Music is a language, and learning how to talk about it to best get ideas and concepts across to others can be a skill to master all on its own. We run into this need for verbal musical communication in many settings, whether it be from artist to producer, from supervisor to show runner, or countless others... (read more)
Music supervisors hold an extremely important role in the entertainment industry, and with it, a power to either serve in the fight against this ongoing crisis of underrepresentation in Hollywood, or contribute to it. Tiffany Anders is a supervisor who has chosen to aid in the fight. (read more...)
Numerous musicians use their art to paint a historical context of their cultural backgrounds - the struggles and triumphs that their ancestors, past and emerging, have experienced. Just as books and novels are used to depict stories and folktales, similarly, songs can be storytelling devices that use lyrical imagery and melody to tell a tale.
Elena Rodriguez-DePaul joins us to acknowledge some of the artists from our history, and presently who use song as a form of storytelling and activism in the fight for Civil Rights and bring further awareness to the Indigenous peoples who have experienced genocide. (read more...)
Musicians and music-lovers alike understand the power that music holds to transform, uplift, rejuvenate, and inspire. Through art and music we are able to reconnect with our roots and with the Earth, and reach new heights in our wellness and connectedness to our environments and the people and communities around us.
In a continuation of our focus on music through a Native lens, this coming Wednesday Wade Fernandez will be joining us to speak about music as medicine. (read more...)
Music has always held a unique capacity to inspire social change through the use of emotive lyrics and melodies, with dedicated songwriters behind the pen. Phyllis writes "songs that speak to Indigenous realities and also point to the power of her cultures's spirituality, using astronomy and mythology to educate and support through hundreds of years of deprivation and mistreatment." - Larry K., Say Magazine (read more...)
It's time to meet another music supervisor! We're thrilled to have Greg Sweeney joining us. He is an award-winning, veteran music supervisor working for Motive Creative focusing on theatrical trailers and promos for such clients as A24, Apple+, Amazon, Max, Netflix, Focus Features, MGM, Searchlight, and Sony Pictures. (read more...)
It's so important that we find those people in the music industry who have been through the ups and downs, and overcome trials and tribulations to build a sustainable career for themselves. They are like a sturdy raft strong enough to brace the storms we all feel. It benefits us to gather inspiration from these folks and gain insight as we forge our own paths on the music landscape. (read more...)
Your voice is an instrument! Just as you would tune, clean, service, and repair a physical instrument after repetitive use, you must get into a practice of caring for your vocal cords in a similar way. This care routine can include techniques to keep your cords flexible and healthy. (read more...)
We're diving into the art of streamlining your music licensing efforts like never before. Let's learn the essential techniques and tools to maximize our music pitches and effortlessly organize our sync workflow! (read more...)
What Up Pitches?! We're here with this awesome team of women - Pei Pei Chung, Celia Rose, and Mariela Arredondo - from music production house and licensing agency, What Up Pitches. If you're curious to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of a licensing agency, look no further! (read more...)
Whether we are new to sync licensing, or seasoned pro's, we know how complicated and multi-faceted this industry can be, with endless amounts of information to learn. It sometimes feels like you need a whole Undergrad degree in sync licensing just to feel like you have your head on your shoulders! (read more...)
Where does one begin diving into the world of sync as a music creator? Jené Etheridge is here to help us see into this world -- breaking down misconceived notions and helping build our tool chest so the journey ahead looks less ominous. (read more...)
We've all probably heard by now about sync licensing as a tool for musicians' career growth and for making a more sustainable income as an indie artist. But, this knowledge has probably come primarily from music supervisors, agents, or musicians themselves. There's a piece of the puzzle that might still be missing from the full picture of this side of the industry -- and that is, sync licensing from a music editor's perspective. (read more...)
We are hosting a Community Listening Session! What is a Community Listening Session you might ask? Well, during this event we will be listening to songs that our community sends in for group listening, and YOU will have the chance to give feedback as well as send us ONE song of your own for listening! (read more...)
