Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Acoustic Guitar Instros + Muzak-Style for $1,000 Placement

Do you have any music that would work for these requests?
1. Reflective Acoustic Guitar-Based Instrumentals with some Spanish influence for a 5-Star Music Licensing Company that has a great track record of placing music by TAXI members in Film, TV, and Commercials.
2. Original, Kitschy, Muzak-Style Instrumentals for a Non-Exclusive, $1,000, Direct-to-Supervisor placement in a Hit TV Series.

REFLECTIVE ACOUSTIC GUITAR-Based INSTRUMENTALS with some Spanish influence are needed by a 5-Star Music Licensing Company that has a great track record of placing music by TAXI members in Film, TV, and Commercials. They’re on the hunt for well-executed, full-length, Down-to-Mid-Tempo Instrumentals in the general stylistic wheelhouse of the extremely talented artist, Gustavo Santaolalla. Please listen to the reference tracks they gave us to get in the general vibe of what they need:

“Partida del Leprosario” (from The Motorcycle Diaries) by Gustavo Santaolalla
“Alma” by Gustavo Santaolalla
“Cordon de Plata” by Gustavo Santaolalla

Quoting the source: “We’d like quiet, intimate, reflective, and moody acoustic guitar with a Spanish flavor. It should have an organic sound, with a sparse, atmospheric sound. Real, authentic instrumentation only. A great example would be the Gustavo Santaolalla pieces on the The Motorcycle Diaries soundtrack.”

TAXI Tip: they are NOT looking for copies or rip offs of Gustavo Santaolalla. Just ask yourself, “Would somebody who loves Gustavo’s work also love this?” if the answer is “Yes,” you’ve got what they need!

Please submit intimate, airy, sparse, atmospheric Instrumentals with a well-performed Nylon or Gut-String Guitar as the primary focus, and a little Latin flavor to boot. Authenticity is important for this pitch, so please only use organic sounding instrumentation, typical of the references above. Light, delicate string parts (violin, viola, or cello) could work, but they’re not necessary. Anything that sounds stiff, synthetic, or MIDI-driven won’t work well for this pitch. Keep your melodies on the simple, sparse side, and shy away from anything that’s busy or frenetic. No fades, please. A natural ending on the root note with the guitar’s ring out and reverb’s decay should do the trick.

Your submissions should be at least 2 minutes in length. Do NOT copy or rip off the referenced artist or music in any way, shape, or form. Use the reference tunes only as a general guide for tempo, texture, tone, and vibe. Broadcast quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine.

This Library offers an EXCLUSIVE deal, so the material you submit for this pitch CANNOT be signed with any other publishers or catalogs. Sync fees will be split 50/50. The Publisher will get the Publisher’s share, and you’ll get the Writer’s share. You must own or control your Master and Copyright to pitch for this opportunity. Please submit one to three Instrumentals online or per CD. All submissions will be screened on a Yes/No basis - No full critiques. Submissions must be received no later than 11:59PM (PDT), on Saturday, April 16th, 2016. TAXI #U160416GI

Now, Part 2:
ORIGINAL, KITSCHY, MUZAK-STYLE INSTRUMENTALS are needed for a NON-Exclusive, $1,000, Direct-to-Supervisor placement in an extremely popular, Award-Winning TV Series. They’re hunting for Mid-Tempo Instrumentals that you’d expect to hear coming out of those cheesy ceiling mounted speakers in your dentist’s office. Please listen to the compilation they gave us to get an idea of what could work for this pitch:

Elevator Music – MUZAK – Stimulus Progression

Quoting the source: “Looking for some Mid-Tempo Muzak background source music to place in a dental office scene. It can be elevator style or jazz.”

Give them original, well-performed Instrumentals that instantly sound just cheesy enough that anybody who hears it would instantly think, “Elevator Muzak!” MIDI sounds are fine for this pitch, but not so much that it feels too stiff or robotic. Repetitive, memorable hooks will work really well for this pitch. Please avoid submitting Instrumentals that are frenetic so you don’t distract from any dialog in the scene. Think, mellow, pleasant and relaxing Instrumentals, possibly with lush strings and some muted trumpet. Make sure you listen all the way through the reference to hear a range of possibilities. Your submissions should be between 1:30 to 3:00 minutes in length. Broadcast Quality (in the context of cheesy Muzak-style) is needed.

The estimated license fee for this placement is $1,000, depending on the ultimate placement. This is a Non-Exclusive, Direct-to-Music Supervisor placement, so you’ll get 100% of the sync fee, you’ll keep 100% of your Publishing and Master ownership, and you’ll also get 100% of any applicable performance royalties. You must own or control the Master and Copyright to pitch for this opportunity. 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 Songs no later than 11:59PM (PDT), on Sunday, April 10th, 2016. TAXI #U160410MZ

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Good luck!

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