Music Briefs: Contemporary R&B/Soul, Vocal Tracks and Easy Listening

Young Musician Or Music Teacher Playing Guitar In Front Of Smartphone Camera

New month, new music briefs. This month we’re looking for Contemporary R&B/Soul, Vocal Tracks and Easy Listening tracks.

Once you’ve completed your work, apply a unique code to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. As a result, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

Also, if you have any questions or comments about any of these music briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

 

Contemporary R&B / Soul

We’d love to hear more authentic, smooth and modern-sounding R&B/soul tracks with an emphasis on texture and mood. Feel free to experiment with electronic, hip-hop and vocal elements as well.

  • KEYWORD CODE: R&BSOULMAY21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: contemporary R&B, soul, funk, urban, groove, vocals

 

Pop-centric Vocal Tracks

Recently a number of Pond5 clients have been asking for commercial-sounding tracks with lead vocals. While production music traditionally emphasizes instrumentals, more and more social media posts are looking for pop-centric tracks with strong vocal hooks. We’d love to hear your pop/EDM and hip-hop tracks with vocals!

  • KEYWORD CODE: VOCALSMAY21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: vocals, voice, singing, lead vocals, pop, EDM, hip-hop

 

Easy Listening

We’re looking for lounge-y 1960s inspired, middle-of-the-road elevator music to calm nerves and set the tone for your next visit to the dentist.

 

  • KEYWORD CODE: EASYLISTENINGMAY21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: easy listening, lounge, middle of the road, 1960s, waiting room, elevator music

 

Don’t Forget:

  • Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. On the other hand, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!
  • We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.
  • Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Young Musician Or Music Teacher Playing Guitar In Front Of Smartphone Camera by pressmaster.

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Music Briefs: Bhangra, Organum, and Glitch Pop

Music Briefs - Lovely Guitar Player And Singer Band

New month, new music briefs. This month we’re looking for Bhangra, Organum, and Glitch Pop tracks.

Once you’ve completed your work, apply a unique code to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. As a result, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

Also, if you have any questions or comments about any of these music briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

 

Bhangra

Bhangra is energetic, beat-driven upbeat folky-dance music originating from the British Punjabi community in Britain in the 70s and 80s. It utilizes local instruments like the dhol, tumbi and sarangi.

  • KEYWORD CODE: BHANGRAAPRIL21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Bhangra, Punjabi, Indian, Bollywood

 

Organum

Typically a medieval-inspired, haunting, plaintive melody (usually played on organum) accompanied by a voice or chanting.

  • KEYWORD CODE: ORGANUMAPRIL21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: organum, medieval, chant, haunting, plaintive, spiritual

 

Glitch Pop

Damaged electronic-based tunes that revel in fractured hardware malfunctions, skips, distortion, bugs and crashes yet still retain a catchy pop sensibility.

 

  • KEYWORD CODE: GLITCHPOPAPRIL21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: glitch pop, electronic, fractured, malfunction, crash, abstract

 

Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. On the other hand, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.

Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Lovely Guitar Player And Singer With Band by JackF.

Check out more Music Briefs here.

Creative Brief: Waste

Creative Brief – Special Keyword Code: WASTEP5BRIEF

This month‘s Creative Brief brings you Waste. After a year of the global population sheltering at home, the planet was dramatically altered–both for the good, and the not so good. While 84% of countries around the world reported air quality improvements in 2020, plastic production boomed as oil demand cratered and it became even cheaper to make plastics for single-use Personal Protective Equipment. Partner this PPE with takeout food containers and grocery delivery, and you’ve got an exponential increase of waste around the world. This is a chance to highlight this waste.

