The Club of Five soundtracks available

Looking back, this year was (and is) a year full of turbulence but also closure. We worked hard to finish the movie “De Club van Vijf”. And this paid off; ‘Best Movie’, ‘Best Actrice’ (Holly van Zoggel) and ‘Best Direction’ (Mark Weistra) at The Hague Festival, a nomination for Noorderkroon, preview screening at NFF. Now weve also released the soundtracks of the movie.

After youve seen De Club van Vijf, you can now sing along with more than 30 soundtracks of the movie. You can listento the movietracks in the iTunes store, Spotify Music, Amazon Music and YouTube Music.  

Haven’t you seen the movie yet? Watch it on Pathé Thuis, MeJane, KPN or T-Mobile.

 

Did you like the movie? Please give us a review at MovieMeter or IMDb to let us know what you think.

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Help ons om een kleine film naar het grote scherm te brengen

Help ons om een kleine film naar het grote scherm te brengen met de mooiste muziek en het beste geluid mogelijk. Door jouw bijdrage kunnen we ‘De Club van Vijf’ een muzikaal leven inblazen én tot een echte Sinterklaas klassieker maken! 

De Club van Vijf is een film zoals je nog nooit eerder hebt gezien: een zomerse avonturenfilm over Sinterklaas! Een charismatische groep jeugdvrienden ontdekken een groot mysterie, een verborgen plot over Sinterklaas dat moet worden ontmaskerd! Echter zijn er duistere krachten aan het werk die een stokje voor hun speurtocht proberen te steken. Gaandeweg onthuld de Club van Vijf een kwaadaardig plan dat het Sinterklaasfeest generaties lang kan beïnvloeden… misschien wel voor altijd!

Klik hier voor de trailer!

Soundgram Post begins crowdfunding to finish Dutch adventure film

Director Mark Weistra teams up with composer Johan van der Voet to complete a cute family feature just in time for the holidays

Soundgram Post Main Production Suite “B” for Soundtrack Mixing

The Film

The Club of Five is a film like you’ve never seen before: a summer adventure film about Sinterklaas!  A charismatic group of childhood friends discover a big mystery, a hidden plot about Sinterklaas that needs to be unmasked!  However, there are dark forces at work trying to put a stop to their quest.  Gradually The Club of Five unveils an evil plan that could destroy the Sinterklaas holiday for generations … maybe forever! Click here for the trailer!

The Story

The Club of Five is almost finished, but two crucial elements are missing: the sound and the music! Due to unforeseen weather and production delays there was no budget left for the sound mixing and the musical score.  And frankly: What is a film without music?

Soundgram Post Productions has generously promised to take care of the audio post production at cost. With your contribution Johan can also get started with composing the soundtrack so the music can be recorded with gifted musicians and the team can get busy with the sound design. Our goal is to start final post-production in March and be ready by June, in time for the Dutch Film Festival in the fall and a theatrical release near the holidays.

The Team

Mark Weistra is an experienced filmmaker and dedicated director with a passion for Dutch film ( https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1496066/ ).  His filmography spans many genres, including thriller (Taxandrea, 2008), horror (Kristen, 2015) and suspense (Het Verhoor, 2018). The Club of Five is the first children’s film that Mark made, fully shot in the Netherlands with Dutch actors and the real Sinterklaas of course!

Johan van der Voet is a noted Dutch composer who owns Soundgram Post (soundgram.com) an audio & music production studio in Utrecht. His 25-year career includes soundtrack work on nearly 100 film and television shows, as well as hundreds of sessions with musicians, artists, and voice-overs artists. The Club of Five is the third feature film in which Johan and Mark have worked together.

The Impact

In the midst of all the English-language films that dominate the local cinemas nowadays, this warm, cozy Dutch film offers a welcome change. It’s a movie in which children from The Netherlands see themselves on the big screen as epic adventurers, portrayed as honest, loyal and smart.  With Sinterklaas in the spotlight, The Club of Five has the potential to bring families together every year, a holiday traditional for years to come!

Click here to support this worthy film!

Use Soundgram’s production music for free

We’ve made it easy for production companies to use our music in TV broadcast content

If you are a production company: did you know you can easily use our production music for BBC, ITV, SKY, DISCOVERY, RTL, NPO, SBS, or radio content? Through the MCPS-PRS or BUMA-STEMRA licence with the BBC and other broadcasters, you can access all our production music tracks of the highest quality for free, making our music an obvious choice for BBC productions.

The blanket TV broadcast licence gives access to tracks for use on the BBC’s public service television channels, radio stations, on-demand services and the BBC World Service.

So to be clear the tracks of our Soundgram music library are already covered under the BBC’s licence with PRS for Music.

