Church Street Studios try and assist emerging and re-emerging screen composers in a variety of ways. From career advice over a cup of coffee, to residency in our studios where composers are given keys to their own composing suite (aka The Retro Room) for a period of time.  Priority is given to people that we have met and have a project to work on during their time with us. It's not just a groovy place to hang, (but it's that too!!).  

Please note, this is not a job. You are not required to do any work for anyone in the studio. It's an opportunity to experience a dynamic, professional and supportive film music community and hopefully gain a leg up in the industry.  Fill in this application and read below get a better idea of what we're offering.

We champion gender equity and strive to make our workplace safe, friendly, productive and empowering.  If you don't need (or are unsuccessful attaining) a residency, please join our Facebook page for more information and occasional social gatherings.  

Unfortunately we are unable to offer general high school work experience unless the student has a demonstrable and specific screen composing interest and ability.  This offer is primarily for screen composers.  If you are a songwriter and wish to hire a studio for a short term we have a hirable guest suite.  

Here’s how to get the most out of your time as a Church Street Composer in Residence:

Firstly, you’ll get your own room (the Retro Room) and studio keys.  You can come and go as you please.  You can have guests but be mindful that this is a professional workplace for us all.  There’s no parking on site.  Click here for parking station details nearby.  You can park in our car park any nights or on the weekend.

Then while here, set yourself a task you’d like to complete during your month.  Maybe a scoring exercise.  Or exploring a new sound library.  Or creating a new demo or bunch of cues. Then treat this place like we do.  A supportive, productive, professional place of work to get things done. I suggest you chill in our kitchen whenever you hear there are people there.  Listen and learn from their conversations.  There’s a delicate balance between being interested and enthused and being precocious and annoying.  Be sensitive to that. Some people here won’t invite you into their studios when they’re working.  But some do. (I do) But most will happily pop into your room to hear what you’re doing and give you advice. Invite them in when you’ve got something worth critiquing.  Listen carefully and explore their suggestions.  


You just need your laptop and headphones.  If you have an audio interface you’re welcome to bring that and plug into the speakers that are in the room.  But it’s not a great sounding room and not entirely soundproof.

You won’t be asked to do any work for anyone here.  But you’re welcome to help keep the place tidy like we all do.  You may get lucky and someone may invite you into a session to observe. You can offer to help move a mic etc… but mostly watch carefully and keep quiet!! If you want to ask a question, ask first if that’s ok.  Or write your questions down for later.  DON’T sit there on your phone!!!  It’s a major downer for people who are trying to maintain a positive session experience.  

There’s bunch of vintage gear in your room.  If you’re into that, you’re welcome to try and make any of it work. Just be gentle.  And no… we haven’t got time to help you figure any of it out. Youtube is your friend!!  There's also my personal huge instrument library which you're welcome to explore.  Again.. be gentle.  Past residents have created and shared cool Kontakt libraries from the unique instruments. 

Any questions… I am available anytime.


Guy Gross

Church Street Rector ; )