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Music Supervisor Mentorship Program (MSMP)

Music PEI is very proud to announce the new Music Supervision Mentorship Program (MSMP), a deep dive into learning how to become a Music Supervisor.

Music Supervision is an exciting job within the music industry. Music Supervisors are responsible for placing music in film, TV, commercials, video games and other special projects. It is a creative job with a strong administrative component. “I’ve been wanting to start a program like this for a while and we are so fortunate to be working with one of Canada’s most respected music supervisors, Michael Perlmutter and his team,” said Rob Oakie, Executive Director of Music PEI.

The MSMP will cover all facets of the music supervision job, running the gamut from creative to the business side and everything in between. Music PEI has partnered with instinct entertainment, a leading Canadian music supervision company, to deliver the program.

One-to-one mentorship with instinct owner Michael Perlmutter and staff will include exercises and take away work to help fine-tune your new-found skills.

Each week, real-world examples are discussed, detailing intricacies and requirements involved in the music supervision process. This 8-week comprehensive class will leave you with the foundation and skills needed to move into the music supervision world.

The program is set to begin September 21st. Applicants can complete the submission form online. Submission deadline is September 11th. You must be a full-time resident of PEI to be eligible. If you require additional information, please contact Music PEI Program Officer Steve Love.

See below for an outline of the program deliverables.

What: Music Supervision Mentorship
When: September 21st to November 13, 2020
Who: instinct entertainment (Toronto/Los Angeles)
Participants: 2 PEI residents


The MSMP, sponsored by Music PEI, is a deep dive into learning how to be a music supervisor delivered by instinct entertainment.

instinct is a leading music supervision company in North America, working mainly in film and TV, owned by Michael Perlmutter, with a staff of 3 passionate music supervisors. Michael is highly respected in the industry and for the past 20 years, has placed thousands of songs in tv shows, feature films and documentaries, seen and heard around the world. Michael has been asked to moderate and speak on music and film/TV panels around the world, including Sweden, Finland, Norway, Poland, Miami, New York, Cannes, Calgary, Halifax and Toronto. He is currently the president of the Guild of Music Supervisors, Canada and a 2-time award-winner at the inaugural Canadian Sync Awards in 2018.

The MSMP will cover all facets of the music supervision job, running the gamut from creative processes to business administration to detailed budgeting and everything in between.

One-to-one mentorship with instinct will include exercises and take away work to help fine-tune your new-found skills. Within each module, real-world examples are discussed and shown, detailing intricacies and requirements of the music supervision process.

Time Commitment

3 hours/week (2 @ 1 ½ hour calls per week) – face to face calls with Michael and or instinct staff member 3-4 hours per week of take-home work to be reviewed, discussed and vetted by instinct staff.

The program will also include some guest presenters.


Chapter 1: OVERVIEW
  • What Is Music Supervision?
  • A detailed description of all facets of the job
  • Why hire a music supervisor?
  • Who hires a music supervisor?
  • When is a music supervisor hired?
Chapter 2: CREATIVE
  • Director’s vision
  • Understanding the song + emotion of scene
  • How to music spot a script
  • Where to find music
  • How to place music
  • Nuts + bolts of sync-ing songs to picture
  • Process of pitching to producers/director
  • Understanding various types of creative opportunities within a project
  • “Source” vs “Scource”
  • Composer (“Score”)
  • Choosing a composer
  • What is the composer responsible for
  • Composer demos
  • Understanding all jobs in production of a TV series or film
  • Learning and understanding various schedules associated with productions
  • Who do music supervisors work with
  • Understanding process and timelines
  • Understanding the recorded and publishing businesses
  • “Clearing a song”
  • “MFN”
  • Various splits in ownership
    • Samples
    • Remixes
    • Unions
  • Budgeting/Fees
  • Deal memos
  • Licenses
  • Learning how to negotiate
  • Cue sheets
  • Composer contracts
  • Networking / Relationships
  • Business development opportunities/conferences, film festivals (which ones to attend)
  • Resources for continued learning
  • Possibility of working on a scene or two for an instinct project
    Application Criteria
    • Passion for music and film/TV media
    • Basic knowledge of music and or film/TV business
    • Desire to learn
    • Commitment to the hours
    • Excellent communication and oral skills
    • Desire to create a career as a music supervisor

    Ideal applicants will have some experience in:
    • Pro Tools
    • Audio editing
    • Picture editing (basic)
    • Songwriting
    • Recording
    • Music Theory
    • Previous music business courses