A bit more about the licence…

It covers all of the following BBC Television channels – BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC News, BBC Parliament, CBeebies, CBBC, BBC Scotland, BBC Alba, BBC Arabic (World Service) and BBC Persia (World Service). Radio channels – Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, Radio 5 Live, Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio 6 Music, Asian Network, Radio Scotland, Radio Nan Gàidheal, Radio Ulster, Radio Foyle, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, Radio Cymru 2, BBC Local Radio and BBC World Service.

From 2019, the Soundgram Production Music Library can be used in content made for the above services without additional fees being charged to the BBC, the producer, or the distributor for the creation or distribution of content further down the line. This means that content can be sold or supplied to the likes of Netflix, Amazon or Britbox (who will have their own licences for copying and streaming content on their platforms).

Here’s a Q&A to help you with some questions you might have:

Q. I’m working on a BBC television programme for one or more of the channels outlined above. BBC Studios will then sell it on to third parties (e.g. Netflix, Britbox, Amazon Prime, iTunes). Is that covered by the licence?

A. Yes, the licence includes distribution rights to third parties.

Q. What if the programme I’m working on is sold by another distributor? Is that also covered by the licence?

A. Yes, as long as the programme is being produced for use on the BBC’s public service television channels, the licence includes the right for all distributors to sell the programme to third parties, not just BBC Studios.

Q. We’re producing content for the BBC in the UK and we would like to use some of Soundgram’s and other MCPS Production Music, is that covered by the licence?

A. Yes, all tracks from Soundgram and MCPS Production Music is covered.

Q. Does it cover co-productions?

A. Yes, as long as the BBC has contributed at least 10% of the total production costs.

Q. Will promos made under the licence be cleared for use online (e.g. Facebook, YouTube etc.)?

A. Yes, promos containing Soundgram’s production music can be made available on social media and other online services worldwide.

Q. Anything else I should be aware of?

A. Where content made under the BBC’s (or ITV/NPO/RTL) blanket licence is sold or supplied to a third party service (e.g. Netflix, YouTube or Facebook), that third party should have a licence to cover any copies it makes, and any streams or downloads of the content it makes available.

Got further questions? Please get in touch.

Composer Johan van der Voet creates masterclass for Amsterdam Film School

This week Soundgram Post composer Johan van der Voet was invited by the Amsterdam Film School to teach a MASTERCLASS about film music composing in a special workshop in late November 2018.

In this seminar, musician and sound designer van der Voet talks about the different aspects of post-production sound design and film music. What choices can be made, among other things, in working with existing material, obtaining sync rights and creating a soundtrack? And what are the consequences of these choices? Johan will guide attendees through the art of the score with 20 years experience on dozens of movies.  Afterwards a Q&A section will allow participants to ask their own specific questions answered by a professional.

The class will take place Wednesday, 28 November from 19:30-22:00 at the Amsterdam Film School at Panamalaan 5 near the Eastern Docklands. Tickets can be bought at Eventbrite.nl 

JOHAN VAN DER VOET

Johan is a composer and owner of SOUNDGRAM, a post-production company based in Utrecht. His large studio facilitates music composition, sound design, foley and ADR for film, TV, games and multi-media. His music is featured in libraries worldwide and has been used by Discovery Channel, NBC, MTV, the BBC and many others. As a composer he has worked on dozens of film productions, including the documentary ‘Wognum’ which was just awarded the Pathé Tuschinski Award during the 2018 Netherlands Film Festival.  He is currently working on the feature film ‘Label Me’ and a new score for the film ‘Club van 5’.

 

Johan van der Voet treedt af als voorzitter BCMM

De mede-oprichter van de BCMM (Beroepsvereniging Componisten Multi-Media) geeft zijn voorzittershamer over aan de huidige vice-voorzetter Hans Everling die deze rol zal vervullen tot er een nieuwe opvolger is gevonden.

“Na een periode van 10 jaar voorzitterschap is het moment gekomen om een stapje terug te doen en me volledig te focussen op mijn eigen werk als filmcomponist”, zegt Johan van der Voet, die sinds het ontstaan van de BCMM een belangrijke rol speelt binnen de vereniging.

“De afgelopen twee jaar is het aantal opdrachten gestaag toegenomen en inmiddels is mijn bedrijf Soundgram Post uitgegroeid tot een van de snelst groeiende studio’s in Utrecht.”

Van der Voet schreef onder andere de filmscores voor Nederlandse speelfilms als ‘Kristen’, ‘Het Verhoor’, en de documentaire ‘Wognum’ die nu te zien is op het Nederlands Film Festival. Momenteel werkt Johan aan de audio post-productie voor de speelfilm ‘Label Me’ van regisseur Anil Wagemans.

