In prime time alone.
Multiply that by the number of channels out there (I'll let you count them up) and there are hundreds and hundreds of shows out there. Who has time to listen and watch that much TV? No one, that's who.
In comes Tunefind.com, a website dedicated to finding music from TV and movies. I think the main point of it is to help people find that song they just heard on CSI: Miami or whatever. Cool idea actually. However, when I saw it, a whole other way of using the website occurred to me.
Let's say you play bluesy, garage rock similar to The Black Keys. At tunefind.com, find The Black Keys by clicking the Artists link at the top of the page and selecting "T" (tricky). Click on The Black Keys and you find a number of shows and movies that have used their songs. I'm looking for TV shows that have used their music multiple times (my thought is that the show has use for that type of music frequently and it wasn't a one-time situation that probably won't be repeated). So glancing through the list I notice that Sons Of Anarchy keeps popping up as well as One Tree Hill, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. Cool.
Also cool is that these shows are still on the air, which means they still need music.
So I click on the Sons of Anarchy link and start listening to all the other music they've been using to get a stronger sense of the type of music they use. The nice thing about the site is that you can listen to sound clips of the songs right there too, and there's usually a short description of the scene it was used in. This is important.
Then what I do is go to the shows page on IMDB.com, click on the full cast and crew and scroll down until I find out who the Music Supervisors are for the show. If I can find out their contact information or start following them on Twitter, you can contact them saying you have a song that you think would work very well for a scene where Character A is in such and such situation (remember the importance of the scene description earlier?). Don't doubt that you will at least be listened to and considered.
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