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A to Z Challenge 2012: Y is for Margaret Yen and the Hidden Work of Music Supervisors

Jason Reitman and Margaret Yen
Producers Jason Reitman (L) and Margaret Yen, winners of the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion for "Juno" pose in the press room during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

 

I never knew there was such a thing as a Music Supervisor until I searched for a Margaret whose last name started with Y, and found Margaret Yen.  Music Supervisors pull together musicians, composers, arrangers, songwriters, performers and basically anyone else who is associated with music on  film, tv, advertising and videogames, and helps set the tone of the work, combining sound and vision.  Margaret Yen won a Grammy for her Music Supervision of Juno, and is quoted by Ruth Gerson in an article as saying that one of the perks of her job is being able to license music that would otherwise go unheard.  You’ve most likely heard the effects of Margaret Yen, but just didn’t know it!

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