John-Alex Mason signed a record deal with Internet record company TayMusic. His CD's Time Will Come and Live Fire are available to purchase at www.taymusic.net.
Two TAXI members had a song featured in the FX show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia through Wild Whirled Music Library. Barry Schleifer's song "Returns & Exchanges" and Dan Bowman's "Jealous of Jesus" both appeared in episodes of the show.
Robert Wuagneux signed a one-song publishing deal with Transition Music Library for his song "One Thing's for Certain." The tune of the song is stylistically Delta Blues.
Sally Anthony, of Noblesville, IN had her song "Vent" licensed by Songs 4 Film for the movie Van Vorst Park, starring Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, Sopranos).
Frank Palmieri's song "Never Again" will be used in the upcoming Indie flick Vegas Baby, featuring Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Son of the Mask, Van Wilder), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls, Cheaper by the Dozen 2), and Donald Faison (Uptown Girls, Josie and thePussycats, Remember the Titans). It was placed through Wild Whirled.
David Rebb Firman from Goshen, CA signed a three-song publishing deal with Inter Music library. The three uptempo Country songs are "I've Come to Play," "Love Sick Bound," and "Heart of the Night."
Two of TAXI member Dan Caravetta's songs, "Southern Dilemma" and "Cold Sweat," were featured in the PBS documentary, "Beyond the Medal of Honor." He also had two songs placed on the Outdoor Life Network. The songs were licensed through Mediatone Music.
London-based TAXI member Michael Dodds, who records as Rolanoid, has had his dance track "Dreamcatcher" placed with the new Los Angeles music library Inter Music.
TAXI member Art Corey, along with his wife and co-writer, had their song "Little Patch of Green" used on Frog & Scorpion's One Nation Under God, Vol. 2 album. Their song, "On an Ordinary Tuesday," appeared on the Vol. 1 of the One Nation Under God album.
The Discovery Channel's Urban Explorers: Denver featured the song "Wave Rider" by Palmer, Alaska TAXI member John Baker during their July 1 episode.
Krisanthi Pappas's song "One Slow Dance A Day" first aired on Passions in Canada in July 2002. The song then appeared on One Life to Live in the U.S. in September 2004 and March 2005, then again on Passions in Australia in November 2004.
Rob Dehlinger had his avant-garde arrangement of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" placed in Musik Delux's library.
Chad LaMarsh's song "In Between the Lines" was licensed to Van Kampen Investments for a corporate video the company is doing with Morgan Stanley. The license is for a year and a half.
Two of Kent Forward's songs appeared in the May 20 premiere of CMT's new show Home Blitz. The songs, "Goin' Nowhere" and "What It Feels Like" were placed through Wild Whirled Music.
Mike Schmid signed a licensing deal with 5 Alarm Music for more than 15 of his songs. Three of his songs were placed in episodes on the Felicity Season Four DVD. The company also got his music in more than 900 Regal Cinemas.
Frank Palmieri's song "Never Again" appeared in an episode of Monk last season. In the episode, a character throws a radio playing "Never Again" into a bathtub and electrocutes her husband. "It's a placement the audience wouldn't forget," Palmieri said. The deal was through Wild Whirled Music.
TAXI forwarded Richard Bassett's "Royal Palms" to Transition Music, a music production library that does film and TV placement. He was then contacted by the company, and, along with his co-writer, ended up signing five Hawaiian instrumentals with Transition Music.
Through TC Music, LLC, two TAXI members have had their songs recorded by American Juniors finalist Katelyn Tarver for her upcoming album. Five of Gabriel Dorman's songs will be on the album, including "Closer to My Heart" and "Brand New Day." Scott Krippayne's "Wonderful Crazy" was also recorded by Katelyn.
John Wilhelm recently landed a deal with Frog & Scorpion Records. His song "Freedom" will be on an upcoming patriotic compilation called One Nation Under God vol. 2 never forget.
Denny Earnest's "American Banjo" appeared last summer in an episode of FOX's The Simple Life 2. In the song, he played the five-string banjo with a flat pick like a guitar.
Through Wild Whirled Music, Tony Howard got his song "Everything Must Go" placed on an A&E Biography about Richard Branson, chairman and founder of Virgin Atlantic. The song will be played four times throughout the upcoming biography.
Jody Adams's song "Dancing Eyes" will be played in a future episode of the WB's One Tree Hill. Jody signed a 10-song acoustic guitar score with Wild Whirled Music, which placed the song on One Tree Hill.
Columbus, Ohio's Earwig recently had their song "Best Kept Secret" used in the film [ah-MIG-dah-la] (Omen Productions). The documentary about extreme skiing was released in short-run theaters across the world last year. It is now available on DVD.
Nashville band Harsh Krieger's song "Gunsmoke" will be in an upcoming episode of M80. M80 is a freestyle motocross show that airs on Fuel TV, a Fox Sports affiliate.
Ken Anderson has had two songs placed on All My Children. "Grateful" played in two episodes of the show, and "More Than A Minute" played during one episode. Anderson licensed those two songs, along with three other R&B songs, through J2R Music.
Hoggard Films selected three of Christian Balcom's instrumental songs to appear on the Discovery Channel's "Urban Explorers." "City Blue Eyes," "N.J.," and "Look Out!" will appear in an upcoming episode of the show called "Forbidden Zone: Milwaukee."
Chris Yurchuck: (1) got his songs "Twilight" and "Alexander" used as replacements in the 4th season DVD of Felicity; (2) signed a 7-song deal with Five Alarm Music to pitch his material for various film and TV projects; and (3) had his song "Hourglass" licensed for placement in Regal Cinema theatres for pre-show screenings.
