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MARCH 2017
Part Three, TAXI Road Rally 2016

Music Licensing Basics With Frank Palazzolo and Bob Mair
Michael Laskow, Moderator
Bob, how important is it for the songwriters and
composers to understand the terms of the deals
that happen between them and the publishers
or music libraries?
Bob: One thing I would say on this stage in
front of everybody is that people should carefully read TAXI's industry listings, because
Michael [and TAXI] is very good about being
very succinct about, "This company is looking for this." And I don't just mean
stylistically; I mean the business stuff is
spelled out-"This company does this kind of
deal or that kind of deal."

Frank: Well, from my
side of the business in
film and TV, but TV for
the most part, we are a
very, very fast-paced
side of the business. So
if you don't have all
your ducks in a row by
the time it gets to me,
you're lost and could be
lost forever. It's just
kind of one of those
things you need to take
care of. Your metadata
Like exclusive or non-exclusive, or in
goes a long way as well. Music Supervisor Frank Palazzolo was clearly enjoying his time on stage at the 20th TAXI
perpetuity...?
And if you don't know Road Rally.
Bob: Whatever the heck it is, read those list- what a metadata is, I'm
ings before you send stuff. I can tell you, I get gonna go through and show everybody how
You guys laugh, but sadly, in our world we see
the phone calls, "Oh, really, it's an exclusive
to do it in our session
this stuff on an hourly basis. First of all, just so
deal," or "I need to control the master and
tomorrow.
you know, metadata is simply embedded inforthe publishing?" I get copies of TAXI's listmation like who the writers are, who to contact,
ings; I read them; they are very clear; the
Let's see a show of hands, how many people
who the publisher is, which PRO, and the splits.
deals are spelled out. But if you don't take a
really truly know what metadata is as it relates
Those are the basics of metadata. Frank will
minute to see what kind of deal you're subto music licensing?
explain it in detail tomorrow.
mitting for, it wastes your time, and it wastes
Frank: OK, now my questions. Raise your
my time. So, after listening to a ton of music
hand if every music supervisor you ever see
I also think titles matter for a couple of reasons.
and deciding, "Oh, we love this, we want to
on a panel says "metadata." [laughter] And
First of all, probably 15% of all the music that
put it in our catalog," and then finding out
the funny thing is they never show you, really. comes into TAXI is poorly titled. If we run a listthat we can't, is a waste of time caused by
Tomorrow, I'm gonna break out the computer ing where somebody is looking for a public
somebody not paying attention to a simple
and I'm gonna show you how I put metadata
domain Christmas instrumental cover, we will
business thing.
into the tracks, how they need to go out -
actually get submissions that say "Public
step-by-step! It needs to Domain Christmas Instrumental Cover" as the
be so easy for me to
title. I'm not kidding! And we sit there scratchfind all that informaing our collective heads, going, "This is actually
tion that when I open it a really good piece of music, but why would
up and look at it I go,
somebody title it like that?" So now it becomes
"They got it. They know sort of our responsibility; we want this
what they're doing."
member's music to be heard for that show that
And if I'm afraid that
Frank needs music for. We want to send it to
you don't know, I'm just him, but I'll be damned if I'm gonna send a
deleting it. If I get a
piece of music with that title on it.
track that says "Track
Frank: And I'll be damned if I'm gonna
One" on it for your first keep it.
song-unless it's really
called "Track One," I'll
Continued on page 58
Music Library owner Bob Mair (right) chats with a TAXI member right after finishing his panel. delete it. [laughter]
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