Amanda Cawley

Amanda Cawley is an award-winning orchestral composer known for crafting fantastical themes for film, television and games. Inspired by the power of music to enhance storytelling, Amanda specializes in creating sonic landscapes that connect narrative concepts with melodic motifs, reflecting them through carefully chosen instrumentation and soundscapes. Her talent for breathing life into characters and worlds through music has garnered recognition and admiration throughout Canada and beyond.

With meticulous attention to detail, Amanda weaves memorable melodies with evocative orchestrations. Her compositions seamlessly guide the audience through the highs and lows of the narrative. By capturing the essence of each scene and character, Amanda’s music becomes an integral part of the storytelling process, enhancing the experience and immersing the audience into an enchanted world. Collaboration is at the heart of Amanda’s creative process. She embraces open and transparent communication, recognizing the value of input from multiple perspectives and ensuring her music aligns seamlessly with the project’s evolving vision.

Amanda’s music has garnered critical acclaim. She has earned a 2022 Leo Award for Best Musical Score in a Documentary Series (Visionary Gardeners) and an award for Best Original Score (Never Broken) in the 2023 Best Shorts Competition Award. Additionally, she has received Leo Award nominations in 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 for Best Musical Score in a Documentary Series and Best Musical Score in Short Drama. Her portfolio covers a variety of media, including 95+ episodes of the globally-distributed animated TV series Fireman Sam and 20 episodes of the documentary series Ageless Gardens for which she received nominations for Best Original Music, Non-Fiction at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards & Canadian Screen Music Awards. In 2022, Amanda was recognized by the SOCAN Foundation with two Emerging Screen Composer Awards for Best Original Score, Non-Fiction (Ageless Gardens: Sacred Spaces) and Best Original Theme Song (Visionary Gardeners).

Amanda was honoured to participate in the Screen Composer Academy’s 2022 Film and Games Composer Intensive in Athens, Greece, hosted by Richard Bellis for which she earned a Film and Game Scoring Certificate of Excellence. She holds a Diploma in Contemporary Music and Technology from Selkirk College and has completed Level 10 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in History, Theory, and Piano Performance.

Amanda works out of her studio in British Columbia, Canada, and collaborates with clients and orchestras around the world.