about the music licensing process

A little about the music licensing process

In the USA Copyright law states that in order for someone to use music synchronized to a picture requires them to gain the permission of the copyright holder or owners of the music.  The main job of the music supervisor is for them to locate music and gain the permission from all copyright owners to use that music in film or TV production. Thisprocess is call “clearing” music, or ”music clearing”

There are two different copyrights in any piece of music

The music itself has a copyright and then on each sound recording of that piece of music

Music Copyright 

Typically owned by a music publishing company

A license between a music copyright owner and a film/TV production company for use

of music in a production is called a Synchronization License (aka “Sync License”)

Sound Recording Copyright

Record labels typically own and there may be many recordings of the same work, each with a different sound recording copyright owner

 

A “Master License” is used for a recording in any given production it is the license between a sound recording copyright owner and a film/TV production company.

I would also like to add that there is so much information on this process that it will take a bit more than just one or two postings. I am working on trying to help my fellow musicians and artist in their quest for fame and stardome but you must do the homework. You must be the one to do all the studying.

Nothing good comes easy it will take determination, perseverance, talent and luck. You are on the right road though for you are researching and trying to educate yourself in this matter. Please visit back often for more updates and ask questions. We are working on a program that may help you and others that has helped me in this process. So hang in there and keep on keeping on.

For more info you may also look at wolfiesmusicpublishing.com and / or markallanwolfe.com We also have a handy glossary which will help many of you becoming familiar with the process visit Music Licensing Terms

Tips on getting music placed and listened to

A lot of people email me and ask questions about how to get their music heard, do I have some time to listen and perhaps can I give them some advice? So I decided to put this together as a little posting to try to pass along some VERY IMPORTANT info. I hope it helps it is very basic but sometimes that is all that is needed to do. .

Do your research, find out what shows fit your music. Check the credits. Some of us may respond to Linkedin, Facebook, etc. If I have heavy metal or hard rock songs and cues I am not going to send them along to a show that primarily uses Hip Hop? or Reggae?

You may think this is silly that I say this but I cannot begin to tell you how many times I might post a listing or song search and I get back the totally opposite results. I will post something like I need Hip Hop, or Urban rap tune and someone will eventually send me a singer songwriter or jazz, even once I got a classical score piece. I am not mocking you or making fun of them for I have done that even in the past a long time ago but you need to do your research and find out what shows use what or what have they licensed before. Nothing will get the Music Supervisor to NOT listen to something more than when someone says, “I know your not looking for this at the moment but I feel this will be the best fit for your show…”  Not tripping but if the director wanted something other than what is listed we would have asked for it.

When sending someone an email asking them to listen to your music be sure you make the process as simple as possible. Links to stream with a link to download next to it. Keep it clean and accessible. Something like SoundCloud or Drop Box You Send it, Reverbnation EPK something easy.

Try to think of it like a million folks are trying to get the Music Supervisor or A&R agent to listen to their music. If the one listening needs to fill out forms or go searching on some website then that is NOT going to happen.

“What is the best way for me to get your attention to their music or take a moment to listen?” Be honest about presentation. Be professional yet humble. Try not to tell me you’re the NEXT so and so..Let your music and image do the talking. You maybe working out of a garage or a one room apartment or you may have a great band rocking out every night. THe thing is that if you have great music and great attitude you WILL be heard, your music WILL get you to where you need to be. Might take a while but it will. LOL

Finally BE ENCOURAGED!! and Keep on keeping on. No ONE believes more in your music than YOU! No one will promote it as hard, talk it up as much or try to sell it more.If you send a package out give it some time say 4-6 weeks. I cannot tell you how many times I might have sent something out and not heard nothing back then WHAM when you’re not thinking about it like sometimes months later you get the call, “We LOVE YOUR MUSIC!!” So just because someone does not call you or email you with in a month or so does not mean you’re not being heard.

We live in an age of FAST..somethings take time and for the RIGHT time. If you hold steady and do not quit and believe, make great music SOMEONE WILL notice.

With that I say CHEERS and have a safe summer, stay in touch.

Wolfie’s Music Publishing

The music players on here are from Wolfies Music Publishing and Mark Allan Wolfe

Helps for Composing a TV Commercial

I was surfing through the web the other day and I found this article felt it was pretty col. I feel it shared some very practical advice and thought I would share it with you. Please let me know what you think and also let the author know what you think as well.
5 Unwritten Rules For Composing a TV Commercial, Ident or Title Sequence
Written by Tim Rabjohns & Fridel for Music For TV Masterclass – July 25th 2012

As TV composers and course leaders we come across many unwritten rules that are simple but sometimes forgotten when working as a TV composer.  Some of you will agree that these are very simple but it sometimes make sense to go back to the basics.

