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  1. questionWhat is a Synth Programmer?
    A synth programmer works with compsoers and songwriters to help program musical sound modules (including synthesizers, samplers, and other sound generating modules) to create unique, high-quality ...

  2. questionWhat is a Sound Designer?
    A sound designer is a person who designs, or creates sounds (usually non-musical) for film and television work.Examples of sounds that are created by sound designers include explosions, ambiences, ...

  3. questionWhat is a Contractor?
    A contractor is in charge of hiring musicians for a recording session for film and television. In England and other parts of the world, contractors are known as "fixers." Contractors, with the ass ...

  4. questionWhat is an engineer (aka "scoring mixer")
    A scoring mixer, also known as an engineer, works during the recording sessions to record and mix the music. The engineer is the primary technical resource at recording sessions, and oversees all ...

  5. questionWha is a Score Supervisor?
    A score supervisor works in the control room during a film and television music recording session, listening to the music as it's being recorded and making suggestions and comments to the conducto ...

  6. questionWhat is a Music Coordinator?
    A music coordinator works with the composer or songwriter to establish an accurate and realistic budget, and manage the music creation and recording processes to make sure the budget is maintained ...

  7. questionWhere can I find skilled composers, songwriters, music editors, music supervisors, and other experienced industry pros for film and television projects?
    There are two ways we suggest:Word of mouth is perhaps the most common way that filmmakers and television producers find composers and songwriters - after all, a good reputation based on a job wel ...

  8. questionWhat are Music Libraries and how can I get music from them?
    Music libraries are in the business of owning large amounts of music and "renting" (aka "licensing") the use of that music in projects. Most music libraries have vast catalogs of music in about ev ...

  9. questionDo I need a marketing plan?
    If you want to work as an employee in a music company such as a music publisher or record company, you may not - working in the corporate world is more of a "team sport" and may involve different ...

  10. questionWhat are some of the forms of marketing materials commonly used?
    There are many different forms of marketing materials - you should choose the forms and specific marketing tools that work the best for you. Some of them are:* Intro Letters - a great way to brief ...

  11. questionHow do I put my marketing plan into action?
    To make your marketing plan most effective, you should create a schedule for implementing it. Marketing done on a regular basis (even when you're working!) is a great way to ensure that jobs are " ...

  12. questionWhat are some first steps towards finding work in the business?
    1. Make a list of who you know in the film and television business,and who they know - this is your "network tree" of people who are potential sources of information and contact in the industry.2. ...

  13. questionHow do I find available film and television projects to approach?
    If you're a beginning songwriter or composer, graduate student films and low budget indie films may be the best opportunities for entry into the business. Check out local entertainment newspapers ...

  14. questionHow do I implement my marketing plan and find work from it?
    A marketing plan (see "Marketing Plan" section of this knowledgebase) correctly implemented can be the key to a successful career in the industry. Professionals at all levels of the industry, in a ...

  15. questionWhat are performing rights royalties?
    Here's a quick introduction to the subject:ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC are performing rights organizations in the United States. Their main function is to collect performing rights royalties from those ...

  16. questionWhat is a cue sheet?
    A cue sheet is a document which is filed with the performing rights societies and contains a detailed listing of each piece of music used in a film or television production. The cue sheet is usual ...

  17. questionWhat are some of the types of "back-end" royalties?
    Back-end royalties refer to royalties or payments that are made after a film is released. In the area of film and television music, these royalties generally fall into 2 categories:Performance Roy ...

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