As collectors of recorded music and admirers of those who perform their art, we have expanded our work in film, television and other creative outlets where music makes the difference. This area of our company encompasses working with directors and producers in the selection of music cues, image rights, clearance negotiation and licensing as well as consulting on special projects. Our services include Fair Use Analysis, in-depth song research, chain of title investigation and the creation of custom licensing agreements. Our consulting services have assisted publishers, songwriters, heirs and copyright owners in catalog review and analysis. We prepare publishing catalogs for worldwide administration. Our 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.
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.
(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
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
(INDEPENDENT LENS / PBS)
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.
PARTIAL CREDIT LIST
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)
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.