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Music.Film Launches Online Hub For Licensing Film Scores

Recognizing the shifts required in the digital age when it comes to licensing music for television shows, advertising or gaming -- namely, tighter timelines and smaller budgets -- Music.Film is…

Cutting Edge Group, a company that has been helping finance film scores and soundtracks in exchange for ownership of masters and compositions for the past 10 years, is launching a new online portal for its Music.Film production catalog, where creators looking to license scores and songs from high-profile films for their own works can search through Music.Film’s catalog digitally. The web-based hub will be unveiled this afternoon at a launch event in Los Angeles, and is available online now.

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Recognizing the shifts required in the digital age when it comes to licensing music for television shows, advertising or gaming — namely, tighter timelines and smaller budgets — Music.Film is making their catalog of some 400 scores and soundtracks searchable, allowing supervisors to navigate much easier and more quickly than before.

Several of the more high-profile pieces of the company’s catalog have also been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the music in the films The King’s Speech, Sicario and Carol, for example — all of which are in Music.Film’s catalog — have been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Original Score, while past Best Picture nominees Arrival and Whiplash also won sound-related Oscars; the former also picked up a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score, while the latter was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Since Music.Film owns master and publishing copyrights, the company spins itself as an easy alternative to the often more expensive licenses that exist for the majority of film scores. It also offers one-off deals, annual partnerships and generally more-affordable access to high-quality film scores, and waives synch fees for songs that are included in charitable campaigns or public service announcements. By providing the stems of their tracks, composers and supervisors can also incorporate pieces of licensed music into existing scores.