Music for Filmmakers
Music plays a critical role in making entertainment that has an impact. To make finding and licensing songs easy and supporting your vision as a producer or director, SOsync can serve as a music provider or Music Supervisor.
What is a Music Provider?
A music provider is a professional who can search for the type of songs you need for your next film or TV show. Basically you tell us what you need, and provide some samples, and we'll find you music to consider. If you need more help with items like determining what types of songs would best fit your work, or licensing, we can also serve as a Music Supervisor.
What is a Music Supervisor?
A Music Supervisor is a qualified professional who combines music and visual media. They oversee all aspects of music selection related to a production as required.
In addition to Shantell's experience as a music supervisor and music creator for film and tv, she has degrees in music (Berklee College of Music) and in Business. Since 2005, she has lived in Nashville and built relationships in the music community here. These relationships with artists and songwriters of all genres is a critical network of talent to source music from for your film project.*
Roles of a Music Supervisor
There are several roles that SOsync can manage for you as a Music Supervisor. In each of areas below, the goal is to make the music aspect of your film as easy as possible for you. Each of the following three roles can be very time consuming and take your focus away from the overall film.
1. Find or create custom songs based on scripts or scene descriptions
If you know what type of music you are looking for based on a scene (genre and sound-alike) we will find music to fit the specifications. For example, if you tell us you need a Christmas song that sounds like the early 1900's we can find that. If you say you need a song that sounds like Taylor Swift's "Love Story", you'll get it. If you want something that reminds you of "Home" by Phillip Phillips, we've got it.
If you want a song to say exactly a certain thing to move the story along, SOsync can create a custom song for you at a reasonable rate. For example, there was a filmmaker who wanted an end credit song that was somber, but also hopeful because of all the wisdom left behind by a lead character who died. That was a very unique emotional place for a song to live in, and so we wrote one for the filmmaker to meet his needs.
As another example, we created a dance song for a club scene that was source music (music coming from the DJ). Of course, if you need a male or female vocal with a specific sound that is completely do-able as well.
Please note SOsync does not score films. For composing, we recommend working with Russ Whitelock.
2. Work within your budget and negotiate with music providers
We will work tirelessly to find the highest quality music possible within your budget. We do not place music in films for 'credit only' or free as music creators need to be compensated for their art. Typical music budgets for indie films vary depending on several factors including how the music will be used (is it a short or long clip) as well as the overall budget of the production.
3- Manage the Licensing and Music Credits
There are specific licenses that need to be created and signed by both parties (individuals and publishers) to ensure all songs are used legally and there are no lawsuits for use of the creative work. This is referred to as being 'cleared.' Information in these licenses will be used to create end credits for music.
In addition, all the music cues have to be tracked and sent to ASCAP, SESAC and BMI (performing rights organizations) so songwriters are paid for streaming and/or TV airplay. We will partner with you to ensure the cue sheets are properly submitted.
If you are interested in inquiring about Music Supervision services and discussing your upcoming film project, please contact us. We look forward to helping you with music!
*We do not work with pornographic or adult films and reserve the right to refuse a contract based on the content of the project.