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Flashback Friday: Refuge Media Project

Because John has been writing music for several decades now, not every Kusiak Music client needs to request new pieces of music to complete their project. Often, smaller projects with limited budgets and/or time reach out to ask for some licensing options from the back catalog.

Here's an example – the Refuge Media Project documentary from 2013.


“More than one million refugees have come to the US, fleeing torture and political violence,” begins Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture.

The vast numbers are staggering, but what makes a greater impression in this stand-out documentary are the small, individual stories from survivors and those who offer them care and support as they resettle in the US.

Ben Achtenberg, project director at the Refuge Media Project and producer/director of Refuge, says the film – seven years in the making – came about as his general interest in healthcare and mental health issues drew him to organisations and healthcare providers that offer support to survivors in the US. Previously, he was nominated for an Oscar for the film Code Gray: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing, which he produced and served as cinematographer."  (from, October 2013)

Let us know if you'd like an invitation to browse through the Kusiak Music Library (over 1,400 tracks and growing). 



Notes from the Production Music Conference 2017


I've been going to the Production Music Conference for a few years now, and the attendance seems to grow exponentially each time. This year the foyer was so packed in between sessions that it was sometimes hard to squeeze through!

The quality of the workshops was great, divided into two tracks (creative and business). I was there primarily for the business angle, as there's always more to learn about sub-publishing, metadata, and the direction of the industry in general.

My daughter Jessie (in training to be the Kusiak Music Library manager) met me in L.A. and we navigated the conference together, sometimes splitting up to catch both sessions. The conference was at the Loews Hollywood and we had 10th floor rooms with views of the Hollywood sign in one direction and the pool and enormous Egyptian-themed mall complex on the other.


All of the panels that we attended had information that Jessie and I could use in developing and improving Kusiak Music Library. The session that stuck with me most was "Gratis and Multi-Title Licensing," which revealed an unfortunate practice that is becoming too common – clients wanting music for free or wanting to share or own the publishing. Pretty disheartening, but we composers need to stick together and resist this development.

It was great to reconnect with Nathan DeVore who was moderating the panel on "Valuing Your Performance License in New Media." Nathan interned for me when he was a student at Berklee College of Music and was a great help and always a positive presence. Glad to see him have so much success with Vanacore Music!

Have you checked out Crimetown Podcast yet?

If you haven't been listening to the Crimetown podcast, you've got a treat in store. Thirteen episodes have wrapped with five more to come...


"Welcome to Crimetown, a new series from Gimlet Media and the creators of HBO’s The Jinx. Every season, we’ll investigate the culture of crime in a different American city. First up: Providence, Rhode Island, where organized crime and corruption infected every aspect of public life. This is a story of alliances and betrayals, of heists and stings, of crooked cops and honest mobsters—a story where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Hosted by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. New episodes out most Sundays at 2 pm." -- from the Crimetown website

Enjoy the podcast and listen for our music -- tracks from the Kusiak Music Library and some new compositions by John, Andy and Kenny are used in each of the episodes.

Wait, what is the Kusiak Music Library, you may ask?

We've been working to get several decades' worth of Kusiak Music compositions online for easy browsing. There's over 1,250 tracks up so far with more to come; as time goes by and the rights to pieces revert to us, and as we have time to add the bajillions of alternate and otherwise never-used pieces of years gone by we will add more. (Did we mention it's several decades' worth?)

The Kusiak Music Library is invitation-only for now, but feel free to get in touch if you have a project that needs music (many lengths, tempos, moods, and genres available).