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Music Clearance 2.0: Expanding On The Basics

+ A Mock Negotiation


(The  DiBona Family Distance Learning Center)

9:45am - 10:30am

with Linda Osher (LJO Music Consulting), Denise Carver (CarverMusik),

and Ana Ruiz (Drive Music Publishing)


Linda and Denise return to explain the necessity of Music Clearance. Together they will provide a rough overview of what it is and why important. What you need, and how to research music to get to 100%. Highlighting things to be mindful of along the way.

Also featuring a mock negotiation with Ana Ruiz to show what a Film/TV clearance person asks for and how a negotiation for different rights and what deals can be made. 

Linda Osher

President, LJO Music Consulting

For over two decades, Linda has been a senior clearance and licensing executive working in Film, Music, TV, Stage Plays, Internet, Videogames and Advertising. Linda serves as President and founder of LJO Music Consulting, servicing clients such as; Showtime, Universal Pictures, Weinstein Company, Virgin Produced, Viacom Music Networks, among many other small and large entertainment companies.

Prior to founding her own company, Linda served as Vice President of Clearance for Paramount Vantage film studio, working on many award wining films including; There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, and Into the Wild. Before that, Linda served as Vice President of Content Licensing for the largest videogame publisher in Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment. In her earlier years, Linda spent over 10 years as the Director of Licensing for the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, working on such iconic music films as High Fidelity, What’s Love Got To Do With It, and Sister Act.

Linda’s company is currently working on the critically acclaimed music show, Live From Daryl’s House, and has just completed work on the indie features, Creedmoria and Carter and June and is busy with the Showtime series, House of Lies and The Affair and the upcoming Broadway stage plays American Psycho and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.

Denise Carver


Through her company CarverMusik, Denise provides services such as music clearance advising, genre and historical music consulting, musicological analysis, music copyright and P.D. research, and music legal advising. Denise recently joined forces with MCL Music Services to create a full- service team also offering music clearance/licensing/supervision services for film, TV and advertising, catalog administration, and representation of songwriters, composers and artists.


Prior to forming CarverMusik, Denise was V.P. of Music at Paramount Pictures. She has worked on more than 300 different film and soundtrack projects, including the Transformers and Mission: Impossible franchises, concert films on Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z and Tupac Shakur, and award winning films Forrest Gump, Titanic, The Hours, Braveheart, Babel, Hustle & Flow, Rango and Nebraska. She has worked with HBO, Showtime, Lionsgate, TNT, Netflix, Sony TV, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies, and on films by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Nora Ephron, Oliver Stone, James Cameron, Michael Bay, Martha Coolidge, Cameron Crowe, Jonathan Demme, John Schlesinger, and Ethan and Joel Coen.


She taught music theory and composition at the University of California and she has served as a speaker and panelist at the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, the Hollywood Sync Summit, the Symposium on Arts and Humanities Ph.D.’s, and the International Congress on Women In Music. She holds a Ph.D. in music composition and has spent time abroad studying both music (England, Ireland and France) and international law (Austria).

Ana Ruiz

Drive Music Publishing

Ana Ruiz is the Founder and CEO of an independent publishing company, Drive Music Publishing, Inc. A company that brings a fresh new approach to publishing and represents songwriters and legacy catalogs worldwide. Prior to DRV, Ana was Manager of Music Services at a well-known business management firm specializing in the entertainment industry, where she represented the publishing and independent labels of legacy clients. Ana is an active and involved member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS), and the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Science (LARAS). She continues to be a member of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) and the California Copyright Conference (CCC).

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