Craig Safan has composed the music for over thirty feature films including MR. WRONG, STAND AND DELIVER, MAJOR PAYNE, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET IV, REMO WILLIAMS, and THE LAST STARFIGHTER. For the small screen, Craig is best known for his work as the composer for the series CHEERS for which he was awarded eight ASCAP Top TV awards, as well as for his music for LIFE GOES ON, which earned Safan an EMMY® nomination.
Safan’s music has been performed by Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane, Faith Prince, Emma Thompson, Leon Redbone, Amanda McBroom, the London Symphony, and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. His musical, BUTTERFLY was produced at the Goodspeed Opera House, and LOLA (THE TRUE STORY OF LOLA MONTEZ) was part of the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theater Conference. His new musical CLUB CALIFORNIA was recently produced at Arcadia University. Craig also composed all the music and songs for the 144th edition of Ringling Brother’s Barnum & Bailey Circus, recently released as CIRCUS! on Perseverance Records.
Safan’s music can be heard on television today including DANCE MOMS, HARDCOVER MYSTERIES, MILLIONAIRE MATCHMATER, PIT BOSS and many other reality shows.
In 2014 Craig conducted his film music at the 10th annual International Film Music Festival in Cordoba, Spain, and was pleasantly surprised to receive the festival’s Basil Poledouris Award For A Film Music Legend. Intrada Records will reissue the soundtracks for REMO WILLIAMS and THE LAST STARFIGHTER later this year. Invada Records will be re-issuing Safan’s score for the seminal film WARNING SIGN, one of the first all-electronic film scores later this fall.
Craig is a graduate of Brandeis University and was the recipient of both the Senior Prize in Drama and the Senior Prize in Music. He was also the recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which allowed him to independently pursue his music in London after graduation. Craig has given seminars or spoken at The American Film Institute, USC Film School, ASCAP Film Music Workshop, Berklee College of Music, and UC Santa Barbara.
Craig is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he sits on the Music Executive Committee of the Academy. For many years he was part of the President’s Art Council at Brandeis University. Craig also serves on the Selection Committee for the Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship in New York City.
Craig and his wife, Linda Safan, are actively involved in Disability Rights issues and were recently awarded a Certificate of Commendation by mayor Anthony Vallaraigosa of Los Angeles as well as by County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas for their work in founding the Circle Of Friends, a nonprofit organization that pairs disabled and non-disabled students throughout California and other states.