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Join us for this month's exclusive content featuring tips from Pro Writers, exercises you can do at home, and more!  This month we navigate the world of SYNC.  Check back weekly for brand new videos, blogs, exercises, and the Nashville Workshop livestreams! 


Week 1

Blog: 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Pitch Sync

VIDEO: Jeff Cohen shares his experiences from writing for TV

So, you want your music to be in a TV show, commercial, or movie. Great! Before you send a cold email, or pitch your music to a Music Supervisor (defined as “a qualified professional who oversees all music-related aspects of film, television, advertising, video games and other existing or emerging visual media platforms as required”), keep these five important sync facts in mind.

Jeff Cohen's sync credits include RoswellArmy WivesRebaSmallvilleThe SimpsonsSaturday Night LiveMy Super Ex-Girlfriend, and more. In this video, Jeff discusses his best memories of working on tv/film projects.

 

Week 2

VIDEO: Michael McGregor shares his experience with producing and Writing for TV and Film

Michael McGregor is a general NSAI member with over 4,000 placements in television shows, movies, advertisements, and movie trailers. Michael just recently moved to Nashville, where he continues to create production library music. Michael also makes time to write for artist projects.

SONGWRITING EXERCISE #1

Take the following synopsis and create the song you think would premiere in the trailer:
An Irish businesswoman is sent on a work assignment to the hills of Tuscany where life is all about wholesome people. Anxious to fit in, she lies about herself to a quick-witted street performer and their attraction is palpable. But one thing stands in the way – she can't figure out what she wants.
In our forums, explain why you made the musical choices you did. Would you have an easier time crafting music from a verbal prompt like this, or an already-filmed scene?

Bonus Video:

 

Jeff Cohen talks about increasing your odds.  “It’s more than just showing up!”


 

 

 


Week 3

VIDEOS: Jeff Cohen discusses how to get plugged into more opportunities for SYNC and the importance of establishing relationships.

Pro writer Jeff Cohen, who boasts credits on shows like Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, Desperate Houswives, and movies like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Stuart Little 2, shares his best insights on getting plugged into the world of sync placements.

Pro writer Jeff Cohen discusses how vital it is to form relationships when you're trying to "make it" in tv/film sync.

Week 4

 VIDEOS: Jeff Cohen discusses holds & tip sheets in the world of SYNC

Pro writer, Jeff Cohen, who boasts tons of tv/film placements, shares with NSAI if sync departments ever put any songs on hold.

Jeff Cohen, known for placements on TV shows such as Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill, shares his take on the process of getting your music placed on tv shows, films, or advertisements.

Bonus Video

Determining your monetary fate: Pro writer Jeff Cohen explains how sync placements offer more (but not total) flexibility when it comes to how much a songwriter gets paid.



Nashville Workshop Video

If you missed our live Nashville Workshop on May 11th, don't fret.  Click HERE to watch it in the comfort of your home.

Heather Cook (Peer Music) and Alex Stefano (Big Yellow Dog Music), together will go behind the scenes to discuss how a song gets placed in TV/Film, Videos Games, and Advertising.



Coming up next month - More Videos from the experts and exercises on co-writing.  

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