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Music Clearance: Practicalities and Pitfalls

This will be a 45 minute presentation talking about the necessity of music clearance -- how to do it, why you need to do it, what happens if you don’t do it and pretty much everything that can go right and wrong in the process. This information will be valuable to all filmmakers, music supervisors and musicians who want to get their music heard, projects released and creative vision seen.  Music Clearance done correctly, will prevent any legal issues from popping up and is legally necessary when delivering a project to a distributor.


Featuring Linda Osher (Music Supervisor, 'Kites', 'Take Me To The River') and Denise Carver (CarverMusik)

Linda Osher
(Music Supervisor, Music Clearance)

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 is completing work on the documentary features, Above and Beyond and Play It Forward and is busy with the Showtime series, House of Lies and The Affair and the upcoming Broadway stage play American Psycho.

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).

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