Music Publishing

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Eva Guttesen

Music Publishing

In this assignment we are going to take a closer look at music publishing, the working patterns withing this area and the function music publishing has. First we will take a closer look at one specific publishing company: Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).

UMPG is the largest publishing company in the world and has offices all around the world from North America to Australasia. It is the world’s largest Classical music publisher, and through its ownership of Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing it owns the world’s largest Christian music publishing catalogue as well as being a global leader in Production music. UMPG stands strong in the Film and TV & Advertising area as well.  By using a centralized global administrative model and a computer system that can quickly and accurately track and register songs, UMPG sees too that money collections are made fast and paid from collection societies, so that its clients can recieve the best service possible.

Some of the songs on the UMPG list are ‘Sexyback’ by Justin Timberlake, ‘Stayin Alive’ by The Bee Gees, ‘Irreplaceable’ by Beyoncé, ‘Beautiful Day’ by U2, ‘Be Without You’ by Mary J. Blige, ‘You’re Beautiful’ by James Blunt and many more. Other artists include Coldplay, Bon Jovi, Kirk Franklin, Micheal W. Smith, Elton John, Joss Stone, Paul Simon, Robbie Williams, Westlife and many more. In film and TV UMPG has had hit songs in Dreamgirls, The Devil Wears Prada, Oceans 13, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Wedding Crashers, Kill Bill Vol.2, Spiderman 3, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI Miami, Ugly Betty, American Idol, Lost, Brothers and Sisters, just to mention some.

Composing for Film

There are several jobs for a music composer to get into and one of them is writing for film. A film music composer can give a valuable contribution to the success of any film because the composer can create music that can intensify any film scene emotion or drama. A job like this, however, is very irregular since deadlines can vary and can be as short as 2 weeks for one hour of music. And to supplement income, film composers also work on a range of commissions. In this job you work closely together with the director from the beginning and until the finished product is ready, coming with demos along the way. Also you might be working with live musicians or conduct orchestral sessions.

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The skills needed for this job is among others to be quick at working to a deadline, and be good at planning your time since the deadline can be a year, a month or a day. Many who work in this area often have a degree in music or more specifically, film music. It is of course very handy for someone writing for film music to have access to sequencing software and maybe even Sibelius, have a basic sample library and MIDI keyboard. Keyboard skills are also good to have. The main thing though is the ability to compose. You ...

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