batesmeyer, inc.

music supervision, clearance & consulting

About Us - Click hereAs collectors of recorded music and admirers of those who perform their art, we have expanded our work in film, television and other creative outlets where music makes the difference. This area of our company encompasses working with directors and producers in the selection of music cues, image rights, clearance negotiation and licensing as well as consulting on special projects. Our services include in-depth research surrounding song identification, chain of title investigation and the creation of custom licensing agreements. Our consulting services have assisted publishers, songwriters, heirs and copyright owners in catalog review and analysis. We prepare a catalog for worldwide administration. Our work extends to content producers who need clearance of performers and identification of music cues. As reissue consultants, Bates Meyer offers assistance in mechanical licensing and master lease agreements for labels repackaging past product for new release.

Nancy Meyer was also involved with the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival as a juror and conducted festival seminars on MUSIC CLEARANCE ESSENTIALS: Finding and Licensing Great Affordable Music. She was also a mentor at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for the film student program sponsored by The American Pavilion.


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Two Trains Runnin’ (Avalon Films in Association with Historic Film Row) 2017

Directed by Sam Pollard, this film depicts two simultaneous journeys, the activism of Freedom Summer and the search for two forgotten blues singers, both carried out in Mississippi during one of the most violent periods of the civil rights movement. In June of 1964, one story unfolds as two groups of young men drive to Mississippi, each on the same errand: to find a blues artist and coax him out of retirement. In the 1930’s, Son House and Skip James had recorded some of the most memorable blues in American Music, but had since slipped into obscurity. The parallel expedition that June consisted of white college students also traveling to the South. Their mission was to expose the humiliation of segregation and the suppression of voting rights. The film’s trajectory follows the two campaigns, Freedom Summer and the search for two African American musical icons. Music research and Clearance

Forever Chinatown (Good Medicine Picture Company) PBS 2017

81-year old artist Frank Wong, has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building extraordinarily detailed miniature models of San Francisco’s Chinatown community; the shops, streets and intimate family rooms of his youth. The movie follows one individual’s journey and maps it to a rapidly changing cultural district, beginning in the 1940s to the present. Music research and Clearance

Off The Menu (PBS) 2015 Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Diversity Initiative

This film follows the culture of Asian cuisine and how it has influenced, and been transformed by the American palate. Award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee investigates original stories about how food defines family history and also creates community. Music Research and Clearance.

Rose Of No-Man's Land (PBS) 2015

For singer/songwriter and activist Nell Robinson war is not about abstract tragedy, it is a family legacy. Part concert performance, part memoir, this project was filmed at the legendary folk venue The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Robinson gathers a group of musicians, including Ramblin' Jack Elliott and John Doe to share her ancestral history through song, vintage photographs and the spoken text of archival letters from kinfolk who have served their country. The companion CD was produced by Joe Henry.

Through The Heart of Tango (Inclusion Films Workshop) PBS SoCal 2014

Four young adults with developmental disabilities take part in this film workshop project. The participants acquire experience in filmmaking and at the same time demonstrate how learning the tango teaches communication and bonding with touch, sight and sound. Music research and Fair Use Analysis.

Life On Four Strings: The Jake Shimabukuro Story (PBS) 2013

It's rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It’s even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. But Japanese-American Jake Shimabukuro has already accomplished these feats, and more, in a little over a decade of playing and recording music. As the San Francisco Gate posted about the Hawaiian musician, “the sounds the boyish 33-year old wrings from his ukulele…are unlike anything else in the history of the instrument.” Bates Meyer is handling music clearances for this documentary film working with the Center For Asian American Media in San Francisco.

Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball (Turner Sports) 2013

The University of Kentucky Wildcats have won the most games and appeared in the most NCAA tournaments. This is not just a story about college basketball, but it is also the story about the struggles of integrating the sport. Racial and religious overtones emerge as the film unfolds. Directed by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer/director Michael Tolajian. This music driven documentary has over 60 cues. Work included music research and clearance, plus cue sheet preparation.

Penelope: The Documentary (371 Productions) 2013

This film tells the story of nursing home residents, some with severe dementia or wheel-chair bound, who collaborate with playwright Anne Basting and Sojourn Theater to create “Finding Penelope,” a play reinterpreting Homer’s Odyssey. Music research for several classical and avant-garde cues.


(Movement Revolution Productions in association with Center for World Arts) 2008

This award winning art film is based on the life of Zimbabwean-born dancer Nora Chipaumire. Part biopic, part fable, part dramatic cinema and part dance film, the project was shot on location in Southern Africa as the artist engages with concepts of self and memory, and the active process of remembering, using a language of dance.


Bates Meyer worked with The Documentary Institute at the University of Florida on a film about activist Robert Franklin Williams. Williams' radio broadcasts from Cuba between 1961-1966 provided a soundtrack for the civil rights struggle going on in the United States, with a mix of protest music and frank commentary. The research included identifying the music from the broadcasts and licensing the film rights from publishers and record labels. The broadcasts included classic freedom songs by Nina Simone, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, Curtis Mayfield and Odetta.

KILLER DILLER (Freestyle Releasing) 2006

In a Music Supervisor role, Nancy Meyer worked with G. Marq Roswell on the independent film Killer Diller, (written and directed by TRICIA BROCK), based on the Clyde Eggerton novel of the same name (Random House). Bates Meyer researched and selected a variety of classic gospel and blues material for all scenes. Taj Mahal performed the opening number on steel guitar in the role of JR Cox. Songs by Furry Lewis, Reverend Robert Wilkins, Marion Willams and Sonny Boy Williamson added an authentic feel.


Bates Meyer, Inc. has negotiated and licensed music rights for a variety of projects. Additionally, the company has cleared image rights with various Estates for use of performances in film clips. Following is a summary for some of our work in this field.

TED HAWKINS: Amazing Grace (Geffen Home Video)
Co-Producer with award winning director/producer Janice Engel

Ginger Ale Afternoon (Film soundtrack Executive Producer)
Grammy nominated soundtrack on Varese Sarabande featuring the music of Blues legend Willie Dixon

American Roots Music (PBS/Ginger Group Productions)
Produced and Directed by Emmy Winner Jim Brown. (Music and Estate clearances)

American Folk Blues 1962-1969 (Experience Hendrix/Universal Home Video)
Estate Research and clearance

Muddy Waters: Classic Concerts (Reelin' In The Years/Universal Home Video)
Music Research

The Howling Wolf Story (Don McGlynn Films / BMG Home Video)
Chester Burnett Estate clearance and master use clearance

Strange Land (PBS Hawaii) Olena Media Directed by Emmy Award-winning Directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo (Music clearances)

Flood Street (Noisemaker Films) Music clearance / narration casting

Fountain of Youth (2 Rivers Productions / VH1)
Directed by Ace Award winning director Janice Engel (Music clearances)

Music In the Air (United Airlines/DMI)
Bates Meyer delved into the blues hall of fame for Disc Marketing, Inc. creating Essential Voices Of the Blues, an in-flight entertainment program.