Er zijn in de afgelopen jaren bij BCMM meerdere successen gevierd, maar de belangrijkste overwinning is dat mediacomponisten inmiddels een serieuze gesprekspartner zijn bij onder meer Buma/Stemra in Nederland en de ECSA op Europees niveau.

Van der Voet blijft wel lid van de Raad van Rechthebbenden bij Buma/Stemra.

 

How to make money with music

The opportunity to make money with music started over 200 years ago. You could promote yourself and your music locally, by performing it. If it was any good and if the right person heard it, you could have even been asked to perform for important people, even royals have always loved musical entertainment. With modern day technology, the opportunities in the industry expanded in a lot of ways. Now, there are multiple services that music can have. The most known service is probably when an artist makes a song and releases it. It is no secret how rich some artists can become if they release the right hit. But how do they make the money after the release? There are a couple of ways, and these are some of them:

Earn the royalties

Royalties in the music industry is the money you make if your music is being used during, for example, an event, in a movie, on the radio etc. The more royalties you get, the more money you make. You can only get the royalties if you have copyrights or master-rights on the song that you released. This is a permanent way of earning money. Mariah Carey, for example, still earns about $250.000 in royalties every year with her song ‘All I want for Christmas is you’, because it is played a lot of times every year around christmas time.

Buy the song services

You can also release the music you make on Spotify, Itunes, Soundcloud and a lot of other platforms that require people to buy your song in order for them to listen to it. This money can go directly to you, or it goes to the recordlabel if they own the rights. These platforms use royalties as well. Let me give you an example of the power of buy-the-music platforms. Ed Sheeran’s shape of you has been streamed 1,5 billion times in one year. Spotify pays
about $0,006 in royalties per-stream. Adding up the numbers, I think we can all agree that he probably won’t have to
go back to perform on the streets again any time soon.

 

 

Performances

Not that there is anything wrong with performing on the streets. Like I implied, the most spotify-streamed artist started of on those. The corner of a street, a bar mitswa, weddings, a festival, a world tour… There are a lot of places where you can perform a songcover or a song that you released yourself. The more popular you (and the song) are, the more people will ask you to perform somewhere. Organizations usually pay you to do so. If they don’t, you can still earn money with, for example, the ticket sales to your performance or through sponsors of your performance.

 

 

Views and advertisements

Ever heard of YouTube? Yes? You’re not the only one. With over 3.3 billion views the most viewed video on this platform is a music video of the song ‘When I see you again by Chalie Puth ft. Whiz Khalifa’. Not saying that you have to make an expensive and visual music video with story line and heavy production in order to gain views on YouTube. You can also make a lyric video to your song and post that. Even though it is free for people to watch videos on YouTube, you can still make money off of posting something on the platform. You can place advertisements on them. You can make approximately $o,18 for every view your video gets through advertisements on your video. So, the more views you get, the more money you make.
Depending on several factors you could earn up to €1.000,- or more for 2.000.000 views of a video that uses your music. If you uploaded and/or made the video you could earn several thousands of euro’s for those views. Not to mention the sponsors that pay you to promote their brands.

 

Add feeling to film

Besides being an artist, there is another way to earn money in the music industry. I personally make most of my earnings at my own post-production company. I have always loved the music composition of movie tracks. These are created during the process of post-production. In the post-production of movies, series, games, commercials etc, the sound score for that project is created. This includes the official sound track, background music, ADR & Voice-Over, and Foley. After working in Madrid (Spain) and London (UK), I started my own company in the Netherlands called ‘Soundgram Post’. Here my job description is: CEO, TV and Film Music Composer, Sound Designer and multi-instrumentalist. With these jobs I pay my bills. In post-production there are also multiple ways of earning money with what you created. One way is if you put your music in a music (publishing) library. If a movie wants a score, they can get it by looking in one of these libraries and search for a track that they seem fit. If they find one, they can buy that track for their project. Another way is if these project makers look for a very specific sound. With this they can call you and ask you to write, record and produce a score personally.

And a lot more

But it doesn’t end there. Let’s speed things up a little bit, because there is a lot of information to share. Here is another list of jobs that you can have in the music industry:

  • Record producer
  • Recording engineer
  • A & R Coordinator
  • A & R administrator
  • Personal manager
  • Program director
  • Music director
  • Radio DJ
  • Tour manager
  • Stage manager
  • Sound technician
  • Booking agent
  • Concert promoter
  • Publicist
  • Music journalist

But most importantly, there is one thing you need if you want to make it in the music industry. That is called ‘passion’. If you don’t love what you do, it will be extremely hard to be the best in the job, and the competition is stiff. You can have setbacks, a lot of competition and things in your path that you won’t like (like taking care of the administration). The way that you deal with these setbacks, is what will define you as an artist, music director, record producer or any other job in the music industry.

I wish you the best of luck!

And who knows we’ll meet one day in our studio.

J.

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