Organised by The Cue Tube and Northern Film Orchestra
WITH HUGE THANKS TO: ThinkSpace Education • Allen & Heath • Aston Microphones • Triune Digital


Score Relief is a free-to-enter film scoring competition. We have amazing prizes for composers, thanks to the generosity of Allen & Heath, ThinkSpace Education, Aston Microphones and Triune Digital, along with our partners at Northern Film Orchestra. We have a great judging panel of experienced and successful composers.


Score Relief is also raising funds in support of the Backup Hardship Fund, which provides relief to technical workers from the events and entertainment industries, and their families, who have lost income, or experienced other difficulties, as a result of the pandemic.

Please give generously and share our campaign!
Remember that most scoring competitions cost money to enter 🙂
For guidance on donations, visit our fundraising page here.


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The winning score will be performed, recorded and streamed by a professional 27-piece chamber orchestra in Manchester UK. The process will be captured and made into a short film.
Orchestra Q&A


An 'everything bundle' of all short courses from ThinkSpace Education. ThinkSpace Education is an online school that brings professional working composers, orchestrators and sound designers together with students, looking to enter the film, games and TV industries.


A Stealth broadcast-quality microphone from Aston Microphones, featuring 4 switchable voices, Class A integral mic pre, auto phantom power detect (world’s first!) and unique Sorbothane internal shock mount system.


A professional ZEDi-10 hybrid mixer/4x4 USB interface from Allen & Heath, combining the robustness and hands-on control of an analogue mixer with a high quality 4 x 4 USB interface. A perfect all-round choice for musicians, recording artists and even venues.


Three sound FX collections from Triune digital. Hits & Risers; Sound Design Tools; Complete SFX Library. We might break this prize into three and offer them as spot prizes during the course of the contest...


Guy Michelmore

Guy Michelmore is a multi award-winning film, games and television composer whose clients include Marvel, Disney, Dreamworks, Lionsgate and dozens of major TV networks around the world. He’s best known for his work with Marvel on eight animated feature films including Ultimate Avengers and Thor, as well as hundreds of episodes of television including Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man: Armoured Adventures, Hulk and many more. His unique and accessible style opens up the whole process of writing music in a way that has seldom been done before.

He is also the founder and CEO of ThinkSpace Education, the world’s first online postgraduate degree provider in music and sound-design, for film, games and television. ThinkSpace Education brings professional working composers, orchestrators, sound designers, and music industry professioanls together with students, looking to enter the music industry.

Jan Morgenstern

Award-winning composer Jan Morgenstern's music will be familiar to many from his work with Blender Foundation.

"Jan has been working as a freelance composer for media since 2003; during this time, he has written music for numerous film and TV productions, advertisements, and video games. Originally a trained audio engineer, he's a technology junkie and can't help but look for melody and rhythm in the strangest of places. Jan plays piano, percussion, and just enough guitar to get himself into trouble."

Tristan Noon

Tristan Noon is an accomplished orchestrator.

At the age of 22, he orchestrated ITV’s flagship drama Endeavour Series 4 and has since orchestrated music for shows such as ‘Heroes’, directed by Manish Pandey, the esteemed writer of ‘Senna’, and BBC One’s ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’. His work has appeared in iconic studios such as Abbey Road and AIR. He has worked on prestigious projects such as the BAFTA-nominated game LEGO: The Incredibles, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time and acclaimed electronic artist Gary Numan’s UK orchestral tour.

Sarah Warne

Sarah is a British Composer based in South London. She is best known for her work on Channel 4’s critically acclaimed television drama series, Humans, and her most recent score for ITV’s primetime series Des. These series were preceded by BBC1’s Dark Money and Red Production’s Prey (series 2), alongside various primetime documentaries including several films for the BAFTA nominated series Catching a Killer (Channel 4), and features including Girls On The Edge (BBC2), and Treasures of Ancient Greece (BBC4).

Sarah recently scored Trump’s Breadline Kids (Channel 4) which observes several families in Ohio during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, and is narrated by Sheridan Smith. She is currently scoring drama series The Drowning starring Jill Halfpenny, Jonas Armstrong and Rupert Penry-Jones, and also Time, starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, which will air on BBC1 later this year.


