Adventures in Music Licensing October 2019

Ed Hartman's

Adventures in Music Licensing & Scoring!


October 2019 Vol. 7, No. 10



*  Welcome new readers!  Please feel free to email questions about music licensing (and scoring).  I will answer you by email, and add your questions (anon.) in the next newsletter. (see below)

* Happy Halloween! I hope you have some great horror tracks out there:  To get you in the mood:

* The next licensing class is Sat, Oct 26, 2019. (
Please share this with any musicians, bands, songwriters or composers you know in the Pacific Northwest. If you live outside of the Pacific NW, I will be taking my class on the road. Please email me, if you have any connections with music schools in your area. I can offer a combination morning Licensing Workshop, and afternoon Percussion Clinic!
Can't make the class?   I have been doing a lot of "one-on-one" sessions with folks.  It's a great way to answer nagging questions about licensing, and help organize your process for pitching, etc. We can take a listen and analyze at your music for licensing potential.  I generally do sessions in my studio in Edmonds, WA.  A band can come together to share the cost.  Otherwise, I can skype, phone, or FB Video with you. Email for info.

* I would very much appreciate any testimonials you have about the class or individual sessions. This feedback helps with promoting future classes. Please email me (see below).

LA Friends!!!  
You are invited to experience a historic release of “As the Earth Turns”, a 1938 unreleased silent Sci-Fi film (with a new score). The film will be playing for a WEEK - Friday October 18 through Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Glendale Laemmle, 207 N. Maryland Ave. Glendale CA 91206. I will be in LA Thurs Oct 17-Sun Oct 20 (Q&A Fri and Sat, TBA I have FREE comps for anyone that is interested! (feel free to bring someone, too.  Email me with a request.)
Please share:
Also, this is, believe it or not, an Oscar-qualifying run! ( Mostly to get more eyes on the film). To submit to the Oscars you need to do a 7-day run in LA (or NYC), and get a review (working on it!).  We do have some traction but seriously can use your help. We would love as many filmmakers and students there as possible. (FB Event page:!  The director, Richard H. Lyford was 20 when he made this film. He went on to work for Disney and directed the first Academy Award-winning documentary in 1950. In fact, the director stayed at the Glendale YMCA a few blocks away from the theatre, when he first arrived in LA, immediately after finishing this film, 80 years ago!
This screening will include some newly found scenes (with new scores of mine) from other early horror films by Lyford - perfect for a classic "Retro" Halloween outing (Think "The Mummy" and "Dr. Jeckl & Mr. Hyde"!)
"As the Earth Turns" has been in 105 festivals, and won 121 awards/nominations, to date.
I am working on a documentary and possible biopic (and maybe looking for help!)

Reel East Texas Film Festival, Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2pm Kilgore, TX 
East Europe International Film Festival - Warsaw Edition, Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 12:40pm, Room 1.  (Location, TBA) Warsaw, Poland.
Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival  Online selection, Sunday, October 6 through Sunday, October 13, 2019 PM


Thanks to everyone that came to Local Sightings Film Festival in Seattle  9-29-19!

Recent adventures in licensing and scoring: 

*  For the second time,  I was able to get an album in "Playback", a licensing program put on by the Seattle Public Library.  Basically, you submit an album, and if it is picked, it becomes part of the collection (for 2yrs, or permanently - your choice).  It's free Spotify for library users.  You do get $200 honorarium (I have been paid, within a few months of confirmation).

*  BMI Payday!  Decent consistent payments continue.

Blind Side still pays (2009 film with a marching band piece in it via
Football Funk
Lucifer (Season 2, with a bossa - overhead music in a restaurant, via Crucial Music)
In Love with You
Pirates of Somalia (Same track as above, In Love with You).  Good revenue from cable!

*  Most of my time has been promoting "As the Earth" at festivals and beyond.  I am in touch with BIG film critics, BIG film directors, BIG media press, etc.  It has been a tremendous education, and given me an extremely different view of filmmaking.  As a producer, I have a lot more access to the industry.  I really  suggest that you create some of your own content, using any video (your own, or stock - pixabay,com is free!)  You might even submit to some local film festivals!  I had created a video project, "Thought Dream"based on a solo piano track, last year, and posted it on FB, etc.  The festival invited me and it won two awards, including best music!  It was a wonderful very small and intimate festival in Tulalip, WA at a Native American Cultural Center.    This year, I submitted "As the Earth Turns" and one of my own videos, "Time for No One" (shot in NYC when I was at a film festival)  to a local film festival, and attended in Sept.  Combined, both films received FIVE awards/nominations, including best music again!  They also gave me another beautiful blanket.  It's a really warm community, and it is unlike any other event, I have ever been to!   BTW:  I shoot video on my phone (cheap Android), a Nikon camera (Inexpensive non- DSLR), and use Imovie to edit.  It's just like making music on computer.  You can edit either the music or the video easily!  Everything I create video content, it leads to licensing and/or scoring!!  Do it!!


Tales from the Tech-Side:

Email questions!  Sorry, too busy this month to come up with something...


Questions from the Audience...

If I have a song registered with BMI but I want to put it on Songtradr (or whatever) under a different title, do i need to change/ add that title to my BMI catalog?

Yes. You can as additional names.   Easiest when you first register.  It may take time later but royalties take a lot of time, assuming you get a license.   I do not recommend adding "re-titles" from libraries.  Let them do that unless they ask (rare!)

Should I get a license as an LLC or Sole Proprietor for my music publishing?

Bigger question.  I would talk to an accountant.    Typically LLC would be something that makes sense when you are bringing in more cash.  If you combined your other income together maybe it would make sense.  I've never done it.  My accountant is watching to see if it makes sense for us (increased revenue from my film)  You can always start off as a sole prop and add the LLC later.  It is a good question for your accountant though.    I DO recommend getting an accountant espeicially if you are self-employed.




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Joke/Quote of the month:

"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life."
Art Blakey



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