Getting Your Songs in Film and on TV
Lisa Aschmann
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 1:00pm
Music 2 - Room #108

Lisa Aschmann will share some business and songwriting strategies for writing, selecting, and preparing songs for various audio-visual usages, and discuss pitching opportunities to make your work maximally attractive to film and television music supervisors. This workshop is geared toward people wanting to do professional songwriting in these fields. The workshop will not cover scoring films and/or licensing covers of traditional songs.

Lisa Aschmann, a long-time member of the San Francisco Folk Music Club, is now a professional songwriter and recording artist living in Nashville. She has had songs used as source cues and tunes in dozens of films and TV shows, in a large variety of styles, but particularly Latin jazz as in "the Rum Diary"(starring Johnny Depp), Christmas swing, such as "the 12 Men of Christmas" (starring Kristin Chenowith), and "the Decoding of Anna Parker".(starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton), children's music (as in "Sesame Street") and folk/bluegrass (as in "The Bell Witch"). She's also had songs used in TV detective stories ("Bones", "Numb3rs" "Hack") and romances/soap operas ("Las Vegas", "Sex and the City", "My Name is Earl", "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), documentaries, ads, and science fiction ( e.g."The X Files"). Lisa also has had a book of creativity exercises, "1000 Songwriting Ideas", published by Hal Leonard, and has released 7 CDs as a performing artist (3 folk/pop, 3 jazz and 1 bluegrass). She currently has 3 more CDs in production. And she has written or co-written many songs or tunes recorded by others - over 700 cuts to date.

(Note: Not sure what a source cue is? It is a piece of music that is heard on camera, from a source, such as a song that is played on a bandstand or heard on an elevator. It's incidental music, not part of the regular score, but dropped into the background of the film. Source cues are usually written by outside songwriters or composers other than the person in charge of the rest of the underscore.)