I’m working on getting the music rights to two songs we used in our pilot - one is a Rufus Wainwright track that we’re covering and use over the opening and closing credits, and the other is 10 seconds of a song from Les Miserables (the instrumental end of “One Day More” for my musical theater peeps) that I stupidly wrote into the script - it plays on the car radio as part of a joke.
I contacted this company who came back with an estimated quote of “$500-$2000 per piece of music for one year worldwide film festival rights and anywhere from $5,000 - $10,000 per piece of music for worldwide all media rights in perpetuity.” These numbers terrified me, because I was hoping for closer to $5
I emailed the publishers directly (found them on ascap) over a week ago but haven’t heard back. Does anyone have experience with clearing songs for their series with a small budget? I know there’s tons of copyright free music we can use, and I can take out the Rufus Wainwright song easily but removing the Les Mis bit would involve reshooting the scene, which I’d love to avoid if possible (yes, I know. this is why you don’t write songs you haven’t cleared into the script - add that to the long list of things I learned after shooting).
Would love to hear your experiences with using copyrighted music!