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MUSIC SUPERVISORS


THE CRAFT

Our Mission

The UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of the role of a music supervisor within the entertainment and media industries including film, television, gaming, advertising, trailers, interactive media and theatre.

In promoting the craft of music supervision, our aim is to aid the wider business through the education of the value of music, the advocacy of best practice, and support for the protection of music copyright across all mediums.

The Guild is a resource for both emerging and established professionals, as well as the wider industry, providing knowledge of the craft and the evolving media landscape. The Guild will instill a sense of community through networking opportunities and mentorship of aspiring professionals regardless of social or economic background.

Whilst operating as an independent organisation, the UK & European Guild will collaborate with its equivalent counterparts in North America to address issues relevant to music supervisors worldwide and to safeguard the credibility of the craft.

Senior Board

Iain Cooke
President

Iain Cooke

Iain is a freelance music supervisor for film & TV. He supervised Asif Kapadia’s Oscar and BAFTA winning feature documentary AMY about the life and untimely death of Amy Winehouse, Eran Creevy’s Collide starring Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley and Nicholas Hoult, Desert Dancer starring Freida Pinto, Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming with Idris Elba for Film4 and Oasis: Supersonic about the Gallagher brother’s rise to fame from unsigned band to their monumental Knebworth gigs.

His TV credits include BAFTA winning drama The Fades, Golden Globe & EMMY nominated Luther starring Idris Elba, dark thrillers Good Cop, What Remains Thirteen and The Driver, plus Waterloo Road and popular period dramas Call the Midwife and The Halcyon. Iain also supervised Sky Atlantic’s first original British drama Hit & Miss starring Chloë Sevigny as a pre-op transexual hitman for which he won both the UK & International 2013 Music&Sound awards for best use of existing music in a TV programme. Iain was also named as TV Music Supervisor of the Year at both the 2014 & 2016 Music Week Sync Awards.

Other recent credits include John le Carré’s multi-EMMY nominated The Night Manager for BBC/AMC starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie & Olivia Colman, Mike Bartlett’s Doctor Foster for Drama Republic; Cucumber and Banana, the Russell T. Davies penned dramas exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life; Spotless, a dark drama for Canal+/Esquire/Netflix about a forensic crime cleaner who gets drawn into the underbelly of criminal London, Guy Hibbert’s One Child (BBC/Sundance) and 10 part thriller The Five created by Harlan Coben.

Iain is currently supervising a new animated 4 part adaptation of Watership Down for Netflix voiced by James McAvoy, Gemma Arterton, Nicholas Hoult & Ben Kingsley and new six part thriller RELLIK for BBC/HBO written by Harry & Jack Williams and directed by Sam Miller.

Iain is member of the US Guild of Music Supervisors and a voting member of BAFTA and EMMY.

Abi Leland
Vice President

Abi Leland

Abi is the founder and managing director of Leland Music and Leland Originals. A true entrepreneur, she embarked on her mission to become a music supervisor at the age of nineteen having worked already within both the film and music industries. Keen to find her niche, she began by grilling film composers and knocking on the doors of Soho film production companies. Her persistence and instinct paid off, and just a few years later she had established herself as one of the UK’s leading feature film music supervisors, working with film directors such as Kevin Macdonald on “Touching The Void” and “The Last King of Scotland”.

In 2005 Abi founded Leland Music, expanding the scope of her mission to include commercials and brands. The early years were spent establishing the company by working on celebrated campaigns for Sony, Nike, Lloyds, Honda, and Hovis. She has supervised every John Lewis Christmas campaign since 2010, with the music being a key factor in the huge public anticipation of the launch every year.

Fast forward to today and Abi has built a unique and highly-esteemed team, working closely with the world’s most successful brands, ad agencies, and film makers. Recent credits include Paralympics “We’re The Superhumans”, John Lewis “Buster The Boxer”, and Netflix/E4 TV series Crazyhead.

Ayla Owen
Co-Chair

Ayla Owen

Ayla Owen is Head of Music and Partner at The Most Radicalist Black Sheep Music, the music division within global advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), as well as Editor of themostradicalist.com, an emerging artist blog featuring daily reviews of the best in new music. Originally hailing from Washington D.C., Ayla began her musical career back in the late ‘90s managing small London recording studios and indie record labels before breaking into music supervision for TV on Jonathan Ross’ BBC cultural documentary Japanorama and C4 daily breakfast show, RI:SE. In 2004 Ayla crossed over to Advertising and has headed up BBH’s music offering ever since, placing tracks and producing branded entertainment for iconic brands such as British Airways, Johnnie Walker, Absolut, Levis, Lynx, Google and Audi. The Most Radicalist Black Sheep Music supervises music across the global BBH Group as well as for external agencies and brands.

Jacquie Perryman
Co-Chair

Jacquie Perryman

Jacquie is a bilingual (French) creative and business music executive with experience in production, creative, sync, branding and marketing in worldwide creative industries spanning Film, Television, Music, Theatre, Music Publishing and Digital Media. She lived for many years in Europe and the U.S. working with record labels (EMI, Virgin, Arista and Universal), producing and signing soundtracks and working in sync and music supervision. Pro-active, responsible, enthusiastic team player with recognised leadership. communication and negotiating skills, great contacts, and an excellent reputation in the industry.

She has experience at all levels from running a music division at 20th Century Fox (in L.A) to start-up companies, and working with indie films and artists.

Jacquie is an active member of BAFTA and, following a 7 year supervision position at Fox Music, and a couple of years consulting for various companies, she formed Periscope Music & Media in 2011 which consults, supervises, manages writers and represents a major U.S. publishing rights holder.

Jacquie is a highly regarded music industry veteran who’s knowledge in supervision is only matched by the very best in the business.

Duncan Smith
Co-Chair

Duncan Smith

Duncan spent his teenage years drumming in an indie band before realising DJ’ing and throwing parties was more fun whilst studying for a degree at Middlesex University.

