Music Licensing Briefs

In order to have your tracks critiqued by Gary Gray, you'll need to click the link below. Tracks submitted for Licensing Opportunities must be cleared and approved by Gary. You need only click the link ONCE in order to establish your FREE account on BounceBoss, a platform where you can send files and receive critiques. Once your account is established you'll upload all of your future tracks from within BounceBoss. 

CLICKING THE LINK MORE THAN ONCE WILL CREATE DUPLICATE ACCOUNTS AND WILL SLOW THE CRITIQUE PROCESS. THANKS!

2020
   ESPN Brief
ESPN Brief Gary Gray BB 2020
00:00 / 00:26
 
Here is a transcript of the spoken brief above:
“Dirty Rock…something that you picture when you see an All-American Home Run in the making. Something that captures that sort of excitement, and could be used as a theme or a background when announcers are talking. Something versatile like that. (Question: And that would be for ESPN?) Yes."
Submit: Full Vocal Version and Instrumental Version
 
REFERENCES:
 
"Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns N' Roses
This reference was given by the originator of the brief.
"Heart of a Lion" by ABM Member Deb Wolf
Deb's track was accepted by ESPN after being overseen with critiques by AboveAndBeyondMusic.net Founder Gary Gray during the recording, mixing and mastering stages.  
If you would like a copy of "Heart of a Lion" for referencing purposes and would like to submit for this brief:
Use the BounceBoss Critique Platform
(for more information contact Dale Proctor at daleproctor@gmail.com)
HEART OF A LION
00:00 / 03:25
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2020
Southwest Airlines Brief
Southwest Airlines Commercial Brief
00:00 / 00:39
 
Here is a transcript of the spoken brief above:
“Hi, my name is Charise Miles. I am also known as the singing flight attendant. I am here at Gary Gray's studio. This brief is going for Above And Beyond Music. I am looking for demos and finished productions. This production will be going for a commercial and it's going to go straight to the CEO of Southwest Airlines, Gary Kelly. I need for the music to be uplifting, positive and inspiring, and a reference for this song can be Don't Worry Be Happy."
Submit: Full Vocal Version and Instrumental Version
 
REFERENCES:
 
"Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
This reference was given by the originator of the brief.
If you would like to submit for this brief:
Use the BounceBoss Critique Platform
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING DEADLINES, RULES AND GUIDELINES:

October 15 represents the date by which all ABM members need to upload to BounceBoss at least their first version SWA mix (or demo). (Demos are acceptable for people who do not have production experience).

 

I've already started to Critique SWA submissions. I will Critique SWA submissions FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SUBMITTED AT LEAST THEIR FIRST VERSION MIX (or demo) BY OCTOBER 15. 

 

On November 15, I will then set a SECOND LEVEL BOUNCEBOSS UPLOAD SUBMISSION APPROVAL DEADLINE. This will be widely published to all ABM Personnel.  

 

Definition of SECOND LEVEL BOUNCEBOSS UPLOAD SUBMISSION APPROVAL: When you receive a critique from me which says, "This track is now ready for Charise to lay down vocals on, and is ready for Gary Gray to complete producing," you have reached the second level of approval. If you receive that exactly worded critique from me personally, your track will be sung by Charise, with final production and mastering done by me.

 

Your track will then be considered for the THIRD LEVEL of approval. 

 

Definition of THIRD LEVEL APPROVAL: Your track will be submitted to SWA for consideration for their 2020/2021 advertising campaign. 

 

If you reach the THIRD LEVEL APPROVAL stage, your track will advance and have a chance at the FINAL APPROVAL STAGE. 

 

Definition of FINAL APPROVAL: Your track is chosen to be placed on an SWA Commercial.  

 

Rules and Guidelines:

 

0. Listen to the spoken brief above and read the transcript of the brief. Read all of the instructions on the brief. 

 

1. If you do not submit a track for the SWA Brief by October 15, you will not be able to advance to the second level of approval.

 

2. The second level of approval occurs when a person receives a critique which reads "This track is now ready for Charise to lay down vocals on, and is ready for Gary Gray to complete producing." To qualify for the SECOND LEVEL, your approval needs to be received by the SECOND DEADLINE which will be announced publicly on November 15.

 

IF ANY DELAY OCCURS WHICH IS NOT YOUR DOING, I WILL EXTEND YOUR DEADLINE. DON'T WORRY (BE HAPPY).  

