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
. Congrats, Mike! Also see an article by Mike here
Jazz Composer/Musician Bill Gordon
of Miami, Florida, a loyal TAXI member for eleven years, completed an entire album of compositions for one of the biggest music production libraries in the world.
Bill also gave us an update on some of the TV shows on which he has had his songs placed through 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!
Its 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, Tennessees 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 films. Jean has also had several placements on Americas Next Top Model
of Chicago, Illinois is also getting tons of tunes in Americas Next Top Model
. 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
included our song Just What I Wanted on an episode of Knock First
(a decorating show... very ironic since my day-gig is as an interior decorator). Just thought youd like to know.
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 GKA
the womens 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 thatll 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!
of Baird Texas, has inked a staff writer deal with Extreme Writers Group
in Nashville. Its tremendously rare to be able to have this level of success in Nashville without having to live there. But, hey, thats what we created TAXI for!
Elliott (whos 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! Well have more details of Elliotts signing next month.
and Larry Lynum
of Redmond, Washington have had songs placed 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, says Steve Mesropian
(aka Mez). The song is called Like Me. and was placed on ABC
s soap opera General Hospital
of Long Grove, IL informed us I signed music to a music library in the U.K. and recently with a publisher in Los Angeles: 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 a leading production music house through TAXI Dispatch, TAXI member Rob Grad
from Venice, California has been busy doing vocals for clients such as Coors Light
, and others. Rob is also doing radio station IDs and vocals for an album of Modern Rock tracks to be shopped to various Film, TV and Commercial projects. Robs 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 Ive got more good news: I had a tune placed on Law and Order Special Victims Unit
) and another one on Dateline NBC
. Additionally, a religious broadcast called Life In The Word
has been using three of my tunes for several months now 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!
, from Kailua, Hawaii relates: I just signed my first publishing deal from a TAXI forward!
Since joining Taxi four years ago my writing partner, Keith ONeill
, and I have had thirteen songs forwarded resulting in two deals, recounts Darryl Jedlowski
. One, with an independent music publisher, 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).
TAXI member David Thompson
recently had success on ABC
s All My Children
. They 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 deal with a leading holiday music publisher for their Halloween song Vampire Vic.
TAXI member Skaie Zoe
(pronounced Sky Zowee) from Redondo Beach, California, has had placements in the following:
s Real World
s Road Rules
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 years Toronto Film Festival starring Rachael Leigh Cook, from Josie & the Pussycats, Get Carter, Shes All That, Living Out Loud; Carrie Elwes, from The Cats 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 received lots of action from a prominent music library this year. Dan tells us whats 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, Ive received about $1,500 in licensing royalties. Im still waiting to see where the songs have been placed.
of Chicago, Illinois has had about 50 placements in all three cycles of MTV
s Tough Enough
s Americas Next Top Model
, as well as several songs in various episodes of UPNs Haunted
TAXI member Karlus Trapp
from Staten Island, New York, had placements on UPN
, and ABC
s legendary daytime drama, General Hospital
Nine 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
series. Because of TAXI Dispatch, I have built a good relationship with a major music publisher, who placed them for me. The show airs several times this month check your local listings! See you in November! Zupe
from Nashville, TN, wrote to say: Just wanted to drop a line and let you know about deals Ive gotten on my songs through Taxi (sorry if Ive been a bit out of touch, Ive 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!
Ive also included one new one that just came in, serving to kick off my second year of membership. You guys are the best! Its good to be ridin in the back of your lil yellow cab that could!
Four different publishers picked up nine of my songs.
Joe Dobrota, Sr. from Evergreen, Colorado, called to let us know he had a piece picked up by a New York-based music publisher.
Wanted to let yall know that I just received my first contract offer! enthuses Abe Loomis
. A California-based music library wants to include my song, Wildlife Conservation, in their catalog for placement in TV and motion picture soundtracks.
Im so grateful to Taxi for believing in my song and opening this door for me. Not only has Taxi improved my songwriting, its 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!
Check Out More Member Success Stories