WAIMEA, HAWAII - Opening new revenue and creativity avenues for local musicians, Creative Lab Hawaii hosted its 2019 Music Immersive mentor program that connects songwriters with the mainland entertainment industry—offering opportunities to score and compose music for use in movies, television and new media. In addition to composing songs, participants learned the finer points of music licensing, publishing, intellectual property (IP) protection, and other aspects of the business from industry experts. Following the program's conclusion on Friday, attendees will receive year-round mentoring support.

The Creative Lab Hawaii Music Immersive is for professional or near-professional level songwriters who can hold their own in intensive co-writing sessions, and participants are chosen after a competitive application process. Founded by Georja Skinner of DBEDT's Creative Industries and under the direction of Grammy winner, Charles M. Brotman, the Creative Lab Hawaii Music Immersive provides songwriters with the opportunity to co-write and produce songs for a specific TV or film project each day of the immersive, working alongside world class music supervisors, producers, songwriters and executives—such as songwriter Andre Merritt, who has won Grammys, topped the Billboard charts, and worked with some of the world's leading artists, including Rihanna and Usher.

The program was held June 23 to 28 at the Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel on Hawaii Island, immediately following the Hawaii Songwriting Festival.

For more information on how to apply to next year's Music program or other Creative Lab Hawaii Immersive programs focused on Screenwriting, Producing and more, log onto: http://creativelab.hawaii.gov/