He went on to work in A&R and artist management, where he signed and developed Kosheen, who’s debut album went on to sell over half a million copies worldwide.

Duncan then became Club and Radio Promotions Manager at ZZonked PR – playing a key role in launching the likes of Gorillaz, Mark Ronson, Kanye West and Amy Winehouse in the UK.

In 2007 he joined Playstation where he became Senior Music Supervisor. He is responsible for licensing commercial music and working with composers on bespoke scores for games, adverts and trailers produced by Playstation Worldwide Studios.

He’s recently worked on games including Gran Turismo Sport, Wipeout Omega, Dreams and Driveclub, as well as marketing campaigns for Playstation VR and the PS4 Pro and Slim consoles.

‪Duncan also co-runs the infamous Sync Drinks events across London, founded Synced In (the portal for finding and advertising positions in the UK sync world) and speaks regularly at events and conferences worldwide.

Rupert Hollier
Head of Advisory Board

Rupert Hollier

Rupert obtained a degree in Ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, after which he joined Music Copyright Holdings Plc working in both royalty accounting and copyright registration, learning the mechanics of publishing whilst nurturing his interest in film music, supervision and synchronisation. In 2003 he joined Copyright Administration Services Limited, firstly in the copyright research department, eventually becoming creative manager, and subsequently creating an successful world music division.

In 2007 Ru permanently became a freelance music supervisor, working on various advertising campaigns with brands including Marks & Spencer and Nike, as well as supervising musical content for both the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

In 2010 he joined he joined Imagem Music Film Synchronisation manager. Imagem remains one of the world’s largest independent music publishers. During his tenure, he represented the Rodgers & Hammerstein and Boosey & Hawkes catalogues, as well as numerous artists and bands on the pop roster including Daft punk, Mark Ronson, Pink Floyd, Vampire Weekend, Genesis and The Stone Roses. During his five-year tenure at Imagem Rupert worked with brands such as Reebok, Skoda, Next, Iceland, Hyundai and Tesco amongst others, and several successful US, UK and European based films.

After being head hunted, he joined Metropolis Group in 2014 as Creative Director. He subsequently founded the publishing division (Metropolis Music Publishing) and quickly secured an impressive repertoire of artists, bands and composers, racking up multiple synchronisation placements and campaigns, whilst also forming Metropolis Supervision. He has to date secured and completed the music supervision, score and OST release on numerous films including the new “Martin Scorsese Presents “movie project, “Tomorrow”, and the BBC’s 52 part reimagining of Dennis the Menace, which will be released later this year.

In 2016 he was part of the team that won both Best TV Advert and Overall Sync of the Year (as music supervisor) at the MusicWeek Sync Awards, and has recently executive produced his first musical film based on the 50 th Anniversary of the release of Sgt.Pepper.

Jon Skinner
Secretary & Treasurer

Jon Skinner

Jon started his music career in 1987 as a working DJ, shortly followed by founding Dance2 Records in ‘91, a specialist DJ record shop servicing the mass rise of dance music DJ’s and producers in the UK. Jon started producing dance music, releasing and licensing tracks for his label Dance2 Recordings and later two drum and bass labels Aspect and Perspective Recordings which included Peshay, Bad Company, Matrix, Pressure Rise and State of Play.

Jon did his first sync in 2000 to Sony playstation game Rollcage before completing his last album production with the wonderful singer songwriter Dina Vass who was signed to Go Beat, a Polydor imprint label who also signed Jon’s underground garage track ‘Hyper’ by Reach & Spin.

During 2005 and 2011 Jon founded a nationwide nightclub photography business Picture-pal which introduced him to the world of bespoke software development, streamlining 25,000 images to social media via nightclubs across the UK. Following the collapse of the nightclub market Jon turned back to his roots in music and founded Music Gateway.

Jon is the CEO of Music Gateway which since it’s inception in 2011 has established itself as the leading b2b platform, streamlining the way creative professionals connect, A&R and conduct business on a global scale. Their concierge team help music supervisors with sync searches matched to their needs, whilst their software allows clients to project manage briefs from start to finish.

The company now provides a one stop sync solution representing thousands of rights holders from around the world and services music supervisors and clients tailored to their project needs.

Senior Board

Iain Cooke
President

Iain Cooke

Iain is a freelance music supervisor for film & TV. He supervised Asif Kapadia’s Oscar and BAFTA winning feature documentary AMY about the life and untimely death of Amy Winehouse, Eran Creevy’s Collide starring Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley and Nicholas Hoult, Desert Dancer starring Freida Pinto, Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming with Idris Elba for Film4 and Oasis: Supersonic about the Gallagher brother’s rise to fame from unsigned band to their monumental Knebworth gigs. ...Read more

His TV credits include BAFTA winning drama The Fades, Golden Globe & EMMY nominated Luther starring Idris Elba, dark thrillers Good Cop, What Remains Thirteen and The Driver, plus Waterloo Road and popular period dramas Call the Midwife and The Halcyon. Iain also supervised Sky Atlantic’s first original British drama Hit & Miss starring Chloë Sevigny as a pre-op transexual hitman for which he won both the UK & International 2013 Music&Sound awards for best use of existing music in a TV programme. Iain was also named as TV Music Supervisor of the Year at both the 2014 & 2016 Music Week Sync Awards.

Other recent credits include John le Carré’s multi-EMMY nominated The Night Manager for BBC/AMC starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie & Olivia Colman, Mike Bartlett’s Doctor Foster for Drama Republic; Cucumber and Banana, the Russell T. Davies penned dramas exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life; Spotless, a dark drama for Canal+/Esquire/Netflix about a forensic crime cleaner who gets drawn into the underbelly of criminal London, Guy Hibbert’s One Child (BBC/Sundance) and 10 part thriller The Five created by Harlan Coben.

Iain is currently supervising a new animated 4 part adaptation of Watership Down for Netflix voiced by James McAvoy, Gemma Arterton, Nicholas Hoult & Ben Kingsley and new six part thriller RELLIK for BBC/HBO written by Harry & Jack Williams and directed by Sam Miller.

