Since my last newsletter, there have been some developments. And while I'm sure you've been inundated with COVID-19 news over the past few weeks, there's no doubt in my mind that you've been waiting to get this newsletter before believing a word of what you've heard elsewhere. Well, unfortunately, by the authority vested in me by the Global Newslettering Organization (GNO), I must confirm the reports from both the WHO and the CDC.


The good news is that staying inside and avoiding human contact are what composers do best! This is what we've been training for, folks. Isolation. Fortunately the team at SAS is fully equipped to remain 100% operational while working remotely so we won't be slowing down one bit pitching your music. We just won't necessarily be wearing pants while we do it. Now let's newsletter!







This month we're so excited to introduce you to two new members of the SAS team: Marisa Shocket (top) and Max Ferguson (bottom).  They'll be keeping things running smoothly at our current digital HQ and at the real HQ once things are back to normal.


"I’m so excited to be joining the Score a Score team and be a part of the happy scoring formula! Their mission has been my passion for years," said Marisa when asked to comment, while Max had this to say "Score a Score is a company I’ve admired for a while now so it’s awesome to work alongside such a dedicated and passionate team. I couldn’t be happier to be helping connect such talented and deserving musicians to the work that needs them!"


We're pumped to have them aboard and look forward to many fun Zoom meetings getting to know them better.



Recent Work

Normally I put a recent trailer placement here but even though this is technically a Mountain Dew Game Fuel commercial, it features an intense, hybrid orchestral trailer cue by composer Dabney Morris. In fact, this track is so designed for trailers, that it was it actually appears on SAS' "The Rock-inspired" Trailer Mixtape #10. 


This spot for JoS. A. Bank features a fun, driving, percolating  piano track by composer Josh Cipolla. This ad takes place in the bygone era where shaking hands was okay! 





Given the recent current state of the world, we're anticipating a big need for uplifting, emotional music to help raise spirits and tell inspiring stories. We sent this brief out last week but we're confident we'll need more of this stuff so keep 'em comin'! 








Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#26 Social D"

Jean Michel Jarre - These Creatures - This unique, techy, electronic track features a rigid, synthetic foundation with a breathy, human vocal to create an elegant and futuristic sound. It's got a curious but confident energy to it that piques interest and feels anticipatory - perfect for the unveiling of the next cool tech gadget or service. Vocals aren't required for this, but if you use them, please send an instrumental as well.


Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#26 Monsters"

DJ Shadow - Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels - Agencies love DJ Shadow and they love Run The Jewels so it's no surprise this track is popping up in spots and in our inboxes. Oozing confidence and swagger, this track has a driving energy with tons of ear-catching drop-outs, flourishes and transitions for editors to play with. 


Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#26 Shady Jog"

Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam  - This absolute classic early 90s tune is the quintessential Jock Jam which, for one reason or another, continues to be an in-demand style. Feel free to layer on the cheese here; this is a nostalgic track that reminds us of a simpler time when NBA stars could hang with Bugs Bunny or grant children wishes.


Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#26 Chaos Dunk"





"What. Is. Happening?!"


Look, we don't know exactly what's going on since, well, nobody does. But what we can assure you is that the team here is healthy, safe and working at exactly the same capacity from our home offices as we were from SAS HQ. We're doing regularly scheduled zoom meetings, cracking jokes in google hangouts, and pitching the hell out of your music as we always have. 


One silver lining to all of this is that with everyone staying home it's a great time to create. Many of you guys have reached out to ask about opportunities to collaborate with other composers remotely, as well, which we think is a great idea and definitely something we can help with. If you're looking for someone with complementary skills to your own, just let us know and we can find you a match. It's a great way to expand your catalog and stay social while we all work together to slow this thing down.


The most important thing, though, is that you all keep yourselves safe, happy and healthy. If making music helps with that, we're always here to listen, but if not, that's okay, too! Take some time for yourselves, connect with your loved ones, try to move around a little - we're all in this together!


"I know a great producer/musician/artist who is facing months of cancellations. Is there any opportunities to get them involved with Score a Score?"


Absolutely. I'm sure many of your friends and colleagues have had tours and sessions cancelled as a result of all the recent craziness. Fortunately, while we've certainly needed to adjust, our side of the industry has not seen the same level of disruption. Because of this, we encourage you to introduce any interested parties so we can check out their material and determine if/how we can help. While we obviously can't make any guarantees, our ears are certainly open to anyone and everyone impacted by this unexpected hardship. 



This newsletter is being sent straight from my bed using my alcohol-scented laptop. The darn thing smells like it's about to get a shot! Meanwhile my hands have aged 30 years from all the washing. That's something I didn't realize until all of this. It's not the number of days you've lived, but the number of times you've washed that determines how old you are. That's science, y'all, I'm gonna live forever!


Happy Scoring everybody!



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