From MTV to YouTube, music videos have always held a special place in our hearts. Lyric videos are a relatively new development as the industry has evolved to revolve around streaming and visual content. As musicians, it's a gift and source of excitement and inspiration that a career can give us the opportunity to meld multiple art forms. Yet this requires us to be multi-faceted artists, and creating diverse pieces surrounding a music release, such as music videos or cover art, can be challenging... (read more)
Whether it be the trials and tribulations of touring, recording, performance, writing, or any of the other endless facets of a music career, there are many times when an artist might find themselves frustrated or stuck in a rut. Mental health and wellness support for musicians is critical and something still lacking in the industry... (read more)
How do we build a unique artist brand while still staying authentic to ourselves? How do we stand out in a sea of other music creators, and how do we do so without losing touch with our roots? It's a fine balance, learning to promote yourself as an artist while also staying true to who you are... (read more)
It's that time again--time to meet another music supe! For the month of July, we have invited Jennifer Mandel from Uncle Agnes Music Supervision to chat with us about how we can learn to advance our careers and explore rewarding paths in the world of sync licensing. (read more)...
We always love a peek into the brains of songwriters! And when it comes to sync licensing, you have to have a dial tuned to a different spot to help make songs that would work in film, TV, or ads. So let's keep gathering those tricks and tips on how to move the dial and adjust the music we're already making to work in the sync world. (read more)...
If you're looking for advice and insight from someone who's deeply rooted in the music industry, and has built their own career from the bottom up, you won't want to miss our workshop with Bobby Rymer! (read more)...
Calling all indie artists!! At Pandion, we love inviting mentors to discuss the ins-and-outs of sync licensing and music supervision, because getting into the world of sync can be an amazing way for artists to build a more steady stream of income. (read more)...
Let's talk sync licensing with another Music Supervisor for our end-of-the-month meet-and-greet! (read more)...
This workshop introduces The MLC, discusses why self-published writers should become Members of The MLC, and why registering your songs with The MLC is critical to ensuring you receive ALL of the royalties you are entitled to when your songs are streamed in the U.S. Serona Elton serves as Head of Educational Partnerships at The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC). (read more)...
Publishing is often a largely misunderstood side of the music licensing industry. There is often confusion regarding what benefits a publishing contract can bring an artist, or whether or not an artist is ready for a publisher at any particular point in their career. We are thrilled for Noreen to join us for a workshop to debunk misconceptions and break down music publishing to the gritty details. (read more)...
How do we make space for pitching our music for sync placements? That's what agencies are here for! Founder of Sweet On Top agency, Kristina Benson is joining us for a workshop all about Sync Licensing (read more)...
It's that time again -- time to meet another music supe! We're getting up close and personal with founder of Groomsy Music, Crystal Grooms Mangano! ...
Back in the day, it would have been hard for us to believe that we'd get to the point where recording vocals and instruments at home would be as easy as a click of your mouse. With our technological advancements, and the progress that the developers have made with DAW (digital audio workspace) software, it's now possible for those of us on budgets who want to save money on recording to do it all at home...
There's a reason record labels, managers, agents, and PR & marketing reps all exist in the music industry -- releasing music takes a LOT of work and a LOT of preparation. It often takes a whole team of people to release just one song to ensure that the artist gains maximum press coverage to help bring as many eyes and ears to their release as possible. So, if you're an indie artist and are not signed to a label, how in the world do you do all of this yourself? ...
Wendy Parr (The Holistic Artist Coach) is one of those people who can motivate, inspire, and uplift all at once. As a multi-talented artist and songwriter herself, she is here to give us an inside look at her brain on songwriting!
We've made leaps and bounds when it comes to inclusion in the music industry over the decades, but some may be surprised by how far we still have to go. When you look at the stats, minority groups are still vastly underrepresented in almost every area of the field. Dr. Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative comments on the issue, "We know there are talented women from all backgrounds who are not getting access, opportunity, or credit for their work in this arena.” ...
Music mastering might seem like an illusive, alien species to many of us. What is this thing we call "mastering" in the music industry, anyway? We know that it's a […]
Let's BOOGIE! Tim Bern is here with us from DISCO.ac to explain, well, just what the heck DISCO.ac is all about!! If you've been in the sync licensing world for […]
We're coming at you with Clearly Music Services' music supervisor, Jonathan Lane, and music coordinator, Caleb McFadden, for a dual meet-and-greet opportunity that you won't want to miss! These music supervision pro's are here to give you all those golden nugget tips on how to navigate the sync world, hone the quality of your music, and how to have a better chance of getting your music into the hands of the big supes.