Iain is a member of the US Guild of Music Supervisors and a voting member of BAFTA and EMMY.

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Abi Leland
Vice President

Abi Leland

Abi is the founder and managing director of Leland Music and Leland Originals. A true entrepreneur, she embarked on her mission to become a music supervisor at the age of nineteen having worked already within both the film and music industries. ...Read more
Keen to find her niche, she began by grilling film composers and knocking on the doors of Soho film production companies. Her persistence and instinct paid off, and just a few years later she had established herself as one of the UK’s leading feature film music supervisors, working with film directors such as Kevin Macdonald on “Touching The Void” and “The Last King of Scotland”.

In 2005 Abi founded Leland Music, expanding the scope of her mission to include commercials and brands. The early years were spent establishing the company by working on celebrated campaigns for Sony, Nike, Lloyds, Honda, and Hovis. She has supervised every John Lewis Christmas campaign since 2010, with the music being a key factor in the huge public anticipation of the launch every year.

Fast forward to today and Abi has built a unique and highly-esteemed team, working closely with the world’s most successful brands, ad agencies, and film makers. Recent credits include Paralympics “We’re The Superhumans”, John Lewis “Buster The Boxer”, and Netflix/E4 TV series Crazyhead.

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Ayla Owen
Co-Chair

Ayla Owen

Ayla Owen is Head of Music and Partner at The Most Radicalist Black Sheep Music, the music division within global advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), as well as Editor of themostradicalist.com, an emerging artist blog featuring daily reviews of the best in new music. ...Read more

Originally hailing from Washington D.C., Ayla began her musical career back in the late ‘90s managing small London recording studios and indie record labels before breaking into music supervision for TV on Jonathan Ross’ BBC cultural documentary Japanorama and C4 daily breakfast show, RI:SE. In 2004 Ayla crossed over to Advertising and has headed up BBH’s music offering ever since, placing tracks and producing branded entertainment for iconic brands such as British Airways, Johnnie Walker, Absolut, Levis, Lynx, Google and Audi. The Most Radicalist Black Sheep Music supervises music across the global BBH Group as well as for external agencies and brands.

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Jacquie Perryman
Co-Chair

Jacquie Perryman

Jacquie is a bilingual (French) creative and business music executive with experience in production, creative, sync, branding and marketing in worldwide creative industries spanning Film, Television, Music, Theatre, Music Publishing and Digital Media. ...Read more

She lived for many years in Europe and the U.S. working with record labels (EMI, Virgin, Arista and Universal), producing and signing soundtracks and working in sync and music supervision. Pro-active, responsible, enthusiastic team player with recognised leadership. communication and negotiating skills, great contacts, and an excellent reputation in the industry.

She has experience at all levels from running a music division at 20th Century Fox (in L.A) to start-up companies, and working with indie films and artists.

Jacquie is an active member of BAFTA and, following a 7 year supervision position at Fox Music, and a couple of years consulting for various companies, she formed Periscope Music & Media in 2011 which consults, supervises, manages writers and represents a major U.S. publishing rights holder.

Jacquie is a highly regarded music industry veteran who’s knowledge in supervision is only matched by the very best in the business.

Hide
Duncan Smith
Co-Chair

Duncan Smith

Duncan spent his teenage years drumming in an indie band before realising DJ’ing and throwing parties was more fun whilst studying for a degree at Middlesex University. ...Read more

He went on to work in A&R and artist management, where he signed and developed Kosheen, who’s debut album went on to sell over half a million copies worldwide.

Duncan then became Club and Radio Promotions Manager at ZZonked PR – playing a key role in launching the likes of Gorillaz, Mark Ronson, Kanye West and Amy Winehouse in the UK.

In 2007 he joined Playstation where he became Senior Music Supervisor. He is responsible for licensing commercial music and working with composers on bespoke scores for games, adverts and trailers produced by Playstation Worldwide Studios.

He’s recently worked on games including Gran Turismo Sport, Wipeout Omega, Dreams and Driveclub, as well as marketing campaigns for Playstation VR and the PS4 Pro and Slim consoles.

‪Duncan also co-runs the infamous Sync Drinks events across London, founded Synced In (the portal for finding and advertising positions in the UK sync world) and speaks regularly at events and conferences worldwide.

Hide
Rupert Hollier
Head of Advisory Board

Rupert Hollier

Rupert obtained a degree in Ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, after which he joined Music Copyright Holdings Plc working in both royalty accounting and copyright registration, learning the mechanics of publishing whilst nurturing his interest in film music, supervision and synchronisation. ...Read more
In 2003 he joined Copyright Administration Services Limited, firstly in the copyright research department, eventually becoming creative manager, and subsequently creating an successful world music division.

In 2007 Ru permanently became a freelance music supervisor, working on various advertising campaigns with brands including Marks & Spencer and Nike, as well as supervising musical content for both the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

In 2010 he joined he joined Imagem Music Film Synchronisation manager. Imagem remains one of the world’s largest independent music publishers. During his tenure, he represented the Rodgers & Hammerstein and Boosey & Hawkes catalogues, as well as numerous artists and bands on the pop roster including Daft punk, Mark Ronson, Pink Floyd, Vampire Weekend, Genesis and The Stone Roses. During his five-year tenure at Imagem Rupert worked with brands such as Reebok, Skoda, Next, Iceland, Hyundai and Tesco amongst others, and several successful US, UK and European based films.

After being head hunted, he joined Metropolis Group in 2014 as Creative Director. He subsequently founded the publishing division (Metropolis Music Publishing) and quickly secured an impressive repertoire of artists, bands and composers, racking up multiple synchronisation placements and campaigns, whilst also forming Metropolis Supervision. He has to date secured and completed the music supervision, score and OST release on numerous films including the new “Martin Scorsese Presents “movie project, “Tomorrow”, and the BBC’s 52 part reimagining of Dennis the Menace, which will be released later this year.

