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Olympic Music Sync Fees "Beyond Insulting"
The Quietus , June 27th, 2012 09:47

Musician contacts us with details of Olympic site music rip off. Plus! The dire Muse are official song

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Since we reported that the Olympics organisers LOCOG won't be paying musicians for their performances at the Games this year, two more shocking pieces of news regarding the damn expensive sports day have come to light. Firstly, a musician friend of The Quietus got in touch with some very interesting information. His group had been approached regarding the use of one of their songs to accompany footage to be shown on screens in the various venues in the Olympic Park. The fee, for 100% of the track's publishing and distribution online for the rest of the year... a princely £250 to the artist. The Quietus learns that £250 per master usage and publishing is the standard rate being offered music syncs at the Olympic Site, with the you-can't-bank-it carrot of exposure being used as the reason for the low fees. Our source described the offer as "beyond insulting" and, needless to say, his band's music will not be featured at the Olympics. UPDATE: Musician Four Tet saw this story and twittered that he'd also been offered £250 for an Olympic sync:

The second is that inexplicably successful indie pomp group Muse have written a song that is going to be the official anthem of the Games. "We are very excited to announce that a Muse song, 'Survival', has been selected by the London Olympic committee to be the main official song for the London 2012 Olympic Games," the band said in a statement. "Matt wrote the song with the Olympics in mind. It's about total conviction and pure determination to win." Given that Muse are a guitar-toting White Elephant, U2-without-the-charm heap of vacuous-yet-ostentatious bullshit, their selection to soundtrack the Games is of course highly appropriate.

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Jun 27, 2012 2:22pm

Man alive, Four Tet have making pretty successful records for well over a decade, not to mention running the kinds of music nights that make people move to London from all over the world. £250?! Cheeky fuckers.

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Jun 27, 2012 3:13pm

Musicians have to start saying no to this... this is bullshit, people are robbing you guys left and right... playing for nothing & downloading songs illegally too. Society isn't valuing you like they should be. Music is an intricate part of the world, culture, economy (adverts) and people's lives. Demand your worth... build up your self-esteem! You are of value. You deserve respect.

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Jun 27, 2012 5:26pm

Exposure, eh? aka people hearing the song and saying "oh that sounds good, what's the band's name again?" and going off to Google [bandname].rar

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