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Click (or Click Track) Click is an audible metronome signal that the conductor and musicians hear through their headphones during recording. Click helps the conductor and musicians perform music at exactly the right tempo so that it will synchronize with the picture as the composer intended. Composers will either indicate a constant or varying click speed for each piece of music that is written. If the microphones inadvertently pick up this sound coming from the headphones during recording, the problem is called click bleed. Clicks that are played for musicians before the cue starts in order to establish the tempo of the cue are called free clicks.
Contractor A contractor works with the composer for a film or television project to hire the musicians who will play on the recording sessions. The contractor also interfaces with the A F of M (Musicians Union) when appropriate to ensure that the proper paperwork and forms are completed and filed for union recording sessions. A good contractor also knows how to hire skilled, professional musicians, how to work with the musicians to ensure that the compose's needs are met, and knows how to hire musicians who work well together. The contractor is usually hired or designated by the composer. In England, a contractor is known as a "fixer."
Cue Sheet The document prepared after a film or television project is completed that specifies information about each cue and how it was used. The cue sheet indicates the composer, publishing company, performing rights affiliations of composer(s) and publisher(s), title, length as actually used, and usage (background instrumental, visual vocal, etc.) for each cue. This document is filed with the performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) that the composer(s) and publisher(s) are affiliated with, and is the basis for payment of performing rights royalties. The Cue Sheet is usually prepared by the Music Editor. Payment of performing rights royalties is only possible if a cue sheet is filed for a production.

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