In 2016 he was part of the team that won both Best TV Advert and Overall Sync of the Year (as music supervisor) at the MusicWeek Sync Awards, and has recently executive produced his first musical film based on the 50 th Anniversary of the release of Sgt.Pepper.

Hide
Jon Skinner
Secretary & Treasurer

Jon Skinner

Jon started his music career in 1987 as a working DJ, shortly followed by founding Dance2 Records in ‘91, a specialist DJ record shop servicing the mass rise of dance music DJ’s and producers in the UK. Jon started producing dance music, releasing and licensing tracks for his label Dance2 Recordings and later two drum and bass labels Aspect and Perspective Recordings which included Peshay, Bad Company, Matrix, Pressure Rise and State of Play. ...Read more

Jon did his first sync in 2000 to Sony playstation game Rollcage before completing his last album production with the wonderful singer songwriter Dina Vass who was signed to Go Beat, a Polydor imprint label who also signed Jon’s underground garage track ‘Hyper’ by Reach & Spin.

During 2005 and 2011 Jon founded a nationwide nightclub photography business Picture-pal which introduced him to the world of bespoke software development, streamlining 25,000 images to social media via nightclubs across the UK. Following the collapse of the nightclub market Jon turned back to his roots in music and founded Music Gateway.

Jon is the CEO of Music Gateway which since it’s inception in 2011 has established itself as the leading b2b platform, streamlining the way creative professionals connect, A&R and conduct business on a global scale. Their concierge team help music supervisors with sync searches matched to their needs, whilst their software allows clients to project manage briefs from start to finish.

The company now provides a one stop sync solution representing thousands of rights holders from around the world and services music supervisors and clients tailored to their project needs.

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Advisory Board

Nick Angel
Independent

Nick Angel

Nick Angel was director of A&R for Island Records from 1990-99 where he signed PJ Harvey, Elbow, Pulp, Vic Reeves, Talvin Singh, The Orb, Jah Wobble, Apache Indian and Lewis Taylor.

He also organised music for films including Young Americans, In the Name of the Father, Face and Notting Hill. From 1999, he became head of music for Working Title, supervising everything from Billy Elliot, Atonement, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Outside projects included The Take, Attack the Block and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Recent projects include Paddington, Yardie (Idris Elba’s first film as a director), Bridget Jones Baby, Eye In The Sky and Grace Jones Documentary.

Nick has a publishing company, Salvation Music, and is a founder of Raindog Films, the new production company set up by Colin Firth.

Ed Bailie
Leland Music

Ed Bailie

Ed Bailie is a Director/Music Supervisor at Leland Music, an independent music consultancy service for brands, ad agencies & film companies bridging the gap between them and the music industry.

With an extensive background in music publishing, Ed previously headed up the Sync teams at both Blue Mountain Music (inc U2, Bob Marley, Free, John Martyn) and Bug Music (inc Bruno Mars, Kings of Leon, The National, Johnny Cash) in the UK.

In 2016 Ed was awarded Advertising Music Supervisor of the year at the Music Week Sync Awards.

Recent supervision highlights include multi-awarding winning advertising campaigns Paralympics ‘We’re The Superhumans', John Lewis ‘Buster The Boxer', Bulmers ‘Live Colourful.LIVE’ and Haig Clubman ‘Make Your Own Rules’, along with feature films ‘Ronaldo’ (dir. Anthony Wonke), The Goob (dir. Guy Myhill) and Christmas In A Day (dir. Kevin Macdonald).

Dominic Bastyra
Wake The Town

Dominic Bastyra

Dom has worked in the music industry for over fifteen years. He began working for independent Labels Ultimate Dilemma, & Talkin Loud, and then Sony Music’s college department as the regional scout for the South Coast Of England where he was responsible for promoting Sony artists to student radio and press across the region. He then moved to Universal Island records in the A&R department, as a scout tasked with finding new acts/ bands and developing them, at the same time he also set up the Island records college initiative overseeing 26 student reps over the country.

After leaving Island records he moved in the world of Sync & Brands joining TBWA/stream, Omnicom’s brands entertainment arm as a music supervisor, he then went to BBDO to set up the stream/AMV division in 2005. In 2007 he left to join Platinum Rye Entertainment and run its UK division working with clients all across Europe, including overseeing all of P&G music buying and music activations for western Europe across all the P&G portfolio.

In 2016 he left PRE with all his colleagues to set up their own shops called Wake the Town & Theodore. They have a team of 10 people and specialise in any and all aspects of Brands engagement with music.

Matt Biffa
Air Edel

Matt Biffa

Matt is a Music Supervisor, specialising in source music research and copyright clearance.

After buying T-Rex’s “Ride A White Swan”, Matt began stealing from his parents’ record collection and watched taped episodes of “The Old Grey Whistle Test” more times than was strictly healthy for an impressionable young mind. He spent his seventeenth year listening to nothing but Tom Waits’ “Rain Dogs” and “Swordfishtrombones”, something he is convinced is responsible for his belief that Radiohead’s “Kid A” is a nice pop record.

Matt joined Air-Edel in 1996. He was quickly recognised as something of an anorak / musical know-all, and cut his creative teeth sourcing music for commercials, such as Jonathan Glazer’s “Guinness – Swimblack” campaign. During this time he began cultivating relationships with key members of the music industry, an activity also known as “ligging”. This stood him in good stead when he began clearing songs for feature films, but did nothing for his health. As well as having a disturbingly encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of popular music, he has garnered a reputation for being a canny negotiator.

He considers one of the high points of his career to be “Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire”, for which he put together a wizarding rock group consisting of Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, and Jonny Greenwood and Philip Selway from Radiohead. He’s also very quietly proud of being the man responsible for putting Nick Cave’s “O Children” in a Harry Potter film.

