questions about licensing / syncing music

 
       
 
Jan 24, 2018, 12:47 PM

hi , I recently hired someone , who has worked with some well known artists , to mix some of my songs , and out of the blue , he said that some of them were of sufficient quality to be licensed for film and tv , and asked if i’d ever considered licensing my songs , and I guess its got me thinking that maybe , just maybe I can make a little money from my music . the problem I have , is that I know very little about the business side of things , and I’m really not sure what things I need to put in place , before I can even think about trying . at the moment I don’t have anything registered , I don’t have anything on any streaming sites , and all I have are verbal agreements on website conversation timelines , with the people who have helped me . so at this point I’m not sure if I would have to hire an entertainment lawyer to draw up contracts , before I can even get the ball rolling . I also read somewhere , that most people wont even consider using your music , if you don’t have a manager / agent or label acting for you , is that true ? is there anybody here who knows about this kind of thing

 
     
sandor nevery Joined Jun 08, 2014
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Jan 24, 2018, 03:05 PM

Sandor,

You should basically suggest that the guy who told you about your songs being ready, to give you some information on the process for you. My guess is he won’t. A lot of this is sort of like saying “Hey you ought to get that to…..” but never any idea how to do it. The entire “TV, Film placement” stuff looks really good on paper, but not so good when you actually get up close and personal. You might check into TAXI, or find some people who have placed material before. Personally I have, but I have had publishers in every case, and usually the publishers were people INVOLVED in the production of the film/television piece themselves. My first cut was used in a Willie Nelson/Kris Kristofferson TV movie, but the publisher was SONY, who owned the production company of the movie. Usually it is that inside.

There are other services, film and television libraries, and other forums, but always expect to PAY money before you receive any. I’m not saying to do it or not do it. Just saying that there is a lot more to it than just “having some songs that sound like they should be liscenced. Sort of like someone telling you “Hey you make a really good hamburger. You should go into business.” A lot easier said that done.

MAB

 
     
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MBarne4908 Joined Jul 29, 2010
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Jan 24, 2018, 04:28 PM

i think he saw a licensing opportunity for one of my songs , on a site that he frequents , and directed me to it

 
     
sandor nevery Joined Jun 08, 2014
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Jan 24, 2018, 10:31 PM

Contracts for music used in films/tv are called Synchronization Licenses.

All the links at the top/bottom of the Songwriter101 webpage are worth reading to educate yourself.

The late John Braheny published a book that could help you educate yourself. http://www.johnbraheny.com or http://www.amazon.com

http://www.cdbaby.com or http://www.discmakers.com has “The Indie Bible” which may cover Sync Licensing.

Even with an attorney well-versed in Entertainment Law your own education could help you help him take care of your business.

http://www.taxi.com sends out notices of opportunities for their members, many of which are for Sync Licensing. They always advise that you must ‘control’ your Copyright ( http://www.copyright.gov ) and Master Recording.

Get educated. Start with the links below, like FAQ, Lingo, Publishing, others…ALL the others. This is the transition from being a Songwriter with a hobby to being a Songwriter with a Company. Get some file folders. Keep track of all who, what, when, where, why regarding your Company. Break a proverbial leg.

There will always be another song to be written. Someone will write it. Why not you? http://www.garyeandrews.com

 
     
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Gary E. Andrews Joined Apr 12, 2005
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Feb 01, 2018, 01:31 PM

thanks a lot , I appreciate the advice and the links

 
     
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