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Music Supervision & Consultation

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Our award-winning music supervision team operates on a flexible project-by-project and budget-by-budget basis. Our Music Supervisors work across the globe and are not only the most passionate people in the craft but some of the most talented.

With a proven track record of taking your vision and turning it to reality, whether you're producing for a film, brand or game, we’re the perfect agency for pioneering and intuitive productions who want the best people working for them.

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Who we work with

Working to perfectly match music with video to create powerful, engaging and entertaining content. Indie music from filmmakers and beyond.

ITV logo, ITV is one of the biggest multimedia companies, with radio and TV channels
Virgin Media logo, Virgin Media is one of the world's biggest multimedia companies
NBC logo, NBC is the National Broadcasting Company for radioo and TV
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BBC logo, BBC is one of the UK's biggest host of multiple radio stations, TV channels and more
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Guild of Music Supervisors logo, GMS are well respected in music for sync licensing and music licensing professionals
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Clearance & Licensing

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Making sure your music is fully licensed before your project is distributed can be a minefield. With years of experience and connections, we’re able to help take the pain of investigation and negotiation away and make sure you’re ready for launch with full license agreements. Whether it’s 1 song or 100, we can help save you time and complication.

  • Rights Holder Investigations
  • Master & Composition Clearances
  • Fee Negotiations
  • Quotes & Approvals
  • Full License Agreements
  • Cue Sheet Management
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Composition & Sound Design

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Not only can we help manage & advise during this process of your project but we also have a roster of experienced and talented composers ready to bring your project to life. We can work with an existing composer or help source someone for you.

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Our Music supervisors
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Olivia Taphorn

Documentary, TV & Film

Olivia’s passion for music in film led her to leave her job in Finance and head back to school where she received a certificate in Music Supervision from Berklee College of Music in early 2020. Right out of the gate, Olivia has worked on Period Documentaries, Superhero TV Shows and Advertisements all while working remotely during the pandemic.

Olivia has experience working for a music publisher as well as extensive experience in music curation, licensing, music placement, and sync. She’s an independent Music Supervisor for US and international film, TV, web and advertising. She’s aligned herself with top music libraries all around the world and is ready to hit the ground running for projects looking to work with a young, creative, motivated, fresh-eyed and knowledgeable female Music Supervisor.

Martin Hewett
(United Kingdom)

Advertising, Games, Trailers

Martin has over 20 years of experience in music and licensing, and spent over a decade leading the Music Supervision team at Sony Playstation. He has licensed music from Adele for SingStar, commissioned exclusive remixes by bands such as Kraftwerk for WipeOut, and led the music style and tone for games such as LittleBigPlanet and Gran Turismo. He also went on to win multiple British Academy Games Awards and also receive many nominations for his work on SingStar and LittleBigPlanet.

Mike Turner
(United States)

Film, Television, Advertising

Mike Turner is an award winning Music Supervisor and Music Editor for film, television and advertising. His services have been engaged for films by Judd Apatow, Michael De Luca, Ice T, Bret Easton Ellis, Paul Schrader, Nick Cassavetes and Ondi Timoner as well as commercial spots for Converse, Booking.com, Petco, Estee Lauder, Rise Credit, Microsoft and Acer Computers.

In the world of television, Mike has music supervised series for CBS, Netflix, MTV Networks, Direct TV, Hulu, Fox Sportst and VICELAND/A&E.

Mike has been delivering soundtracks that meet creative & legal demands whilst being within budget and on time for the last 10 years.

Derek Lefholz
(United States)

TV, Film & Commercial

With a deep-rooted career across multiple facets of the music industry, there's no safer place for the musical needs of your project than Derek's. A member of the Recording Academy, Derek Lefholz, is a Licensing Guru, Music Supervisor and Label Owner.
Having supervised on a number of films, Derek has also aided thousands of musicians, artists and bands with agreements, licensing and copyright issues in retail and media global markets.
However, his real specialty takes him into the commercial world. From the beginning days of social media on MySpace and Apple’s first social app iLike, Derek has been involved with coding and integrating music businesses into the ever-changing technology landscape. He is credited with numerous website builds and development projects where he has been instrumental in bringing independent music behemoths to global relevance on the world wide web.

Olivia Taphorn

Martin Hewett

Mike Turner

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FAQs

  1. What Are A Music Supervisor’s Responsibilities?

Music Supervisors prepare budgets, negotiate contracts and attend scheduling meetings and spotting sessions. They also check licenses, and forward them to the production company. They also act as the liaison between the publishers, record companies and the production company.