Sarah Bridge
Independent

Sarah Bridge

Sarah is an independent music supervisor for film & TV.
She studied at the University of Arts London focusing on the history of cinema, script writing, music in film and the development of popular culture through both art forms and has since enjoyed a portfolio career that has evolved from music journalism to music supervision via A&R management.

Her credits include Oscar and multi award winning “The Theory of Everything” (Director: James Marsh) “X+Y/Brilliant Young Mind” (Director: Morgan Matthews), “Ab Fab, The Movie” (Director: Mandie Fletcher) and 8-Part TV drama “Glue” for which she was awarded both UK and International Music + Sound awards for best use of existing music in a TV show.
Sarah's latest projects include:

- 6-part Sky Atlantic/Showtime drama entitled “Guerrilla” created and directed by Academy award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) starring Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Nathaniel Martello-White and Denise Gough

- Feature film adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker prize winning novel “The Sense of an Ending” (Director: Ritesh Batra) starring Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Emily Mortimer

- Feature film “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (Director: Simon Curtis) starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald

- Feature film “Fighting with my Family” (Director: Stephen Merchant) starring Dwayne Johnson, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost, Florence Pugh

Karen Elliott
HotHouse Music

Karen Elliott

Karen is the co-owner and founder of HotHouse Music formed in 2002, alongside her business partner Becky Bentham.

The HotHouse team are equally at home working with large American crews on Hollywood scores as taking care of smaller British productions and recording in Eastern Europe. They are able to place teams of any nationality to work in any country.

HotHouse provide requirements common to most score recordings (studio, engineer, equipment hire, musicIains, arrangers, music editors, conductors, programmers, copyists, writing rooms) and much more besides. They also supply experienced PAs and runners and take care of all the day to day requirements of the crew including accommodation, transport and entertainment.

HotHouse’s vast list of contacts allow ease of song clearance worldwide and its creative team can provide you with endless ideas for your film soundtrack. HotHouse can also work to secure a soundtrack deal for your film. There are numerous other services HotHouse provide which fall into the music supervision category. Not least is the organisation of any pre-records your film may need. As well as putting together the recording team and musicIains we can provide musical coaching for members of your cast, find appropriate musicIains and established artists for on camera work, supervise any music teams required on set and monitor on camera sync issues. HotHouse can also assist with the sourcing of specialist musical instruments for on camera use.

Matt Kaleda
Felt Music

Matt Kaleda

Matt cut his sync teeth working at BBC Television in the Music Copyright department during the late 90’s, he was the closest thing BBC Drama had to an in-house music supervisor back then, responsible for the music licensing in all of BBC TV Drama programming, including household-name shows such as EastEnders, Dr Who and Holby City.

He then had the opportunity to run the sync licensing department at cutting-edge record label Ninja Tune, where he had a very successful few years placing the label’s catalogue in numerous advertising campaigns, films, TV shows and video games around the world. Warner Music prized him away to try and replicate that success, employing Matt as Head of Creative Sync, and after a stint there he then went on to set up the music supervision company Sync Inc (working on TV series such as Luther series 1 and 2, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Ricky Gervais’ Life's Too Short, ad campaigns for brands such as Nike, Nokia, Fiat and Toyota and the feature films Blitz (starring Jason Statham and Paddy Considine) and Dummy (starring Aaron Taylor Johnson)).

Matt joined long-running Soho-based music supervision company FELT MUSIC in January 2016 and he soon landed the mammoth task of music supervising arguably the biggest TV show in the World, Amazon Prime series The Grand Tour. He has recently started on season 2.

Dan Neale
Native Music

Dan Neale

Dan is Managing Director of Native Music, he has worked in or around the advertising and music industries for nearly twenty years. Dan’s background as an agency TV Producer and then advertising composer led to him bringing the skills together and spending just over six years as Head of Music at RKCR/Y&R. While there he brought a focus to the role of music in many of their campaigns.

In 2013 he set up Native and in that time has supervised projects of all sizes for clients such as M&S, Lloyds Bank, BBC Sport, Honda, Virgin Atlantic and many more. Some of Native’s recent and most well known work includes BBC Rio Olympics campaign featuring Jamie N Commons, M&S Food’s use of “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit, and M&S Christmas 2016 “With Love” - with a score composed by Rachel Portman.

Ian Neil
Sony Music

Ian Neil

Iain's extensive knowledge and experience of music and the industry is vast. His expertise in researching tracks and handling music clearances and problems solving budgetary issues, in addition to his strong ties with all the major and independent record labels and publishers has inevitably has made him one of the the first ports of call for all the a number of film directors and producers. Before becoming an independent Film Music Supervisor Iain built his strong reputation through his work as Head of Film and TV for Polygram Records; Head of Film, TV and Advertising and ultimately Director of the department at Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. With many successes in the world of music for advertising.

On the film side, Iain's first film as supervisor was Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, which resulted in a double platinum soundtrack and a strong collaboration with Brit director Guy Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn. Iain was therefore Ritchie's and Vaughn’s first choice for the follow up feature Snatch and Iain has worked together on all other subsequent films they have both made. From 2004 he went freelance and has enjoyed huge success as a Music Supervisor with credits from Control (Anton Corbin) Joe Strummer: The Future Is Written (Julien Temple) Kidulthood & Adulthood (Noel Clarke) Kick Ass (Matthew Vaughn) & 127 Hours (Danny Boyle) and included TV shows such as Red Riding for Revolution Films and Skins for Company Pictures.

Iain is now at Sony Music as Director of Film & TV and has continued to see success in the world of advertising, TV, films and computer games. He also continues to run a freelance music supervision consultancy and works on few carefully chosen projects each year.

Most recently; Kingsman 1 & 2 (Matthew Vaughn) Eddie The Eagle (Dexter Fletcher) , High Rise & Free Fire (Ben Wheatley) Sunset Song & Quiet Passion (Terence Davies).

