Ivan ChandlerI am a professional music supervisor, music copyright consultant, music licensing executive, musical director, composer, musician, music publisher, author, trainer in music copyright and a forensic musicologist. I am also the Director of Musicalities Limited, the Music Copyright & Licensing Company, founded in 1995.


I started piano lessons at the age of 8 and in 1962 passed Music ‘O’ Level when attending Aristotle School in Clapham. After attaining Grade VIII in piano, I continued to study music privately to Diploma Level. From 1964 to 1966, I commenced full time employment with the BBC as a librarian in the Popular Music Library in Aeolian Hall. In 1967, I took a one year course in Music Education at Trent Park College (later Middlesex University) before embarking on further piano studies alongside a professional music career as a keyboard player for Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Cat Stevens and Musical Director for Kiki Dee.

Over a span of over 30 years, I have also played keyboards for Linda Carter (“Wonder Woman”),  Marty Wilde, Helen Shapiro, Jackie Raw (Shakatak), Daddy Longlegs, Keith Harris & Orville, Shane Ritchie, Jane Horrocks and Motown legends The Marvelettes (supporting the Four Tops at the London Palladium),  I have played piano at concerts and private functions, acted as Musical Director for amateur musical productions such as “Gypsy” and “West Side Story” and professionally played keyboards in the West End production of “Blood Brothers”.

From 1980 to 1987, I led Jazz/Latin Group,ICQ, with appearances at Ronnie Scott’s, broadcasts on Capital Radio and BBC Radio’s Jazz Club and 12” single hits in the dance charts. In 2010, I appeared on BBC’s EastEnders as Alfie Moon’s pianist mate Cyril and in 2011 had a commercial album release of film music performed on piano under the name of Romeo Valente [itunes link]. For the past 10 years, I have played keyboards for my own 60s soul, jazz, rock and blues band, Chuck Chandler and the Go Go Five. I have also played keyboards for premier Rolling Stones tribute band, The Counterfeit Stones.

As a composer, I have had music broadcast on BBC Radio, had commercial record releases on RCA, CBS and independent record labels and composed incidental music for BBC’s EastEnders.

I have also composed, produced and released my own piano album entitled “Keys To Your Heart”.


In 1969, I joined CBS Records’ music publishing company April Music as a radio & TV promotions manager rising to General Manager in 1974. I undertook a year as a Record Producer with singles and albums released on RCA, EMI, DJM and independent labels as well as being invited to be the pianist for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra as pianist. I also gained the prize of Top Soloist in the Melody Maker Rock/Folk Contest.

In 1976, I was headhunted for the position of General Manager of Elton John’s Rocket Music followed in 1978 by a three year contract as Managing Director of Paramount Pictures’ music publishing division.

Between 1980 – 1989, I was European Manager for Motown Records’ music publishing company, Jobete Music and was A&R Director for Motown International.


In 1990, I set up Ivan Chandler Music Services, acting as a consultant for songwriters and recording artists as well as a musicologist for advertising agencies and music publishers.

From 1992 to 1994, I became the Music Consultant for PACT (Producers Alliance For Cinema And Television), the trade body representing the interests of independent film and television producers. I also set up 19 Music Publishing for Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment company for whom I enjoyed chart successes with B*witched, Cathy Dennis and Boyzone.


In 1995, I founded Musicalities Limited providing music supervision, music licensing and music publishing services for the entertainment industry. Clients include Aardman Animations, 19 Entertainment, Universal Music, Discovery Channel, IMG Media, Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions, The Wales Millennium Centre, The International Olympic Committee and numerous independent television, film, live and media content companies.

A key service is the provision of sample clearance services and whereby clients have included George Michael, Peter Andre, The Prodigy, Maxi Jazz and Faithless.

In 2002, I was engaged by Davenport Lyons as Expert Witness in the Bobby Valentino -v- The Bluebells court case where my musicological report supported Bobby Valentino’s claim to receive a share of the hit song “Young At Heart”. I was subsequently interviewed as a musicologist by Vanessa Phelps on Radio London. I have provided expert Musicological Services to many other individuals and companies but for reasons of confidentiality cannot divulge details.

My company also provides training in music copyright, having presented over 250 seminars for organisations such as BBC Academy, Channel 4, Channel 5, National Film and Television School, ACM in Guildford, Comic Relief, BFI, Raindance, Met Film School, Indie Training Fund, The Production Guild and law firms including Charles Russell and Simkins LLP.

I have chaired events for Film London, PACT and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. I have had many published articles on music copyright and am the author of the PACT publication “The Music Copyright For Television And Film Production” and the newly published and one of its kind “The DVD Music Licensing Guide”.

I am a writer member of the Performing Right Society, an authorised representative for members of PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited), a contributor to Film Expo South and co-founder of Chandler & Siddell, Musicologists.

There are a number of videos of me in action around the web. Here’s one of me talking about music and my career:

On working at and quitting the BBC


“Ivan was extremely skillful in guiding us through the process of acquiring music rights for our digital programme. From start to finish he advised us promptly and clearly on the steps in the process to clear each of our chosen tracks and acquired the clearances we needed in the very tight timeline we had. I would thoroughly recommend his services.”

Niamh Dilworth, Senior Producer, Unicorn Theatre

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