Sync Music for a Change:  
Activism + Music Licensing Listening Session
Write an email/make a donation, share a song

 
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June 20th, 2pm PDT Listening Session
with Lindsay Capacio

Submissions open:
May 30th to June 3rd, 2022

Lindsay Capacio (she/her) was voted Most Likely to Be a DJ by Spring Harbor Middle School class of 2000. She is a Los Angeles-based music supervisor at Condé Nast Entertainment, working across all of their brands’ (Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair Pitchfork, etc.) digital productions, including editorial, branded, white label, podcasts, live stream events, social media, marketing, and consulting on international videos. 

 

Her career began at Northeastern University in Boston, MA where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music industry. After graduating she moved to Los Angeles where she got her start in theatrical marketing. During her time at Seismic Productions she worked on such projects as Beauty and the Beast, Fences, The Shack, War Dogs, Nerve, and The Jungle Book. Her film and TV (Blood Brother, The Quad, In Contempt, Saints & Sinners, The Neighborhood) experience comes from her time at True Music, during which she also maintained independent theatrical marketing clients such as Create Advertising, The Refinery, Lost Films, Mentality Creative, and Soda Creative (Arizona, One Mississippi, Killing Gunther, A Wrinkle In Time). 

 

In her downtime Lindsay enjoys being visibly queer in public, binging TV shows, reading poetry, baking, and making wish lists of camping gear, kitchen tools, and motorcycle parts. She is taller than she looks over Zoom.

How it works

  1. Write a letter/email to your House Representative or Senator, or make a donation related to this month's issue (takes 5 minutes - details below).Take a screenshot/photo of your letter/email or donation.

  2. Upload the screenshot and the song you want to share here

  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 - 20 songs during the listening session, time dependant, but rather than songs being played in order of submission, Justina & Elaine will review all of the songs submitted before the deadline and the 15 - 20 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 taking action and sending your song is June 3rd, 2022 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
 
Pride Flag

Current Focus:
LGBTQ+ Rights

In honor of LGBTQ Pride month we're revisiting our focus on LGBTQ rights, which have recently been under fierce attack at the state level with the various 'Don't Say Gay' bills. 

 

"Nationwide, GOP lawmakers have filed nearly 200 state bills this year that seek to erode protections for transgender and gay youth or restrict discussion of LGBTQ topics in public schools.

The explosion of legislation is in part the culmination of efforts by a trio of conservative organizations, which are helping state legislators write and promote the bills. One of the most active — the Alliance Defending Freedom — has a decades-long history of fighting LGBTQ rights, including in battles to preserve state laws criminalizing consensual sex between gay adults, court records show.

Today, at least 166 measures to restrict LGBTQ rights are still pending in state legislatures across the nation — nearly quadruple the number of similar bills introduced just three years ago, according to data from Freedom for All Americans, an LGBTQ advocacy group.

Members of the LGBTQ community say the unprecedented legislative efforts are aimed at dismantling the hard-earned and tenuous civil rights of a vulnerable population and are causing psychological damage to children who are already struggling" - The Washington Post

ACTION:

 

Make a donation to the ACLU or the Trevor Project.

AND/OR

Write to your elected representatives. For this, you have two options:

1. If you live in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, South Carolina, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Ohio, please consider doing some research and writing to your state representatives asking them to halt anti-LGBTQ legislation. The real activism work on this issue is happening at the state level so if you live in one of these states please write to your state level rep. 

 

To read about what's going on in your state click here.

To find the contact info for your state representatives click here.

Here's an example of what you could write. Please edit the letter to include the specifics of the legislation being considered in your state:

Dear [Rep name]

I’m a constituent who lives in your district. I’m writing to ask you to support LGBTQ-affirming legislation, and to support the allocation of funding for the LGBTQ community. For example, trans and gender nonconforming people deserve safety and investment in their leadership, LGBTQ elders deserve protection from discrimination, and our students deserve sex education that is both medically accurate and inclusive.

I'm asking you to please stand against [harmful legislation] and to support equality for all.

Thank you for the work you do on behalf of our district.

Best regards,

[Your name, Your address]

 

2. If you don't live in one of the states listed above, you can write to your Senator to ask them to pass the Equality Act at the federal level. 

 

Here's where you can find your Senator's email address.

Here's a sample letter that you can personalize to make your own:

Dear Senator [name],

 

I’m a constituent from [zip]. Thank you for the work you do to represent our state.

 

Our country cannot continue to tolerate discrimination – in employment, housing, public places, education or anywhere – on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Now more than ever, we need to pass the Equality Act and its consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections. By explicitly including sexual orientation and gender identity in our nation’s civil rights laws, LGBTQ people will finally be afforded the exact same protections as other covered characteristics under federal law.

If you're not already a supporter of this important legislation please considering putting your name on it and voting to pass it.

 

Thank you for listening.

 

[your name]

 
 

FAQ

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!

“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. 

 

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. IMDB.com, Tunefind.com and ispot.tv 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!

 
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Who We Are

We're a couple of musician activists (Justina Shandler & Elaine Ryan) who met in a course on songwriting for music licensing and became close friends and co-writers. We started noticing that some of the most progressive people we saw on social media were music supervisors. Why not harness that for good? We decided to see if music supervisors would share their time and expertise around music licensing in exchange for us musicians helping moving progressive causes forward.

Special thanks to Jessica Craven for ideas on actions to take and wording for outreach to our elected representatives.

 

Contact Sync Music for a Change

We'd love to connect! You can reach us at unicornsync@gmail.com

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!

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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 unicornsync@gmail.com 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. You can also leave that field blank if you're open to a lot of different issues.