top of page

Sync Music for a Change:  
Activism + Music Licensing Listening Session
Make a donation, share a song

Home: Welcome

September 25th, 5pm PDT
Listening Session
with Olivia Schlichting

Submissions open:
September 8th - 15th*, 2023
*See special instructions on brief below. 

Olivia Schlichting is a music supervisor and coordinator for SuperMusicVision. Passionate about storytelling, she has a BA degree in Narrative Media and Culture from Antioch University and an AS degree in Screenwriting from MCTC in Minneapolis. She won first place for “Women in Cities & The Art of the Flâneuse” in Antioch’s 2019 Research Paper Award, stemming from her interests in travel and women artists and filmmakers, arguing for the importance of access to public space for the creative brain. She got her start in the film industry as a script reader, later becoming a talent agency coordinator. This administrative experience bolstered her with the skills to design and develop a fully functioning music supervision database for SuperMusicVision. Inspired by her musical upbringing, she was often promoting bands, working in venues, and DJing for events and radio. This dual life of one foot in cinema and the other in music led her down the path of music supervision. Her credits include series Better Call Saul, Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches, Poker Face, Your Honor, Space Force, Netflix's Cowboy Bebop, feature film Glorious, among others. As an active member in the sync community, Olivia also serves as the Organizing Committee Liaison for the Guild of Music Supervisors. She can often be found biking or dancing around LA, plus advocating for the unionization of music supervisors.


Olivia has been so kind as to provide detailed briefs for two shows she's working on but has requested that I keep them private. So, for this month only, if you are planning to submit a song please email me at BY SEPTEMBER 15TH with the subject line 'SM4C BRIEF' and I will send you the brief. I will respond to your email within 24 hours. Please DO NOT share the brief with anyone. You have until the 17th to send in a song. Yes, you read that right, you have until the 17th to submit the song (the 15th is the deadline to email me. If you need time to get your song together, email earlier in the week). I try to avoid work emails on the weekend so please don't email asking for the brief after the 15th. Also, a lot of people will be emailing me, so it would be a kindness to me if you'd hold back from asking other questions in your email (about the session, about songs that I rep of yours, about other songs you want to submit etc). I won't have time to reply and I don't wish to be rude and ignore you. I realize there are multiple briefs but please only submit ONE SONG - choose the song that you think is strongest. If you submit multiple songs I will only listen to the first one. Thanks for understanding!!

Note from Elaine: All songs submitted will be considered for signing by Unicorn Sync. If your song is represented exclusively elsewhere, please consider sending a different song. I'll be happy to pass along any song that is submitted in the playlist I send to the music supervisor, but during the listening sessions, I'll only be playing songs that Unicorn Sync can clear. Thanks!

How it works

  1. Write a letter/email to your House Representative or Senator, or make a donation related to this month's issue Take a screenshot/photo of your letter/email or donation (DONATIONS ONLY for September)

  2. Upload the screenshot and the song (ONE SONG ONLY) you want to share here. Please label it 'September SM4C [your name]' or something similar and be sure to include your name and email address!  Feel free to comment on the FB announcement post to let me know you've submitted, and I'll like your comment within a couple of days to let you know I've received it!

  3. Join our FB group for the zoom link (posted the day of the session) and to keep up-to-date on upcoming listening sessions & announcements. 



By submitting your song and/or joining the zoom call, you consent to allowing us to play your song during the listening session, and to have it included in the replay (and show whatever is on your video on zoom during the replay) which will be posted in the FB group.


In the past we did first come first heard but we're getting lots of great submissions and we want to encourage more people to write to their elected representatives and submit their songs so we are changing things up. We will play 15 or so songs during the listening session, time dependant, but rather than songs being played in order of submission, Elaine will review all of the songs submitted before the deadline and the 15 songs that are of the highest quality and/or the best fit for the supervisor's needs will be played. ALL of the songs will be forwarded to the supervisor in a playlist, regardless of whether or not they get played in the listening session.


DEADLINE for emailing me is SEPT 15TH and for sending your song is SEPT 17TH, 2023 AT 5PM PDT.

* for more info on knowing about who owns the rights to your song and to learn about the terms 'one-stop' and 'easy-clear', click here.

** to know if your song quality is good enough go to Spotify and look up the soundtrack to a show you like. Ask yourself if your song's sound quality is at the same level as the rest of the songs. 

Protesting With Sign
Home: Who We Are

Current Focus:
Entertainment Community Fund


There are two strikes happening in the entertainment industry and the Entertainment Community Fund is set up to help those who are struggling financially because of the work stoppage. Olivia has requested that we raise money for them!

I'll let Annette Bening explain more:




1. Make a (minimum $10) donation to the Entertainment Community Fund .

REMEMBER that you need to take a screenshot of your donation receipt and upload that with your song. If you have a DISCO account you can upload the receipt to your playlist on DISCO (please read that last sentence again! DISCO accepts ALL file types).