Through a TAXI listing run by Phat Planet Music, Inc., Alex Rapaport had his version of the public domain song "Je Veux Vivre" picked up by the independent film "Fonterz," starring Henry Winkler, Ted Danson and Blair Underwood. The movie will be released on Fox Searchlight.
The Fox Family Channel, Trinity Broadcasting and the Inspirational Network all ran a show called Life in the World, featuring a song by Dan Caravetta from Easton, Pennsylvania. The song was licensed through Mediatone Music.
TAXI member Denny Earnest of Livingston, Montana had his song "Aloha From Hawaii" showcased on the FOX TV network's hot night-time series "North Shore," based in a hotel in Hawaii. In addition, Wild Whirled Music has asked him to create an entire Hawaiian CD.
Belton, Missouri's Jeff Scheetz signed a deal with J2R music library for his songs "Company of Thieves" and "Blues at the Coffeehouse," with DMPML music library for the cut "Destruction Derby," and with DSM music library for the tunes "Soaring Sky" and "Coffeehouse."
Justin Wilde of Christmas and Holiday Music, one of the leading holiday song music publishers, has added the following three TAXI members' songs to his catalog: "Bloody Bones" by Harmon Huff, "Hollerin' on Halloween" by Christian Codish, and "The New Halloween
Monster" by Steve Shapiro.
Distance was no barrier to Uri Kabiri of Tel Aviv, Israel, who landed a deal for his song "Enter Into My World" with the company DANCE!
90210. They will include his composition into an instructional dance video they are producing. J2R Music a successful music
library that has placed many TAXI members' music into films and TV shows has also contacted Uri, and asked him to send them some material.
TAXI member Jon Maddux from Encinitas, California just signed a six song film & TV placement deal with music publisher Tornado Watch
The WB Network just released seasons three and four of their long-running hit Felicity. The DVDs include several songs by Shannon Penn "If You Didn't Try", "Something Good" and "The Better Man" all of which were placed through 5 Alarm Music. Through them, Shannon also scored exposure at major theater chain Regal Cinemas, which will feature Penn's song "So This Is Hollywood" in the music section (before the previews). Not bad, considering the Regal Entertainment Group is the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world, including more than 6,000 theaters!
For use in their corporate videos, corporate design giant Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. has licensed two songs, "Equator" and "Barber's Scissors," by Daniel Eyde of Redwood City, California.
Jimm McIver's song "Sunny Day" was placed in the Oxygen Network's groundbreaking show "Good Girls Don't . . . " through Carsey/Werner/Mandabach. The program features hot newcomers Bree Turner (The Wedding Planer, Sorority Boyd, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo) and Kevin Christy (Dude, Where's My Car", CSI, Malcolm in the Middle).
Jesper Meljvang from Denmark composed a song that will be added to a CD called Elements, which is being released on Warner Bros. in Germany and potentially worldwide. Gunter Menschik from Domino Music signed Jesper to the deal.
Ted Lowe is including a song by California girl Jenna Drey, called Let's Ride Your Motorcycle, on his Choicetracks/Position Music compilation CD.
MTV's hit reality series Road Rules will feature a cut by TAXI member Steve Krentzman. The placement came via a TAXI listing run by Gary at Editor's Choice Music.
TAXI member Edwin Stone, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, scored a three song deal with The Weather Channel through Munchkin. Edwin will receive $1500.00 each for each of the songs. The network plans to use them for a month.
Ipswitch, Massachussets TAXI Member Eric Colville will net $1,600 for the use of his song on ABC's long-running daytime drama All My Children. The placement came through J2R Music.
One Life to Live, the seminal ABC soap opera will feature two songs by Scottsdale, Arizona TAXI member Rich Banks. The placements came through Toronto Watch/Private Wav Music.
NBC's long-time hit series Law and Order recently picked up a song by TAXI Member Joe Quaranto, via the New York-based production music library DSM.
TAXI member Ryan Hovind landed a publishing deal with Position Music, a high-level film and TV music placement company with consistent placements on major networks.
Road Rules, MTV's seminal reality show, will use a song by TAXI Member Denny Earnest in an eposide to air this August. The placement came through a listing that ECM Music ran with TAXI.
Scott Shpak and Ken Faragalli, from St. Catherines in Ontaria, Canada, have their song "What Matters to Elizabeth" featured in Showtime's groundbreaking series "Queer as Folk." The placement came through Wild Whirled.
And from the other side of the world, Micheal Wheeler of Victoria, Australia had 9 songs signed to Global Graffitti.
Also through Wild Whirled, "That's Why You Love Me," a song by Louisville, Kentucky's Dan Bowman, was used in the television show "Angel" on the WB Network.
Dawn De Mone, a TAXI Member from Los Angeles, California recently had her song "Bikini" placed in the upcoming reality film "Malibu Spring Break." Dawn also had a song used on the GKA show on the Fuel Network, the 24/7 action sports culture TV station.
TAXI Members Barry Schleifer and Kent Forward have both placements in the USA Network's show The Last Ride, starring Dennis Hopper, Will Patton (Mothman Prophecies, Remember the Titans, Gone in Sixty Seconds), Fred Ward (10.5, Sweet Home Alabama, Tremors), Nadine Velazquez and others. The songs were placed by Wild Whirled Music directly through a TAXI listing.
Austin, TX-based member Elizabeth Rice tells us: "I'm tardy in writing to let you know that because of YOU I signed a song to a music library at the end of 2003! You forwarded it to OneMusic eons before (over a year?) and they called in the Fall to sign it. :)
"Thanks so much for all you do for us out here in writers-land! See y'all at the Road Rally in November!"
