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They like to play games with our minds as far as cue sheet counts. 😉
I’ve gotten a few library deals from their listings. As with anything, you have to look a each potential deal on its own merits. I’ve turned a number of them down because I didn’t think it was worth it. I don’t respond anymore to any indie film listings that say “low budget” as I don’t think it’s worth my time and money.
Just create multiple free tunesat accounts. The price is too expensive for me, as I am only 2 1/2 years in.
I have to strongly disagree with that. It is theft and total disrespect for their business. As composers, we certainly don’t want others to skirt the rules to pay us less for our music. We should treat others and we want to be treated ourselves. It’s also a violation of Tunesat’s terms of service which could get you permanently banned. Regardless, think of the morals and ethics.
For the overwhelming majority of us, paying for a Tunesat account doesn’t make sense as the cost would far outweigh any benefit. You’d have to have a MEGA-HUGE catalog out there to make it worthwhile. I use the free 50 track account just for the fun of getting a heads up on some tracks being used.
HGTV is a Scripps channel. You won’t see any PRO money in most cases. 🙁
Congrats Davey! 😀
So many variables as to who will have good quarters (or years) vs. not so good. What type of music, what libraries, what shows placed on, what channels, what time of day the broadcasts were, vocal vs instrumental (BMI), featured or background, a lot of reruns in this quarter, and so on. A major network placement can give you a big bump one quarter but never rerun on that major network so the big stuff from it is short lived. But a placement on MTV’s Catfish or The (ugggh!) Kardashians on cable will pay for years and years as they rerun the crap out of those.
All you can do is keep feeding the machine and be patient.
Thank you Lee for that explanation! Much appreciated!January 10, 2020 at 1:33 pm in reply to: Free Music License Contract PDF recommendation/link? #34021
Just google “master synchronization license contract”. Lot’s of sample contracts come up.
Congrats & Good Luck!
Actually, if you look at the contracts in most cases, there *is* a clause that covers it. I know in SK’s contract there is something that covers it. It may not be clear at first but it’s there. What makes it tough is there are libraries that have made me good money with real paying placements and also Scripps placements paying me nothing. Pulling out makes a statement but it cuts off my own nose. I don’t think I’d sign a NEW contract with any library that doesn’t agree not to do non-PRO blankets or at least says they’ll share the blanket fees with composers.
I have had contracts like that which say that it covers any material you submit to them and they accept. So yes, contracts like that are out there. Ideally, I prefer the Schedule A route so it’s better documented. It’s a good idea to keep records yourself.
As far as the legal pros and cons, you’d have to ask an attorney. My own take is contracts are are mainly as good as the people behind them. MichealL might have some thoughts.
This is getting off topic and should probably go on it’s own thread but the subject of direct licensing came up.
Here is a little history: https://futureofmusic.org/article/fact-sheet/ascap-bmi-consent-decrees
Originally, direct licensing was created to benefit composers by not letting ASCAP/BMI have a monopoly. Obviously back then no one could foreshadow how it would come to be used decades later. Now TV production companies have figured out how to use this to their advantage and too many music libraries were willing to go along with it. Here in the US, we definitely need our representatives to step in and revise the consent decree/direct license laws. Sadly, getting someone in Congress to even understand what this is about is pretty tough. And we’re certainly not high on their priority list. It’s not like we’re farmers or rust belt factory workers that are large voting blocks. But we need to all be vocal and keep writing our representatives. Finding your reps, if you don’t know who they are is easy on the web. And they all have websites from which you can email them. We all spend a ton of time writing on forums. We certainly have the time to write our reps. I did it when the Discovery thing first became known and will keep doing it.
Best wishes for 2020!