NFTS Scotland Sessions: Making a Living from Library Music with Chris Tolley

Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed via Zoom.  

Aimed at those interested in making music for film and TV, Chris Tolley shares his experience in the workings of the lesser known but potentially lucrative library music industry.

The session will cover: 

- How to write a good library track

- The differences in the style of writing for library versus bespoke writing to picture

- The different categories of library publishers and writing for a major publisher versus writing for an independent

- The importance of sub-publishers around the world

- The importance of using top quality sample libraries

- How to earn a living from it    

Chris Tolley is a versatile composer for television and film with credits covering a wide range of genres in factual entertainment, feature documentaries, light entertainment, natural history and natural science. Recent original scores include Hurricane Harvey Heroes (PBS America, 1×60), series 2 of Plane Resurrection (PBS America, 6×60), For Military Merit (1×100) and The Plane That Led D-Day (History, 3×60). He has also recently provided original music for Channel 4’s hit gameshow Beat the Chef (24×30) and continues to have his music placed on programmes across all UK terrestrial channels, most recently on BBC’s Countryfile and The One Show. In March 2020 his music was used across all of BBC Radio 2’s Sport Relief features.

He was recently commissioned to write the original music for Decision, a new celtic dance show that will receive its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival in 2021.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £35
Corporate Rate: £75

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

Please register your interest to be advised of future dates.