If you don’t live in the United States, you can still make a donation to Entertainment Community Fund. 

Submission Notes:

1. We are not looking for songs about the issue we're raising money for/supporting. This is an opportunity to share your music while supporting a good cause but the two are not otherwise connected. You may only submit ONE SONG. If you submit multiple songs I'll listen to the first and ignore/delete the rest.

2. Please include your name and email in your metadata. Look up how to add metadata to a song (more info here: if you don't know how to do this. Wav files do not store metadata. AIF files do. AIFs are the preferred option if you don't have DISCO (DISCO will hold metadata even if you uploaded wav files as they generate an mp3 for each track), otherwise mp3s are fine.

3. Please share how much you donated (please donate a minimum of $10), either in the screenshot or in the submission message box when you upload. How much you donate has nothing to do with whether or not your song will be played in the listening session and while of course generosity is encouraged, I understand that as a musician/human in this economy, you may be tight on cash. You will not be penalized for donating a smaller amount. It's just nice to be able to tell the music supervisor how much we all raised.

4. If you have a DISCO account, you can upload your screenshot into the playlist you make on DISCO (DISCO accepts all file types, not just music files). Otherwise just upload your song and screenshot to the upload box. 

5. I won't be responding to emailed questions, FB messages or comments if the answer to the question is already available on this webpage or on the FB page. Other members of the FB group are a good resource if you have questions. This is a volunteer initiative; thanks for being considerate!

Home: About Us
Home: Text


1. Can I write and mail a letter instead of sending an email?
- Absolutely. Just take a photo of the letter and upload it to the Disco link with your song
2. Can I make a donation instead of writing to someone?
- Yes. If you want to donate to any other organization that supports this issue you may do so and upload a confirmation of your donation
3. Can I phone my representative instead? 
- Yes. In this case you'll want to record a video from your computer/iPad etc. while you make the call. You will likely end up leaving them a voice message if they don't pick up, which is just as good.
4. Will my song get played in the session for sure?
- We will have the music supervisor listen to as many songs as possible but not every song will get played. However the music supervisor will be sent a playlist of all the submissions.
5. Can I send a demo or worktape?
- No. Please only send songs that a music supervisor would be able to use immediately. Songs should be mastered and radio-ready. Send your best song!

6. Can I submit multiple songs?

- No. ONLY ONE SONG per submission, meaning only one song per listening session. Multiple submissions not allowed. 

“Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency. Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth's treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal... To hope is to give yourself to the future - and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable.”

Rebecca Solnit

Image by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona

Why Write Emails & Letters?

Do they even work?

Yes. From the ACLU website: 

"Letters and faxes are an extremely effective way of communicating with your elected officials. Many legislators believe that a letter represents not only the position of the writer but also many other constituents who did not take the time to write."

We chose writing emails because they are a straightforward and easy. You can also choose to do a hand-written letter for even greater impact. If you want an activism nudge that could also further your music career, this is a way to start.

You are totally welcome to call your elected official, or donate money to a cause or campaign you believe in. The important thing is to try to get involved in democracy and social justice in some form on a regular basis. 

Home: Text

Respecting the Music Supervisors

We're not cool, but we try to be

Music supervisors are regular people with jobs to do who get flooded with email submissions on a regular basis. Of course it's cool to follow them on social media but please be discerning about reaching out directly. It's a great idea to research the projects they work on before contacting them., and are great resources. They may not respond to messages or emails and that's nothing personal. Consider looking into getting a sync agent to represent your music. If you're looking for more information on sync licensing, sync agents etc. we highly recommend checking out our friends' club Ctrl Camp and their bi-weekly meetings on Clubhouse!

Home: Text
Red shoes 2 - Elaine_edited.jpg

Who runs this thing?

I'm Elaine Ryan, an activist, musician, sync agent with Unicorn Sync. During the pandemic I noticed that some of the most progressive people I saw on social media were music supervisors and figured why not harness that for good? I decided to see if music supervisors would share their time and expertise around music licensing in exchange for musicians helping moving progressive causes forward. It's been an incredible couple of years of activism, fundraising and connecting!

Home: Who We Are

Contact Sync Music for a Change

You can reach us at

We don't accept submissions of any kind outside of the listening sessions or unless specifically solicited. There's always another listening session in the works so the best way to share your music is to join the FB group (details above) and submit to a free listening session!

Home: Contact

Sign up as a Music Supervisor

If you're a music supervisor, music coordinator or sync agent who'd like to support this initiative, let's connect!  Send up an email at if you're interested in being the featured guest on a future listening session. Feel free to let us know about any issues that are of particular interest to you and we can try to match that with upcoming legislation. 

bottom of page