1) When you read the brief try to understand what’s written in between the lines. Remember that most likely it was not written by a musician, and so they do not have the same way of expressing music as you do.  Try and think of the brief that describes the emotional journey that sets the mood of the piece, rather than always just the style of the piece.  Always ask as many questions as you can, (preferably to the person making the creative decisions) before starting to compose.  It also pays to ask for specific examples of existing music – this can save a lot of time and make things clearer..

2) Many people only submit a single option when they are pitching.  We really think it’s worthwhile trying to submit  more than one option. (some of them may be from pitches that you have done before).  We normally send one version that is exactly what the brief asks for, one that is a bit more extreme and one that follows your gut feeling (ie how you think it should sound).

3) Although it is a short piece of music a piece of music this length (ie 10 – 30 secs) it will often need to have a ‘Narrative’ of some sort. By this we mean a short intro, a middle or body and then a build towards the end and a finale.  We find it helpful to think of it like a song – with different “sections” – although much shorter.

Obviously not all jobs will require this format – especially some TV commercials which want the soundtrack to sound like a slice of a song.

4) If the job needs a “mnemonic” (a memorable melody line at the end – think “Intel Inside”) make sure it is a clear memorable melody and better if it appears in more than one place in the music.  Nowadays a mnemonic can also consist of a signature “sound” rather than a melody – so it’s always a good idea to ask the client what they want.

5) Subtle sound design can give lots of life to your ident composition. There are lots of sound design libraries full of sounds, so it is very easy to do.  It’s worth noting that you will always score more cred points if you create your own sounds – that nobody else has.

Good luck on your next pitch submission and we’d love to hear about your experiences and any other unwritten rules that you may have…

Written by Tim Rabjohns & Fridel for Music For TV Masterclass

ASCAP Initiates Multiple Infringement Actions Against Nightclubs, Bars & Restaurants to Heighten Awareness About Performing Copyrighted Music Without Permission

NEW YORK, NY, Jun 25, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced today that it has filed multiple infringement actions against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in several states across the nation.

In each of the cases filed today, the business or establishment has publicly performed the copyrighted musical works of ASCAP’s songwriter, composer and music publisher members without obtaining a license from ASCAP to do so. These establishments then refused to acquire a license and continued to perform ASCAP members’ music without permission, resulting in the filing of the infringement actions.

ASCAP manages the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. Those licensed by ASCAP include any establishment or business that wants to perform copyrighted music publicly.

“Music plays a crucial role in attracting customers to restaurants, bars and various other establishments. Our membership of songwriters and composers are, in essence, small business people, who must invest in the tools of the trade that allow them to create music the world loves. They deserve to be fairly compensated when others benefit from the fruits of their labor and talent,” said Vincent Candilora, ASCAP Executive Vice President of Licensing. “It is both ASCAP’s right and responsibility to collect licensing fees from these venues in order to protect the livelihoods of our members.”

Any business using copyrighted music has the opportunity to obtain permission to do so lawfully, through acceptance of a license covering the use of the more than 8.5 million copyrighted songs and compositions in the ASCAP repertory. Nearly 90% of the license fees ASCAP collects are paid as royalties directly to songwriters, composers and music publishers. The balance covers ASCAP’s operating costs, which are among the lowest of any performance rights organization in the world.

“ASCAP only takes legal action as a last resort — after several attempts to provide the necessary permission have failed,” added Candilora. “Like a liquor license, establishments require a license to play copyrighted music. This is a basic cost of business recognized in hundreds of thousands of venues across the country. By filing these cases today, we hope to raise awareness among music users and the public that it is a Federal offense to perform copyrighted music without permission.”

Frequently Asked Questions about licensing can be found on ASCAP’s website at http://www.ascap.com/licensing/licensingfaq.html .

The establishments that have performed publicly the copyrighted musical works of ASCAP’s songwriter, composer and music publisher members without receiving their permission to do so, resulting in lost income for these music creators, include:

Establishment, City, State Anthony’s Lounge & Ristorante, Murrieta, CA Romeo Cucina, Laguna Beach, CA Smuggler’s Bay Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale, FL Younger’s Irish Tavern, Romeo, MI Coyote’s, Hillsboro, OR Bud’s Sports Bar, Chattanooga, TN Ixonia Pub, Ixonia, WI

About ASCAP Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world’s largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 435,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. For more information, please visit http://www.ascap.com .

