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Make Music?: Make Money!

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Dec 11, 2016


"Make Music? - Make Money!" is a comprehensive guide to creating and selling production music. Production music is heard virtually everywhere, including TV shows, films, commercials, webcasts, YouTube videos, corporate videos, PowerPoint presentations, radio shows, etc., usually, under dialog.

Generally speaking, music libraries are the business entities that provide the music for these types of productions. There are literally hundreds of music libraries and they are constantly on the lookout for new music to meet an insatiable demand.

Whether you like making music at home alone, or with a band, there is a place for you in the world of production music. Our book will guide you through that world with real world tips and experiences from the authors, as well as the collective wisdom of hundreds of composers that have shared their experiences on our website

You should know that this book is not a "get rich quick scheme". It requires commitment, persistence, and patience as in anything worthwhile. Try the free sample of this e-book and see if this might be the right fit for your musical aspirations.

Dec 11, 2016

Informazioni sull'autore

Art and Robin Munson have been making music together for many years. Their music has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Today Show (NBC), The Voice (NBC), Raising Hope (FOX), Oprah (ABC), Let’s Make A Deal (CBS), ABC World News, Burn Notice (USA), Nate Berkus (NBC), Dance Wars (ABC), American Pickers (History Channel), Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!) as well as shows on MTV, VH1, TLC, BRAVO, NATGEO, TELEMUNDO, Fox, DIY, Style and more. For several decades, Art has been involved in many facets of the music business as a guitarist, recording engineer, songwriter and record producer. He has worked with artists as varied as John Lennon, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Billy Joel, Dick Dale & The Del Tones, The Righteous Brothers, Paul Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Vonda Shepard, Brenda Russell, David Sanborn, Bill Medley and many more. Robin Munson has an extensive background in dance and theater arts. She is a songwriter/singer/keyboard player who has performed in many venues in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Santa Fe, showcasing her songs. Robin’s songs have been performed by artists such as Lucie Arnaz, Amanda McBroom, Sharon McKnight, and Shelby Flint, and included on Nostalgia Television’s “Live at The Russian Tea Room” series. Robin is currently working on her third album.

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Make Music? - Munson LLC

Make Music? Make Money!

A comprehensive guide to creating production music.



Art Munson & Robin Munson

Published by Munson LLC at Smashwords

Copyright 2016 Munson LLC

License Notes

This e-book is licensed for your personal enjoyment only and may not be resold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient here, or at your favorite e-book retailer. If you're reading this book and did not purchase it then please purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of the authors.

(For the sake of clarity this book is written from my (Art’s) point of view but it is indeed co-authored with Robin Munson. In fact, it could not have been written without her insight, grammatical skills and all around smarts! Just sayin’...)

We would also like to give a special thank you to Michael Levanios, composer/lawyer extraordinaire, for his wise counsel and keeping us on the straight and narrow with our facts. You can find Michael on MLR as MichaelL where he has been a frequent contributor from almost day one.

Please note: We are not lawyers! The positions thoughts and ideas in this book are ours culled from our own experiences and not meant as legal advice. You should always consult an attorney about any legal questions you may have.


Chapter 1: Broad Overview

Chapter 2: What the Composer will need

Chapter 3: Artistic Considerations

Chapter 4: Getting into The Biz

Chapter 5: Nuts and Bolts: Preparing the cue

Chapter 6: Keeping Track

Chapter 7: Legal Considerations

Chapter 8: Re-titling

Chapter 9: Starting Your Own Music Library

Chapter 10: Putting It All Together

About The Authors

Connect With MLR

Chapter 1: Broad Overview

A. What is a music library?

For our purposes music libraries or production music libraries, are business entities that provide music for various productions. These may include TV shows, films, commercials, webcasts, YouTube videos, corporate videos, PowerPoint presentations, radio shows, etc., usually, under dialog.

The term production music is generally thought of as instrumental music referred to as either tracks, cues or songs.

B. A brief history of how they came to be

According to Wikipedia, the first production music library was set up by De Wolfe Music in 1927 with the advent of sound in film. The company originally scored music for use in silent film. But most film music, as well as music for television up until the 1980s or so, was music commissioned by the producer(s). Great composers of the 20th century such as John Williams, Alfred Newman, Franz Waxman, and Henry Mancini, to name but a few, created great scores and were hired again and again. They commanded princely sums for epic productions. Every era has its new crop of composers who will become household names. There will always be a place for the next superstars of production music.

In 1953 Robert Moog created a new company that made the first electronic music synthesizers. Sometime in the 1970s we began to see the proliferation of these instruments (the Moog and the Theremin) and you may remember the eerie sound of the Theremin on the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations or the Moog on Dream Weaver by Gary Wright. By the 1980s, much of pop music relied heavily on synths. So, you no longer had to hire an orchestra to create music for film, radio or TV. Meanwhile studio gear began to become more affordable and accessible to the average musician. As digital recording became prevalent and massive tape recorders gave way to the technology of microchips, the size requirement for a functional studio was dramatically reduced. You could now build a studio in a bedroom and even order

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