Denny Earnest from Livingston, MT writes: "Just signed off 10 tunes to DSM Producers from a listing more than 4 months ago, and 12 tunes from a Dispatch listing two weeks ago to Editor's Choice. Thanks, folks!"
Mike Farley of Nashville, Tennessee called to let us know that he recently had two more songs placed on ABC's long-running daytime drama stalwart All My Children by the folks at J2R Music. Congrats, Mike! Also see an article by Mike here.
Jazz Composer/Musician Bill Gordon of Miami, Florida, a loyal TAXI member for seven years, has recently completed an entire album of compositions for the One Music Library, a major provider of music for films and TV.
Bill also gave us an update on some of the TV shows on which he has had his songs placed through the One Music and Private Wavs Music Libraries. They include: The District (CBS), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (UPN), Angel (WB), Boston Public (FOX), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (ABC), Felicity (WB), Passions (NBC) . . . whew!
It's safe to say that the talented and very hardworking Mr. Gordon will be seeing royalty checks from his music for many lucrative years to come.
The next sequel in the popular Cruel Intentions films -- Cruel Intentions 3, starring Tom Everett Scott (ER, Van Wilder, That Thing You Do) -- has licensed four songs by TAXI members from geographical points far afield. Nathan Anderson of St. Paul, Minnesota wrote "Sweet Misery," Knoxville, Tennessee's Sarah Lewis penned "Space," Freddy Litwiniuk of Calgary, Alberta, Canada provided "Thinking It Over," and Paul Hollman from West Hollywood, California authored "Final Dance."
TAXI member Jean Na of Glendale, California had a song placed in the trailer for the film "Beautyshop"the female take on the hit "Barbershop" filmsthrough our friends at ChoiceTracks. Jean has also had several placements on America's Next Top Model through ChoiceTracks. We also know that another major ad music agency has contacted Jean about writing for them. More as that develops. Jean's on a roll!
Steven Frank of Chicago, Illinois is also getting 'tons of tunes' in "America's Next Top Model." through Global Grafitti Music. Hey Steven, do you also get to visit the set?
Jeffry Wynne Prince of Sacramento, California band The Kimberly Trip writes to say, "ABC Family Channel is including our song 'Just What I Wanted' on an upcoming episode of 'Knock First' (a decorating show... very ironic since my day-gig is as an interior decorator). Just thought you'd like to know."
Dave Osoff from Boston, Massachusetts writes:
"Just wanted to let you all know I just got my first TAXI TV placement. My electronica track 'QX5' is being used in GKAthe women's action sports show on the cable network, Fuel TV. Just got the call today.
And another good thing happened recently as a direct result of the Road Rally. Someone who runs a center for the arts in Toronto, Ontario picked up my album 'Mosaic' at the Rally and passed it on to the contemporary/smooth jazz station WAVE 94.7 in Toronto/Hamilton. I got the call this week that they will be adding 1 or 2 tracks to the rotation. A major market commercial jazz station; hopefully that'll help give me the boost I need to get a slot in the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival next summer. Thanks so much for your efforts on behalf of all of the independent artists out there!"
Elliot Park of Baird Texas, has recently inked a staff writer deal with Extreme Writers Group in Nashville. It's tremendously rare to be able to have this level of success in Nashville without having to live there. But, hey, that's what we created TAXI for!
Elliot (who's more detailed account appears in the "Letters" section) currently has songs on hold for Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, and Diamond Rio. Not bad for a guy who had never even been to Nashville a year ago! We'll have more details of Elliot's signing next month.
Mark Lightcap and Larry Lynum of Redmond, Washington have had songs placed through DSM Producers in New York on an NBC sitcom, and another on a Nickelodeon Movie Of The Week. "Thanks, TAXI. We made some money, thanks to you!"
"Dropping you a line to let you know of a recent TV placement of one of my songs through Global Graffiti," says Steve Mesropian (aka Mez). "The song is called 'Like Me.' I wrote, performed, and recorded it in my home studio. Skip at Global Graffiti made a few musical/arrangement suggestions. After some interaction, the song was just right. Within a month of him adding it to his catalog, he informed me of a placement on ABC's soap opera General Hospital."
Tim Barton of Long Grove, IL informed us "I signed music to DMPML (a music library in the U.K.) and recently with Private Wavs Music: four Boogie-Woogie piano solos.
"I also loved the '03 Road Rally and now have books by all the great
authors that I have been meeting there over the years. They are very helpful and I continue to appreciate your help to me. Thanks!"
Since hooking up with Groove Addicts (a leading music house) through TAXI Dispatch, TAXI member Rob Grad from Venice, California has been busy doing vocals for clients such as Coors Light, Gillette, and others. Rob is also doing radio station ID's and vocals for an album of Modern Rock tracks to be shopped to various Film, TV and Commercial projects. Rob's band Superfine is also getting some attention, check out their web site at www.superfineband.com
This just in from busy TAXI member Matt Hirt from Sherman Oaks, CA:
"I just got my BMI statement, and I've got more good news: I had a tune placed on "Law and Order Special Victims Unit" (NBC) thru DSM Producers and another one on Dateline NBC thru Editor's Choice Music. Additionally, a religious broadcast called "Life In The Word" has been using three of my tunes for several months now (thru Mediatone Music) on almost a daily basis, adding up to over $2000 on this BMI statement alone All of this due to TAXI deals! Not too shabby!"
Lee Eisenstein, from Kailua, Hawaii relates: "I just signed my first deal (with Musik DeluX, a Los Angeles based music library), from a TAXI forward!"
