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Justiceinnyc
05-16-2003, 04:52 PM
I am trying to put together a budget for my screenplay, and was wondering if anyone knew how i would go about pricing music royalties. Is there a website that might list this information - like, say, on specific songs or whatnot?
Thanks in advance,
Justice

NicklausLouis
06-17-2003, 01:15 PM
I would also like to know about such a website. Unfortunately, all I can tell ya is to try to find a lawyer who'll look into it for next to nothing. It's a long shot, but that route has worked for friends of mine.

Poke

Hutch
06-17-2003, 02:15 PM
Hey Justiceinnyc,

Poke and I have already talked. But, before you assume that good things are never free, I hope you will review my website at www.digitalsoundtracks.com

I'm a seasoned music professional and can compose and record original music in any genre for any length film. If it's a film festival type project (not a commercial venture) and if it interests me, I'll do it for free - just for the exposure and the credits. If you plan to market the film commercially, I would do it on a deferred basis contract. (You make money, I make money - you don't, I don't...)

I specialize in orchestrated music, but can do pretty much any style. Read about my background and experience, my past projects, and my current projects at the website and also hear samples of my work.

Regards,

Hutch DeLoach

NicklausLouis
06-18-2003, 01:02 PM
Sorry about that Hutch. I should have recommended you. I guess I was just thinking that Justiceinnyc was looking to price certain songs. Like say, the script calls for The Beatles "All You Need is Love". I thought J might be trying to see how to find out the price for using that song (which of course would be astronomical).

Poke

Hutch
06-18-2003, 01:54 PM
No offense taken Poke... I understood exactly where you were coming from... After all, if you had recommend me, then I would have wound up owing you some agent fees - right? :D

Have a great day!

Hutch

NicklausLouis
06-18-2003, 11:09 PM
Why do you think I'm sorry I didn't recommend you? Damn it! I could use the extra cash!

Poke

Blade_Jones
10-06-2005, 02:45 PM
Are you talking about popular songs? Why pay? Seems to me doing indie films is all about having the creativity to come up with your own songs or find someone who writes or has written the song you need. For most indie films it should be ROYALTY FREE. Even places like Master Source understand that traditionally indie films are looking to pay 1 flat fee for an unknown song.

LOGAN L Productions
10-06-2005, 04:48 PM
Here's another free and royalty free music resource: PublicMusicProject.org (http://PublicMusicProject.org)

indietalk
10-06-2005, 04:50 PM
Are you talking about popular songs? Why pay? Seems to me doing indie films is all about having the creativity to come up with your own songs
Because sometimes the song fits the scene perfectly or even inspired it.

directorik
10-06-2005, 05:01 PM
I am trying to put together a budget for my screenplay, and was wondering if anyone knew how i would go about pricing music royalties. Is there a website that might list this information - like, say, on specific songs or whatnot?
Thanks in advance,
Justice
The rights must be obtained from the copyright owner of the music, which is usually the publisher. You can find out who the publisher is by using ASCAP's Clearance Express (ACE) at http://www.ascap.com. Songs that are not represented by ASCAP might be found at the National Music Publishers' Association "Songfile" website http://www.nmpa.org. You will be provided with a contact at the publisher's Business Affairs or Licensing Department.

Since there are many different licenses : Synchronization, Master Use, Festival, Mechanical, Print and Performing, and so many different ownership contracts there isn't going to be a data base where you can type in the name of the song and get a number. You are going to have to make a phone call.

Be prepared. Know exactly what license you need, exactly how the music will be used and how long you need the rights before you call.