LICENSING RESOURCE GUIDE: (please report any bad links)

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Great music libraries to submit your music too:

(This is a mix of non-exclusive and exclusive.  Research carefully, as deals may change)

FEE or FREE PITCHING COMPANIES:  -  although any pay to play is controversial, this org is the best I know of.  The convention in November is worth the annual membership alone.  They do screen ALL submissions, and that is really what you are paying for.  It can get gigs, and if you pay attention, and help TAXI in return, you will get tons back. I have free packets of info at my studio - come by and pick one up (I can get you a little discount) You can watch TAXI TV online FREE even if you are not a member:  - shows Monday at 4pm! You can watch archived shows there anytime, too!  SECRET TIP:  If you decide to join TAXI, call (do not register online) and give them my name.  You will get some free submissions discounts) (800) 458-2111 (9-6PST) - Great company to connect with music supervisors, education, support, etc. Some free events, too! - New portal that you can use for your own library storage.  The are getting into placement opportunities, too. - A growing pitch company.  Per pitch pricing.  Pricey, but I have gotten some good gigs and connections from this site. - Great site with tons of info, mags, and submissions for scoring and licensing gigs!  Started by composers and supervisors. - well organized $ Lots of projects coming in.  Music is not screened, although they do report on clients listening.  I do know composers that are getting gigs.  The fees can be high, like TAXI, but no convention.  You can submit without the membership but each submission is very expensive. - Here's an article about successes I have had with Broadjam. - I have gotten some gigs from this.  You can pitch to live performance opportunities, radio play etc.   Per month subscription. - Guide and online access to film music supervisors, etc.  I've never bought the guide, but am interested if anyone tries it. - UK based pitching, distribution company.  Lots of opportunities and networking. - FREE and FEE-based pitching company ( They take a commission, similar to a music library, but you can pitch to opportunities on the platform - Some FREE options.).  They are a pitching company, music library, monetization administrator, and digital distributor. Song pitching to artists, misc. opportunities (pay membership). - Fee based directory of music supervisors, TV shows, etc.

Industry PODCASTS: - Excellent list of podcasts for songwriters and musicians.  Great recording gear comparisons.  This company also does production and mastering services. - Aaron Davison and a lot of Library owners, industry folks, etc.  Excellent! (AKA Itunes, "Music, Money and Life")  "Word on the Street" about the Music Scene.

Interviews with Ed Hartman:

Q&A with Ed Hartman all about Music Licensing with Mark Freiser (Syncsummit)

Q&A with Ed Hartman (Musicians for Musicians)

(In depth interview with Ed. A bit more about my percussion side.):

New FREE Podcast Aaron Davison interviews Ed!

Around the Kit: (Drummer focused podcast with Ed) 

Seattle based Podcast with Ed:

Music Business EVENTS:  - TAXI Convention:  (Fall - free with membership)  - NAMM (Music Equipment Trade Show - 100K participants) Anaheim, CA (January)  - BMI Events throughout the year.  - ASCAP EXPO, LA (Spring) - CD Baby, Chicago (Fall)

Music Tracking: - See if you're music is on TV!  You can get up to 50 tracks free.  

Royalty Payments:

PROs (Performance Royalty Organizations) pays songwriters, composers and publishers. - pays songwriters, composers and publishers. - pays songwriters, composers and publishers (Note: by invitation only) - List of PROs: 

Comparing PROS:

Other royalty payment orgs: - Pays artists and master owners. - The most direct way to get paid for your music on Youtube.  (Some music libraries do this, too) - If you are posting original video on Youtube, this will create revenue for the video content. - Find unclaimed royalties. (Free, and subscription) - Pays certain digital streaming and mechanicals.

Related Industry organizations: The National Association of Record Industry Professionals promotes career advancement, education and good will in the record industry and related music fields. - Society of Composers and Lyricists (LA)  Lots of free resources - see their "links" page. American Federation of Musicians. (Most states have locals) The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.   - Grammys org. AKA National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences - Locals in some cities.

US Copyright Office (to register your music)

How To Copyright Music, A Guide For The Fast And Furious - Excellent step-by-step video to register your copyright.

Industry BLOGS:

GETTING YOUR MUSIC IN RADIO: - mostly to get airplay, but work can come from this, occassonally.  You create electronic press kits. 

CD AND DOWNLOAD DISTRIBUTION: - I use this for digital and CD distribution. They do pitch to film etc.  Check out download cards, rather than CDs!