"Since joining Taxi four years ago my writing partner, Keith O'Neill, and I have had thirteen songs forwarded resulting in two deals," recounts Darryl Jedlowski. "One, with Private Wavs Music, resulted in a song placement in the daytime soap 'Passions.' We also had a deal which resulted in the placement of one of our songs in the motion picture 'Maze' (starring Rob Morrow and Laura Linney), and have been contacted by Mediatone music who have expressed interest in a deal."
"My association with J2R Music, which you arranged when you forwarded my songs to them" has panned out, says David Thompson. " 'All My Children' on ABC played all 4:35 of my song 'Lookin' For My Baby' (off my first 'RIDER' CD) as the featured piece of one episode. They played 23 seconds of the song in one of their previous shows, then decided to use the whole song for this latest program."
Members Tom Kujath and Glenn Brittain from Michigan signed a Publishing deal with Christmas and Holiday Music for their Halloween song "Vampire Vic".
TAXI member Skaie Zoe (pronounced Sky Zowee) from Redondo Beach California has had several placements of her music lately.
- MTV's "Punk'd"
- MTV's "Real World"
- MTV's "Road Rules"
- NBC's reality series "Starting Over"
- Feature film "American Crime"-wrote and performed four original songs for this feature film, directed by Danny Mintz, premiering at this year's Toronto Film Festival starring Rachael Leigh Cook, from Josie & the Pussycats, Get Carter, She's All That, Living Out Loud; Carrie Elwes, from The Cat's Meow, Cradle Will Rock, Kiss the Girls, Liar Liar, Twister, The Princess Bride. Kip Pardue, Remember the Titans, Driven, The Rules of Attraction; and Annabella Sciorra, The Sopranos, What Dreams May Come, Cop Land, Romeo is Bleeding, Jungle Fever, Reversal of Fortune, Cadillac Man.
Dan Caravetta from Levittown, Pennsylvania is getting lots of action from Mediatone Music/Studio Cutz Library this year. Dan tells us what's going on, "They signed 14 of my songs last August-11 instrumental rock, 1 ambient (horror), 1 solo acoustic guitar, 1 solo piano. They signed 3 more songs in May of this year and then 5 more in June-mainly piano/guitar/bass instrumentals. So far, since February of this year, I've received about $1,500 in licensing royalties. I'm still waiting to see where the songs have been placed."
Steven Frank of Chicago, Illinois has had about 50 placements in all three cycles of MTV's "Tough Enough" and UPN's "America's Next Top Model". Plus several songs in various episodes of UPN's "Haunted" all through Global Graffiti Music.
Also signed to Global Graffiti Music as a result of a TAXI listing, Karlus Trapp from Staten Island New York had placements on UPN's "Haunted", and ABC's legendary daytime drama, "General Hospital".
Five year TAXI member and regular Road Rally attendee Zupe (just Zupe) from Altoona, Pennsylvania writes, "Just letting you know that I placed two songs on the History Channel's "Highway Hangouts" series. Because of TAXI Dispatch, I have built a good relationship with Editors Choice Music Libraries, who placed them for me. The show airs several times this month check your local listings! See you in December!" Zupe
Kent Forward from Nashville, TN, wrote to say: "Just wanted to drop a line and let you know about deals I've gotten on my songs through Taxi (sorry if I've been a bit out of touch, I've been too busy writing songs and signing contracts from Taxi forwards! ;-) In fact, I recently received my first check in the mail from one of these placements, which are a direct result of my first year with TAXI!
"I've also included one new one that just came in, serving to kick off my second year of membership. You guys are the best! It's good to be ridin' in the back of your "li'l yellow cab that could!
"Here's the list: Wild Whirled Music picked up three of my songs, Flagship Music grabbed one, Mediatone Music signed me for five songs, and Joe Bourne Music for one."
Joe Dobrota, Sr. from Evergreen, Colorado, called to let us know he had a piece picked up by Editor's Choice Music Library in New York.
"Wanted to let y'all know that I just received my first contract offer!" enthuses Abe Loomis. "Flagship Music wants to include my song, 'Wildlife Conservation,' in their catalog for placement in TV and motion picture soundtracks. "
"I'm so grateful to Taxi for believing in my song and opening this door for me. Not only has Taxi improved my songwriting, it's gotten me my first deal! The fact that TAXI can connect a Massachusetts transplant writing Country songs in New Jersey with a publishing company in California, sight unseen, is pretty close to a miracle. One friend I told about it has already decided to join. You guys rock!"
Mike Farley of Cleveland Ohio (TAXI Member since 1998) writes: "Just wanted to let you guys know I got a placement in the TV show 'All My Children' through J2R Music, who found me through TAXI. My song 'When Lights Go Down' will air twice during the show this Thursday, June 19th. Thanks again for all your help, the hard work finally appears to be paying off!"
Kool Kat Music Library has just released a full CD of New Age Atmospheres by TAXI Member Paul Avgerinos of Redding, Connecticut for film and TV placement. Another full CD for Kool Kat by Paul is in the works!
From Dan Caravetta of Levittown, Pennsylvania "Last year I informed you that I signed a publishing deal with Mediatone Music/Studio Cutz Production Music Library.
I have developed a nice relationship with this publisher that started through a forward of some of my rock instrumentals in April of 2002. Since that time, I have signed 17 songs and I am working on more for them. I have started to see some checks coming in (and have upgraded my recording equipment with the money). I'm still waiting to see where my tunes have been placed. That's a great thing to look forward to."
