Thursday, February 5, 2015
Music Supe Needs Solo Piano & Jazz for Hit Show + More Genres Needed
This is a really sweet batch of opportunities, many of which are Non-Exclusive, Direct-to-Supervisor Placements where you get all the money and keep all of your publishing and master ownership. Got Solo Piano or Jazz? You're going to love these! Keep reading so you don't miss any of these deadlines offered by TAXI:
PUBLIC DOMAIN and/or ORIGINAL, SOLO CLASSICAL PIANO INSTRUMENTALS are needed by an A-List Hollywood Music Supervisor for NON-Exclusive placements in a HIT TV Series. She needs classy, Down-to-Mid-Tempo Instrumentals in the general stylistic wheelhouse of Franz Liszt, Chopin, Mozart, etc., etc., etc. Please listen to the references to get a sense of the elegant sound she needs:
"Liebestraum" by Franz Liszt:
Quoting the source: "We have many high-society scenes in this show that need source music. Solo piano needs to sound authentic. Anything that sounds fake won't work. Since it's source, be sure you don't send me anything that's overly busy, as it's only needed to set the mood."
Please submit well-performed piano pieces (Original Compositions or Public Domain) that would add the right vibe to a scene that might take place at a black tie affair or snooty, high society cocktail party. Your submissions should sound like they're being performed by a real human playing a real piano. They're not looking for virtuosity so much as they're looking for music that nicely blends into the background to set the mood and location. Material that sounds stiff, synthetic, or MIDI won't work for this pitch. All pieces should be between 2 to 5 minutes in length. No faded endings. Broadcast Quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine).
The estimated license fee is $500, depending on the ultimate placement. This is a Non-Exclusive, Direct-to-Music Supervisor pitch, so you'll keep 100% of the sync fee. Plus, you'll also keep 100% of your Publishing, 100% of your Writer's Share (if you submit an original composition), retain your Master ownership, and receive any applicable performance royalties for this placement. You must own or control 100% of the Master and Copyright (if you submit an original piece) to pitch for this opportunity. If you submit a cover of a Public Domain piece, you need to own or control the Master Recording. All Instrumentals will be screened on a Yes/No basis by a person hand-picked by the Music Supervisor. No full critiques.Please submit 1-3 Instrumentals no later than 11am (PST), on Thursday, February 12th, 2015. TAXI #U150212CP
ORIGINAL 1930's to 1940's sounding JAZZ SONGS with Male or Female Vocals are needed by a Music Supervisor for a Non-Exclusive Placement in an Independent Film. Give them Down-to-Mid-Tempo Songs in the general stylistic ballpark of legends like Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, etc., etc., etc. Please review the referenced songs to get you in the old-timey vibe they need:
"The Very Thought Of You" by Billie Holiday:
"What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong:
"Walkin' By The River" by Ella Fitzgerald:
Quoting the source: "This will be background source during a Thanksgiving dinner scene. We'd ideally like the song to have a female vocal, but we're open to male as well.
Songs need to sound as authentic to the era as possible. Although it's source music and the lyrics won't be a huge focus, general themes about life, love, home, and family will work best."
TAXI Tip: You might make your song more appealing by rolling off some top and bottom end of your recording to make it sound more "telephonic" and authentic to the era. We DO NOT recommend adding those old-timey clicks and scratches. Let the audio post mixer add those if the Supervisor or film's Producer wants them. You'd also be smart to have a full fidelity version ready to go in case they prefer that. You do not need to submit that at this time. If all you have is a full fidelity version, go ahead and submit that. If they love the song more than everything else, the post mixer can do some EQ magic.
Submit really cool Jazz songs that sound like they would have been written and performed in that golden era. Authentic-sounding instrumentation, well-performed vocals, and an overall vibe that sounds like it was plucked straight out of a time capsule will put a smile on this Supervisor's face. As mentioned in the quote: Lyric themes about life, love, home, and family will work best for this pitch. Universal lyrics still apply, so please avoid specific names, places, dates, times, and brands. Do not copy or rip off the referenced artists or songs in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, texture, and tone.
The estimated license fee is $500 - $1,000, depending on the ultimate placement. This is a Non-Exclusive, Direct-to-Music Supervisor pitch, so you'll keep 100% of the sync fee and any applicable performance royalties. Plus you'll also keep 100% of your Publishing and Master ownership. You must own or control 100% of the Master and Copyright to pitch for this opportunity. All Songs will be screened on a Yes/No basis. No full critiques. Please submit 1-3 Songs no later than Sunday, February 8th, 2015 by 2pm (PST). TAXI #U150208JZ
ORIGINAL JAZZ INSTRUMENTALS are needed for a Non-Exclusive Placement by the Music Supervisor of an extremely successful TV show. The Track will be used as background source music during a dinner scene in an upscale restaurant. He's on the hunt for mellow, smooth, sophisticated sounding Jazz Instrumentals that can be heard on some of the tracks on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue album. Note: The tracks with busy, upfront solos are NOT what the Supervisor needs.
"Blue in Green" by Miles Davis:
"How Deep is the Ocean" by Bill Evans Trio:
"You Don't Know What Love Is" by John Coltrane Quartet:
Quoting the Source: "I'm looking for some light cocktail music to play as background source during a dinner scene. This would be more straightforward, serious dinnertime Jazz. None of the lead instruments should be too intrusive or out front. Any examples from Miles Davis' Kind of Blue album would work great as a reference!"
Give him instrumentals that you wouldn't mind hearing during a classy Valentine's Day date with your significant other. Mellow Instrumentals with a small ensemble sound and sparse instrumentation should work best for this pitch. This will be background source music and needs to help create the atmosphere of the scene, so anything that gets too loud, busy, harsh, and/or frenetic probably won't work well.
This is a Direct-to-Music Supervisor placement, so you'll keep 100% of your Master and Publishing/Copyright ownership, plus you'll also keep 100% of the sync fee. The estimated sync fee for this placement is $1,000. You must own or control 100% of the Master to pitch for this opportunity. Broadcast Quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine). All Submissions will be screened on a Yes/No basis by a Music Coordinator working directly on the show. No full critiques. Please submit 1-3 Instrumentals no later than Friday, February 6th, 2015, by 4pm (PST). TAXI #U150206JZ
HEARTFELT, ACOUSTIC-BASED SINGER/SONGWRITER SONGS with Male Vocals are needed by a Major Record Label for a promising International artist that has the Industry buzzing. Submit well-crafted Down-to-Mid-Tempo Songs that would immediately appeal to fans of artists like Ray LaMontagne, Brett Dennen, Amos Lee, etc., etc., etc. Quoting the source: "They want songs that feature prominent acoustic elements, with melodies that show off a heartfelt and honest vocal. Lyric themes can vary as long as they are current, personal, and creative." Give them intimate songs with great lyrics, coupled with a deeply moving and unforgettable melody. Hooks that draw the attention of the audience into a well-crafted story will work best. Stripped-down demos are okay for this pitch. Your recording quality (even for stripped-down demos) needs to be clean, clear, well balanced, and good enough to represent your song well. Please submit one to three Songs online or per CD, include lyrics. All submissions will be screened and critiqued by a TAXI screener handpicked by the Label and must be received no later than Friday, February 6, 2015. TAXI #S150206SS