I don't mean to get political here in the newsletter but, since we're family, I'm gonna say the same thing to you all that I screamed at my mother every single day of the year 1995 - "Put The Mask on!" I think you can wear any mask you want! As I've said before, I'm not a doctor, but in my expert medical opinion I would recommend one of the Vol.3-era Slipknot masks


So now that we're all on the same page, let's get into some news, check out some recent work and some trends/references, then we'll Q a couple As, and call it a newsletter. Somebody stop me!




On June 2nd, Score a Score joined the larger music community to participate in Black Out Tuesday as part of the #theshowmustbepaused initiative created by music executives Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas. We spent the day reflecting and discussing ways that we could contribute towards positive change and address systemic racism within our industry, our communities and beyond. 


While we were able to take some immediate first steps, we are committed to the long road that lies before us, and have laid the groundwork for some exciting new programs that we can't wait to share with you as soon as we're able to. In the meantime, we welcome a dialog, and would love to hear any of your ideas, questions, or concerns about how Score a Score is addressing these issues - please don't hesitate to reach out!



Recent Work

This one is a little different than your typical license but we're so excited to see the thousands of different ways folks are using SAS artist Dylan Charbeneau's (AKA BLVKSHP's) track Grammarg as part of Gillette's official #ShaveItOff Challenge on TikTok! Check it out and get in on the fun yourself! 


This intense, sleek spot from Lexus needed a cinematic and elegant score to enhance the action on screen and Jeremy Bullock's (AKA JNUARY's) track off of Trailer Mixtape 14 was the perfect fit. 





Today at Apple - These 3-5 minute instructional videos from Apple always feature cool, largely electronic tracks with unique production that feel current, forward-thinking, and a bit techy without sacrificing that defining, hip edge. 



Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#29 Tonight@Pear"

Widows Teaser - This tense, beat-driven cue utilizes provocative sound design and modern production to strike a nice balance of suspense and emotion, building to a climactic finish with explosive percussion and distorted vocal samples. 


Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#29 Widower"

Mount Kimbie - Maybes - This unique, dreamy track lays pointed, percolating percussion on top of a bed of distant, distorted keys for a high-contrast soundscape that feels refreshing and playful with layered vocals bringing a human quality to the otherwise synthetic palette.


Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#29 Certainlys"

The trailer for 2016's Best Picture winner, Moonlight, features a sparse and haunting cue with a delicate balance of emotion and tension. The elegant and nuanced performances build throughout the piece, rising in energy and intensity without sacrificing intimacy.



Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#29 Sundark"





"What's the latest on how Covid-19 has impacted SAS and licensing opportunities?


Generally speaking, we feel very fortunate that, especially in regards to advertising, we haven't seen a major dip in new opportunities. As the world has been changing rapidly, advertisers have needed to pivot their messaging and we've been able to help them do that. As far as trailers are concerned, since many major motion picture releases have been put on hold to account for closed theaters, we predictably saw things slow down a bit and shift towards smaller budget trailers for streaming-only films. Recently, however, it seems things have started to pick back up and we're expecting that to continue. Overall, we're feeling very optimistic and grateful that we've had a relatively easy time weathering this storm. 


"What happened to the newsletter in June?"


First of all, it's barely July, I mean barely! Cut me some slack over here! I'll get you two in July, I swear I'm good for it, I just needed some extra time, just a little extra time, you've gotta believe me!



Listen, we joke around a lot here at the newsletter, we have a couple laughs and pal around some, crack wise, etc, but I'm serious about the Slipknot masks, Vol. 3 is the best era. Now I don't know much about their music, I assume it sounds like exactly like this, but I know a good mask when I see one and let me tell you, in no uncertain terms: Vol. 3 is Jim Carrey and We Are Not Your Kind is Jamie Kennedy


Happy Scoring everybody!



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