What is TAXI Dispatch?
Beginning in 1999, TAXI led the shift to using music from independent
composers and artists in TV shows, feature films, and commercials. We
created our Dispatch service to accommodate the short deadlines mandated
by Music Supervisors and Production Music Libraries.
The Indie music in media trend exploded in the mid-2000s, and more than
half of TAXI’s “regular” listings began to focus on music for film and
TV. Shorter deadlines became the norm, and it looked like TAXI Dispatch
was becoming unnecessary.
As we got ready to shut Dispatch down, we noticed something unique was
happening. The majority of TAXI’s Dispatch members were our most
experienced film and TV Instrumental composers. The Dispatch
opportunities they gravitated to were instrumental requests from Music
Libraries with shorter deadlines.
They were signing more deals from their Dispatch forwards because the
companies had shorter deadlines and responded more quickly. Dispatch
lived on with a new focus!
Here’s an unedited response to a question about Dispatch on the TAXI
Re: Dispatch question
Post by VanderBoegh » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:48 pm
Hey Marcus, I don't know how I've spaced [telling] you about this in our
recent emails back and forth, but the Dispatch service has been great to
me. I'm at school right now, so I don't have access to my spreadsheets
where I track everything, but a BUNCH of the deals that I've made
through Taxi have all come from Dispatch forwards. In fact, I'd say it's
something like 70% of all my Taxi deals have been from Dispatch rather
than regular listings.
The reason, I think, is these companies are
under the gun to get music very quickly, and so if Taxi gives them
something and the company likes it, they'll reach out asap. Rather than
regular listings which might not be time-sensitive to the company which
ran the listing, and therefore might languish on a library owner's desk
for a while (months or even years) until they reach out to the
So, even though there might be a minimal amount of urban
Dispatch listings right now, don't feel like you've made a bad decision.
Because if you get forwards there - in my experience - you're much more
likely to get a deal.
In fact, there was a stretch a few years ago
where it seemed like every Dispatch forward I received resulted in a
deal. So much, that when I got the forward email from Taxi, I could
almost bet on getting contacted by the library within a week or
Plus, it'll prompt you to try some genres you'd never thought of
doing before, like alt-country, acapella, spooky, or backwoods
$150 [per year] well worth it, in my opinion!
Matthew C. Vander Boegh
If you’re a strong Instrumental composer who gets a good deal of
“forwards” from TAXI, you could be ready to take advantage of Dispatch!
If you’re a brand new TAXI member, we’d recommend waiting a few months
until you get a feel for how TAXI works before you upgrade to Dispatch.