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Old 01-24-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
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Music Composers?

I am thinking of buying music from composers so can you please send me links/samples of your music? If I do buy it ... do I have to do anything if i get the movie distributed or send it to film festivals? I'm new so please help. Thank you!
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:29 PM   #2
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You can quite easily get quality soundtrack music for free, if you look through MySpace & similar sites. It costs nothing to email a band, and less than $1.00 to send an SASE with an enclosed release form if they want to give permission. (Though if you have the resources to pay them, by all means do so - it's a rough gig being a musician!)

If you purchase music from stock-sites, such as StockMusic.net, you'll be able to read & print out all the details that you need, including release forms and any limitations that may be in place.

If you have a composer actually scoring your film (as opposed to just dropping in a song here & there), then you'll need to take care of some extra details. For your part, you'll want the score to be a "work for hire" music track which will let you retain the rights to the music you paid for. With a simple Craigslist advert, you'll get many replies from composers just starting out.

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You'll find it much easier if you detail what you are looking for, unless you like going through tonnes of non-relevant material. You don't need an inbox full of 1950s sock-hop music when you're putting together a film with thrash-metal influences.

Figure out what you need. Ask for what you need. Get what you need (with release forms).
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:46 PM   #3
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You can quite easily get quality soundtrack music for free, if you look through MySpace & similar sites. It costs nothing to email a band, and less than $1.00 to send an SASE with an enclosed release form if they want to give permission. (Though if you have the resources to pay them, by
What's an SASE?
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:15 PM   #4
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Self-Addressed-Stamped-Envelope.

Come on, Steve; these youngsters don't know all of this snail mail stuff!

Instead of asking for submissions, and having to weed through all of them, do a search for what you want. When you find what you like communicate with the artist/band/whatever and ask if you can use it in your project; very, very few will say no. It's more work up front but a lot less on the back end, and you'll wind up with something very close to exactly what you want.

If you're looking for a composer there are plenty of composers forums where you can check out links to their music, and then ask the composers in which you have interest. Unless they're well established you'll get very few refusals, and if your project is exceptional you'll might even snag an accomplished composer.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:31 AM   #5
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It should be on a buyout basis - not based on sales. For indie films you license music for your movie in perpetuity and in all media. Rarely does an indie film make a lot of money, so that completely justifies NOT having a royalty based payment schedule. As a producer I would not want to be bothered with providing accounting reports and all that BS.

Sometimes filmmakers have no budget and so they pay spec (based on sales if any ever materialize). Personally I would never invest my time as a writer on one of those because I know that essentially means no pay ever, and even if the movie ever DID make money there's too many con-artist producers out there who would never pay... which takes us full circle again... song writers want to get paid up-front based on the budget of the movie.

Here's a little of what I write...
http://www.insaneasound.com/Music.htm
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:42 AM   #6
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I am going to respectfully suggest you not look for composers
until you have made a movie. You have never made one yet,
you don't have a start date for one. Asking composers to send
you samples is a little premature.
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If I do buy it ... do I have to do anything if i get the movie distributed or send it to film festivals? I'm new so please help.
You will need a release signed by the composer that allows you
to use the music in your movie. When you have a finished movie
I have a nice contract I can give you.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:04 PM   #7
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When you have a finished movie
I have a nice contract I can give you.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:57 PM   #8
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You're welcome.

When will you start filming?
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:59 PM   #9
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When will you start filming?
im not sure ... im really busy with school rite now ...studying for exams
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:06 PM   #10
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Looks like you're a long way from being at a stage where you need music, but I can show you examples of my work if you want to keep me in mind for the future.

http://www.myspace.com/patternsivy

http://www.myspace.com/harpsichoid

Good luck with whatever it is you're planning.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:01 PM   #11
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hello!
you can have me in mind too!
you can use my music for free if you want

www.myspace.com/dimitrisathanas
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:30 PM   #12
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Hi I have lots of music that I am currently letting people use for free.

Have a look at http://www.cameronmusic.co.uk for more info

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Old 01-27-2011, 01:43 PM   #13
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It looks like I'm wrong on this.

Seems there are plenty of composers willing to offer you their
music even though you don't know when you are going to make
a movie.

And for free!
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:50 PM   #14
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Hey there,
I'm a composer that's always looking for interesting opportunities. Check out some of my music on youtube at

and let me know if you're ever interested in working with me.
Chris
www.myspace.com/kerlomusic

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Old 02-14-2011, 01:50 PM   #15
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Hi,

Here is a few samples of my work. Not looking for pay, just practice.

http://www.reverbnation.com/markstothard

Regards
Mark.
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