The Media Future is Female

In this closed session we’ll be joined by the Alliance for Women Film Composers (AWFC). During this session we’ll collaboratively host mini break-out rooms in which female media composers can connect with each other and exchange stories and experiences. Our intent is not to single out men, but to create more equality within the field. We’d like you to make meaningful connections so you can reinforce one another and enrich your network. With hopefully as a result, that when we are all asked if we know other female composers the answer won’t be ‘Oh, I don’t know actually’, but ‘Damn sure I do’.

Please note, this is a closed session and participation is by invitation only.


Jenna Fentimen (Head of Creative, Manners McDade Music Publishing and Artist Management LLP, UK)

Jenna began her career in production music, before moving into Music Supervision in both Amsterdam and in London, working on global campaigns by brands including PlayStation, Asics, Johnnie Walker and Dutch brands such as Tele 2, KPN. Jenna joined Manners McDade in 2018 as Music & Composition Producer, becoming Head Of Creative in 2019. She founded the Women Composers’ Forum in Autumn 2018, organising workshops, panels and networking events for members. The Women Composers’ Forum has since merged with the LA-founded Alliance For Women Film Composers, with Jenna named UK Director of Relations and elected to the AWFC board. In 2019 Jenna was awarded a place in the Alternative Power 100 List, and in 2020 became the Music Industry Advocate for under-represented talent directory, Free The Work.

Daisy Coole (composer & co-founder Two Twenty Two, UK)

Daisy Coole is a composer and saxophonist who has toured Europe as a jazz and session musician, appearing on international radio and television alongside artists such as Lady Gaga and Beth Ditto. In 2014, with her co-composer Tom Nettleship, she founded composition and post-production sound company Two Twenty Two, creating music for film, documentary, dance and advertising. Recent projects include US feature film Ask For Jane starring Sarah Steele (The Good Wife), Cody Horn (Magic Mike) and Alison Wright (The Americans), feature documentary Shanti Khana narrated by Ashley Judd and the score for swing dance show Swing, Sister, Swing featuring a 16-piece all-women big band.

Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres (composer, UK)

Alexandra is an award-winning film composer and classical electronic artist based in Bristol UK. Having written music for theatre, circus, dance, opera and film, she is well versed in telling stories through music and visual collaborations.

Catherine Joy (composer and CEO of Joy Music House, US)

With a passion for music and collaboration, Catherine Joy is a composer for film, media and live performance. She won Best Documentary Score for the uplifting feature documentary Gold Balls. She scored the multi-award winning documentary The Augmentation of Douglas Engelbart, the supernatural thriller The Parish and the documentary Naughty Books which features narration by Aisha Tyler, Allison Tolman and Aimee Garcia. Most recently Catherine worked on the History channel three night miniseries WASHINGTON. Catherine also led the Joy Music House team in score producing the Sundance award-winning Minari and Amazon's Homecoming Season 2. Catherine is the founder and CEO of Joy Music House, a full service score production company. She is also the Vice President for the Alliance for Women Film Composers.

Starr Parodi (composer, pianist, conductor, arranger, music director and president of The Alliance For Women Film Composers, US)

Starr Parodi is the President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, and is a multi-award-winning composer for film, television and live concert works, a neo-classical pianist and Steinway recording artist. Credits include The James Bond Theme prod./arrangement (RIAA Gold Record), Starter Wife, Conversations With Other Women, Transformers: Rescue Bots, G.I. Joe: Renegades, hundreds of Hollywood's most visible film trailers (Last Samurai, James Bond, The Peanuts Movie, Mission Impossible, Harry Potter, Dreamgirls, Night At The Museum, X-Men3 etc…).

Kezia Tomsett (freelance composer, UK)

Kezia Tomsett is a film composer, producer, vocalist and writer. Kezia's sweeping soundscapes combine the acoustic and electro-acoustic often in a fusion of orchestral electronica, heightened by her use of her own voice in rich ethereal textures and thematic melodies. She has freelanced since 2017 working with clients such as Covergirl, Blue Zoo Animation, Dove and Sister X.

Supported by the Alliance for Women Film Composers (AWFC)