Bobby Messano, from New Jersey by way of Nashville, recently signed a deal with independent label Fishhead Records (which also releases product from Scott Ellison, Wallace Coleman, and Sylvain Sylvain -formerly of the New York Dolls) to release his outstanding Blues album.
Swiss native (now living in Sherman Oaks, California) Matt Hirt has made seven deals through TAXI that involve some 70 of his original songs. His earnings to date are close to $12,000. With songs in Spin City, (ABC), Judging Amy (CBS) and Passions (NBC),
Matt also learned a lot about how this business works: "TAXI helps me with everything. They give me new ideas about what to write and then give me feedback on the writing. They also help me connect with publishers and music libraries. They help me make money. But it's more than that. For someone like myself who is not good at self-promotion, and not good at schmoozing, TAXI is the difference between having success and not having success."
Chuck Henry has signed a three-year, three-CD deal with Etherean Records--one of the leading world beat labels. They are looking at a spring 2003 international release. The name of the group is World Radio.
Tim Swisher recently received a contract offer for a one-song publishing deal through Editor's Choice Music (formerly Fitz Music). It was a direct result from a TAXI forward that was made over a year ago. Tim comments: "I would like to thank TAXI for the insightful comments my submissions received and for proving to me that I could get my foot in the door with the right connections. Not that I doubted TAXI, but you definitely have cleared up any thoughts in my head about your ability to help a working musician catch a break in such a difficult industry: Music! Keep up the good work."
Long-time TAXI Member, and recent "Passenger Profile" subject, Bill Gordon, just landed three more placements on network shows The District (CBS), Boston Public (Fox), and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Warner Brothers).
One Music is picking up another song of Joy Thomason's (titled "I'll Be Waiting at the Door") for their '40s, '50s project. " You TAXI, are an amazingly awesome gift to songwriters," asserts Joy.
Thanks to TAXI, Artemis Robison just landed his very first licensing deal. Robison's song "Fountain of Life" aired on the ABC show MDs on December 4 at 10 p.m. "It's a really great episode to get placed on," says Artemis, "since Macy Gray was on that episode, so the audience was bigger than usual. I'm a happy camper!" Artemis sends his "warm regards and blissed-out juju to everyone at TAXI."
TAXI Member James Grant from Henderson Nevada had one of his songs placed on ABCs show MDs in a featured two-minute usage through Private Wavs Music Publishing.
Elliot Park of Baird Texas has more good news to report: RCA Records has just placed another of his songs Sand In My Shoes on hold for Country superstar Kenny Chesney. This goes along with two songs still on hold for Diamond Rio. Well keep you posted!
Members Simen Fjeld and Sindre Saebo from Norway have recently signed a publishing/license agreement with PEN Music Group. Their song was forwarded more than six months before. Simen says So folks, things might take some time!!!
Fred Douglas Talbert of Van Nuys, California had two songs, "Before You Say Goodbye" and "Make a Little Love" signed to One Music in Nashville, TN for use in films and TV productions.
Ed Nicodemi signed two songs "Old Simple Times" and "Among The Missing" with Editor's Choice Music Library for placement in films and TV.
Paul Avgerinos of Redding, CT placed three tracks with Kool Cat Music for a Middle Eastern Production library CD and they want more from him in other genres as well.
T. Roberson of Chicago, IL made a 17 song deal with Bunim-Murray Productions. For the use on a little T.V. show MTV has called "Making The Band" with P. Diddy. They also may be used on the shows "Real World" "Road Rules" and/or on "Extreme/All Star Challenge"
Mark Cook of Woodstock, GA just signed a contract for six of my Blues songs with One Music.
Wayne Wesley Johnson of Oldwick, New Jersey placed a song on the WB Network's "Roswell" through Soundtrack Marketing. Wayne also placed more music with the Discovery Channel's "Outward Bound" series
Denny Earnest of Livingston, Montana has had two songs placed on NBC's "Passions" through Private Wavs Music.
Brad Chiet placed his song "Harley '99" in the indie film "Local Boys" for a $2,000 license fee.
Pete Surdoval placed his song "Pulp Surf" in the indie film "Local Boys" for a $2,000 license fee.
Greg Shearer placed his song "Rock The House" in the indie film "Evil Alien Conquerors" for a $3,000 license fee.
Brain Binning of Seattle for placed two songs with powerhouse music library, OneMusic.
And Brian's roommate Jonathan Kingham had a song featured in an upcoming episode of the hit WB series, Felicity.
Suzanne Grzanna had her jazz song "Mystery Man" used in the film, "Sex and Bullets" starring Judd Nelson and Seymour Cassell.
Member Pam Quinlan's band Fez Fatale had a song placed on the History Channel through Editor's Choice Music (formerly Fitz Music).
James Kernick and Phil Francis had songs placed on the Style Channel and on the E! Entertainment network's show "Rank."
Bob Kroeger's stock shot up, as he received a check from BMI for a piece that VideoHelper picked up. It was played on a major TV network for promos and it was heard on Howard Stern's radio program. He completed a 22 piece deal with GlobalGrafitti; and is in the final stages of coming to agreement with DSM. And he had a piece forwarded through Dispatch as well.
Member Corey Tanner from Chicago, IL got his song "Aint A Damn Thing Changed" placed in the upcoming film "Lost In The U.S.A." from indie Zone Pictures.
Charity Chapman also placed her song "Closer To Perfect" in the feature film "Slap Her, She's French" scheduled for an early 2002 release.
Yanik Garon signed a deal with Global Graffiti; and anticipates a development/production deal from another forward.
Daniel James of Southbury, CT signed a deal with Choicetracks to represent the audio-visual rights for two of his world music tracks.
