Music Rights and Season Edits

One of the biggest challenges faced when compiling a season edit is finding music that both sounds great, and fits the story line. Sure, this would be easy if we could just throw our favorite artists’ latest hit single over any edit. Just like you wouldn’t want someone using your creative content without permission, neither do musicians.

I have put plenty of popular songs over quick edits of memorable trips, but I can never use those edits to enter Film Festivals, sell to potential advertisers, or monetize online.

Example: I can’t exactly expect to monetize this video of playing with Lions in Mexico when I am using The Beach Boys “In the Jungle” as my back track. It does make it fun to watch because it is a popular song and is relevant to a part of the video, but any monetization of this video would be going to the Beach Boys for their awesome song, not me for my mediocre video edit, though it was a fun trip and I am glad to have this memory.

What I have found is that there are a-lot of really, really good musicians playing small venues, making a name for themselves, all over the country. I have also found that those musicians are usually willing to provide original music for credits in short films to help boost their reach.

I saw this awesome band Smokey the Groove, at the 2018 Feather Fest Kayaking festival in Tobin, California. I hit them up about using their music in the edit. They were stoked and now they are playing at the 2019 Village Summer Jam. Can’t wait to see them live again!

This short documentary of a Tenaya Canyon trip features another musician and good friend of mine Tony Glaser. As well as the up and coming artist Michelle Lambert. Both of these songs were picked for the relevance of their lyrics.

I would love to see some collaboration between musicians and filmmakers in the comments below. If there are any film makers out their looking for some quality audio, or any musicians out their trying to reach more people, feel free to reach out!