 

3. You will raise your odds at getting to the second level of approval if your track is as professionally produced as possible. It doesn't have to be perfect, but obviously, the better the presentation, the better your chances. Therefore, if you feel you need help producing your track, reach out to other ABM family members and COLLABORATE!  

 

4. On November 15, when the Second Level Deadline is announced, I will also announce all the details on what deliverables I need (how the stems are to be separated, etc.).  

 

Good Luck!

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Here is a transcript of the spoken brief above:
We are looking for background music on social media video for Yogurtland.
"I have a link for Gary:
 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CEsaucuB81J/

"To Download the Reference Track Above for Use in Your DAW:

https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/fDKdszq7y7

 

"So you can check out the first video and kind of the feel they were going for. We want something that really underlies the fact that the company cares; so just something background, not distracting. We need a 30 second, 45 second and 1 minute long version of this song."

Gary: “And it’s instrumental, correct?”

"And it’s instrumental, yes.

"And if the client decides not to go with this track, I am building up a library and do need tracks like this quite often."

Gary: “Excellent. Thank you.”

"Thank you!"

TWO DEADLINES:

 

DEADLINE ONE: If you have a track that already fits the brief, or can put one together in time, the deadline is 5PM Pacific Standard Time Monday 7 September 2020.

 

DEADLINE TWO: Open-Ended (Similar tracks will be accepted on an ongoing basis)

Submit: Instrumental Version - 30 sec, 45 sec and 1 Minute*

*For those ABM Personnel who would like to submit for the immediate Yogurtland Social Media Commercial Campaign Deadline (by 5PM Pacific Daylight Time Monday 7 September 2020), upload all three versions (30 sec. / 45 sec. and 60 sec.) to BounceBoss. 

 

For those ABM Personnel who cannot make the immediate deadline, but would like to submit for the open-ended ongoing Yogurtland Social Media Commercial Campaign opportunity, submit only one version, at least one minute in length (up to 2:30 in length).

 

Either way, be sure to submit a Checkerboard A/B file along with your track(s), using the reference track supplied (the download link to the supplied reference track is on the ABM Briefs website). 

IF YOUR FILES ARE APPROVED FOR SUBMISSION, EMAIL GARY GRAY A DOWNLOADABLE LINK TO WAV FILES OF THE THREE CUES (EITHER 44.1/24 OR 48/24) TO musignition@gmail.com.

This opportunity pays out a $100 one-time payment for each placement (no residual or back-end payments). Besides the immediate rush deadline opportunity, there is also an ongoing open-ended submission opportunity. Each future placement pays a one-time $100 payment (no residual or back-end payments).

 
This is a good opportunity for anyone who hasn't yet had their music licensed, anyone interested in building up their resume, and for those who want to beef-up their showreel - besides the fact that it's non-exclusive, which means you can further build up your own library and pitch your track(s) for other non-exclusive opportunities.  
If you would like to submit for this brief:
Use the BounceBoss Critique Platform
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2020
Amazing Aquariums
& Reefs of Southern California Brief
AboveAndBeyondMusic.net will be acting as The Ad Agency on the Amazing Aquariums & Reefs brief. 
Definition of "Ad Agency:"  An Advertising Agency uses a wide range of advertising strategies to create marketing campaigns tailored to their clients' needs. Ad agencies work closely with the client to gather information and pitch their campaign ideas, followed by the creative process of actually making and distributing print, television network, radio network, performance media and online ads.
ABM has partnered with a music editor/videographer/video post production editor from ESPN (who also created the Yogurtland commercial series on Instagram), to go after local Southern California clients as well as International Corporate clients for commercial productions. ONLY music from ABM members will be accepted for submissions for these briefs. Most of these opportunities, as is the case for this brief, will be Non-Exclusive. That way you can shop your tracks elsewhere as well. 
1. This brief is unique in that there are no references to listen to in terms of style, genre, emotional profile or concept. This is a COMPOSER BRIEF; meaning the composer will be given a visual cue to write to, and it is up to the composer to choose the style, instrumentation, arrangement and genre(s) of the music. This is very similar to hiring a film score composer. 
See the visual cue here:
 
 
To download the video file for use in your DAW, click here:
https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/0XwMKqKh3x
2. Your submission, to be accepted must be uploaded to BounceBoss; which means a Checkerboard A/B File must accompany all submissions.
3. No Demos, only finished productions. 
 