  1. Why Should You Use A Music Supervisor?

Music supervisors can be the difference between a good soundtrack and a great soundtrack. They are able to find the perfect match for your project in sonic form and oversee the entire process. They provide an essential service that will make producers or filmmakers lives that much easier.

  1. What Projects Need A Music Supervisor?

Any audio-visual medium, such as film, television show, video game or advertisement will require a music supervisor if you wish to use copyrighted music.

  1. How Much Does A Music Supervisor Cost?

Music supervisors typically charge flat fees for their work. The amount of money they earn is usually based on the size of project budgets. For small projects, it could be in the $0 – $10,000 range whereas for big projects it could be up to $500,000. 

What Is Music Supervision?

Our friends at the Guild of Music Supervisors describe the craft of Music Supervision as the following; A professional music supervisor is employed to oversee various aspects of music related elements of a project or production, such as film, television, gaming, advertising, trailers, interactive media or theatre.

What Does A Music Supervisor Do? 

Music supervision is the art of selecting and licensing preexisting songs or recordings to use in visual media. It’s key to have a vast knowledge of music, music history and long standing connections in the music industry. The music department works across film, TV shows, video games and advertising. 

Skilled music supervisors have a knack for choosing the perfect song to enhance a dramatic television moment. Or perhaps they are the one to call to help an advertising producer make the right music choices.

Their role can also extend to finding a cost-effective workaround when a film’s plot requires a particularly expensive or hard-to-license recording. 

Connection

One of the main roles a music supervisor does is connect the specific vision of a director or producer to the right music that’s licensed legally from the music business rights holders. They lead as head of the music department within the confines of a film production.

A music supervisor seeks and suggests different styles and genres of music for a specific project. If the tracks suggested are not sitting well with the visionaries, they go back to the drawing board.

In some cases, the music supervisor is also responsible to find a capable composer if needed. 

Spotting

It is the music supervisor’s job to find spots in a film, or rough cut, for music that will support the emotion of the storytelling.

Then, they will decide where background music, source music, main title or end title songs will come in. This is also whether the need for an original film score is determined. 

For that, the music supervisor works closely with the composer for this particular project. A score will then be composed, or pre-existing music will be licensed and used. 

Negotiating & Licensing

In order to use a piece of pre-existing music, music supervisors must negotiate the rights and costs with licensing representatives.

These are the people employed by record labels, music publishers, and the original artists or songwriters themselves. The negotiations usually concern cost but could also require persuading the artist to let you use their music. 

Royalty Distribution 

The music supervisor is additionally responsible for tracking all music that is used in the production via a “cue-sheet”.

This is to make sure royalties in a production get distributed fairly and in a timely manner. A cue-sheet is the list of songs and music used in a specific production. 

How Much Do Music Supervisors Charge?

Music supervision companies UK tend to charge flat fees for their work. The amount of money they earn is usually based on the size of project budgets. Fees for a TV episode can range from $2,000 (£1420) to $5,000 (£3,540)

For a low-budget, independent film, it can range from $0 to $15,000 (£10,630). For a studio feature the range can be anywhere from $10,000 or £7090 (low-budget) to $500,000 or £354,000 (blockbuster level).

Music supervisors can sometimes negotiate royalties on soundtracks. If negotiated , they can receive bonuses if the productions they had worked on surpass the predetermined earnings thresholds.

How Do Music Supervisors Find Music?

Music supervisors will be told or shown a scene in which they need music in. After gathering a feel for what they need, and the budget they have, they then get to work. 

Music Supervision London starts with searching the songs they have tagged and filed on their computers. They typically have a plethora of songs sent to them by artist managers, indie labels etc. They will search for keywords that suit the project and the scene at hand. They should find several songs that fit the project. 

After this, they will send the brief /budget/deadline out to the relevant people, who then start to send back their track ideas. The music supervisor will then compile a playlist and send it back to the producer or music editor. They choose a song and it gets licensed

Music Supervision With Music Gateway

Here at Music Gateway, we have an award-winning music supervision team who operate on a flexible project-by-project and budget-by-budget basis. Our Music Supervisors work across the globe and are not only the most passionate people in the craft, but some of the most talented.

We work with a grand array of companies, such as Netflix, Disney, Virgin Media and countless more, to perfectly match music with audio-visual products. Our extensive catalogue of independent music and connections with Labels & Publishers worldwide helps put together the best options for you.

Additionally, with years of experience and connections, we’re able to help take the pain of investigation and negotiation away and make sure you’re ready for launch with full license agreements.

Not only can we help manage & advise during this process of your project but we also have a roster of experienced and talented composers ready to bring your project to life. We can work with an existing composer or help source someone for you.

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