Lizard McGee placed two songs with LA film and TV publisher Transition Music, was forwarded to Prestige Management and has developed an ongoing relationship with them. He has also recently been contacted by Disney-owned Hollywood Records.
Chuck Henry of Hollywood, CA completed production music CD for David Mellor's JAAZZ Music Production Library in the UK. I did 15 tracks for it, and it will be promoted and distributed to broadcast and production companies in England and Japan. Also, I have recently signed 8 songs over to Ren Music and have more deals pending with Ren as well as with DSM and DMPML music libraries, and an independent film.
Tony Hall of Coral Springs, FL moved took about 20 spooky tracks to David M of DMPML for an upcoming HORROR CD. And, REN MUSIC and GLOBAL GRAFFITI have contracted him for tracks as well.
8 members (that we know of ) have signed a number of songs with big league publishing company Windswept Pacific:
Instant Guru - Dino Haak (2 songs) Peter Elman - (8 songs) Peter Sivo - (20 songs) 53 Days - Tom Robinson (3 songs) Acoustic Food Chain - Steve Glotzer (3 songs,) Amelia's Dream - (1 song) Congratulations to all!
Powerhouse Music Library ONEMUSIC has signed a twenty song publishing deal with with Destin, Florida artist PB&J--otherwise known as James Kernick and partner Phil Francis--after hearing their incredible Electonica music played at the Road Rally. OneMusic will now be placing their tracks in films and television productions around the world. Phil and James use nothing but "Sonic Foundry and a PC" to make their master quality recordings.
Miami member Pete Masitti had his song "When I See You Smile" played during the Publishers Panel at the Road Rally to a rousing reaction from audience and publisher panelists alike. One panelist couldn't wait, and called Pete at home that same night!
Gabriel Dorman's band Book Of Sun had their song "Situation" used in MTV's production of "Making The Video" featuring Eminem.
Member Alice Leon from Monmouth Junction, N.J. had her song "Jane Is On The Phone" used in the independent festival film "Random Shootings in L.A."
Dave Gedosh got a song placed in the independent film "Second to Die". The film stars a couple of academy award winners. He also signed a Publishing deal with DSM.
Boston-area band Entrain placed three songs (including a long feature usage) in the film "Cutaway" starring Stephen Baldwin and Tom Berenger on the USA network.
TAXI members James Kernick and Phil Francis band PB&J placed music in th Danish Dogme (a new avant garde film style) film "Reunion."
Rob Khurana and Guy Maisonneuve of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada have been getting lots of placements as a result of their deals with the One Music Library. Their music has appeared on such shows as The Queen Latifah Show, True Hollywood Stories on E! Entertainment Network, Showtime's Beggars and Choosers, Fox TV's Malcolm In The Middle; and many more shows in Japan and Canada.
Another Canadian member, Brian (Hoot) Gibson of New Westminster, B.C. writes: "Through TAXI, I have just signed a single song contract with "In The Pink Music Group" of Palos Verdes, California. The song title is "Don't Touch." The first deal, with many more to come!! Thanks!"
Gary Partin of Covington, KY signed a one song deal with David Mellor's publishing company DMPML. The song, "Drive," co- written by Greg Thomas, is going on a Motosport compilation for British television.
Melinda Johnson, of Fixed-Wing Productions in North Hollywood, CA signed a license agreement with Ellipsis Arts Records for the use of one of my instrumental harp tracks for their upcoming compilation CD entitled Mediterranean Lullabies.
Erik Nilsen and Pat Phillips of Slipstream Music in St. Paul Minnesota got five cuts on thelatest DMPML library release.
Bill Gordon of Miami, FL got a deal with Surreal-to-Reel Film Music. And they want to hear more.
Adam Watts has a cut by multi-platinum UK artist Jerome Flynn on BMG Records through Rain Turtle Music; and has placed five compositions with Muzak through Munchkin Music.
Fran Lucci's song "Sheree" was recently used on an episode of Dawson's Creek.
Michael Souza of Templeton, California had his song "Out On The Road" used in the short film, Clown Car. Michael also signed his track "Speed Freak" to DMPML Music Library in the U.K.
Erik Hickenlooper and Jim Funk' song "Buy Me A Rose" was recorded and released by Kenny Rogers. It's #6 on the Billboard Country charts (and climbing).
Faith Rivera of Long Beach, California, signed a deal with MasterSource Music Library, and MasterSource has placed a song by Tom Robinson's band 53 Days in the hit NBC series, ER.
Britt Phillips' band Hand To Mouth had two songs used in the film Undercurrent starring Lorenzo Lamas.
Darwin Gross has placed his song "Soul Speaks" in the Miramax Film Take Down starring Tom Berenger.
San Diego's Honeycreepers got their song "Cage" in MTV's show Undressed.
The band Fisher signed their deal with Farm Club/Universal. Look for the album in stores and on the radio later this year! Full story here.
Stan Swiniarski got his first Muzak placement through TAXI via Frank Joseph's Munchkin Studios.
B.Z. Lewis continues to get many placements through TAXI.. MTV is using nine more songs for "Making The Video" and "Undressed." And Lewis just signed a song to use in the indie film 'Bellyfruit.' Electronic Arts is using another song in the video game 'Triple Play 2001' and B.Z. placed a song in NBC's 'Passions.
TAXI Member Scott Duncan has signed some pieces to DSM Producers in New York, as well as to Mellor Production Music Library in the UK.
And, the Mellor folks let us know they had just released five CDs -- featuring 430 tracks of production music -- mostly by composers they found through TAXI.
James Kole got a last-minute placement of a Blues song in the Miramax film "Take Down".
