Screenshot from preview below. This scene from The Last Time You Had Fun features the song "Now Is Not the Time" by St. Louis' own Pretty Little Empire.
Most local musicians don't aim to have their songs on Dance Moms and other reality shows. Sometimes they're just lucky that way.
Actually, a bit more than luck brought indie-pop band Scarlet Tanager together with the Lifetime television program in 2013. As we note in this week's feature story, the St. Louis group had licensed songs to a major music library that places tunes in television shows. Rock group Pretty Little Empire also has had success placing songs on TV and in film, though that band accomplished the feat not via a song library but through people already familiar with its catalog.
So what's the deal? Do musicians give up the rights to their songs when they let an entertainment entity use the tunes?More »