactive entertainment.”

The scholarship recipient will be announced at EA Day, an annual event beginning with the spring 2023 semester that will bring notable guest speakers including acclaimed composers and Electronic Arts and EA Music executives to the Boston campus. The scholarship and mentorship program will enable deserving students to graduate with more than just a degree; it will also empower them to enter the industry with a practical background of what goes into composing an original video game score, a list of top-level professional contacts, and an understanding of working relationships. The EA/Berklee Next Gen Scholarship commences a relationship that celebrates EA Music and Berklee’s commitment to gender inclusion, and a fundamental continuation of their roles as global leaders of music’s multicultural excellence.

"Our collaboration with Berklee is the latest in a series of EA initiatives designed to inspire the next generation to pursue STEAM-based careers," says Steve Schnur, worldwide executive and president at EA Music. "Music composition is traditionally a very male-dominated sector, with a recent USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finding that women currently represent only 1.7 percent of composers in screen music, and the gender ratio of male composers to female composers is 18.3 to one. We must work together to change this—and fast. We hope this partnership will provide the students who take part with an incredible learning opportunity and remind them of the variety of roles available to them in the video games industry. We look forward to our continued role in developing a new generation of diverse composers.” 

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