The Symposium – Licensing

Before we get to today’s post, don’t forget to pre-register for the FREE Radio Summercamp Educational Musicians Symposium. We want to hear from you regarding what you’d like to learn this Saturday.

Licensing can be a sticky proposition for a lot of musicians. Some claim licensing music equates to selling your soul. Others believe licensing is a way to “expose your music to the world while getting a nice paycheck that allows a musician to continue pursuing music as a career.” We have our feet firmly planted in the latter. Why? Because music is more important to life than narrowing it’s scope to your headphones or car stereo. Movies, TV shows, conferences and even sporting  events are made more enjoyable because of music’s inclusion (although baseball games suck when they blast that garbage hard rock every three gall damn seconds). What would the movie Dead Man have been without Neil Young’s score? It would have been silent and boring. In Wilsey’s case, would the drama and intrigue of a legendary show like 90210, regardless of your television viewing or music listening preferences, been as potent without Wilsey’s creative, structured inclusion of music? No. The answer is no and to argue otherwise is silly.

Music is important in a lot of different ways. Music is exposed in through a lot of different mediums. We were, in fact, elated when we first heard Yo La Tengo during a Volkswagen commercial. Why, because it meant that previously overlooked-by-the-masses music was streaming into mass consciousness AND it meant that one of our favorite bands of all time was getting a nice paycheck.

All preaching aside, though, the primary symposium objective is to take knowledge from people who have been through the music business rigmarole and transmit that knowledge to young or less experienced musicians. Darren Wilsey is perfect in helping to achieve this primary objective.

Wilsey is a multi-faceted artist who as accomplished a great deal of success writing music in various ways, and for a variety of outlets. His bio:

Darren Wilsey is an award-winning composer, songwriter and music producer. He has written and produced music for numerous independent films and network television. His music has appeared on such shows as Ghost Whisperer (CBS), Sex and the City (HBO), Queer as Folk (Showtime), Punk’d (MTV), Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Bravo), Dane Cook’s Tourgasm (HBO), Road Rules (MTV), Skin (Fox), Life With Derek (Disney), Breaking Bonaduce (VH1), Snowboarding World (NBC Sports), Beverly Hills 90210–The Complete First Season (Paramount Entertainment), and Melrose Place–The Complete First Season (Paramount Entertainment).

He is a two-time grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and has been a featured composer and music producer in publications by SONY Media, Sibelius, and Yamaha.

Darren Wilsey was a classical guitar major at The Manhattan School of Music. He also studied piano and music composition at The Juilliard School of Music. He received an M.F.A. from The University of California at Irvine, majoring in music composition and technology.

He currently lives in Orange County, CA with his wife and two busy little boys.

Darren also wrote one of the definitive books on licensing, titled, The Musician’s Guide to Licensing Music: How to Get Your Music into Film, TV, Advertising, Digital Media & Beyond.

Pretty successful, right? You might say, “Well, he went to great schools that offered greater opportunities.” We’ll respond with, “Yes, he did. BUT, his education is more a testament to his willingness to work hard than it is a reflection of any sort of pre-determined privilege.” More importantly, Mr. Wilsey knows the ins and outs of one of the symposium’s topics. Darren will be presenting remotely via SKYPE and will be covering the following topic.

Selling Out! As the world becomes smaller through technology and media outlets merge and converge, new outlets and opportunities for getting your music into the ears of listeners.  Learn how to license your music for television programs, commercials, fashion shows, movies and more.

Expert Panel: Darren Wilsey, Musician and Author; The Musicians Guide to Licensing Music (via SKYPE)

Moderated by:  Ryan Schleicher, Promotions Director WMSE

This panel happens during the final round of panels happening from 2:45pm – 3:30pm, but we highly encourage you to attend panels throughout the day, as well as Victor DeLorenzo’s key-note speech happening at 3:45pm.


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  1. […] the general idea of the Symposium. We’ve introduced the key-note speaker and a couple of the session experts. Now let’s get straight to the whole day, all the topics and presenters. And […]

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