i saw an artist perform this week who has apparently has a really big buzz around them. artist was good, but not great awesome good. it has to be so hard for a young artist today, knowing (as they should) that so much has come before them. its a very tall order to be great today and/or worth having people invest in you.
i can’t believe we received this email. but we did. i hope we don’t see more of this kind of thing in the future.
Since you approved the use of the song and confirmed that you were ready to license the use, I simply put your request in my pile along with many other license requests. My initial approval was the clearance approval for this episode; therefore, I was under the impression you were simply awaiting my long form license. I attend to these kinds of synch licenses within the order in which I receive them, so your patience is much appreciated. If you’d like for me to expedite this process you can pay an additional licensing fee directly to MY COMPANY in the amount of $50 and I can guarantee your license will be sent to you within 10 business days. Other than that, I ask for your patience as I am the only one in the office who attends to this task and I have a lot on my plate.
I received an email today from a guy who runs a Shitbag Licensing Company…an SBL if you will. Since he sent it to my FMS account i will post it here in its entirety. The subject of the email was “Why we take writers share”. My commentary is in perentheses
I’ve been reading your…
i’m always up for reading stuff like this. only one note though…its not the music supervisors money..its the producers money that gets spent…and one could argue that its ultimately the consumers $ getting spent, but that’s a longer story….
someone asked me what i thought was "taking the music industry by storm"..this is what i said.
people no longer wish to be artists.
they wish to be celebrities.
they wish to be whores.
they see zero difference between art and advertising.
its a shame.
its a very big reason for the downfall of the music industry.
most pitching sites shamelessly promote that it makes no difference to their artists/writers what they are writing for.
its a factory mentality for most music today.
jayZ and Samsung.
etc etc etc
its the end of an era we are living in.
the new era is simply music as commodity.
in 10 years we will finally say “remember when we had musical artists who wanted to change the world?”
i was at an event yesterday. all the music sounded the same. just beer drinking music. that’s fine. if u like beer. but nobody expected in any way to witness GREATNESS. well, we used to witness GREATNESS several times a year, per month, anytime we turned on FM radio we were floored.
ya,…taking by storm….the absolute end of an era of artistic greatness.
seriously, that’s what’s been going on.
sure, you will mention a handful of exceptions…radiohead, etc… but they’re very few and far between.
there is no bowie, prince, joni, …they were a product of their time.
chicks wanting to have their song be in a car commercial…that’s the product of our time now.