Filmmakers tend to pay lower fees for songs by singers and bands, believing they are giving them a break by just putting their songs in films. A Film and TV company came up with a different deal for artists.
As Music Business Worldwide reports, Department-F Films recently contacted a series of labels and managers with what they referred to as a “golden opportunity”. What was the opportunity? Only the privilege of being featured in one of their upcoming films.
Apparently, Department-F are working on a new feature titled Over and Over, some sort of “music business revenge story”, and they’re offering an up-and-coming artist the chance to feature in a short scene as the support act to the headline band in the movie.
The chosen act will also have their poster featured elsewhere in the film’s footage and enjoy “the option to have one track featured as a bonus track on one version of the soundtrack album, which is going to be promoted like a regular album”, according to their pitch letter.
“The artist may also perform in one real live support slot for the film if one takes place,” they add. “Plus they can have one of their CDs and a T-shirt included in the goody bag given out at the film’s premier and two tickets per band member or solo artist for the premier.”
Department-F also require the selected artist to record three songs in total, performed live, which will be included on the film’s DVD extras. And how will the band be remunerated for their time and efforts? They won’t be. In fact, they’re the ones who have to pay. A whopping £10,000.
“Because this opportunity can only go to one artist and it will be hotly contested we are likely to hold an auction to win this opportunity,” they write. “The minimum bid to get in on this opportunity will be £10,000 so please don’t waste your time or ours by contacting us if you can’t afford to pay for this opportunity.”
“The artist will have to grant all rights to music used in the film, on DVD extras and soundtrack, free of charge, including any sync rights, to Department-F as this is predominantly a promotional avenue. However where any radio plays occur they will get the PRS payment as normal.”
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