Sync session at Midem 2014

Midem sessionThis year’s Midem trade fair will again feature opportunities for syncing music. Sync Sessions offers visitors the opportunity to play tracks in front of music supervisors from global advertising agencies, videogame publishers, TV networks and more, who are looking for music to place in their projects. Note that the songs must be submitted in advance. Chosen tracks are then commented on live, which provides useful information about how supervisors listen to music. Continue reading Sync session at Midem 2014

Changes in European music licensing laws

Two interesting developments took place in music licensing laws in Europe recently. Until now, licensing tracks for online use has been a labyrinth that has negatively affected the growth of online music. Potential uses had o contact each individual authors rights society, which is a significant administrative task.

The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee voted unanimously to allow online providers to obtain copyright licenses to stream music across E.U. borders. The proposed law would allow for a small number of authors’ collective management organizations to operate across E.U. borders. Continue reading Changes in European music licensing laws

Ennio Morricone concert tour 2013/2013

More news from the award-winning Italian soundtrack composer. Ennio Morricone is embarking on a major symphonic concert tour over the coming months, surely one of the last items that he will do that at this level. He will be presenting extracts from his extensive repertoire with the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, with whom he was been working for 12 years.

The Ennio Morricone concert tour will be appearing between December 2013 and July 2014 across Europe and the US.

For details about the Ennio Morricone concert tour and ticket information.

UPDATE: Ennio Morricone won an award as Best Composer 2013 at the European Film Awards in Berlin on December 7, 2013. The award went for his work on the Italian film “The Best Offer”.

Ennio Morricone wins European Composer Award 2013

Ennio Morricone. photo by Nicolas Genin
Ennio Morricone. photo by Nicolas Genin

Italian composer Ennio Morricone walked away from the European Film Awards with the coveted European Composer Award 2013. The award comes for his work on “The Best Offer”, directed by Giuseppe Tornator and starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks and Donald Sutherland.

Morricone is still best known in the public eye  for his distinctive music for a series of westerns in the seventies, but has remained an in-demand composer across very many genres since that time.  The 85 year-old averages one film per year, with titles as diverse as “Inglorious Basterds”, “Ripley’s Game”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” and “Once Upon a Time in New York”.

Morricone is currently working on “L’enfant du Sahara”, directed by Laurent Merlin.

Buy industry talks from Narip

Narip is the US National Association of Record Industry professionals.They organise high-level regular events in the US, plus occasionally in the UK and France. Those that cannot attend can now buy recordings of the sessions. They cost between $39.95 and $69.95. So I’d suggest they are for people that are serious about the business side of music (because it is a business, remember?).

Subjects include music business affairs and very detailed talks from top-level music supervisors. Check an example below with music supervisor Ryan Fitch.


You’ll find the complete list of recordings at NARIP.


Sync workshop at the Peach State conference

The Peach State Film Fashion Music conference (PSFFM) combines a number of arts under one umbrella in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on November 9, 2013. It offers a comprehensive and detailed conference focused on networking, careers in music, broadcasting, theatre, fashion, film and the basic “How to be effective” in the industry. In all, 5 Workshops and tons of networking opportunities are planned. Continue reading Sync workshop at the Peach State conference

World Soundtrack Academy in Ghent announces 2013 nominees

Ghent Film Festival 2013The World Soundtrack Academy, part of the Ghent Film Festival, has announced the list of its nominees for the 2013 Awards in three of five categories: Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The names of the winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards & Concert on Saturday, October 19, the closing night of the 40th edition of Film Fest Ghent. Continue reading World Soundtrack Academy in Ghent announces 2013 nominees

International lawyers to talk licensing at MIDEM 2014

Midemlab_2013Despite the overall gloom in the industry, more international entertainment lawyers that are members of IAEL attended last year’s Midem music trade fair and conference than ever before. IAEL held its first Legal Summit there.

In 2014, IAEL will present another Legal Summit on February 2, 2014, featuring the Legal Update, Book session and Masterclass, as well as a cocktail party and the annual IAEL members dinner. Co-editors Adrienn Karancsi and Jim Kendrick have been busily preparing our new book, ” Licensing of Music–from BC to AD (Before the Change/After Digital)”.

Continue reading International lawyers to talk licensing at MIDEM 2014

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