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Cutting Edge Film Scores Break

Cutting Edge Group, provider of music for the film, television and advertising industries, has announced the official launch of the new Cutting Edge Film Scores [CEFS] website.
The online service promises to revolutionise how movie soundtracks are licensed for secondary use in TV programming, advertising, games, trailers and other commercial contexts.
The service, which officially launches today after a spell in beta, allows commercial users access to almost 200 high quality film scores, including The King’s Speech, Drive, Looper and Seven Psychopaths across a wide range of musical styles and genres.
With the CEFS catalogue set to expand at a rate of 60 movies per year – adding films such as Dead Man Down (starring Colin Farrell), Parker (starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez), Odd Thomas (starring Willem Dafoe), and Plush (starring Emily Browning) in 2013 – the service enables one-stop licensing of real soundtracks by award-winning composers.
Traditionally, such use of major film scores has often been beyond the scope of existing PRS For Music and PPL blanket licences. Because they control both master and publishing rights, the Cutting Edge Group is uniquely placed to break this mould and allow extended use of their repertoire.
CEFS also includes a ‘SonicSearch’ option, allowing subscribers to upload a piece of music they love and have it automatically matched to similar piece in the Cutting Edge catalogue.
Phil Hope managing director of Cutting Edge Group, said: "Until now, it has often been very hard to licence film soundtracks for secondary usage in broadcasting or advertising. The launch of Cutting Edge Film Scores is a real game-changer in that respect - it opens up our award-winning catalogue of original repertoire for easy re-use giving users the chance to licence real film music recorded at the highest quality by world class creative talent.
"Our films include up to the minute releases as well as a deep catalogue of both well known tracks and undiscovered gems. We can offer music from new releases like the forthcoming US hit Seven Psychopaths and US box office number one End Of Watch - both about to premiere in the UK. We believe this service will be warmly welcomed by all commercial users, especially with time-saving functions like Sonic Search, as well as offering a valuable new revenue stream to composers."
Cutting Edge Film Scores has already been praised by both composers and commercial users.
Cliff Martinez [Drive, Contagion, Solaris, Traffic] said: "Cutting Edge has finally come to my rescue. Here is a site that offers real film music by real film composers and gives these original scores an opportunity to be heard more broadly and have a life beyond that of the film itself."
Guy Farley [Land of the Blind, Modigliani, True Justice, Out of Season, Post Impact] said: "The new Cutting Edge Film Scores site reads like a who's who of modern film composers working today and will give any user immediate access to over 6000 tracks written exclusively for film and modern media. I have worked with Cutting Edge on a number of feature films over the last 10 years and I am delighted to see such a proactive and well designed site offering access to use and license my music."
Kate Finn, Music Supervisor at Lime Pictures [Hollyoaks, The Only Way Is Essex] commented: "Cutting Edge Film Scores still seems too good to be true, but having used tracks from the catalogue on our TV productions several times and to great effect, I can vouch for the fact that is it every bit as good as it appears to be. To have access to these kinds of high quality film scores, with no clearance worries and at blanket clearance rates, has been a real boost to our productions."
Bec Milligan, Freelance Series Producer, added: "Cutting Edge Film Scores is a great find, a one-stop shop for clearable, quality film soundtracks. It’s an invaluable resource that makes the process of searching out just the right track much simpler. Music is easy to search for and download and if you need suggestions the support from the team is first class. The site is jam packed with classic scores and hidden gems, from the epic to the understated, and it’s fantastic to know that they can all be cleared."
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