Derrick Procell placed his song "Santa Bring My Baby Home to Me" in episodes of "The Young and The Restless" and in NBC's "Providence."
Several members had material picked up by the REN Music Library. Congratulations go out to Christian Geith, John Wolanin, Bob Kroeger, Mike Newman, Victor Palagano, Zupe, Ed Dzubak, Mark Battaglia and Monti Medley.
TAXI Member Julie Ann Bailey from St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin received a quarterly BMI check for over $4,000 from music placements she had on 2 NBC shows, a CBS sitcom, and the Jerry Springer Show through DSM Producers in New York.
TAXI recently placed the song "Any Way" by the band Fisher in the Miramax film "Take Down" starring Skeet Ulrich and Master P.
Skip Peck of Weirton, West Virginia, Tim Koss of Everett, Washington, Suzanna Grzanna of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and B.Z. Lewis' band Sugar Danks from San Francisco, CA all have had music placed in the upcoming film "The Cure For Boredom" through boygirl Music Supervision. Where else but TAXI can music supervisors have access to composers from all over the world?
Drayfus Grayson of Long Beach California tells us he has concluded a licensing agreement with the Mediatone Music Library; and a publishing deal with Transition Music.
Ed Dzubak of Redding, Connecticut did a publishing deal with TV music company REN Music.
All of the following members (and their bands) have had music placed in the film "Deal Of A Lifetime" through the good folks at boygirl Music Supervision: Hunter Payne; Matt Marka (Brittle); Diego Sandrin; Raymy Krumrei (Golden Ticket); Neil Schnell (Daddy's Soul Donut); Tom Robinson (53 Days).
Barry Kingston concluded a deal with BoyGirl Music for use of his tune in the end-title position of the film, "Deal of a Lifetime."
Brooke Ramel placed their song, "Que Est Tu" in the movie Wednesday's Child."
Frank Pusateri finalized a song publishing deal with Mediatone. Nice goin', Frank.
John Kostrisak's "Surfin' Tsunami" track was used in an indie film, Set Effect.
One Source picked up four original songs from TAXI songwriter Paul Leslie and also signed a three-song publishing deal with Shayna Renee.
Vinnie Zummo, TAXI member who has had plenty of forwarded tunes, recently concluded a 6-song deal with DSM.
One Music picked up 10 music cues from Rob Khurana that will appear on a forthcoming CD.
David Scheffler locked up a deal for one of his original tunes to be used in the TV series Homicide: Life on the Streets.
TAXI writer Diego Sandrin, who has had many forwards in the past, adds another with the addition of "This is Hollywood" being used in the upcoming Kirstie Alley film "The Mao Game."
Barry Kingston gets his song used as the end title of the film Deal of a Lifetime through BoyGirl Music.
John Pruitt landed himself a four song publishing deal with Transition. Way ta go, John! And congrats also to Noel Webb who also worked out a pub deal with the same company.
Richard Ross and Scott Macomber managed to impress the good people at Triple X who are using their songs on the label's Punk 1999 compilation.
One Music picked up 10 cues from TAXI writer Rob Khurana to be used on a CD release.
Tim Tatum, Dan Lyon, Tom Hipps and Vinnie Zummo all concluded publishing deals with the good folks over at DSM.
TAXI member L.John Ernst got the good news that 15 of his original songs were being picked up by DSM.
B.Z. Lewis had one of his tunes placed in the motion picture called "The Mating Habits of Humans" which will star David Hyde Pierce.
David Ernst has been busy as a beaver with no less than 10 tracks picked up by One Music and the door still wide open for more potential wheelings and dealings.
James Causey is having a piece by his band, Illogical SRL had one of their tunes placed in the film "Let The Devil Wear Black" that is starring Jacqueline Bissett & Mary Louise Parker.
Noel Webb informs us that he's inked a publishing deal with Transition Music. Keep us posted, Noel.
Back to the Silver Screen again for Richard Tull's original compositions (two of them) now in the motion picture "No Rest For The Wicked" through New Millenium.
DSM has picked up multiple tunes from TAXI writers: Robert Burkhardt (9), Steven Afflick (3), Tim Tatum (6), and Tom Wassinger (7), L.John Ernst (15).
TAXI Members "Sixpence None The Richer" got their song "Kiss Me" used twice in the CBS soap opera "The Young And The Restless" and the song is also shooting up the radio airplay charts. Last week, it was chosen as the featured song on the TV spots for the major new film "She's All That." Listen for it!
Jennifer and Scott Smith got another usage of their song "Ordinary Girl" in "Young And The Restless."
Derrick Procell landed a deal with One Source.
Fuzzbee Morse and Screen Music put together a nice package containing five original songs and some future TV scoring. Way ta go, Fuzzbee.
James Stajdel, thanks to Transition, placed a song in the film, "The Others".
Joe David Curtis' tune, "My Love Will Still Be Around," was inked by Texas Tuff.
John Grabowski wrote "Change of the Wind" which is now being used in the movie called "Edge of 17," thanks to Crosstown Music.
Molly Scheer and Media Records concluded a foreign licensing deal.
Paul McNamara finalized a six-song publishing agreement with One Music Corp.
Geoff Clarkson finalized a deal with XMAS Music while Jack O' Neil (foreign licensing deal) did the same with Media Records. Nice goin', guys.
Larry Good worked out a two-song publishing deal with Rex Benson Music. When it comes to country music, Rex has the inside track! Rex Benson Music also picked up two additional songs by writer Mike Porter
Joe David Curtis placed his song, "My Love Will Still Be Around," with Texas Tuff, who also picked up Murray Bowes' song, "Heaven Only Knows."
