Music Licensing and Sync

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING BEFORE SENDING MUSIC

  • First thing, the music HAS to be good, as does the engineering of the song.
  • The splits and metadata on your songs have to be correct. Do you have a split sheet, producer agreement, or work for
    hire agreement? Has your song been registered with the copyright office or any publishing rights organizations? Do you
    record the master recording and composition (publishing) for that music?
  • Do your research. What type of music do you make? Which shows, films or advertising campaigns fit your style? Which
    music supervisors do you want us to reach out to?
  • Are you familiar with our music library/database the “World Song Network”, the language we use to describe and
    program artist’s music into our song casting system is a useful and necessary tool to have for metadata.
  • How are your emails? Were you personable, did you show an active interest in that supervisor’s world? Do you use mature diction and correct grammar (We use Grammarly for every email.)

SUBMISSION CONSIDERATION AND COLLABORATING WITH FORD MUSIC SERVICES

  • Artist send us their original productions they control 100% of the master and composition on.
  • We upload the music to our business-to-business “song casting” system. “The World Song Network” and program each song for
    search criteria, including keywords, genre, lyrics, and similar artists.
  • We pitch your songs on forthcoming film, television shows, ad-campaigns we think are a good fit.
  • No upfront retainers or costs to the artist. We take care of the bandwidth required to program and host the songs.
  • Should we secure a placement, we would receive a predetermined percentage of all revenues generated for that song, typically a
    50/50 split. We do not ask for any ownership of the songs we place.

We administer artist’s and catalog owner’s music exclusively by request only, and only if we clear a predetermined amount set by the artist/catalog owner; this is at the artist’s discretion. Our default is non-exclusive.

Based on the emerging/unsigned artist deal point structure outlined above, once we receive interest in one of the artist’s songs for film, television, or advertising campaign use we would enter into formal agreements at the above terms and conditions at fees acceptable to the artists/songwriters.

SUBMIT MUSIC

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ABOUT SYNC CONNECTION

Learn the ways of the force, and how to get your music into films, television shows, and advertising campaigns. Sync Connection is a music licensing and sync consultancy founded by music collective and brand management group, Mirror House Music, and Jesse James Felice of Art Ford Music Licensing. We built the consultancy to serve artists and musicians interested in placing their music in media. Our mission is to offer a personalized approach to music licensing and education, collaboration, brand development, and leading a meaningful sync-minded life. Our sync agents are standing by to take your call. This is the way.

BENEFITS

  • Representation deals for artists through Art Ford’s sync agency. Your songs will be featured in our music database, The World Song Network, which music supervisors, coordinators, and sync agents perform searches with.
  • Priority music submissions, active, cold, and confidential searches.
  • Building the brief: split sheets, performing rights organizations, metadata, research, and outreach using industry standards.
  • Direct access, one-on-one consultations, group sessions, and private Facebook community
  • Enhance your brand with Mirror House’s tailored approach to crafting your vision.
  • Cover challenge: Art Ford music represents many iconic songs available for your re-imagination.
  • In addition to potentially licensing their music, select artists will have access to thousands of songs we represent with the ability to license those songs and receive a finder’s fee.
SYNC CONNECTION INTEREST

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO:

Art Ford Music Services is an independent music licensing, synchronization, and procurement agency that brings artists and musicians film, television show, and ad-campaign song placement opportunities.

We represent thousands of songs by artists including Christina Aguilera, Frank, and Nancy Sinatra, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, The Sonics, LiGle Richard, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Jimi Hendrix, Sarah Vaughan, Bing Crosby, T.I., Busta Rhymes, Cher, Snoop Dogg, Ella Fitzgerald, Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Bessie Smith, Elton John, Coolio, Salt N Pepa, Heart, The Fixx, LL Cool J, Ace of Base, as well as independent, emerging, and unsigned artists, including Andy Vargas of Santana, who write and record on demand.

Our placements include Marvel, John Wick 2, Oprah Winfrey’s David Makes Man, The Equalizer 2, Hulu’s Boss Level, Christopher Robin, Cars 3, Power Rangers, Welcome to Marwen, The Dirt, The Power, Girls Trip, Training Day, The Matrix, The Crow, The Bourne Identity, Hannah Montana, The Bodyguard, Men In Black, Aus:n Powers, Desperate Housewives, CSI Miami & Las Vegas, Coke, Toyota, Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, Citibank, and Western Union.