Let's go electronic! You know those cool cats behind the turntable at the club or those crazy cool synth sounds on the dance track you just can't get enough of? DJ-ing and electronic music have an important place in the music scene, and there are endless things to learn about this genre of music...
You know those super-human types that seem to be able to do it all? Well Wendy Parr is one of those people. Wendy is an artist of many talents, with one hand in the creative songwriting side and the other in artist career-building and empowerment. A mastermind of building a life around creativity and music, you might say. Best known as The Holistic Artist Coach, Wendy has 20+ years in the entertainment industry, her mission being to empower artists to define their artistic purpose and create a career they love.
This Aussie’s got the coolest stuff to share—from music supervision with The Elements Music, to…van life??! As Head of Music Supervision and Artist Partnerships for The Elements, Nick Maker curates and creates music for some of the world’s biggest brands through licensing, original compositions, artist partnerships, and everything in between.
Who better to get sync advice from than the ultimate sync expert, songwriter and lyricist, Amira Gadd! Amira is a mentor, consultant, panelist, moderator and speaker in the sync world, sharing what she knows about the music industry with others eager to learn. And we're here for it!
If you're a creator, you likely know how it feels to want to throw in the towel - your Grandma's voice echoing in your head, "so when are you going to get a 'real' job?" But we're here with Elaine Ryan to help you stand up to Grandma, and all the other external pressures that cause doubt and insecurity as an artist.
How do we present ourselves in ways that make us feel strong and empowered and true to ourselves while also standing out in a pond full of millions of others?
Kimera Morrell is on a mission to reshape our idea of a music career. With 20 revenue streams such as remote studio gigging, sync licensing, acapella licensing, sample packs, and plugins, Kimera is an authority in the space of music entrepreneurship and a coach to many prosperous creatives.
Sync up with our first music supervisor guest of the New Year!
An incredibly prolific music supervisor is here to give us an inside look at his work supervising alongside some of the biggest names in the industry.
Let your vocals do the work!
Being an indie musician can be a huge challenge, but sometimes there are more opportunity gems hidden in unexpected places.
Finding your community and your career cheerleaders - the indie way!
How do you fight for something you believe in, in yourself, in your future? How do we network as indie artists and build a community of people who believe in us?
Michèle Vice-Maslin is an Emmy Winning, #1 hit music producer/Music Arranger/ Songwriter, Music Publisher, and is here to give us the whole story, and share the importance of this thing we call "metadata."
The best kind of gift -- MUSIC!
Cheers to the end of 2022! The New Year is just a hop, skip and a jump away, and we want to give 2023 a warm welcome! Let’s reminisce with Mark Wilder about music wins from the past year and goals for the year ahead. Don’t forget to bring your drink of choice and a holiday sweater if you have one just for good measure 😉
Our octopus teacher!
Audio engineers and producers are like an octopus -- 8 legs all working independently for the benefit of the whole. But unlike octopi, all that coordination and choreography happens in their heads, making it so important to have a good teacher who can explain this magic.
Whipping up goals for the New Year!
BIG sync goals are IN for the New Year! Let's talk about how indie musicians can write more "syncable" tunes, retain their rights, be their own managers, and make real income from their music. Now THAT'S a hot take!
The music supervision behind some of our favorite TV series!
Join us with Tiffany Anders to hear what goes on behind the scenes, and maybe even gain some tips about how you could have a greater chance of getting your own music in a soundtrack!
The creative bug bit you, now what to do about it?If you’re here, chances are you’re a music creator like us, and you’ve got a whole sea of creative juices […]
But what does a hummingbird moth have to do with it?Dear Future Self, we call it a ‘music journey’ for a reason! It’s not meant to happen overnight—don’t forget that. […]
Quality over quantity, right? In some cases, it’s the opposite.Quantity over quality? It might sound contradictory to what you’ve heard all your life—but Steve Collom will explain why in music […]
What the heck is this DAW thing, anyway??Join us with Nick Phelps to discover tricks, tips, and secrets and wrapping your wits around these magical and mystical software's. Nick Phelps […]
Most creators have heard of sync licensing. It’s for the pop artists and the jingle-makers, right? WRONG!We’re here to tell you that times have changed, and sync licensing is here […]
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