        
        Press Contacts
        Tim Hayes
        ASCAP
        (212) 621-8414
        thayes@ascap.com

        Bobbi Marcus
        Bobbi Marcus PR & Events, Inc.
        (310) 889-9200
        bobbi.marcus@bobbimarcuspr.com 

SOURCE: ASCAP

Ideas to help in your music career?

Hello again everyone, here are a few ideas that I recently shared with a few people looking to broaden their horizons and are pursuing a career in music. I thought wow I should share these thoughts with all of you as well, maybe you already know these, maybe you do not but felt it worth the time for many people who contact me do not have some of these basic concepts down and wonder why things do not change. So lets dig on in.

As I try to move ahead in this wonderful world of music I have discovered some basic truths that if put into practice will help you immensely, if left behind or laid aside can hinder you in your progress.

Website

First you need to have some form of website or web presence in these days. If you are going to make any headway or gain some popularity you MUST have a website. They do not have from your wallet.e to be something costing millions of dollars but you need to have a .com It is a place for your fans to connect with you, a place to share links,videos band news, etc. Now I have listed a few examples to just show you of what I mean. You can have  have a FACEBOOK personal page BAND page or a MYSPACE page but always in the end you need to have your own little corner in the world that is your place, something like www.markallanwolfe.com

For something like your own URL (which is like your band name) it only cost a little bit of cash so it is not something that might break you. You can start here for possible URL. One thing I remember someone telling me early on was you need to spend a little money to make some money. so do not fear but also use extreme caution for their are folks out there who will take advantage and try to squeeze out as much as they can.

Why the need to get all of these places out there? Because part of this game called the MUSIC BUSINESS is the key word in that, BUSINESS! You thought well if I just make the music and tell people about it they will flock to me and demand, “DUDE! play on!” Just like in any other Business you will have to earn customers and build a name for yourself. The days of when you just had to play a song for someone and they would give you money to get a record deal, were blown away and wanted to make you a star are almost gone. There are times when some one comes along but even THEY need a place to start.

The music business has changed so much over the past few years that what was once a elite club to get into, is still somewhat elite, yet you have a better chance at getting to your set goals then before all because of the INTERNET. Which leads me to my next little step.

GOALS

You need to take sometime out to write out all that your looking for and what your trying to accomplish. For with out having a game plan your DOOMED to fail.As trivial as this sounds do not make haste at it. For what company ever succeeded without first having a goal to reach for. They can be anything you want but you need to devise a plan. That way when the time gets hard, and they will, you have something to go back to. When things seem to be going great and your head is int he clouds you can always comeback to your list to see if this is something that you wanted

I know many of you will probably read half way thru and turn away at some of these thoughts, but ask yourself this question, do you think Henry Ford just got together with those around him and said, “I am going to make a product that the WHOLE world will want to buy, that will make me billions, and change the WORLD!” I just want you bankers to give me all the money I need on this horseless carriage, (what cars were first called), NO!

He had to develop a plan and stick to it, by doing that as you can see they have been around for over 100 yrs if I am not mistaken.  You say, “Wolfie , dude that is cars this is different” How so? You want to change the world with your music, you need money form folks to help you realize this dream of yours. You need to surround yourself with those of like mind to achieve the goals you have set out for yourself. No matter if your looking to be the next best thing in music, acting, or any other business you NEED a plan that is solid. Nothing wrong with writing your dreams and goals out. It can be something as well to go back to when everyone around you thinks your crazy and a fool that you wont get it, it will never work. You can read your own words and find strength and comfort knowing YOU will make it if you faint NOT.

I will share a few more ideas perhaps tomorrow but definitely soon. I want you to be encouraged in this dream of yours. It is something that is birthed in your heart since who knows when. NO ONE loves your music MORE than YOU. Friends will not, family will not, your neighbors wont, only YOU. You need to believe in yourself a 120% all the time and you will make it. That is if you have got the talent, and determination. LOL Look at it like a marathon race of 26 miles. Many people will stop after 10-15 miles, faint after 20-25 but people who run say that after they hit the wall they STILL move on past it like they still have ANOTHER 26 miles to go. If you stop to look to your left or right your going to get tripped up and fail. DO NOT STOP KEEP MOVING! Wow I think I encouraged myself today.  :o)

More next time.

