Placing Songs in TV, Commercials, & Film - Single Class Only Pass - Access the Archive with Music Business Attorney Ben McLane

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Access the archived talk with Music Business Attorney Ben McLane and receive 4+ hours of bonus materials.

Ben McLane is a music business attorney who has worked on more than 150 Top Ten songs or albums in his career on one side or another of the deal. I'm putting his bio and list of projects at the bottom of this note because it is so bananas-chock-full-of-big-artists-you-know that I won't name some here. If you only read the artists I bolded, you'll get some tiny sense of the breadth of his experience.

Ben is also the author of this short book on the music business, Music Business in 10 Easy Lessons: The Dealavailable as an ebook through Amazon at this affiliate link.

You can attend without enrolling in the full course--or you can enroll in the full course.

Awards: 1995 and 2006 Los Angeles Music Awards "Attorney of the Year"; 2004 Pepperdine Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Law Excellence In Entrepreneurship and Entertainment Law Award; Gold and Platinum records for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; Platinum record award for Dixie Chicks; Gold record award for Tracy Byrd; Platinum record award for soundtrack to "Above the Rim"; Gold record award for Sparkle; Gold record award for 311; Gold record award for Guns n' Roses; Platinum record award for Afroman; Gold record award for the soundtrack to "Swingers"; Platinum record award for Cher; Gold record award for Mya; Platinum record award for Eagles; Gold record award for Khia; Gold record award for Anita Baker; Gold record award for the soundtrack to "That's So Raven"; Gold record award for Alicia Keys; Platinum record award for Mary J Blige; Platinum record award for 50 cent; Gold record award for Nine Inch Nails; Platinum record award for Keyshia Cole; Gold record award for Sean Kingston; Platinum record award for Jay Z, Gold record award for "Glee" soundtrack; Gold record for Selena Gomez.

Notable Projects: Participated in numerous and diverse projects involving, but not limited to, legendary artists such as Weezer, Fifty Cent, Doors, Puff Daddy, No Doubt, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, Tony Iommi, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Eagles, J Lo, Phish, Roots, Shaggy, Yellowcard, Vladamir Horowitz, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, Ben Harper, Guns & Roses, Jeff Beck, Flaming Lips, Sixpence None The Richer, Eva Cassidy, Rooney, Dashboard Confessional, Black Eyed Peas, Dixie Chicks, Beau Brummels, Beatles, Bobby Caldwell, Martina McBride, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Frank Zappa, Brewer & Shipley, Badfinger, Gloria Estefan, U2, Pearl Jam, Richie Valens, Bon Jovi, Diane Warren, Dio, Faith Hill, Madonna, Tim McGraw, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Little Steven, Kurtis Blow, Big Star, Gap Band, Big Daddy Kane, Tu Pac, Wilson-Phillips, Alice Cooper, Yanni, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Motorhead, Dr John, Thelonius Monk, Mary J. Blige, Anita Baker, Naughty By Nature, Ying Yang Twins, Melissa Manchester, Chicago, Heart, The Bronx, Nancy Sinatra, Christina Milian, Boyz II Men, Dr Dre, Knack, Jay Z, Frankie Avalon, Hank Ballard, Little Anthony, Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Bob Rock, Howard Benson, Henry Stone, Lifehouse, Carson Daly, Randy Jackson (of American Idol), System of A Down, Rihanna, Goldfinger, Elvis, Daddy Yankee, Nina Simone, Peabo Bryson, Patrice Rushen, Buckethead, Frank Sinatra, Enrique Iglesias, Max Martin, Eddie Money, Iggy Pop, Lil Jon, Josh Groban, Steve Rifkin, Jackie DeShannon, Robbie Nevil, Santana, Paul Oakenfold, Gene Simmons, Warped Tour, Brad Pitt, Hanson, Menudo, Bay City Rollers, Joel Dorn, Donovan, Sonic Youth, Sweet, Lee Scratch Perry, Lionel Hampton, Sun Records, Rock Band Videogame, American Idol, Gossip Girl, Don Gilmore, Tom Jones, Fall Out Boy, Rupert Holmes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sublime, MTV, Katy Perry, David Foster, DeLeo Brothers (Stone Temple Pilots), Gram Parsons, John Doe, Maria McKee, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, John Feldman, Woodstock (40th Anniversary), Vanilla Ice, Hiromi, Miley Cyrus, NWA, Ice Cube, Secondhand Serenade, Andrew WK, Death Row, Demi Lovato, Snoop Dogg, Adam Lambert, John Waite, Britney Spears, Jonas Bros., Kool and the Gang, Cirque du Soleil, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, R Kelly, Evanescence, Red One, The Band Perry, The Winans, The Runaways, J Cole, The Voice, Emotions, Steven Adler (of Guns & Roses), Wiz Khalifa, American Idol, The Voice and X Factor contestants, Bay City Rollers, Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods, Lupe Fiasco, Animals, Sevendust, Badfinger, David Lynch, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Backstreet Boys, Frank Ocean, Buck Cherry, Lil' Wayne, Michael Bolton, Swollen Members, Grateful Dead, Janet Jackson, YG, Tupac, Vice, Judy Collins, Stephen Stills, Migos, Blink 182, Big Sean, Jake Paul, Logan Paul, Struts, Everlast, Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, George Clinton, Kiss, Korn, Jeezy, Megadeth, Cash Money, Right Said Fred, Spinners, Starset, Usher, Prince, Oliver Tree, Bruce Springsteen and Five Seconds of Summer.

To learn more about the full class or to enroll and to be eligible for all submissions (music supervisors, writing camp, sync agency, libraries, and critical listening reviews), go here.

  • Each class video involves a mix of presentation, demonstration, lecture, question and answer, interactive and take-home assignments, regular feedback, and a series of assignments designed to help each class member build and organize their catalog and prepare it and themselves for improved chances of placing songs. There will be actual pitching opportunities with direct feedback from music supervisors, placement houses, and publishers.


  • am a songwriter or producer looking for various opportunities for my music
  • have always wanted my music on television
  • keep hearing that my songs "would be perfect for tv" but don't know where to start
  • want to understand all about how licensing works, how to prepare paperwork, rights, etc for a possible career in the business of music licensing
  • have a home studio and know there must be opportunities waiting for me
  • or...I am not a songwriter but want to learn the business of music supervision from this unique three-dimensional perspective. Two alumna of this class have gone on to respected positions in music supervision directly as a result of this class.

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