Writers Jennifer and Scott Smith, who are on a hot streak, recently placed three songs--"Fade Away," "I Can't Wait," and "Never Come Back" in the TV series "Brooklyn South" on Fox TV.
Several TAXI writers have recently negotiated deals with DSM. They are: Robert Burkhardt (nine songs), Robert Orr, Paul Ulanowicz, Tim Barton, Tim Tatum (six songs), Tommy Merry and Yontz Sucre.
MCA & Arista are looking at Mark Wood... A&M, Arista, Sire (Bud Scoppa), Ultimatum & M.E.G. Management seem to be circling the wagons around the Sugarplum Fairies... Four O' Clock Balloon has attracted some interest from Arista, Interscope and a London music supervisor... Tacoma Films might be interested in doing a deal with the Rainravens.
Robert Porembski has struck a deal with Master Source for his original composition, "Feelin' More Like Christmas." Robert also mentions that this very same tune was "favorably reviewed" by Michael Laskow and included on the Playback Vol. 10 CD in the August 1116 issue of Recording Magazine." Way ta go, Robert.
Richard Tull of Dallas, TX just landed two songs in the movie "No Rest For The Wicked" through New Millenium.
Joshua Lowe's band "Shinola" had a song placed in the film "The Others" by Transition Music.
When the film, Agent Utah, opens in theaters, you'll be able to hear Armand Della Volpe's song in it.
Derrick Procell performs his own song "Bethlehem PA" on the "Trucker's Christmas" CD out through MCA in conjunction with "Mr. Christmas," Justin Wilde. See ya on the road Derrick.
Andrew G. Williams, Bill Reader, Ed Nicodemi, George & Jane Spica and Glen King for their deals made with Transition Music.
Bert Toms concluded a deal with Media Records and Bill Edwards (for his tune, "Just What I Need") and Dennis Winslow with Texas Tuff.
Way ta go Britt Phillips for your song that will be appearing in a Lorenzo Lamas' upcoming film.
Cathy Cornell has a staff writer deal pending with Honest Entertainment. We'll keep our fingers crossed for you.
Those who picked up deals with DSM include David Steen, Eric Hollis, Evette Kay, Frederick Carola, Fuzzbee Morse (a 10-song deal), Greg Kochan, John Andrews ( we understand that his tune was used on "Saturday Night Live") and Leon Salem.
Dallas area Rock band Bobgoblin signed a Major Label deal with MCA Records. Their album, "The 12 Point Master Plan" will be available in stores soon.
Los Angeles band Fisher landed a Major Label deal after TAXI CEO Michael
Laskow gave a copy of the band's CD to Interscope A&R man Tony Ferguson.
TAXI member Paul Wetty wrapped up a deal with DSM.
Jay Pinto and Heavy Hitters worked out a one-song publishing deal with a tune to be used in a film called "Do You Wanna Dance." Nice goin', Jay.
Ira Marlowe has just concluded an artist development deal with Dreamworks Records. If you know anything about the Biz, you understand just how hard those deals are to get. Congratulations, Ira.
John W. Andrews reports to us that he's had about 52 recordings signed to both DSM Producers (28) and David Leider Music (24) over the past two years.
Thanks to some talent and tenacity, TAXI member Carter Cathcart was able to place three of his instrumentals with Master Source to be used in a movie trailer CD.
Jane Norman had some success recently as she scored with Kidzup and then, had her tune, "No Other Time," picked up by Master Source. Way ta go, Jane.
Assoc. Artist Music International picked up a song by Noel Webb to use on one of their compilation CDs.
Phyllis Fishleader, Jay Pinto and Greg Williams all have some nice deals pending. Good luck, guys!
TheseTAXI members have concluded recent deals with DSM: Pete Swanson, Ricci Accardi, Steven Afflick, Taryn Bailey, Kenneth J. Smith, Anton Barbeau, Denny Ernst, Ed Geoghegan and Jim Simons.
DSM was active again and picked up a lot of songs from Brent Sheppard, Ed Geoghegan, Jason Bush, Jeff Keck, John Buchan, John McMillian, Jon Werking, Karen Baldassa, Kenneth Smith, Michael Haring and Yontz Sucre. Congratulations to all.
David Harris and Just Write Productions worked out an agreement whereby Harris got his song into the film called "Just Write."
Brent Sheppard and Larry Lynum were able to get their material used in the television sitcom "Sisters." This was done through DSM & NBC. Way ta go, guys.
A great big tip of the TAXI hat to member Jamie Mika who reported that he was flown to New York to audition for the lead role in the smash Broadway musical, " Rent." Win, lose or draw, that's quite an honor, Jamie!
Julie Ann Bailey, has reported that one of her tunes, "I'd Give Anything," was used on the nationally syndicated Jerry Springer Show. This St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, singer-songwriter made a deal through DSM not long ago, and in total, has had about five songs forwarded. Nice goin', Julie Ann.
And while we're on the subject, other TAXI members to have songs picked up by DSM include Rick Trulson, Michael Oppenheimer, Yontz Sucre, Michael Haring, Mike Kroell, Tsony Tsonev and Pete Swanson.
Jerry Kelsick concluded a deal for publishing and TV use with Transition Music in Los Angeles.
Captive Heart worked out several foreign licensing deals with Major MTM Music.
Lee Kweller licensed some of his material to Italy's Benvenuto.
Karen Remus and Future Perfect worked out a song deal.
Lewis Flynn will be using one of Marci Winters' songs in an upcoming film.
Matt Berlin / 23rd Hour and Megarock have worked out a record/distribution deal.