 

Creative Brief – Shot List Thought Starters:

  • Medical waste and other PPE litter on the street, in rivers/lakes/oceans, or in waste bins (all focal lengths)
  • (POV) Shots of someone sorting PPE and/or other plastic waste
  • Takeout containers overflowing in public spaces, or in home garbage cans
  • Aerial/drone shots of waste with empty streets and or natural environments
  • Macro/close up shots of hands cleaning up, discarding, and/or using single-use PPE/plastics
  • Various angles of manufacturing or creation of single-use PPE and/or plastics
  • Biodegradable/non-plastic food packaging and PPE
  • Restaurant workers loading food into plastic containers; patrons picking up to-go orders in containers

 

Suggested Keywords: waste, plastic, PPE, single use, pollution, environment, petroleum, pandemic (if applicable), covid19 (if applicable)

Typical Users: tech companies, news & media organizations, ad agencies, social media companies, vloggers, non-profits, political organizations

 

People Throwing Food And Drink Garbage Outside The Trash by worawit_j .

 

Pro-Tip: The biggest thing here is to stay safe and healthy when making this content, and don’t shoot with more people than what your government or public health agencies recommend. Secondly, do your best to cast real-looking talent with real skills to get authentic content. Also, please be conscious of logos and other intellectual property as well.

Casting Considerations:  Race and gender diversity, authenticity with talent and imagery. Accept the challenge to subtract artificiality from your setups. In other words, keep it REAL. These things will play an important role in the success of your shoot.

Location Diversity: homes, apartments, condos, garages, home studios/offices, restaurants, hiking trails, beaches, rivers, lakes, public parks

Coronavirus Plastic Waste, Used Face Mask, Gloves In The Ocean by Yellow_Fabia.

Before You Shoot:

  • Firstly, please check what content already exists in the Pond5 marketplace
  • Also, think about a visual approach that will result in new and fresh footage
  • Lastly, remember that each shot must communicate a clear message

Submission Checklist:

  • Remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: WASTEP5BRIEF
  • Also, please have all property and model releases filled out and submitted
  • Furthermore, no logos or brands may be visible in any of the clips
  • Don’t forget to add any applicable conceptual keywords to the clips

Top image: Plastic Waste Underwater Gloves With Face Mask by seaphotoart.

Music Briefs: Explainer Video Themes, Percussive Stomp and Acid House

Music Briefs - Woman playing electric guitar in basement

Music Briefs - WomanPlaying Electric Guitar

New month, new music briefs. This month we’re looking for Explainer Video Themes, Percussive Stomp and Acid House tracks.

Once you’ve completed your work, apply a unique code to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. As a result, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

Also, if you have any questions or comments about any of these music briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

 

Explainer Video Theme

A popular Pond5 search term is “explainer video.” In this case, many customers are looking for upbeat, techy, somewhat “corporate” aspirational tracks. Arpeggios and ascending chord progressions work well here.

  • KEYWORD CODE: EXPLAINERFEB21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: explainer video, how to video, tutorial, infographic, tech, techy, corporate, arpeggio

 

Percussive Stomp

All percussion, all the time! Get creative with drum patterns and come up with some booming, energizing crowd-pleasers. Buckets, bells, toms and kicks are all on the table!

  • KEYWORD CODE: PERCUSSIVEFEB21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: percussion, stomp, drums, drumline, buckets, boom

 

Acid House

Where were you in 88? We’re looking for the sound that swept UK raves that summer…4/4, deep bass, liberal use of the Roland 303 and a general letting loose on the dance floor.

  • KEYWORD CODE: ACIDHOUSEFEB21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Acid House, EDM, UK, 303, rave

 

Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. On the other hand, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.

Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Woman Playing Electric Guitar In Basement by blendimages.

Check out more Music Briefs here.

Creative Brief: Spring Cleaning

Creative Brief – Special Keyword Code: SPRINGCLEANP5BRIEF

This month‘s Creative Brief brings you Spring Cleaning. The northern hemisphere is turning back toward the sun, and that means Spring is here! It’s time to open some windows, pull your shorts and t-shirts out of winter storage, and get your home ready with some deep cleaning. After a long and brutal winter magnified by a pandemic, what could be better than showing people brushing, scrubbing, sweeping, and wiping away the previous year’s mess–both figurative, and literal.

