In the video interview below, I ask Music Supervisor Dan Wilcox all the questions I want to know about budgeting for Music Rights in Film:
- How should I budget for music on a $150,000 movie?
- How should I budget for music on a $1,000,000 movie?
- How much do music rights actually cost per song?
- What do “famous” songs go for?
- What about if I want to put a Beatles song in my end credits?
- What can I reasonably expect if I have $3,000 for Music versus $30,000?
- How much does it cost to hire a Music Supervisor?
These are just some of the questions we dive into in our interview with Dan Wilcox.
Dan Wilcox started in music supervision in 2004, working freelance on national ad campaigns for Mitsubishi. From 2004 to 2008 he was the Music Director of Ten Music, an advertising music house, where he supervised campaigns for brands such as Apple, Toyota, Nike, Mastercard, VW, Toyota Prius, Nokia and many others. Since 2008, he’s been working freelance as a Music Supervisor for film & TV projects as well as advertising & branding. He also served as Music Director at Music Interactive, a company that connects consumers and brands through music promotions, working with artists ranging from Rihanna, Florence + the Machine, Phoenix, John Legend, Mos Def and more for brands such as Coca Cola, Nissan, HP, Toyota, Adult Swim, Disney and others. Dan also hosts a radio program every Sunday night 10p-12m on 89.9FM KCRW in Los Angeles.