Maggie Rodford
Air Edel

Maggie Rodford

Maggie Rodford is Managing Director of the independently owned Air-Edel Group, incorporating one of the world’s leading music publishing and production companies, representing composers and music supervisors worldwide. The company has offices in London and Los Angeles. Maggie studied music, playing pIaino and cello and singing in choirs including the BBC Chorus. Maggie trained as a music engineer and prior to joining Air-Edel worked at both the BBC and EMI.

Maggie works closely with composers, negotiating contracts, producing, music supervising and co-ordinating music recordings. She has worked as music producer, co-ordinator and supervisor on many high profile films scores including ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, ‘A United Kingdom’, ‘Denial’, ‘Everest’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘The Boxtrolls’, ‘Belle’, JulIain Temple’s London ‘A Modern Babylon’, ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’, ‘Third Person’, ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Brave’, ‘Cabin in the Woods’, ‘Thor’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘My Week with Marilyn’, ‘W.E.’, ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘The First Grader’, ‘Atonement’, ‘Gosford Park’, ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’, ‘Beyond the Sea’, ‘Pride & Prejudice’, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Miss Potter’, ‘Igor’, ‘The Soloist’ and ‘Agora’.

Maggie served as a PRS Director for many years and was an active member of the PRS Executive Board. Maggie was a member of the BAFTA Film committee for six years and is currently the Chairman of the BAFTA Archive, Heritage & Exhibition Committee.

Ruth Simmons
Soundlounge

Ruth Simmons

For over 30 years, Ruth has been looking at ways to make music work better in the branding and marketing arena - she calls it 'as putting the science into the art of music.' Late last year, Ruth was awarded "Outstanding Contribution to Synch" by Music Week.

As one of the first companies in the music industry to address the complexities of licensing copyright music for advertising, she has continuously reviewing the whole process of music acquisition and the rationales for the choice. “It took me until 2002 to publically pose, what seems now to be an obvious question, you know what your brand looks like, but do you know what it sounds like?"

Ruth continues to explain… “One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from John Bartle OBE, former Chairman of BBH, who said." That's all very interesting Ruth, but can you measure it? "It took a while, but now we can. We actually can measure the effectiveness of music and brand fit in relation to consumer response, rationalise business practices with creativity and use all of this to give clients insight as to how all this impacts on ROI.”

Ruth is straight talking and passionate about what she does. "The day that I am not excited about coming into work, is the day that I retire" is still her mantra.

Specialties: Creative Music Research, Brand Music Identity, Sonic Branding, Negotiation and Licensing of Music and Artist Rights, Sound Strategy, Sound Evaluation.

Kate Young
Soho Music Group

Kate Young

Classically trained Kate Young started her career as an in house music supervisor for Saatchi & Saatchi before setting up Soho Music in 2005.

It is her years of expertise and access to high-profile artists within the music industry, that has lead her to work on highly successful campaigns such as 02, AXE, Guinness, Nike, McLaren, Honda, Audi and Land Rover across leading advertising agencies worldwide.

Soho Music has won various awards for best use of existing music and composed music for TV advertising and online campaigns for Cannes Lions, Music & Sound Awards and the Music Week Awards.

Soho Music has recently developed a 7000 sq foot recording studio complex in a converted gin distillery. Today, along with Soho Music, The Gin Factory Studios is residence to a number of high profile recording artists and record producers. Young has also been responsible for setting up Soho Music Publishing last year.

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Nick Angel
Independent

Nick Angel

Nick Angel was director of A&R for Island Records from 1990-99 where he signed PJ Harvey, Elbow, Pulp, Vic Reeves, Talvin Singh, The Orb, Jah Wobble, Apache Indian and Lewis Taylor. ...Read more

He also organised music for films including Young Americans, In the Name of the Father, Face and Notting Hill. From 1999, he became head of music for Working Title, supervising everything from Billy Elliot, Atonement, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Outside projects included The Take, Attack the Block and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Recent projects include Paddington, Yardie (Idris Elba’s first film as a director), Bridget Jones Baby, Eye In The Sky and Grace Jones Documentary.

Nick has a publishing company, Salvation Music, and is a founder of Raindog Films, the new production company set up by Colin Firth.

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Ed Bailie
Leland Music

Ed Bailie

Ed Bailie is a Director/Music Supervisor at Leland Music, an independent music consultancy service for brands, ad agencies & film companies...Read more

bridging the gap between them and the music industry.

With an extensive background in music publishing, Ed previously headed up the Sync teams at both Blue Mountain Music (inc U2, Bob Marley, Free, John Martyn) and Bug Music (inc Bruno Mars, Kings of Leon, The National, Johnny Cash) in the UK.

In 2016 Ed was awarded Advertising Music Supervisor of the year at the Music Week Sync Awards.

Recent supervision highlights include multi-awarding winning advertising campaigns Paralympics ‘We’re The Superhumans', John Lewis ‘Buster The Boxer', Bulmers ‘Live Colourful.LIVE’ and Haig Clubman ‘Make Your Own Rules’, along with feature films ‘Ronaldo’ (dir. Anthony Wonke), The Goob (dir. Guy Myhill) and Christmas In A Day (dir. Kevin Macdonald).

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Dominic Bastyra
Wake The Town

Dominic Bastyra

Dom has worked in the music industry for over fifteen years. He began working for independent Labels Ultimate Dilemma, & Talkin Loud, and then Sony Music’s college department as the regional scout for the South Coast Of England where he was responsible for promoting Sony artists to student radio and press across the region....Read more
He then moved to Universal Island records in the A&R department, as a scout tasked with finding new acts/ bands and developing them, at the same time he also set up the Island records college initiative overseeing 26 student reps over the country.

After leaving Island records he moved in the world of Sync & Brands joining TBWA/stream, Omnicom’s brands entertainment arm as a music supervisor, he then went to BBDO to set up the stream/AMV division in 2005. In 2007 he left to join Platinum Rye Entertainment and run its UK division working with clients all across Europe, including overseeing all of P&G music buying and music activations for western Europe across all the P&G portfolio.

