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

 
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October 24th, 5pm PDT Listening Session
with Anna Romanoff

Submissions open:
Oct 3rd - 10th, 2022

Anna Romanoff is currently Music Supervising High School Musical: The Musical The Series (Disney+), 9-1-1 & 9-1-1 Lone Star (FOX), American Horror Stories S2 (FX) and Human Resources S2 (Netflix). She recently supervised the feature films Plan B (Hulu) and The Country Club. With Yay Team, she has coordinated on a variety of projects including the limited series Halston (Netflix), Boys in the Band (Netflix), American Crime Story: Impeachment (FX), Dopesick (FX for Hulu), Pam & Tommy (Hulu), American Horror Story: Double Feature (FX), Pose (FX) and Panic (Amazon).

Anna had previously worked at Neophonic Music from 2017 to 2020 where in addition to contributing to the music team for a variety of HBO projects, she worked as a Music Coordinator on The Politician (Netflix), Warrior (HBO/Cinemax), Party of Five (Freeform), Diary of a Future President (Disney+), Utopia (Amazon), Proven Innocent (Fox), Life In Pieces (CBS), Claws (TNT) and the feature film Bombshell (Lionsgate) among others.  

CURRENT MUSIC NEEDS

1. Looking for songs for a coming-of-age comedy based on a Chicago teen who spends her days at the roller-rink with her best friends and skate crew. Specifically seeking affordable pop/hip-hop songs that are contemporary and fresh to play at the roller-rink. Ideal songs have distinctive  instrumentation/dynamics to choreograph to, variety within the song is key here to compliment a range of choreo styles. Artist references would be Dua Lipa, BIg Freedia, Silk Sonic. This is a Disney series, so please send only clean songs with PG subject matter (i.e. no sexual/drug references). 

 

2. Seeking contemporary music by buzzing or popular artists. Either the artist or song should be recognizable or have some kind of following (e.g. The Welshly Arms, The National, MISSIO, Of Monsters and Men, Bishop Briggs). Preferred genres are rock, pop rock, blues rock, indie rock/pop and sophisticated pop. Episode themes tend to be very specific, but broad themes we like to keep in the back pocket include searching, longing, saving yourself, needing help, saving lives, family, where I’m supposed to be, what do I do now? 

How it works

  1. Write a letter/email to your House Representative or Senator, or make a donation related to this month's issue (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 or so 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 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 October 10th, 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. 

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Current Focus:
Get Out the Vote for the Midterms!

For September and October Sync Music for a Change continues to be focussed on getting out the vote!

 

The US midterm elections are coming up in November and it's (again) one of the most important elections of our lifetime!

Given the recent supreme court decision overturning Roe vs Wade, climate change, poverty, racism, and the wealth gap to name just a handful of issues, we think it's pretty important to make sure that there are people in office who are willing to fight injustice and are committed to changing people's lives for the better. 

 

So, for the next couple of months, we'll be focussing on voter registration and getting out the vote.

The election is on Tuesday November 8th, 2022.

* If you are a US citizen, please register to vote and make a note of your polling place!! * Note - this is a bonus action (though very important)! To submit a song please also do one of the following below. If you donated to Rock the Vote last month, you have another opportunity to donate this month with your song submission!

ACTION:

Once you know you're registered to vote, to submit a song:

Donate to Rock the Vote, an organization that helps get out the vote, and send a screenshot of your donation...

AND/OR

Sign up to write letters with Vote Forward. These are letters that get sent to people in swing districts reminding them to register to vote and/or vote in the upcoming election. It's easy, fun and non-confrontational. 

If you choose this option, please take a photo of the 5 letters you've written in their stamped envelopes and upload that. We realize that this is a bigger ask than writing an email to your Rep/Senator but it's always pretty rewarding to participate in. You could get your family involved or invite some friends over to write letters with you!

If you're not in the United States, please make a donation to a non-profit organization of your choice. We've covered a lot of issues over the past year or so - take your pick!

 
 

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

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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.