If you want to be successful in sync there’s no better way than to learn by doing – responding to music supervisor briefs, composing for media projects and getting expert, one-on-one advice from one of the world’s top music supervisors and sync agents. This is why we’ve created the new Sync Course.
The Sync Course is a series of seven two-hour plus courses created and presented by Music Supervisor Chris Mollere (current and past projects include Roswell, New Mexico, Legacies, Pretty Little Liars, Get Out, The Vampire Diaries, Stargirl, Antebellum and many more) and Sync Summit founder Mark Frieser to provide you with a comprehensive curriculum designed to help you learn by doing, including how to prepare yourself and your music to respond to briefs from music supervisors and lessons on specific creative, legal, technological and practical aspects of music licensing and composition.
The Sync Course will begin on April 23rd, 2020, run for seven weeks and is limited to a maximum of 30 people (the course is almost full now) to insure that you and your music is given the personal attention necessary to coach, mentor and answer . The Course will give you the tools and intelligence you need to position you for success in music composition and licensing for TV, film, ads, brands, games, apps, trailers and promos. These sessions include:
Access to music supervisor briefs (one per week) for you to respond to in real time, with separate briefs provided to you for ads, film, TV, trailers, games, apps and promos.
Feedback on your responses to briefs so you can refine your approach for success.
Videos and real-time online chats to answer specific questions about aspects of the industry and the work you do as part of this course.
Online listening and feedback sessions.
How to find and engage with sync reps and production libraries.
A focus on creating and pitching cover tracks – a step-by-step guide.
One-on-one consultation office hours for you to get expert one-on-one advice from Mark and Chris.
Documentation and templates, including, term cue sheets, quote requests, split sheets, licensing agreements and email templates.
A glossary of industry terms.
A step-by-step deal process sheet.
A list resources for researching projects, sync agents and production libraries.
A guide to storage, meta tagging and mastering services and technology.
After completing the Sync School Course, you’ll have all the tools, understanding and knowledge you need to succeed in the business of music for media. And we’ll be there alongside you every step of the way. Each week includes one-on-one consultation, group chats, video instruction and documentation for you to use in your lesson plans.
Here’s a rundown of the overall lesson plan:
Lesson 1: The Music in Media Marketplace. In this lesson we’re going to review how the music in media business works, with a particular focus on the work and the job of the music supervisor and how a music supervisor works on a project from beginning to end – Chris will take you through his process, where music selection comes into the process, what people he needs to collaborate with, such as showrunners, directors, actors, composers, producers and editors, how decisions are made as well as how music is ultimately placed. You’ll be able to ask questions and get information throughout. And at the end of the lesson, we’ll give you two briefs to work on as an assignment for the next week.
Lesson 2: The Business Of The Business. First, we’ll go over your work from the past week, then we are going to talk about and go over all the documentation you need to use and the steps you need to take to make sure you have all the necessary paperwork to licensing your music and get paid. This includes an overview of industry terms (with a glossary provided), and documents provided to you to fill out and submit at each step of the licensing process. Also, we’ll go over vital information on publishing and PROs. Then, we’ll give you a brief and lesson assignment to submit to for the week ahead. All the documents we’ll provide you will be ones that you would get when going through the actual process, and these documents are yours to use in the future
Week 3: Allies in Sync – sync agents and production libraries. We’ll go over your brief responses from the week before, than we’ll do a deep dive into sync agents and production libraries – what are they, how they work, what are the benefits and downsides of working with them, researching, working relationships, , exclusivity versus non-exclusivity, retitling, deal structures and what you should expect from a sync agent and a production library that’s working on your behalf. Then, we’ll provide you with your next brief.
Week 4: Tools of the trade tech, storage, metadata, mastering and mixing. In this week, after going over your briefs, we’ll cover all the tools you need to use and how to effectively employ them – from going over storage options to filling out metadata sets to ways to properly mix and master your music. And of course a new brief.
Week 5: Listening, Research and Development. In this lesson, we’ll go over the brief from last week, then talk about the ways and means you can research projects and build relationships with music supervisors. Also, we’ll spend time listening to your music and best practices in creation and submission. And we’ll give you a detailed list of ways you can research projects and people and best pitching methods, along with website links. And we’ll provide you with a brief and a specific research assignment.
Week 6: The Final Test. After reviewing your brief responses, we’ll put you in the mind of a music supervisor – we’ll talk more about how briefs are created and how to respond to them – and at the end of the lesson, we’ll provide we’ll put you in the driver’s seat – you’ll write a brief based on guidance that we give you and then you can respond to that brief as well as providing you with the final test to evaluate your overall progress.
Week 7: Bringing it all together. We’ll go over test results, then, we’ll use this session as a final wrap up of the course, where you can ask questions, we can refine any approaches or go through any questions, and also, we’ll have a live listening session where you can play your music for us and the rest of the class.
We’re offering a 50% introductory discount to you to sign up for the Sync Course. The standard cost to sign up is $1500 – but if you sign up before the course begins on April 23rd, you can get all the benefits of the entire course for the rate of $750. To register for the Sync Course, complete the form below.