Seminar: Music Rights (2) – Negotiating Agreements

This in-depth seminar from the Indie Training Fund is designed for people with good practical experience of music copyright in film and television, and/or have attended the introductory level Music Rights (1): The Essentials.


• Establishing the music requirements of a production
• Researching details of music copyright owners
• Preparing clearance requests and obtaining initial response
• Negotiating preferred terms and conditions
• Approving final deal points and requesting draft agreements
• Reviewing, analysing and negotiating the wording of agreements
• Requesting signature copies
• Paying licence fees and delivering final documentation


Please note: this course is intermediate and is not suitable for those who are either new to or have very little working knowledge of music copyright.


There will be a step-by-step explanation of licensing procedures, advice on how to avoid the pitfalls of copyright clearance and tips on keeping within budget. In a workshop environment, a detailed review of music agreements will follow, emphasising the importance of understanding and completing all necessary music documentation. There will also be an opportunity to discuss specific music issues with the speakers during the course of the afternoon.


Ivan Chandler, Founder & CEO of Musicalities Ltd, is one of the UK’s most respected music copyright consultants with over 30 years experience in the entertainment industry including 1977-1980 as General Manager of Paramount Pictures’ music company, 1980 -1989 as European Manager of Motown’s music publishing division and 1992-1996 as the music consultant for PACT. He is also the author of the Pact publication “The Music Copyright Guide for Television and Film Production”. Ivan’s film credits include “Shooting Fish”, Sally Potter’s “The Tango Lesson” and “Believe -The Eddie Izzard Story”. Amongst Musicalities’ many clients are Aardman Animations, 19 Entertainment, Universal Music, 2entertain, Ecosse TV, Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions, Simon & Schuster, Peter Andre, Faithless and Sir Michael Parkinson.

Guest speakers: TBC


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Register from: 1.45pm
Session: 2pm-5.30pm

Max. attendees 12
Maximum of two delegates per company.


ITF courses in London are open to ITF members, Pact members and freelance industry professionals with two years proven work experience. ITF courses supported by additional funding from national and regional agencies are open to industry professionals from the relevant region. Please note our courses are not suitable for students or new entrants.


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