Catherine Joy – Life of a Freelance Media Composer

This blog is a weekly documentation of the experiences Catherine Joy has working as a freelance composer. She will be writing about the challenges from the week, how she made it through them and the resources she turned to in the process.

With a passion for music and collaboration, Catherine Joy is a composer for film, media and live performance. She contributed additional arrangements on the Emmy-award-winning Netflix doc series Wild Wild Country and won Best Documentary Score for the uplifting feature documentary Gold Balls, which is soon to be on PBS. Catherine is the founder and director of Joy Music House, a one-stop-shop for all score production services. She is also the Executive Director for the Alliance for Women Film Composers.

Catherine was part of the music teams for four popular 2018 documentary projects: she music edited the Joan Jett: Band Reputation feature, was both score supervisor and orchestrator on the documentaries RBG and Dark Money and arranged music on the Netflix doc series Wild Wild Country. Catherine recently led the Joy Music House team in score producing the much-anticipated Plan B – A24 2019 Sundance premiere Last Black Man in San Francisco and the HBO documentary At the Heart of Gold.

Catherine scored the popular web series Capitol Hill which is now televised through Europe and Canada. She is currently scoring the video game The Endless Mission along with two feature documentaries and supernatural horror The Parish. In addition to film and game scoring projects, Catherine is composing the score for a Ballet choreographed by Rival Tribe which will premiere at the end of 2019.

If you are interested in sessions with Catherine Joy for feedback and career consultation you can contact her here.

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