There has been a significant interest in Music Supervision due to music’s ability tosonically brand visual media, resulting in a lucrative cross-marketing tool. The musicsupervisor acts as a liaison between the visual media’s creative team and the musicindustry. This influential role of consultant and tastemaker considers more than aestheticsof the scene as to include, legal, administrative, creative, interpersonal, and budgetaryknow-how.Film scholars that specialize in film music primarily focus on the composition of a film’sscore and less on the placement of pre-recorded music and it’s function as a narrativedevice and a marketing tool. The music industry is at a cross-road. Record sales aredeclining and musicians are bypassing the major record labels to self distribute. Musicindustry professionals are looking to license music catalogues as a new marketing tooland new source of revenue.Currently three books have been published on the topic of Music Supervision; two of which approach music supervision from the perspective of the musician. There is yet tobe any visual media that explores the
process, politics, and prospect of this art form.
Music Supervision: a thesis project
is a video project compiled of interviews withentertainment professionals and artists. This project will provide the film and musiccommunities an understanding of the evolution of the art form and the selection process.