In 2016 he left PRE with all his colleagues to set up their own shops called Wake the Town & Theodore. They have a team of 10 people and specialise in any and all aspects of Brands engagement with music.

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Matt Biffa
Air Edel

Matt Biffa

Matt is a Music Supervisor, specialising in source music research and copyright clearance. After buying T-Rex’s “Ride A White Swan”, Matt began stealing from his parents’ record collection and watched taped episodes of “The Old Grey Whistle Test” more times than was strictly healthy for an impressionable young mind. ...Read more

He spent his seventeenth year listening to nothing but Tom Waits’ “Rain Dogs” and “Swordfishtrombones”, something he is convinced is responsible for his belief that Radiohead’s “Kid A” is a nice pop record.

Matt joined Air-Edel in 1996. He was quickly recognised as something of an anorak / musical know-all, and cut his creative teeth sourcing music for commercials, such as Jonathan Glazer’s “Guinness – Swimblack” campaign. During this time he began cultivating relationships with key members of the music industry, an activity also known as “ligging”. This stood him in good stead when he began clearing songs for feature films, but did nothing for his health. As well as having a disturbingly encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of popular music, he has garnered a reputation for being a canny negotiator.

He considers one of the high points of his career to be “Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire”, for which he put together a wizarding rock group consisting of Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, and Jonny Greenwood and Philip Selway from Radiohead. He’s also very quietly proud of being the man responsible for putting Nick Cave’s “O Children” in a Harry Potter film.

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Sarah Bridge
Independent

Sarah Bridge

Sarah is an independent music supervisor for film & TV.
She studied at the University of Arts London focusing on the history of cinema, script writing, music in film and the development of popular culture through both art forms and has since enjoyed a portfolio career that has evolved from music journalism to music supervision via A&R management. ...Read more

Her credits include Oscar and multi award winning “The Theory of Everything” (Director: James Marsh) “X+Y/Brilliant Young Mind” (Director: Morgan Matthews), “Ab Fab, The Movie” (Director: Mandie Fletcher) and 8-Part TV drama “Glue” for which she was awarded both UK and International Music + Sound awards for best use of existing music in a TV show.
Sarah's latest projects include:

- 6-part Sky Atlantic/Showtime drama entitled “Guerrilla” created and directed by Academy award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) starring Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Nathaniel Martello-White and Denise Gough

- Feature film adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker prize winning novel “The Sense of an Ending” (Director: Ritesh Batra) starring Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Emily Mortimer

- Feature film “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (Director: Simon Curtis) starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald

- Feature film “Fighting with my Family” (Director: Stephen Merchant) starring Dwayne Johnson, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost, Florence Pugh

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Karen Elliott
HotHouse Music

Karen Elliott

Karen is the co-owner and founder of HotHouse Music formed in 2002, alongside her business partner Becky Bentham. The HotHouse team are equally at home working with large American crews on Hollywood scores as taking care of smaller British productions and recording in Eastern Europe. They are able to place teams of any nationality to work in any country....Read more

HotHouse provide requirements common to most score recordings (studio, engineer, equipment hire, musicIains, arrangers, music editors, conductors, programmers, copyists, writing rooms) and much more besides. They also supply experienced PAs and runners and take care of all the day to day requirements of the crew including accommodation, transport and entertainment.

HotHouse’s vast list of contacts allow ease of song clearance worldwide and its creative team can provide you with endless ideas for your film soundtrack. HotHouse can also work to secure a soundtrack deal for your film. There are numerous other services HotHouse provide which fall into the music supervision category. Not least is the organisation of any pre-records your film may need. As well as putting together the recording team and musicIains we can provide musical coaching for members of your cast, find appropriate musicIains and established artists for on camera work, supervise any music teams required on set and monitor on camera sync issues. HotHouse can also assist with the sourcing of specialist musical instruments for on camera use.

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Matt Kaleda
Felt Music

Matt Kaleda

Matt cut his sync teeth working at BBC Television in the Music Copyright department during the late 90’s, he was the closest thing BBC Drama had to an in-house music supervisor back then, responsible for the music licensing in all of BBC TV Drama programming, including household-name shows such as EastEnders, Dr Who and Holby City....Read more

He then had the opportunity to run the sync licensing department at cutting-edge record label Ninja Tune, where he had a very successful few years placing the label’s catalogue in numerous advertising campaigns, films, TV shows and video games around the world. Warner Music prized him away to try and replicate that success, employing Matt as Head of Creative Sync, and after a stint there he then went on to set up the music supervision company Sync Inc (working on TV series such as Luther series 1 and 2, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Ricky Gervais’ Life's Too Short, ad campaigns for brands such as Nike, Nokia, Fiat and Toyota and the feature films Blitz (starring Jason Statham and Paddy Considine) and Dummy (starring Aaron Taylor Johnson)).

Matt joined long-running Soho-based music supervision company FELT MUSIC in January 2016 and he soon landed the mammoth task of music supervising arguably the biggest TV show in the World, Amazon Prime series The Grand Tour. He has recently started on season 2.

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Dan Neale
Native Music

Dan Neale

Dan is Managing Director of Native Music, he has worked in or around the advertising and music industries for nearly twenty years. Dan’s background as an agency TV Producer and then advertising composer led to him bringing the skills together and spending just over six years as Head of Music at RKCR/Y&R. ...Read more

While there he brought a focus to the role of music in many of their campaigns.

Dan is Managing Director of Native Music, he has worked in or around the advertising and music industries for nearly twenty years. Dan’s background as an agency TV Producer and then advertising composer led to him bringing the skills together and spending just over six years as Head of Music at RKCR/Y&R. While there he brought a focus to the role of music in many of their campaigns.

In 2013 he set up Native and in that time has supervised projects of all sizes for clients such as M&S, Lloyds Bank, BBC Sport, Honda, Virgin Atlantic and many more. Some of Native’s recent and most well known work includes BBC Rio Olympics campaign featuring Jamie N Commons, M&S Food’s use of “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit, and M&S Christmas 2016 “With Love” - with a score composed by Rachel Portman.

