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Re: film music rights,icensing etc.(OT).

My experience with indie film projects is that "tight budget" means "we decided to spend all our thousands of budget dollars on everything...except the music", very akin to all the art galleries full of $5K paintings that want you to play an opening for "exposure" while the owner drives home in, at worst, an Audi.  I've played hundreds of "exposure" gigs under those circumstances over the years, and I'd estimate that literally 1 in a 100 turns into anything else, and out of the dozen film projects I've been involved with, if there wasn't money up front, there was never anything afterwards.  Even getting a copy of the final print and proper crediting is a hassle half the time.

Give them your music without financial compensation if you want, but under no circumstances would I let someone use the music without a written agreement as to how it can be used.  Your friend is going to send the film to festivals ALL OVER EUROPE but they WON'T PAY YOU ANYTHING?  Bullshit to "money's tight, so sorry music boy".


On Feb 12, 2008 7:10 AM, L.A. Angulo <labaloops@yahoo.com> wrote:
Hi gang,
I got t a call today from a fellow film producer in
England that would like to use a song from one of my
CDs as a sound track he heard in Itunes for a film
currently being produced in Havana Cuba.
This particular track is an old remake of mine of a
very old tune whos publisher is registered and being
sold at CD baby.According to him this is his first
production and is being filmed by a cuban crew with
him as a producer and the film is being sponsored from
different independent sources and the budget is very
tight,so he asked me if it would be ok to use it
without financial ties or agreements on my part,once
the publisher agrees for them to use it.The film also
will be sent with high hopes to all of the film
festivals like in europe and around the world.
Ive never done anything like this and so i thought id
ask this list,because he wants to send me a contract
form for me to sign, is there anything i should be
aware of before doing this,and are there rearrangemet
royalties or CD percentage fees or anything like that
even when youz are not the author of the song?or would
it be wise to let him use it which will perhaps
increase CD sales for us?


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