New Updates

Would like to announce to you and the world of the new updates and things now made available at the website. Recently been editing things over there and making some adjustments. Now you can search thru a small portion of the catalog and license the music right from the website. You can also find musical terms and songs ,videos and contact info available. If you would like to learn about how Wolfies Music can also provide you with music for your next multimedia production, or even provide you with songs for you or your artist to market themselves, record or perform.

There is also a place to learn about how to submit YOUR music to Wolfies Music for consideration to be placed into the catalog for future placements. When it comes to that do not be afraid to share or email your music. THe songs that many folks think are maybe not up to paar, is the songs others might think are perfect. As long as it is of good recording and all that you never know what may become of it.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from some of you out there who maybe will be reaching out to us. we are here to help and do what we can to help you succeed, make your projects shine above the rest.

Georgia Legislature Sides With Music Industry On Entertainment Tax Credit Amendment

Here is a re posting I read about certain developments here in the state if Georgia, I found it very interesting and very helpful and beneficial. I hope you do as well. It makes me consider the situation in other states?I will try to find out more about it as well as with other states. Any comments?
Georgia Music Partners (GMP) and The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter successfully engaged the Georgia Legislature to add language to the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act that clearly shows that music produced in Georgia for qualified film and television productions is an eligible expense. This decision clears the way for the state and GMP to promote the tax benefits of music production here.

The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Chip Rogers (District 21) and in the House by Ron Stephens (Savannah), Matt Hatchett (Dublin), Butch Parrish (Swainsboro), Matt Dollar (Marietta) and Amy Carter (Valdosta).

“We are very happy to make Georgia home to music,” said Sen. Stephens. “We hope to have the very same success in music as we have in film productions.”

According to Tammy Hurt and Simon Horrocks, co-presidents of GMP, the language in the original 2008 law suggested a narrow interpretation of what would be considered “qualified” music productions. “By having the legislature rule in favor of music production in the state as a qualified expense, we now have confidence in marketing the business-friendly environment that Georgia offers the music industry,” said Hurt. “The state has seen a huge increase in film production since 2008,” said Horrocks. “The legislator’s clarification is the first step in doing the same for the state’s music industry.”

If your looking for a music composer for your projects or for some new music or music to license would you consider the music of Mark Allan Wolfe or Wolfies Music Publishing. We specialize in finding you the right music for your projects and have a large supply of music that is just right for you. Feel free to visit the links here at at the bottom of this page.
www.markallanwolfe.com 

www.wolfiesmusicpublishing.com

“This is great news for the state’s economy,” said Phil Tan, an Atlanta-based three-time Grammy Award music engineer. “This will enable local music-related business entities to have an additional marketing angle and attract record companies, artists, producers and other music makers to bring their projects here to Georgia. Hotels, restaurants and other local businesses will benefit from the added traffic as well.”

According to Billboard’s top 40 moneymakers of 2012 ranking, Georgia artists represent 18% of the worldwide top music moneymakers worldwide.

Originally created in 2008 the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act provides state tax credit for qualified production and post-production expenditures. The Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act offers an across the board flat tax credit of 20 percent based on a minimum investment of $500,000 on qualified productions in Georgia. An additional 10 percent Georgia Entertainment Promotion (GEP) uplift can be earned by including an imbedded animated Georgia logo on approved projects.

How Lessons from Van Halen can save you thousands.

So there I am getting my work done, looking for something to write about and BAM! There it is, the perfect video sharing a little about contracts and the importance of them by none other than one of Rock and Roll’s greatest showman and musical talent.

First, let me share a few thoughts about CONTRACTS. There you are a musician,composer, songwriter or an artist and you got some great things going on. You have been working your tail off pitching your music to all the right folks and been offered a contract! What to do? Most people that I have come across are so thrilled they do not take the time  to read completely thru the contract that was presented. They don’t even contemplate having a music attorney or any professional that has studied the legalese of written contracts to look at them.

I have been around a lot of contracts over the years both in sub contracting as a plumbing contractor and also as a composer and musician. Unfortunately, in this business as with any business you need to read the fine print. People may say one thing yet do another thing altogether different. So when offered a contract the best thing to do is read it thru and and understand it.

If you need to read it a bunch of times you need to read it a bunch of times. If you have access to a person who works in the legal profession or some one who has had dealings in the past with contracts that is someone with whom you should be speaking to about this and any other contract. Do not be afraid to admit to certain folks that you need help in understanding things. The first step in wisdom is the admittance that you do NOT know all things you are not omnipotent or omniscience.

