2016 Music Rights Primer for Independent Filmmakers
By David G. Powell, President - The Music Bridge LLC
In this day and age of new, increasingly inexpensive filmmaking technology advances, coupled with increasing online content access, filmmaking can be no less diverse than life itself. No matter what style of filmmaking you employ, or subject matter you are undertaking, there will most likely be one underlying common thread that you will use in telling your story: music.
Whether your independent film or documentary is long or short, fiction or non-fiction, drama or comedy, educational, biographical or political in nature, at some point music is going to play a role in conveying your creative vision and helping to tell your story on an emotional level.
The more you understand the dynamics and mechanics of music clearance, music licensing and music rights, the smoother the ride will be for you and your indie film project, creatively as well as financially. Following are some of the basics of music clearance and licensing that hopefully will shed some new light on its mysteries.