midem 2012: NBC Universal Music Pitch Session

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This is your chance to have your music featured in one of NBC Universal's hot projects! Alicen Schneider, Music Supervisor at NBC Universal and her team will review the submissions for licensing in these NBC Universal shows: Royal Pains, Suits, In Plain Sight, and Being Human. Please note: Only original music will be considered, no sampling or third party material allowed/n/nThis is your chance to have your music featured in one of NBC Universal’s hot projects!

Songs will be considered for placement in a variety of shows produced by NBC Universal aired on the USA and SyFy networks. Alicen Schneider (music supervisor at NBC Universal) and her team will review the submissions and to select the top 5 submissions for consideration for placement in one of the four series. The selected acts will be announced on Midem's blog and receive detailed feedback on their song.

Artists do not have to travel to midem to have their songs considered for or included in the pitch session. Acts from around the world are eligible for the midem 2012 NBC Universal music pitch session. Please note: Only original music will be considered; no sampling, covers or third party material allowed.

NBC Universal is looking for music for their following series:


  • Summary: Royal Pains centers on a young E.R. doctor who, after being wrongly blamed for a patient's death, moves to the Hamptons and becomes the reluctant "doctor for hire" to the rich and famous.

  • Music Brief: A good starting point is any song that makes you feel like you're on vacation. The show takes place in a pseudo-fantasy never-ending-summer type of environment in the illustrious Hamptons of New York. Feel good indie music with acoustic and electronic sounds are both welcome here, with some singer-songwriter appropriate for the tender moments.


  • Summary: On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers.

  • Music Brief: NBC Universal tends to have a few different styles of music on this show, each attributed to one of the main characters. This include retro-style soul, R&B and blues (i.e. Cee Lo, Charles Bradley, Raphael Saadiq); indie rock (i.e. Vampire Weekend, Peter Bjorn & John, Foster The People, Kaiser Chiefs, Black Keys); and blues-induced rock or something more modern with a dance beat (i.e. "Verve Remixed" collection).


  • Summary: U.S. Marshall Mary Shannon must hunt down witnesses for federal cases in the witness protection program while also raising a rather dysfunctional family and her own personal life.

  • Music Brief: This show focuses on a female lead. Featured music usages tend to be used more poignantly, typically occurring at the end of the episode when the moral of the story is revealed and our lead, Mary, has a chance to reflect on her life. Recent past uses have leaned more in the female vocal direction. Some examples of artists that have worked in the past are Early Winters (Carina Round), Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, and Priscilla Ahn to name a few.


  • Summary: This Syfy series is about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost all trying to assimilate into the real world like regular folks...thus "being human". It's a US re-interpretation of the British series.

  • Music Brief: Music selections reflect the darker themes of the show, although NBC Universal tend to primarily use mid-tempo indie rock so they don't take away from the underlying humor and fun that often permeates the story lines. Some artists that have been featured for a good point of reference are Early Winters, Royal Wood, The High Dials, Sea Wolf, Suuns, Kathryn Calder and the Pack A.D.

Held in Cannes, on the French Riviera from January 28th to 31st, 2012, MIDEM is the place where music makers, cutting-edge technologies, brands & talent come together to enrich the passionate relationship between people & music, transform audience engagement & form new business connections. MIDEM‘s previous edition reunited 6,850 professionals from 3,120 companies and 77 countries and 360 international journalists.