2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

How To Make (The Most of) Your Music Budget

Tuesday, March 15
2:00PM - 3:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 15
531 E 4th St

These days it’s easier than ever to make movies using nothing but software and devices we all already have at our fingertips. A few thousand (or hundred thousand) can take an independent film into post-production...when filmmakers often find themselves stumped on music, either unaware of the steps involved in clearance or floored by the costs. How much should a low budget film budget for music? What does it mean to “clear” a song? What value does a music supervisor bring and when should I hire one? Most importantly, what are my options if I really don’t have any more money? Filmmakers will walk away with a variety of approaches to get great music in their films no matter what the budget.

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Amanda Krieg Thomas at SXSW

Amanda Krieg Thomas

Music Supervisor

Neophonic Music & Media

Amanda Krieg Thomas has music supervised a wide variety of projects, most recently bringing her experience to the stellar team at Neophonic. She is currently working critically-acclaimed series inc...

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Joel West at SXSW

Joel West


Joel P West is a songwriter and film composer whose work draws on the wilderness and open spaces of North America. He has released several albums with his bands The Tree Ring and Flood Coats, and h...

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Jonathan Lane at SXSW

Jonathan Lane

Mgr, Music Licensing

Audio Network

Jonathan Lane is a highly experienced music licensing professional with a passion for all things music. Jonathan’s journey to this industry started at Fresno State University, where he attended col...

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Rob Lowry at SXSW

Rob Lowry

Music Supervisor

Sweater Weather Music

Ever since the 8th grade, when Rob skipped school to catch an opening day screening of Almost Famous, he knew that he wanted to be a music supervisor. To date, Rob has music-supervised a wide varie...

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