Tubebuddy - Tremendous tool to manage and promote your Youtube page!  (Free or pay) - "Kickstarter" type crowdsourcing platform.  Get regular ongoing support (or by the project) from your fans.

FILM INDUSTRY LEADS: Book and resources from Hollywood composers.  - casting calls. Interesting trade news.

For anyone who says they have to be in LA to be a film composer:

MUSIC INDUSTRY RESOURCES: - Comprehensive course for sync placements, songwriting, etc. from Emmy winning songwriter, Michèle-Vice Maslin. - Music producer community, education, etc.

Indie Bible (directories of music industry people - touring, Spotify, etc.) - Free contract templates for composers. - Internet Radio & Music Store. - software to organize your personal music library (add metadata, stats, etc.)  Free trial for Mac or PC. - - Filemaker Pro software to organize your personal music library (add metadata, stats, etc.).  Free demo. -  Started by a composer, this is an excellent site that has reviews of music libraries.  There may be a free trial offer.  Free access to the forums.  I get links to ongoing questions about libraries on my FB feed.  The newsletter (FREE) is great, with lots of tips for home composers.

Music Library Report  - $$ directory of music supervisors, etc.  Never done it, myself.  IMDB is free, but IMDB Pro is by a monthly membership to get access to media contact info.   I have used this from time to time.  You can get a FREE month to test it.  Use it, when you have time to grab a LOT of info.  - Interesting page of links. - Awards for artists (and composers!)  Online Music licensing class:  $20! - Tons of books and resources about licensing. - Getting help tagging your tracks (metadata) - Free tag generator! - More tags! - all in one licensing software, website, marketing, meta, etc. (subscription fee service) - Composer/Library owner with courses about licensing. - Artist Promotion Agency/Consulting

FREE Images and Video for your Youtube projects!  Adding your own video to your music can be a great way to showcase it.  Most of the sites below contain CC - Creative Commons licensed work.  That means it's free to use for commercial productions.  Licenses do vary, so check carefully.  There can be mistakes, so look for obvious commercial images amongst the images.  The images can also be great for your individual tracks. - Register.  It's free, and makes it a lot easier to download.  There is no obligation. - Amazing site for films.  Officially, public domain starts before the early 1920s.  There are films afterwards that are available.  Good for practice scoring, too! - Amazing images and video.  Your taxes paid for these.  Use em!

MUSIC PREP SERVICES (Copying, Arranging, Orchestras, etc.) (Robert Puff)


NORTHWEST ORGANIZATIONS:  - Pro- Audio Video EVENTS, Seattle, Eastside, and PNW  - Seattle Int. Film Festival.  Lots of educational activities.   -  Our local composers org with tons of workshops, etc.  - local directors, producers and composers!  - Casting calls.  Possible work from local filmmakers.  - Get on this email list for future film and music mixers.  The website has many contacts, too.  - all things film and media.  - Lots of experimental filmmakers, video, etc.

TECH HELP/RESOURCES: - EastWest Orchestral Sample libraries.  Excellent samples, easy to use software (works within your DAW) - Interesting unique orchestral library. - Breaks a track into individual stems (vocals, drums, etc.) - videos for studio production, etc.  -  Remote recording by instrumentalists and vocals.  Hire other musicians online!  Airgigs takes a small commission. -see the forums for technical and business help.  There is a "Collaboration Corner", for hiring musicians for your recordings. -  great resource for online technical help with recording. - score prep, midi-transcription, session planning and production. - auto-mastering (drag and drop track!) - auto-mastering (drag and drop track!)

INTERNATIONAL FILM NETWORKS:  - FB for the film industry!


Professional Sound

Pro Sound News - Pro Audio Reviews

Pro Music News

Pollstar - The Concert Hotwire


Performing Songwriter

MusicDish e-Journal

AMP | Alternative Music Press

Mi2N - Music Industry News Network

Living Blues Magazine Online

Jazz Review

fRoots - Folk, Roots & World Music Guide

DownBeat Magazine - Jazz, Blues & Beyond

Chamber Music America

CCM Magazine - Christ, Community, Music

Bluegrass Unlimited

 MusicRow - Nashville's Music Industry Publication

 Film Music Magazine

American Songwriter

Rolling Stone

CMJ | New Music First



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Ed Hartman, Soundtrack: The Blind Side. Ed Hartman scores percussive, orchestral, jazz, pop, rock, Latin, world and electronic music. Ed's music has been heard on television (HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, MTV, Discovery, Green, TLC, WE, Travel, Women, Animal Planet, MSNBC) and in feature films, shorts commercials, documentaries and even a planetarium.