4. Length: 2 Minutes.
5. Initial Deadline: October 24, 2020 midnight Pacific Daylight Time.
6. Secondary Deadline: Following the October 24, 2020 Deadline, music for this brief will be accepted on an ongoing basis. 
Process:
A. The music editor and I will put together the final audio/visual commercial submission for presentation to the client. The client has expressed a strong interest in advertising and using our services. The deal is NOT yet closed. We are counting on excellent quality music to HELP CLOSE THE DEAL, as do all Ad Agencies. If the deal is closed, the budget for music will be established in coordination with the client. Submissions are being accepted "on spec," meaning no budget yet exists for creating the presentation to the client. However, if your track is one of the tracks chosen for the Ad Campaign Submission, you will receive a $50 payout. If the Ad Campaign deal with the client is closed, your track will be considered for the final commercial(s), ​and if your track(s) is(are) chosen for the final commercial(s) you will be paid according to the client's budget.  
B. In order to learn more about Amazing Aquariums & Reefs, a very successful Southern California Company, watch the video tour of the company below. The music on this video is NOT a reference for you. The video is to help you learn more about the company. Note that the video has over 220,000 views with more than 2,500 likes.
 
 
 
 
Submissions Approved:
Dale Proctor - "Reef Soundscape"
2020
Yogurtland
Brief
Yogurtland CommercialABM
00:00 / 00:41
AMAZING AQUARIUMS BRIEF V.O.ABM
00:00 / 00:38
2021
"THE GIG"
Soundtrack Brief
Brief Background:
I was contacted by a cinematographer from the East Coast who was referred to me by one of my clients/students Elza.  Here is what the cinematographer wrote to me:

Gary,

Hi, I hope you are doing well and are healthy!

I have a request at the suggestion of Elza that I hope you may be able to help me with. The link, below, is to a rough draft teaser on my Google Drive for my program The GIG. Elza thinks that the music track that I’m using sounds too dated and suggested that I ask if you have any suggestions that I may substitute for it?

If so, I would like to hear your thoughts.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13M27DdtnFxvapDXFnbe8EvaMXRMzPYfW/view?usp=sharing

UPDATE AND GOOD NEWS REGARDING “THE GIG” BRIEF

- May 7, 2021

 

I was just hired as a producer and music editor for the final trailer. The final trailer will be released in several versions. At this time I foresee one version being approx 30 seconds long, one 45, one 60 and one 2 minutes. Stay tuned for more information as the project continues. 

Shorter tracks will be considered for the final trailer. The trailer will most likely consist of shorter tracks linked together in a musical montage. 

From this point forward, feel free to submit longer tracks, though - because as the music editor, I will have more material to choose from that way. 

IMPORTANT: ALL HIGH ENERGY GENRES NORMALLY PERFORMED BY LIVE PERFORMERS (INCLUDING DJ'S) WILL BE CONSIDERED.

 
TO ALL ABM FAMILY MEMBERS:
If you are interested in submitting for this brief, do the following:
1. Download the video file from the above link.
2. Upload the file into your DAW.
3. Study the current music on the video.
4. Mute the audio and compose your own music for this :34 second video. 
5. Upload the following to BounceBoss:
a). An MP3 of your soundtrack (Mix or Master)
b) Your reference track(s)
c) Your Full, Low, Mid and High CAB files
6. Supply a link to your soundtrack on a copy of the video and paste that link on BounceBoss when you upload your MP3's.
 
DO NOT UPLOAD THE VIDEO TO YOUTUBE OR ANY SITE. THE VIDEO FILE IS CONFIDENTIAL. THE LINK YOU SUPPLY NEEDS TO BE A DOWNLOADABLE LINK (Such as WeTransfer) TO THE VIDEO FILE ITSELF WITH YOUR SOUNDTRACK ON IT. 
ANY GENRES, ANY STYLES are acceptable.
 
The final decision will be made by the client.
Anyone receiving a BounceBoss track upload submission approval by me by May 1 (UPDATE: This has been extended until Jun 1, 2021) will receive a $30 bonus. 
If the Client approves your track for the final cut, you will be paid a one-time fee of $200 as a work-for-hire. 
Though this is not a lucrative placement, this Brief acts to help get ABM ready for our August Pre-Launch Beta Test. 
GOOD LUCK!
ABM FAMILY MEMBERS WITH TRACKS APPROVED BY ME:
Steve Harley May 7, 2021
Gary Gray
Voting Member of the Grammy Recording Academy