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You Are A Manufacturer Of Songs

Posted by Aaron Davison on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, In : October 13 

An analogy I like to make is that a songwriter seeking out licensing opportunities is like a manufacturer seeking out a distributor.  As a songwriter, you’re in the business of writing songs. Writing songs is a much a different craft than selling songs.  In the same way that the craft of building and manufacturing  guitars is much different than the craft of distributing and selling guitars, the business of selling and licensing music is a lot different than the art of writing music.  Just ...


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What Kind Of Music Gets Licensed?

Posted by Aaron Davison on Monday, October 28, 2013, In : October 13 

What kind of music get licensed?  In short, all kinds.  Virtually every conceivable style of music get licensed and regardless of what kind of music you make, there are probably opportunities to license your music in TV shows, Films and other mediums right now.   But with that said, there are some styles of music that get licensed much more than others and different places have different needs for different styles of music that change on an ongoing basis.

A question I'm often asked is what i...


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"Jack" Of All Styles, Master Of None

Posted by Aaron Davison on Thursday, October 17, 2013, In : October 13 

There are two main approaches I see songwriters taking when it comes to getting their music licensed.  In today’s post I’m going to discuss these two different approaches to licensing and give you my opinion on what I think is the most logical approach of the two.

Approach #1 – Anticipating Licensing Needs And Writing A Lot Of Different Styles

This is an approach I see a lot of writers taking as they attempt to enter into the business of licensing music.  I was speaking with a client this...


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An Interview With Brooke Ferri Of Black Toast Music

Posted by Aaron Davison on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, In : October 13 

The following is an interview with Brooke Ferri of Black Toast Music. Black Toast Music has placed a TON of music in a variety of TV shows and Films including Six Feet Under, The Shield, CSI, The Nanny, Smallville, Party of Five, Prison Break, Las Vegas, Barbershop, My Name Is Earl, The Unit and many, many more.

You can read the interview below:

     Aaron: Hi Brooke. Can you tell me a Little bit about yourself and your role at Black Toast?

Brooke: I just graduated from Southwestern Law Sc...


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Parameters For Songs Written For Licensing

Posted by Aaron Davison on Friday, October 11, 2013, In : October 13 

When writing songs specifically for TV and Film placements there are some general parameters to keep in mind that will help you write songs that are more "licensable".  These are general guidelines, they are not hard and fast rules.  There are always exceptions, but generally speaking the songs you are submitting for licensing opportunities should adhere to the following guidelines:

1)  No long Intros - Avoid long winded boring intros that just seem to drag on and on and on and never seem to...


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Co-Publishing Deals Explained

Posted by Aaron Davison on Thursday, October 10, 2013, In : October 13 

Typically when a song is licensed into a TV or Film project there is only one publisher.  If the writer of the song hasn't assigned his or her publishing rights to a third party, they are by default the publisher of the song.  In other words, if you write a song, you are the songs' publisher and are entitled to all publishing rights unless you give them to someone else.

Having a good publisher on your side can be a valuable asset if they have solid relationships with music supervisors. In fa...


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Getting Your Foot In The Proverbial Door

Posted by Aaron Davison on Friday, October 4, 2013, In : October 13 

One of the hardest parts of entering into the music licensing business is getting started.  How do you get your first break if you don't have any credits, don't know anyone in the industry and so on?  Once you "get your foot in the door" things get easier.  But how do you break into a business if you're just starting out?

Today I'm going to share a few thoughts about how to break into the business of music licensing.  The music business is competitive. That by no means is an indication that ...


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