Sony / ATV
Summer 2012 Site Review
Position: Music Publishing Intern
Student: Sociology Junior
A day in the life of a Film and TV intern at Sony/ATV Music Publishing is a busy one. It involves some of the stereotypical “intern” type work you would expect, but most often it involves fun and interesting projects on a daily basis. Just being in the office and witnessing firsthand the day-to-day operations that go on at a publishing company is a great way to learn about the industry. Most of the time, we work with the internal system called Tempo. Through this software, the interns are able to be a vital part of the process of licensing songs for film, TV, video games, etc. The licensing process begins with a quote request from a music supervisor for the use of a song (which is owned by Sony) in a movie or television show. The appropriate member of the Sony team then sends a quote to that music supervisor. Once this is sent, the interns are responsible for entering the quote information into the Tempo system which is used and accessed by Sony employees around the country and the world. Negotiations on the song use, rights, and license fees between Sony and the clearance company then go on until an agreement is reached and the song can be used for the specific project. This predominantly makes up most of the daily tasks for interns at Sony. Occasionally, however, we are able to help pitch songs from Sony songwriters to the various projects that come in. Some of my more exciting projects involved reading a script and giving feedback on what songs should/shouldn’t be used in the film, planning lunches with Sony’s more popular songwriters, and going to live shows to check out Sony artists. All-in-all, working for Sony this summer was an incredible time and all of my hard work led to a job offer from the company!