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MIDEM The International B2B Music Market

This year MIDEM will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on June 3-6 in Cannes, France. MIDEM is an annual tradeshow that brings together the biggest names in the music industry for four days of conferences, networking events and concerts. It is an essential relationship broker of the music industry, providing[…]

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The Advantages & Disadvantages of Video-Sharing Websites

Video-sharing websites like YouTube and Vimeo have made the distribution of video and musical content available to the masses. These sites offer considerable opportunities for independent artists looking for a venue for their work and help foster discussion about various topics. However, the benefits these services bring are contrasted by[…]

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How Do You Secure Film and TV Placements?

Presuming you can pre-clear your songs and recordings, you will want to get them to music supervisors and music libraries. Music libraries acquire a tremendous amount of their material from independent songwriters and composers (meaning writers who are not signed to publishing deals) and from artists who produce their own[…]

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Do You Really Own All Rights to Your Recording?

You paid for the studio, the engineer, the musicians, and the vocalists—so now you own the finished recording, and have the right to license it for inclusion in TV and films—right? Not necessarily. If you recorded the song in your home studio, played or programmed all the instruments, and sang[…]

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What Rights and Payments Are Required for Film/TV Placements?

Two different rights must be granted for a song to be included in a television show or movie: A synchronization license(typically called a sync license) is issued to grant permission to use the underlying song. This license is issued by the song’s publisher. • A master uselicense is issued by the owner of[…]

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What’s a Music Library?

Music libraries (sometimes referred to as production music libraries) are essentially music publishers, but instead of pitching songs to recording artists, they pitch and license songs and instrumental pieces for television shows, movies, commercials, and video games. The top music libraries have catalogs comprised of tens of thousands of songs and instrumental[…]

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What is the Role of a Music Supervisor?

The music supervisor meets with the director to identify where songs might augment and underscore the emotion of the scenes, as well as to identify the source music that is needed, such as songs coming from a car radio or a jukebox. Then his or her job is to find songs[…]

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Can you Produce Broadcast Quality Recordings at Home?

Many people can, and much of the music heard on TV shows and in movies is indeed produced in home studios. To generate recordings that sound good enough to be placed in television shows and films, you need the capability to record, engineer, and mix your own tracks to the[…]

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How Good Does the Recording Have to Be?

In most instances, the actual recording you submit is what will be used in the film or TV show. It will not be re-recorded. The primary exceptions are songs that play over the credits at the beginning or the end of a big Hollywood movie; the opening or closing of a[…]

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Which Lyrics, Styles, and Tempos Work Best?

There’s a huge misconception about the kinds of lyrics and tempos that tend to be best suited for television and film placement. When I hear depressing, self-absorbed, non-commercial music and I ask, “What do you hope to do with this?” the answer is invariably, “I’ll place it in a TV[…]

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