What Is the Role of a Music Supervisor

Getting a song into a TV show or movie is an important marketing objective for many artists.  Just ask Snow Patrol who vaulted to platinum status after a couple of their songs were used during those preachy poignant final act sequences on Grey’s Anatomy.

The task of chosing songs for TV shows and movie soundtracks and trailers falls to the music supervisor.  But does he/she do?  How best to reach them?  Here’s an interview with Season Kent.  She’s worked on The Fighter, Limitless, Macgruber, Entourage and many more.

She answers the following questions:


  • What is the role of the music supervisor?
  • What’s the best way for an indie band to approach a music supervisor
  • What genres of music get licensed most often?


It’s a good read, especially if you’re an artist looking to place some music.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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