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Who's the Composer Behind Matthew McConaughey's Viral Lincoln Commercials?

Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln Commercial
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Through music house Ring the Alarm. Music houses hire a number of freelance writers -- 10 or 15 -- and gather tracks to compete for the spot.

Has the commercial increased interest in your work?

Oh, yes. Residuals through AFM and BMI. It's not as much as people think -- I would guess $15,000 to $20,000. Winning one spot doesn't sustain you for a super-long time, but it definitely pays the bills. I can't even imagine what they paid Matthew McConaughey.

This article first appeared in the Nov. 1 issue of Billboard.