Open call for applications to Creative Lab Hawaii 2023 immersive music program: Maui Now

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Creative Lab Hawai’i, established by the Creative Industries Division of the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to accelerate new business and monetize opportunities for Hawaii’s creative entrepreneurs, is accepting applications for the Creative Lab Hawaii Music Immersive 2023 program.

CLMHI focuses on Hawaiian singer-songwriters seeking opportunities to license their works for global media and entertainment content. Applications will be accepted from November 15th to December 15th, 2022.

Submissions for the week-long intensive and subsequent mentoring will be reviewed by a panel of industry leaders led by the non-profit Hawai’i Songwriters Festival, chaired by Charles Brotman. Selected CLHMI grantees are mentored by top music supervisors, music brokerage firms, entertainment industry executives, and music producers to collaborate on compositions for the licensing of their work for specific television, film, advertising, promotional, and new media projects.


Led by GRAMMY and Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner Charles M. Brotman, CLHMI will provide songwriters with the opportunity to co-write and produce each day’s immersive for specific TV, commercial and/or media projects, while also working with world-class music supervisors , producers, songwriters and executives.

Up to 12 applicants will be selected to participate in the 2023 CLHMI program based on an evaluation process by a panel of industry experts. “We’re looking for a diverse group of serious songwriters who can hold their own in intense co-writing sessions and who truly understand the benefits of unparalleled industry access and mentorship,” said Charles Brotman.

“Hawaiian artists, songwriters and producers are given new tools to navigate the world of licensing a global media product. The CLHMI program is just another place to support the tremendous talent we have in Hawaii and nurture opportunities for our entrepreneurs that will continue to fuel Hawaii’s creative industries,” said DBEDT Director Mike McCartney.


CLHMI builds a bridge for local musicians to forge business relationships, collaborate with composers and songwriters, and partner with industry insiders to leverage their talent for licensing and royalties on original works placed in television series, feature films, video games, and new media.

“Creative Lab Hawaii’s experience equips creatives with the skills needed to understand the value of licensing, publishing and intellectual property protection,” said Georja Skinner, Chief Officer Creative Industries Division and founder of the CLH program. “By fostering industry expertise to compose and license original songs for global film, television, streaming or advertising, attendees can expand revenue streams for their talents.”

To receive an application packet, please contact Charles M. Brotman at [email protected] All materials must be submitted in PDF format and applications are due no later than December 15, 2022.

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