The World Soundtrack Awards are awarded annually to mark and celebrate outstanding achievements in scoring music for motion pictures and to honour other achievements and composers as provided for in the rules and approved by the advisory board of the organizing body, the World Soundtrack Academy.
Launched in 2001 by Film Fest Gent, the World Soundtrack Academy is aimed at organizing and overseeing the educational, cultural and professional aspects of the art of film music, including the preservation of the history of the soundtrack and its worldwide promotion. The latter through the presentation of awards as well as through the development of several other promotional initiatives.
The awards should only be seen as a start. The World Soundtrack Academy is in the process of developing new initiatives that fit in the academy’s mission statement.
The academy also actively contributes to the study of this form of art through organizing seminars, workshops, master classes, etc. as well as through the future publication of these studies and the development of an archive.
Together with Film Fest Gent, the World Soundtrack Academy will also develop initiatives that are aimed at offering a strong platform to emerging film music talent in Europe.
The idea to set up the academy actually comes from a number of film composers attending the festival, and who considered it best placed to create a non-profit structure that would be able to operate completely unbiased.