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“It’s been a hard day’s night”: Musicalities sets the pace for clearing music rights in 2017

Clearing music rights faster than the speed of light

Musicalities clears music rights for well over 200 songs for “Trivial Takedown” produced by Zig Zag Productions for FUSE TV Channel (U.S.) and set to air November 2017!

Based on the Channel 4 series “Blink”, this music-based, pop culture quiz show tests both the knowledge and the reaction speeds of celebrity contestants in a series of high-speed audio and visual music challenges. Celebrities and social media influencers confirmed for Season 1 of “Trivial Takedown” include Flula Borg and Mamrie Hart, both of whom have deals with Lionsgate, Frankie Grande, GloZelle, Omarion, Brittany Furlan, Gina Brillon, and Chico Bean.

A documentary delight for football fans nearly gets blown away

Negotiating the rights for even just one song can be tricky but Musicalities did it once again with “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” for Iron Men, a documentary film about West Ham United bidding goodbye to its sacred Boleyn Ground after 112 years of occupation and moving, lock, stock and barrel to the London Stadium; a momentous relocation recorded with the gravitas and passion it deserves. Iron Men is now available on DVD!

Why it pays to learn French

“Summer In The Forest” is a film about four people who have intellectual disabilities who create L’Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. L’Arche (The Ark in French) welcomes over 1,200 people with mental disabilities in 33 communities.

The international federation is present in nearly 40 countries with 150 communities on 5 continents. At one point in the film, the residents, staff, friends and family are caught on camera singing “Gens Du Pays” which has been called the unofficial national anthem of Quebec. Written by poet, songwriter, and avowed Quebec nationalist Gilles Vigneault (with music co-written by Gaston Rochon), it was first performed by Vigneault on June 24, 1975 during a concert on Montreal’s Mount Royal at that year’s Fête nationale du Québec ceremony. It quickly became a folk classic and it has been played frequently at Fête nationale ceremonies since then. The initial approach to the French-Canadian publisher were made a little easier when Musicalities’ Ivan Chandler opened discussions in French!

Adding extra sparkle to the darling of the shoe world

Musicalities earlier this year completed its Music Supervision work on “Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards”, a charming portrait of legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, whose impeccable dedication to his craft set a fashion standard among celebrities, stylists, and industry icons. Long-time fashion journalist Michael Roberts presents this never-before-seen peek into Mr. Blahnik’s world, featuring a ‘who’s who’ of the fashion and entertainment industries including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss, André Leon Tally, and more. Music tracks include “Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)” by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, “Spirit In The Sky” by Norman Greenbaum and the 1962 French pop classic “Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles” by Françoise Hardy!

Working with clients new and old

Musicalities continues to deal with regular licensing enquiries from clients such as IMG Media (including music for Premier League, European Golf Tour and Wimbledon Tennis events), Nutopia (leading TV production company creating innovative, award-winning, premium content on a global scale) and Graham Stokes Music Management.

Through Musicalities’ associated company, Chandler & Siddell, musicological reports have been commissioned for law firms such as DWFM Beckman, Sound advice (Legal) LLP and Trainer Shepherd Phillips Melin Haynes (TSPMH) LLP

Other new clients in 2017 include Sam Branson and Johnny Webb’s enterprising TV Production company Sundog Pictures, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for their “Sing To Live, Live To Sing” health programme, Celtic Films for a Celtic/Arena Co-production “Born A King”, an extraordinary true story set in 1919. BORN A KING is a coming-of-age story about 14 year old Faisal, an Arab prince who is dispatched from the deserts of Arabia to London by his warrior father on a high stakes diplomatic mission to secure the formation of his country.

Finally, is our latest project “Jazz Voice”, our most challenging yet?

This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Jazz Voice”. The Jazz Voice concert this year will be the opening night of the 25th London Jazz Festival on Friday 10th November 2017 at the Royal Festival Hall, featuring performances by UK & International voices with Guy Barker as the Musical Director. The producers of the festival are looking to have the “Jazz Voice” Concert filmed and live streamed as a commission by The Space (funded by The Art Council and BBC), a community interest organisation which supports projects that use technology to help more people enjoy the arts in new ways and through new means. Musicalities is currently negotiating the rights for 24 songs to be included in the concert.

So whether you’re based in England or Scotland or Wales, Switzerland, the United States of America or even Iceland, if you need complex music rights cleared double quick, call Ivan at Musicalities on +44(0) 1276 474181 or +44 (0) 7915 662030 or email Katie now.

Film Expo South 2017

For the second year running I was invited to be a guest speaker on the subject of music copyright and the licensing of music for film, TV, live and content media. Film Expo South 2017 took place at the Aegeas Bowl Southampton but fortunately not on the cricket pitch! Seriously though, the conference venue itself is ideal for both round table meetings and for Film Expo South there was easy access to exhibitors.

The session I ran had small numbers in attendance but in terms of the actual attendees more quality rather than quantity! There were plenty of television, film and video executives but I was particularly impressed by two young guys, Cameron and Alex from Shelbourne Productions Ltd, based in Bournemouth.

In their final year of Script Writing at Bournemouth University and actively submitting their short film productions for film festivals, they met with me subsequently to discuss not only music licensing but also the agreements for contributors to their films. We have since prepared some key paperwork for them but also helped them with the bigger picture (so to speak!). I introduced Cameron and Alex to Luke English of Laceys, a Bournemouth based law firm which amongst other areas, specialises in film and IP related matters. Apart from having a music expert on hand, all film producers should have not only an accountant au fait with the business of film making but also a good top notch lawyer!

Take a look at this video made by Documentary Director Simon Morice from icm Reporting Ltd which has some useful advice on how to deal with rights.

All in all I have much respect and admiration for Gillian Tully who is the brains and energy behind Film Expo South which I prefer to the larger events that take place in cities such as Glasgow, London and Birmingham.

My closing comment is, if you are ever planning on using music in a film or television production, don’t leave it to the last minute, call us first as we may be able to save you time and money allowing you to concentrate on the areas you know best!

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