WHAT IS THE “WORLD SONG NETWORK?”

Art Ford Music Services is the company we license music through. The “World Song Network” is our song-casting system/ music database we use to upload artist’s music, program metadata, and perform searches, including chart position, year, artist, keyword, tempo, genre, mood, instrumentation, and gender.

We administer artist’s and catalog owner’s music exclusively by request only, and only if we clear a predetermined amount set by the artist/catalog owner; this is at the artist’s discretion. Our default is non-exclusive.

Based on the emerging/unsigned artist deal point structure outlined above, once we receive interest in one of the artist’s songs for film, television, or advertising campaign use we would enter into formal agreements at the above terms and conditions at fees acceptable to the artists/songwriters.

WHO USES THE WORLD SONG NETWORK? (THE “WSN”)

MUSIC SUPERVISORS: Find thousands of handpicked classic and contemporary songs in all styles, years, and moods available for easy preview, download, and licensing utilizing a state-of-the-art online song repository.

ARTISTS AND SONGWRITERS: Securely upload, self-manage, and give permissions to whomever you want to preview, download, and license your music. Your songs will gain exposure to many of the leading executives responsible for placing songs in film, television, and ads. Ford Music will not ask for or retain any of your rights.

RECORD LABELS AND PUBLISHERS: Create an instant web presence with an affordable, self-branded solution. Upload, self-manage, and give permissions to clients with this intuitive, secure, and completely scalable system.

ABOUT US:

ART FORD: Art Ford has been a leader in the music industry for more than thirty years. Before founding Ford Music Services and The World Song Network over 15 years ago, he worked as vice president and head of development for BMG Music for 15 years. There, he developed the first online search engine for music. He road managed the bands RaG and L.A. Guns, and in addition to current projects, he served as music supervisor for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

JESSE JAMES FELICE: Before music licensing, Jesse worked as music manager and tour assistant with Guinness Records’ “world’s most successful DJ,” and Perfecto Records label owner, Paul Oakenfold. Jesse coordinated events for Mt. Everest, Las Vegas, and Singapore, negotiated business deals, managed Oakenfold’s music library, did set prep, remixed, and served as brand ambassador and graphic designer for Oakenfold’s Electronic Music Academy. Jesse has also been DJing for 13 years. Shows include closing for mul:-Grammy winner Dave Aude at The House of Blues, The historic IVAR theater, Heat Ultra Lounge, Amoeba Records, The Skylark NYC, The Gaylord National Resort, The American Cancer Society, Race For The Cure, and The Make a Wish Foundation. He also produced and performed concerts, including Tron Live, with Disney Directors and Batman actors. Jesse also created and hosted The Essen(al Mix radio show on WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAN MY WORK BE FEATURED WITH OTHER PLACEMENT AGENCIES?

Absolutely! We encourage all artists to work (non-exclusively) with as many agencies as they can.

WHAT ABOUT LAWYERS AND CONTRACTS?

With hundreds of boilerplate contracts to Ford Music Service’s name, we believe in minimizing overhead to increase profits for everyone. We’re happy to continue providing contract templates for artists, and we’re always available to answer any questions to ensure all parties have a solid understanding

HOW DO ROYALTIES WORK?

Artist(s) and songwriters are paid a predetermined percentage amount of all the licensing and royalty revenues for that song on a
semi-annual basis. Artists and songwriters have approval and standard auditing rights. Royalty information is submitted in one of
two ways, a letter of direction to the director of the project, or by a song retitle agreement to the publishing rights organization (PRO)such as BMI, ASCAP, or SESAC.

CAN I SIGN TO A LABEL IF MY WORK IS NON-EXCLUSIVELY REPRESENTED BY FORD MUSIC SERVICES?

Yes, however, once a body of work is signed to a label the license fee for that work increases dramatically and becomes out of reach for most budgets. The artist MUST contact us immediately to inform us of this change. If for ANY reason the artist fails to do so, this will result in immediate termination of our collaboration with the artist. Music Supervisors depend on accuracy! Bad information leads to expensive delays and endangers business relationships. WE CAN’T OVEREMPHASIZE THIS IRON-CLAD MODUS OPERANDI.