Pitching Music for Film & TV: Tips from a Gatekeeper (Second Edition)

By Amanda DK

Recently a handful of independent managers, artists, songwriters (and friends) have reached out to me asking the same question in slightly different ways:

How do I get my music into television and films?

I hope those people don’t find it impersonal or rude that I’m answering them with a public article.  I’m writing this because I want to help…honestly, helping them is helping me.  It’s just that these sort of questions come up multiple times a week and I am always giving the same answer.
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Neat Tracks / Matt FX “Breezy (feat. Zoe Penina)”

By Amanda DK

Artist: Matt FX
Origin: New York, NY
Label: None
Latest Release: None

It was only last Friday that I made this announcement via Twitter:

Well, it’s appears that summer came early this year (or is generally always hanging around, if you live in Los Angeles like I do). Moments later I found out that I could, in fact, share this infectious tune with all of you. And the same statement I made then still holds true today.
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Neat Tracks / Rostam “Don’t Let It Get To You”

By Amanda DK

Artist: ROSTAM
Origin: New York, NY
Label: None
Latest Release: None

Rostam Batmanglij became known to most people via one of the biggest breakout indie pop bands of the past decade. He then stirred up some buzz again a few years ago as one-half of Discovery, his collaboration with Wes Miles, lead singer of another popular band (in hipster circles at least) Ra Ra Riot.

That said, it seems a bit ridiculous that it took the release of his solo work to finally get my attention.
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Four Reasons Why Twitter Is Essential for Music Professionals (Yes, Even Music Supervisors!)

By Amanda DK

At this point it’s a given that Twitter and the music industry are inextricably linked.  The site has changed the way artists can interact with fans, how marketing strategies are devised and executed, and set a new, even faster pace for the spread of news and buzz.  It’s been invaluable tool in growing this blog; I’ve built countless relationships with social media experts, fellow bloggers, and publicists through Twitter alone.  But what about for music supervisors?
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SXSW 2012 Recap / Day 4 / Imagine Dragons, J. Irvin Dally and Meeting Taylor

By Amanda DK

PUJOL

As was the case last year, with limited time before my flight, I spent Saturday frantically trying to see as much music as I could as fast as I could.  I managed to get into Rachael Ray’s Feedback (with a bunch of moms and locals) early on for some brisket and biscuits, but when trying to return for LP a couple hours later was given the run around and then turned away (lesson learned, RSVP confirmation emails mean nothing – always pick up that extra badge).

Good thing there were only five or ten other excellent showcases on the same block.
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