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May 29, 2015


Requirements for membership in the Music Peer Group

Please note that requirements for credits, number of programs, number of hours or days, or percentages of time spent (as outlined below) are requirements which must be met within the four (4) years preceding one's application for membership; also, such requirements apply in each instance to the production and/or distribution of nationally exhibited audio visual works.

Music applicants (with the exception of music directors and conductors) must furnish the following:

  • aggregate length of musical cues in minutes
  • aggregate length of shows with cues
  • underline or circle name on cue sheets submitted

Active Status:

Composition of Original Music for six (6) hours of nationally-exhibited content. The aggregate length of the instrumental cues must be a minimum of 30 minutes. The music must be substantially unique and original for each episode.

Theme for a national communications series. Themes must be original works, written for the specific show submitted. Final cue sheets, as prepared by the show and submitted to the appropriate performing rights agency, must be submitted with application for verification of credits or, the case of syndicated shows, a "Producer's Syndication Listing" must be submitted with application for verification of credits,

Music Director and Conductor for six hours of programming for national exhibition. (Persons who act in a purely supervisory capacity but use the title of "Music Director" are ineligible for Active membership but may be eligible for Associate Membership)

Credited Writer of the Lyrics or Composer of Special Material. Songs must be original works, with words and music, written for the specific show submitted, and broadcast nationally. Songwriter submissions are exempt from the six hours of national programming requirement, but at least five original songs must be submitted. (Cue sheets must be submitted with application for verification of credits)

The Arranging and/or Orchestration of the Music for 12 hours of nationally-exhibited content.

Music Supervisors with a minimum of 30 episodes (or 15 hours of program length) collaborating with the Show Runner and/or the primary creative team to help implement the music vision, tone and style for each episode or program. Creative contributions must include the selection of pre-existing songs for narrative use; and if called for by the script, supervising the characteristics of on-camera music performances and providing input with respect to newly created songs and recordings.

  • Music Supervisors are only eligible for program ballot Emmy voting.
  • Music Supervisors may run for Peer Group Governor only when their members reach 30% of the Peer Group's total membership.

Applicants without the required number of qualifying hours in a single category may request consideration under Combined Credits: Acceptance of Combined Credits will be at the sole discretion of the Music Peer Group Executive Committee.

At their discretion, the music peer group governors may submit any application for membership to the PGEC for final approval.

Associate Status:

Participation in the Production of Music, such as Orchestrators, Musicians, Programmers and Composers' assistants, and Music Directors, as previously indicated in paragraph 2 above.

updated 10.27.17

Board of Governors Music Representatives

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