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This area of Bates Meyer encompasses working with directors and producers in  clearance negotiation, licensing and the selection of music cues as well as addressing image rights and consulting on special projects. Services include Fair Use Analysis, in-depth song research, chain of title investigation and the creation of custom licensing agreements.   This work extends to content producers who need clearance of performers and identification of music cues. As reissue consultants, Bates Meyer offers assistance in mechanical licensing and master lease agreements for labels repackaging past product for new release.

Nancy Meyer has created a seminar on “MUSIC CLEARANCE ESSENTIALS: Finding and Licensing Great Affordable Music” which she has conducted at numerous film festivals. Meyer has also served as a mentor at the Cannes Film Festival for the film student program sponsored by The American Pavilion.


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Select Projects Below

Lakota Nation vs.
United States

IFC Films (Theatrical Release, AMC+)

Combining archival material, footage of the Black Hills’ natural beauty and activist interviews, this visually stunning documentary is witness to the Oyate Lakota Nation’s historic survival despite oppression and genocide.


IFC Films (Theatrical Release, Hulu)

Based on recently declassified files, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Pollard explores the US government’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lea Salonga, Live w/
the Sydney Orchestra

Center For Asian American Media /C Major Entertainment (PBS)

Accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Lea Salonga performs the songs she made famous throughout her Broadway career along with her signature songs from the animated blockbuster movies “Aladdin” and “Mulan.”

Two Trains Runnin’

(Avalon Films / Theatrical Release)

Directed by Sam Pollard, this film depicts the activism of Freedom Summer alongside the search for two forgotten blues singers Skip James and Son House in 1964, one of the most violent periods of the civil rights movement.

Forever Chinatown

(Good Medicine Picture Company) PBS

81-year old artist Frank Wong has spent 40 years recreating his fading memories by building extraordinarily detailed miniature models of San Francisco’s Chinatown community.

Off the Menu: Asian America 

(PBS) Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Diversity Initiative

This story by award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee investigates the culture of Asian cuisine and how it has influenced and been transformed by the American palate.

Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings

(PBS) Center For Asian American Media

Musical sensation Shimabukuro, with his virtuoso skills on the ukulele, has altered all previous notions of the instrument’s potential.

Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball

(Turner Sports)

Racial and religious overtones emerge as this film explores the success of the NCAA University of Kentucky Wildcats. Directed by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer/director Michael Tolajian.

Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power


Documentary about activist Robert Franklin Williams, whose book “Negroes With Guns” inspired the Black Power movement.  Williams’ radio broadcasts from Cuba between 1961-1966 provided a soundtrack for America’s civil rights struggle.


Rose Of No-Man’s Land (PBS)
Part concert performance, part memoir, this project with singer/songwriter and activist Nell Robinson was filmed at the legendary folk venue The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley with guests Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and John Doe.

Through The Heart of Tango (Inclusion Films Workshop) PBS SoCal
Four young adults with developmental disabilities take part in this film workshop. The participants learn filmmaking technique and how dance teaches communication.

Penelope: The Documentary (371 Productions)

Nursing home residents, some with severe dementia or wheel-chair bound, collaborate with playwright Anne Basting and Sojourn Theater to create a play reinterpreting Homer’s Odyssey.

NORA  (Movement Revolution Productions / Center for World Arts)

This award winning short is based on the life of Zimbabwean-born dancer Nora Chipaumire. Part biopic, part dramatic cinema and part dance film.

KILLER DILLER (Freestyle Releasing)

In a Music Supervisor role, Nancy Meyer worked with G. Marq Roswell on this independent feature based on the Clyde Eggerton novel (Random House). Taj Mahal performs on steel guitar in the role of JR Cox.

TED HAWKINS: Amazing Grace (Geffen Home Video)
Co-Producer with award winning director/producer Janice Engel

Ginger Ale Afternoon (Film soundtrack Executive Producer)
Grammy nominated soundtrack on Varese Sarabande featuring the music of Blues legend Willie Dixon

American Roots Music (PBS/Ginger Group Productions)
Produced and Directed by Emmy Winner Jim Brown. (Music and Estate clearances)

American Folk Blues 1962-1969 (Experience Hendrix/Universal Home Video)
Estate Research and clearance

Muddy Waters: Classic Concerts (Reelin’ In The Years/Universal Home Video)
Music Research

The Howling Wolf Story (Don McGlynn Films / BMG Home Video)
Chester Burnett Estate clearance and master use clearance

Strange Land (PBS Hawaii) Olena Media, Directed by Emmy Award-winning  filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo (Music clearances)

Flood Street (Noisemaker Films) Music clearance / narration casting

Fountain of Youth (2 Rivers Productions / VH1)
Directed by Ace Award winning director Janice Engel (Music clearances)

Music In the Air (United Airlines/DMI)
Bates Meyer delved into the blues hall of fame for Disc Marketing, Inc. creating Essential Voices Of the Blues, an in-flight entertainment program.