 

Creative Brief – Shot List Thought Starters:

  • Various unique angles of people cleaning out their homes, apartments, garages, or offices
  • (POV) Shots of people’s hands using cleaning tools/equipment
  • Macro/extreme close ups of hands cleaning
  • Shots of people cleaning while watching a screen or having virtual conversations
  • Shots that convey cleaning a digital mess–clearing desktop, emptying trash, organizing cords
  • All members of a family working together to clean
  • Showing an overload of trash, dirt, or messiness due to the pandemic (e.g. food delivery containers)
  • Neighbors, friends, or community members cleaning together (social distancing, masks, etc)

 

Suggested Keywords: spring cleaning, cleanliness, work, transition, change, sanitize, metamorphosis, change, home, pandemic (if applicable), covid19 (if applicable)

Typical Users: tech companies, news & media organizations, ad agencies, social media companies, vloggers, health and wellness industry

 

Tired Family With Kids Finishing Spring Cleaning by CabbageVP.

 

Pro-Tip: The biggest thing here is to stay safe and healthy when making this content, and don’t shoot with more people than what your government or public health agencies recommend. Secondly, do your best to cast real-looking talent with real skills to get authentic content. Also, please be conscious of logos and other intellectual property as well.

Casting Considerations:  Race and gender diversity, authenticity with talent and imagery. Accept the challenge to subtract artificiality from your setups. In other words, keep it REAL. These things will play an important role in the success of your shoot.

Location Diversity: homes, apartments, condos, garages, home studios/offices, businesses

Woman In Headphones Relaxing On Floor After Spring Cleaning by MYDAYcontent.

Before You Shoot:

  • Firstly, please check what content already exists in the Pond5 marketplace
  • Also, think about a visual approach that will result in new and fresh footage
  • Lastly, remember that each shot must communicate a clear message

Submission Checklist:

  • Remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: SPRINGCLEANP5BRIEF
  • Also, please have all property and model releases filled out and submitted
  • Furthermore, no logos or brands may be visible in any of the clips
  • Don’t forget to add any applicable conceptual keywords to the clips

Top image: Spring Cleaning by dragon images.

Creative Brief: Love In A Lockdown

couple in love kissing standing at a subway station

Creative Brief – Special Keyword Code: LOCKDOWNLOVEP5BRIEF

This month‘s Creative Brief brings you Love In A Lockdown. With the COVID-19 Pandemic hitting its 1-year anniversary around the world, it’s been a long and gruelling road for everyone in some way. Dating, growing and maintaining relationships, and finding love have all changed drastically, and surprisingly not all for the bad. Despite one study showing a 122% increase in divorce enquiries from July to October over 2019, 65% of married people say they appreciate their spouse more. This is a chance to show how relationships have been affected by the pandemic–both for the good, and the not-so-good.

 

Creative Brief – Shot List Thought Starters:

  • Various angles and shots of online dating — people literally having dates in virtual setups
  • (POV) Shots of people using dating apps with masked users
  • People wearing masks at dinner, while hiking, or during any other date situations
  • Shots of a bride and groom at virtual wedding ceremonies
  • Shots of couples in virtual counseling/therapy, or even in a virtual divorce trial
  • Stressed couples worrying about finances due to the pandemic
  • Families spending more time together without TV or phones, such as playing board games, eating
  • Creative dating ideas while in quarantine, indoors and outdoors (e.g. drive ins, picnics, etc)

 

Suggested Keywords: relationship, love, dating, single, married, divorced, pandemic, covid19, courtship, couple,…

Typical Users: tech companies, news & media organizations, ad agencies, social media companies, vloggers, health and wellness industry, municipal governments, bloggers

 

Online Dating. Man At Self-Isolation Having Video Call. Champagne Against Laptop by CupOfSpring.

