Submit your music for placement on film and television with Assemble Sound

Detroit-based sync licensing agency Assemble Sound is opening up their roster to Northern Colorado artists for the first time by way of a partnership with The Music District. Assemble Sound has worked with companies such as HBO, Hulu, and Apple – now’s your chance to pitch your music to join this roster.

If your submission is selected, you will join Assemble Sound’s roster of artists to be pitched for sync placements. Those who are not selected will meet with Assemble Sound and Music District staff to plan what they need to do to be sync ready and reapply. Every artist who applies will receive a consultation and feedback about their submission.

Get sync ready at The Music District

Learn from industry insiders on how you can succeed in sync licensing at our upcoming events. Check back for updates!

The Music District has hosted several workshops on sync licensing – check out the Launchpad to rewatch previous events.

About Assemble Sound

Assemble Sound has worked with companies such as Hulu, Samsung, Apple, Red Bull, and others. They have successfully placed songs on shows including Hulu’s Shrill, TBS’ The Last O.G., and the E! Network. Assemble Sounds works alongside indie artists, composers, and sound designers from all genres and backgrounds to create original music for commercials, films, and tv shows. Check out their portfolio page to see their most recent placements:

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Sync FAQs

What is the Music District + Assemble Sound partnership all about?
Assemble Sound and the Music District share a similar goal in helping musicians create sustainable careers. Each organization offers different services – the Music District offers workshops, education, consultations, and other skill-building programs; Assemble Sound directly represents artists for sync opportunities. The partnership was designed to create opportunities in both education AND representation for our Northern Colorado community.
What is a sync music license?
A sync music license allows you to use an artist’s music within your film or video project. Regardless of whether a film or video is intended for personal, business or any other kind of use, anytime you use someone’s music within a film or video you must have a license. A license gives you legal and official permission to use an artist’s music for your project.
What should I include in the links section of the application?
Send a few different places where Assemble Sound can hear your music – Bandcamp, Spotify, YouTube, etc. This does not have to be the specific songs you’d like to pitch; instead, this is a chance to introduce your music to Assemble Sound.
Does Assemble Sound take ownership of any masters or publishing?
No. Artists are required to own their own masters and publishing and Assemble Sound does not take any ownership of either.
Do sample packs count as uncleared samples or are they fair game for sync?
Royalty-Free sample packs are cool to use in this scenario. As long as it’s clear in your purchase of the sample packs that synchronization rights are granted to the purchaser, they are fair game. No uncleared samples are allowed outside of this example. Assemble Sound acts as a one-stop-shop, meaning we can represent 100% of the master and all writer/publishing sides.
What about loops or sounds from programs such as Logic or Ableton?
Those samples are Royalty-Free, meaning they are also okay to use.
What if some of my songs contain samples and some do not? Should I still apply?
Yes. Assemble Sound will work directly with you to select songs for their roster, at which time you can separate tracks with samples from those free of samples.
Do I need all of my co-writers to authorize the artist rep agreement?
Yes. It is legally required that we have signatures from all writers on all songs we represent for sync licensing. The Artist Rep document gives us permission to represent the likeness of all writers as well as represent for sync licenses.
Can Assemble do individual writer payouts for the sync fees?
No, Assemble Sound is not responsible for paying out individual writers. The point of contact that signs the contract agreement is the sole payee. It is entirely up to the payee to split the revenue amongst master and publishing owners, and writers accordingly to their agreed-upon splits.
Do my songs need to be registered with my PRO before I can get them pitched for sync?
No, your songs do not need to be registered to be pitched. However, it’s in every artist’s best interest to be signed up with a PRO and register the full writer and publishing information of their songs to collect all of the royalties possible.
What is a PRO? I’m not signed up, which one do I choose?
There are 3 Performance Rights Organizations in the US that artists can choose to sign up with. Research ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC and choose the best one for you. It’s recommended that you sign up for both a writer’s account AND a publishing account if you own all of your rights. This way you can retain & collect royalties for all sides.
Once my songs are registered, does Assemble Sound profit off of the back end royalties?
No. Assemble Sound works off of an agreed-upon percentage of the sync fee. All royalties are retained by artists. We do however report artist PRO information to clients in the agreement phase so that all royalties are reported.
Can I be represented by other sync companies such as CD Baby and still be represented by Assemble Sound?
As long as your other sync contracts are non-exclusive, you can still be represented by Assemble Sound. Contracts from Assemble Sound will be non-exclusive.
Does Assemble Sound work with one style of music over another?
No. Assemble Sound pitches to a wide range of companies and seeks out a diverse musical roster to pitch for appropriate opportunities.
Do my songs need to be unreleased to be included in Assemble Sound's Catalog?
No. Unreleased and released music are both fair game, as long as you own both the masters and publishing.