By Doug Minnick
Hi TAXI

I just got forwarded (yay!) but I am now wondering what happens if my pieces are accepted by the company running the listing?

Can you tell me the process from then on? I mean, if someone calls/emails me and says 'this is great! Let's do it.', then what happens? Is there an industry standard process? Are there set documents which I must sign? Royalties which I can expect? Must I sign my first-born away? (just kidding-signed him away already :)

Do you offer a service where I can get this info? Any help/advice would be welcome. And I'm sure it would be helpful to all your other members as well...

Many thanks indeed,
Richard Ford
Pretoria, South Africa

Hi Richard,

There is no single standard process. It all depends on what kind of company it is, and their level of interest in your work. A publisher, for example, might call to express interest, then send their standard contract.

An A&R person at a label would probably call to talk, get a feel for you as a person, and to find out more background about you as an artist. Questions like," Do you have any more material?" and "Are you playing gigs" might come up.

A producer or A&R person who is interested in cutting one of your songs with another artist might call to ask that the song be put on "Hold" while they make a final decision about recording.

Whatever the situation, if someone calls you, feel free to give us a buzz and we can point you in the right direction.

Good luck!



Hello there TAXI!

A member from the UK recently expressed his concerns about not getting opportunities due to his geographical location. Well, I must say I feel the same way since I am a film music composer presently living in Ireland.

Does a film composer have to move to the USA where the films are being made(well a large amount of films anyway... we do make a few here as well... ha ha) in order to start making a living as one? The geographical location problem does put some limitations on getting jobs... Many people here (Ireland & EU) feel, that one can only get jobs in films if they move to the States! And after 13 years doing crappy night jobs in order to put maximum time to concentrate on a film music career, I am beginning to believe them here.

Your feedback, critiques, encouraging emails & 'write ups' in TAXI Meter have been valuable lessons all the time. THANK YOU.

Best regards to you all. Thank you very much for everything you have done and continue to do... it is priceless, you are great people.

Cheers
Edd Charmant
Film music composer/producer
Dublin, Ireland


Hi Edd,

I suppose for custom film scoring opportunities it would help to be in the States. However, custom scoring gigs are very hard to come by, especially on the major films. I'm sure you've noticed that there is a very small circle of composers who seem to do most of the major studio films. Danny Elfman, James Newton-Howard, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, etc. etc. There is a ladder to climb, so to speak, to reach that level, and it is certainly possible to climb that ladder from your own home.

Music libraries don't really care where you live, because the work you would do for them isn't usually time-sensitive and doesn't require scoring to picture. Establishing relationships with libraries and getting some placements through them is a good step towards building your resume and your connections. You should also be approaching any local TV productions, commercial houses and local films to offer your services. If there are any film schools near you, you might offer to score student films at no charge, to get some experience, have a reel to show, and make connections.

By taking these steps, you will be in a better position to make a decision about moving, and you may be able to wait until there is a job that requires a move!



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