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The Guild is a forum for screen composers and sound professionals to connect and share ideas and knowledge. It also promotes and grows the sector to build sustainable careers in music and sound in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.

The Guild exists to guide, protect and support our members; to represent their aims; to teach and exchange ideas and to grow recognition for the value we bring to our industry.

SMSG priorities are:

  • Financial sustainability and security
  • Creative and technical excellence
  • Representation
  • Promoting our craft
  • Building diversity
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Collegiality and community

For more details on our aims and objectives please read The Constitution here.

We invite all NZ screen composers, screen music professionals and sound professionals to be involved in the Guild for the good of our collective craft. So join our membership to be part of a dynamic group of professionals who are helping shape the future for our sectors.

Members and interested parties are welcome to sign-up to the Guild’s Facebook page and the monthly email newsletter to keep up to date with general news.

Please get in touch with any enquiries regarding membership, suggestions, requests and general help at

Committee Members

Marshall Smith is a composer and a member of SMSG

Marshall Smith – Co-chair

Co-chair, Marshall Smith, is an experienced composer, producer and music artist. He is passionately engaged with trying to build a more sustainable, equitable and representative screen music industry for Aotearoa.

In 2013 Marshall co-founded the Screen Composers Guild to champion the voice of composers. And in 2020 he helped strengthen the Composers Guild with the logical inclusion of sound professionals, resulting in the formation of a new guild called the Screen Music & Sound Guild.

This industry is going through rapid and never-ending change and Marshall firmly believes that working collectively is the only way to achieve lasting change and improvement.

Polly McKinnon – Co-chair

Co-chair Polly McKinnon is a founding member of SMSG and a multi-award-winning sound editor and supervisor with over two decades in the industry.

She has worked extensively in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, and has been a key team member on three Academy Award winning soundtracks.

As a working mum of two young children, she is passionate about improving conditions for parents working in film and television.

John McKay – Committee Member

SMSG founding member, John McKay has more than 40 years’ experience in the screen industry, primarily in Sound Post Production. He is the founder / CEO of POW Studios in Wellington, a soundpost company.

He is a recipient of sound editorial awards for Footrot Flats, Jubilee and A Soldier’s Tale. Also, he was a Golden Reel Award-nominee for The Lord of the Rings. Recently, he supervised sound on the animated Chinese feature film I Am What I Am, and on local acclaimed features such as Coming Home in the Dark.

“I see the formation of the Guild as a sign of the sound and music community maturing, with a focus on growing sustainable career pathways for current and new entrants to the profession,” says John.

Andrew Hagen – Committee Member

Multi-award-winning producer, composer and sound designer, Andrew Hagen, was the General Secretary of the Screen Composers Guild NZ before the transition to SMSG.

After a successful NZ-based career, in 1983 Andrew moved to Hong Kong where he set up Schtung Music Hong Kong. Eight years later he opened Schtung Media studios in Santa Monica, California, where, for 20 years, he lived and worked with his wife Susa.

In 2011 they returned to NZ where Andrew divides his time between US and NZ projects.

He is the creator of a TVox programme showing NZ art on the Parliamentary Channel.

His focus is looking for ways young composers and sound people can work with senior or experienced film industry members and be paid for their “internship”.

Phil Gore – Treasurer

Phil Gore is Associate Director with VCFO, a virtual accounting practice in Auckland.

Phil has a deep understanding of the film industry from working as a production accountant in NZ and Australia for 10 years. Since 2008, Phil has specialised in film industry work with Pieter Holl & Associates, and now with VCFO.

He has a close working relationship with the NZFC through his numerous NZ Screen Production Grant vetting and grant applications. He is a Board member (and Treasurer) of the Directors Guild.

Ed Lim – Secretary

Edwin Lim, is Partner at Hudson Gavin Martin, a legal practice.

Ed is passionate about giving back to the industry and he is very active on many boards or committees. He currently  holds and has previously held board positions for the NZ Software Association, NZ Game Developers Association, ADLS Technology Law Committee and New Zealand Middle East Business Council.

Ed is also a lecturer for the University of Auckland’s Masters of Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation course, and a judge for the NZ Hi-Tech awards. He’s areas of specific expertise are around technology and IP law.