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Ian Neil
Sony Music

Ian Neil

Iain's extensive knowledge and experience of music and the industry is vast. His expertise in researching tracks and handling music clearances and problems solving budgetary issues, in addition to his strong ties with all the major and independent record labels and publishers has inevitably has made him one of the the first ports of call for all the a number of film directors and producers. ...Read more

Before becoming an independent Film Music Supervisor Iain built his strong reputation through his work as Head of Film and TV for Polygram Records; Head of Film, TV and Advertising and ultimately Director of the department at Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. With many successes in the world of music for advertising.

On the film side, Iain's first film as supervisor was Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, which resulted in a double platinum soundtrack and a strong collaboration with Brit director Guy Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn. Iain was therefore Ritchie's and Vaughn’s first choice for the follow up feature Snatch and Iain has worked together on all other subsequent films they have both made. From 2004 he went freelance and has enjoyed huge success as a Music Supervisor with credits from Control (Anton Corbin) Joe Strummer: The Future Is Written (Julien Temple) Kidulthood & Adulthood (Noel Clarke) Kick Ass (Matthew Vaughn) & 127 Hours (Danny Boyle) and included TV shows such as Red Riding for Revolution Films and Skins for Company Pictures.

Iain is now at Sony Music as Director of Film & TV and has continued to see success in the world of advertising, TV, films and computer games. He also continues to run a freelance music supervision consultancy and works on few carefully chosen projects each year.

Most recently; Kingsman 1 & 2 (Matthew Vaughn) Eddie The Eagle (Dexter Fletcher) , High Rise & Free Fire (Ben Wheatley) Sunset Song & Quiet Passion (Terence Davies).

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Maggie Rodford
Air Edel

Maggie Rodford

Maggie Rodford is Managing Director of the independently owned Air-Edel Group, incorporating one of the world’s leading music publishing and production companies, representing composers and music supervisors worldwide....Read more

The company has offices in London and Los Angeles. Maggie studied music, playing pIaino and cello and singing in choirs including the BBC Chorus. Maggie trained as a music engineer and prior to joining Air-Edel worked at both the BBC and EMI.

Maggie works closely with composers, negotiating contracts, producing, music supervising and co-ordinating music recordings. She has worked as music producer, co-ordinator and supervisor on many high profile films scores including ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, ‘A United Kingdom’, ‘Denial’, ‘Everest’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘The Boxtrolls’, ‘Belle’, JulIain Temple’s London ‘A Modern Babylon’, ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’, ‘Third Person’, ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Brave’, ‘Cabin in the Woods’, ‘Thor’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘My Week with Marilyn’, ‘W.E.’, ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘The First Grader’, ‘Atonement’, ‘Gosford Park’, ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’, ‘Beyond the Sea’, ‘Pride & Prejudice’, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Miss Potter’, ‘Igor’, ‘The Soloist’ and ‘Agora’.

Maggie served as a PRS Director for many years and was an active member of the PRS Executive Board. Maggie was a member of the BAFTA Film committee for six years and is currently the Chairman of the BAFTA Archive, Heritage & Exhibition Committee.

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Ruth Simmons
Soundlounge

Ruth Simmons

For over 30 years, Ruth has been looking at ways to make music work better in the branding and marketing arena - she calls it 'as putting the science into the art of music.' Late last year, Ruth was awarded "Outstanding Contribution to Synch" by Music Week. ...Read more

As one of the first companies in the music industry to address the complexities of licensing copyright music for advertising, she has continuously reviewing the whole process of music acquisition and the rationales for the choice. “It took me until 2002 to publically pose, what seems now to be an obvious question, you know what your brand looks like, but do you know what it sounds like?"

Ruth continues to explain… “One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from John Bartle OBE, former Chairman of BBH, who said." That's all very interesting Ruth, but can you measure it? "It took a while, but now we can. We actually can measure the effectiveness of music and brand fit in relation to consumer response, rationalise business practices with creativity and use all of this to give clients insight as to how all this impacts on ROI.”

Ruth is straight talking and passionate about what she does. "The day that I am not excited about coming into work, is the day that I retire" is still her mantra.

Specialties: Creative Music Research, Brand Music Identity, Sonic Branding, Negotiation and Licensing of Music and Artist Rights, Sound Strategy, Sound Evaluation.

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Kate Young
Soho Music Group

Kate Young

Classically trained Kate Young started her career as an in house music supervisor for Saatchi & Saatchi before setting up Soho Music in 2005. ...Read more

It is her years of expertise and access to high-profile artists within the music industry, that has lead her to work on highly successful campaigns such as 02, AXE, Guinness, Nike, McLaren, Honda, Audi and Land Rover across leading advertising agencies worldwide.

Soho Music has won various awards for best use of existing music and composed music for TV advertising and online campaigns for Cannes Lions, Music & Sound Awards and the Music Week Awards.

Soho Music has recently developed a 7000 sq foot recording studio complex in a converted gin distillery. Today, along with Soho Music, The Gin Factory Studios is residence to a number of high profile recording artists and record producers. Young has also been responsible for setting up Soho Music Publishing last year.

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The Role & Craft

A professional music supervisor is employed to oversee various aspects of music related elements of a project or production, such as film, television, gaming, advertising, trailers, interactive media or theatre. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to; coming up with and developing creative ideas to enhance the visual media; collaborating with directors / producers / editors / music editors / executive producers / writers etc; negotiating and securing all legal rights of the music, prior to it being used; managing all financial aspects and budgets of the music line; delivering to deadlines; managing and coordinating music related talent including composers and on-camera performances; assisting in the composer selection process, negotiating composer agreements on behalf of production, communicating with, and keeping the composer updated on source related matters and assisting in the process through to scoring and mixing; finalising of all paperwork for delivery including cue sheets, musician / singer agreements and fully executed music licences.