  • What is The Cue Tube?
    The Cue Tube is a free-to-use platform, formed in summer 2020, for film composers and filmmakers to connect, build portfolios, share knowledge and access free videos for rescoring practice. Our community is 6729 strong and growing daily.
  • How do I take part in the contest?
    Easy - just provide your email address in the form above and we'll send you the unscored video, instructions and everything you need. If you don't receive it (check your spam folder), you can email 'scorerelief2021 (at)' and we'll re-send it.
  • How long is the Spring clip?
    We've created a special 3-minute clip from the original movie, for this contest. You can download it using the form above. Please do not use a clip from another source, or the original Spring movie, which is 7 minutes long.
  • Can I use the original Spring movie?
    No 🙂 Please use the clip we've created by downloading it using the form above. Other clips will not be accepted.
  • What if I miss the deadline?
    We realise that things can happen - technical and personal issues - which can cause you to miss the deadline but, unfortunately, we cannot accept entries which are submitted late. We're sorry but we have to be consistent and fair to everyone, including the judges! You have more than 5 weeks to prepare and upload your score 🙂
  • How do I submit my entry when I'm ready?
    All instructions will be sent to you but basically you'll need to upload your rescored video (that's the original visuals with your music added) to YouTube with the tag #scorerelief2021 in the title and description and then share it on The Cue Tube using this link - SHARE VIDEO. Registration to use The Cue Tube is completely free and you'll have full access to our library of unscored videos, covering multiple genres, and our community of composers and filmmakers from around the world.
  • How on earth do I create music for an orchestra?
    Don't be intimidated by this if you've not done it before. We will include some guidance in the instructions you'll receive, we'll provide links to useful resources in our news mailings and on YouTube during the course of the competition. At the conclusion, the winner will receive assistance preparing the piece for the orchestra. Fear not!
  • How will the judging work?
    Details of the process will be included in the email you receive at the start. However, the basic process is that we will create a shortlist of our favorite entries which will be then finalised by the jury shown on this page. So rest assured that all entries will be listened to and the winners will be chosen by our all-star jury.
  • Will I get feedback on my score?
    Prizewinner will receive feedback from the judges on their score. At present, other participants will not but we may add a chargeable feedback option during the course of the contest if there seems to be interest in that.
  • What are the judging criteria?
    Full details of our judging criteria are included in the download you'll receive when you enter.
  • What are the key dates?
    The closing date for entries is Jan 31st and we're aiming to strike up the band (orchestra!) in early March for the streamed performance on YouTube.
  • How much does it cost to take part?
    It's free! But please help us to reach our goal for the charity by donating as generously as you can AND sharing the appeal with your friends, family and colleagues 🙂
  • What is the Backup charity?
    Backup is a registered charity in the UK that helps workers from events who've been affected by illness or other problems. The hardship fund is for those who've suffered as a result of the pandemic and haven't received much/any government help. Details on the Backup website here. Campaigns organised by Backup include #wemakeevents
  • Why should I donate to Score Relief and not direct to the charity?
    You're perfectly at libery to donate as you wish 🙂 HOWEVER...if you donate via our campaign here, then we will have more of a handle on how effective it's been, it'll be motivating for everyone that takes part to see the total rising, and it'll put us in a much stronger position to attract partners in future and offer you more awesome opportunities like this! The choice is yours 🙂
  • How can I donate to the fundraiser?
    Our fundraising page is here. THANK YOU!
  • How much should I give to the fund?
    ANYTHING would be much appreciated. However, if you're not sure how much, here's a suggestion...think about how much you'd earn in an hour, or a day, and donate the equivalent sum, thereby effectively donating your working time to the cause. This is a good guideline. If you're entering the contest, we'd suggest a minimum donation of $10/£10/€10 per entry but that's completely optional.
  • I'd like to help make this succeed!
    Thanks so much! There are sooo many ways! You can donate, you can donate additional prizes, you can spread the word (that helps a lot) by sharing on social media and so on and featuring your work on your YouTube channel if you have one.
  • What's your privacy policy with my details?
    Privacy policy details are on our privacy policy page but, basically, if you opt in to our notifications when you enter, we will only message you with material relevant to the contest; to The Cue Tube and we will only share your details with the five partners who've provided prizes for the contest if they request them.
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