I will share a bit more about this on my other blog or in another entry into this BLOG but I wanted to share with you as well this little tidbit of info from David Lee Roth of Van Halen. He tells a story about a certain incident concerning the candy  M&Ms and their Rider. For those of you who do not know what a “RIDER” is, it is basically a part of the contract stipulating what some request that the artist or band have as a pre requisite before performing and conditions for them to , with out the fulfillment of such a rider the contract CAN become useless and void. That is a discussion best suited for another time altogether.

Anyone familiar with rock and roll lore has undoubtedly heard the story of Van Halen’s classic tour rider. The rider stated that there could be no brown M&Ms in the backstage area, or the venue’s manager would forfeit all of the money from the show to the band.

Watch this little short, slightly humorous video and learn who sometimes these little RIDERS or sentences can mean the difference of a SMALL paycheck to a very LARGE BILL YOU OWE. They had the rider placed with in and it saved them from having to pay a lot of cash for something beyond their control.

Brown M&Ms from Van Halen on Vimeo.

I found this article at GUITAR WORLD from a blog posting written by Josh Hart . I thank him for this wonderful posting of the video clip. For it inspired me to share a little of the importance of reading your contracts. Guitar World .com is a great resource for musicians of all types and a source of learning about the music business.

TIPS and IDEAS on music submission

Tips on Music Submission

When sending your material out to a Publishing company, record label or any number of professionals who might help you in your promotion and exploitation of your music, you need to do it right. You need to take a few extra steps in making sure your music has a fighting chance. It sometimes does not mean a hill of f you or your friends think it is the next greatest hit, if it never gets listened to the CD becomes a coaster.

If you take these few steps with your delivery you may find you have an edge on your competition. Believe me there are millions of other folks who are out there who believe in there music the same way you do. Many will think all they need to do is to take a cd record an mp3 on it and send it with no letter or anything on it.

Make sure your songs are all mastered and are at the right volume, no pops,distortion or clicks. Try to select only the best tracks that give the best example of who you are and your sound.
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When you place your music on a disc to mail out, be sure to write CLEARLY or to print out a sticker with all your contact info on it. I would make a suggestion to you. You spent all this time in creating the music and all this effort to trying to market it, why not spend a few more bucks and purchase the disc stickers for your printer? I was told once that if you just write on the disc with some scribbled letters, it gives the impression that you do not care that much about your music? I can see why. Remember you are trying to get people to listen to your music.

You want people to open there mail and be like “WOW these folks took a lot of time and effort into creating this package, they must ROCK!” By a fancy folder and nice printing pap cause remember you only have one time to make a first impression.Chilling out by a water fall Northern GA

When you send your email or EPK if you do not know what that is ( Electronic Press Kit) you need to make sure you re read everything. Do not make long statements about this and that, introduce yourself and give all your connection info and/or ask if you can submit material. Understand that many A&R,Music Mangers, Music Supervisors receive hundreds of tracks a day if not weekly. They need time to go thru the stuff they get and if your successful to have them open up your email or CD package, you do not want to waste their time.

TUNE PAKE    http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/3558037

When giving your links to sample your music it should take the person directly to the song or title to a music player. You should never assume that the folks are going to go surfing thru your website or have to jump thru hoops to sample your music. If they cannot find it with in a few seconds most times they will move on and your done.

So, please do not get angry with me and email me then tell me how mean or stupid I am. All of these ideas come from trial and error. I have experienced these first hand and have found out what works. Maybe not all the time but with trial and error you learn a little here and there.

At the end of the day it is always up to the music supervisor or the director on which song (s) will be chosen. No matter who makes it, how long you worked on it, if you dig it or not, if they do not dig it you are not going to change their minds. If it works with the picture in their eyes then there is no stopping the deal. So create your best, try hard, put your best foot forwards and keep on knocking until the door opens. It might take years but if you got the jams then eventually someone will listen if your humble, talented and have a teachable spirit.

For more info stop on thru again or visit www.wolfiesmusicpublishing.com or www.markallanwolfe.com for more. You are always free to visit www.wappublishing.com and also visit the other companies out around the webs nd be sure to share what you have learned with others.

Studio pictures from earlier years

Wolfes Den studio in the early stages

Some music samples for cues

I was working this morning searching for something and came across a websites which triggered my mind to post this sample song list of various song in stock at wolfie’s music publishing.com

Me and You soft rock / pop

On Time Electronic / Dance

Strike Force ROCK / Metal

A Child’s Prayer  Acoustic / New Age

Well I hope you enjoyed these few songs to get you going today and feel free to visit the sites to learn more about what we are doing, the music business and music for tv and film.

Mark Allan Wolfe

http://www.wolfiesmusicpublishing.com