 

Pro-Tip: The biggest thing here is to stay safe and healthy when making this content, and don’t shoot with more people than what your government or public health agencies recommend. Secondly, do your best to cast real-looking talent with real skills to get authentic content. Also, please be conscious of logos and other intellectual property as well.

Casting Considerations:  Race and gender diversity, authenticity with talent and imagery. Accept the challenge to subtract artificiality from your setups. In other words, keep it REAL. These things will play an important role in the success of your shoot.

Location Diversity: homes, apartments, beaches, trails, garages, home studios/offices, condos

Masked Interracial Couple Is Choosing Christmas Decorations In Shop, Pandemic by Viktor_Lom.

Before You Shoot:

  • Firstly, please check what content already exists in the Pond5 marketplace
  • Also, think about a visual approach that will result in new and fresh footage
  • Remember that each shot must communicate a clear message

Submission Checklist:

  • Remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: LOCKDOWNLOVEP5BRIEF
  • Also, please have all property and model releases filled out and submitted
  • Furthermore, no logos or brands may be visible in any of the clips
  • Don’t forget to add any applicable conceptual keywords to the clips

Top image: Couple In Love Kissing Standing At A Subway Station by Yuralaitalbert .

Music Briefs: Surf Rock, Sertanejo and Goth Rock

Music Briefs - Music Briefs - Playing Guitar

New month, new music briefs. This month we’re looking for Surf Rock, Sertanejo and Goth Rock tracks.

Once you’ve completed your work, apply a unique code to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. As a result, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

Also, if you have any questions or comments about any of these music briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

 

Surf Rock

Soundtrack that next big wave with a solid backbeat and retro-sounding electric guitars awash in reverb.

  • KEYWORD CODE: SURFFEB21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Surf, surfing, waves, 1960s, reverb, retro rock, nostalgia

 

Sertanejo

Also known as “Brazilian country music,” Sertanejo features bright acoustic guitars, accordion and male/female vocal harmonies.

  • KEYWORD CODE: SERTANEJOFEB21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Sertanejo, Brazil, acoustic guitar, accordion, Brazilian country music

 

Goth Rock

Influenced by post-punk and focused on romanticizing darker themes, goth rock typically features deep, often droning vocals.

 

  • KEYWORD CODE: GOTHFEB21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: goth rock, gothic, dark, post-punk, 1980s

 

Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. On the other hand, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.

Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Young Man Playing Guitar On Beach by ImageSource.

Check out more Music Briefs here.

Creative Brief: New Beginnings

Creative Brief – Special Keyword Code: NEWBEGSP5BRIEF

This month‘s Creative Brief brings you New Beginnings. A new year brings many new opportunities for growth. Whether that means self-improvement through fitness, through emotional or psychological well-being, or through professional achievements, the goals are endless. Joining a gym or eating more healthy food are the norm, but there are also many uncommon or outside-the-box goals where intentions can be directed. This is a great way to shine a spotlight on people making positive changes in their lives, and doing it all during a pandemic, after an extremely challenging 2020.

 

Creative Brief – Shot List Thought Starters:

  • People accomplishing something that’s tough, such as climbing mountains, quitting drinking, etc.
  • (POV) Shots of people throwing out junk food, turning off the TV in favor of books, etc.
  • Unique angles of people learning a new skill, hobby, or trade, or trying something brand new
  • Over the shoulder shots of people deleting social media or limiting screen use
  • Parents working out with kids in the same room or in the background
  • Atypical fitness equipment, inadequate/inappropriate rooms for exercising
  • Families spending more time together without TV or phones, such as playing board games, eating
  • Shots of calendars, to-do lists, sticky notes, or other reminders of self-improvement goals
  • Stylized sequences of someone improving over time

 

Suggested Keywords: self-improvement, personal growth, covid19, resolution, exercise, workout, quarantine, screen, quitting, starting, healthy, lockdown, learning, growing, goals

Typical Users: tech companies, news & media organizations, ad agencies, social media companies, vloggers, health and wellness industry,

 

Close Up Of Hands As Young Boy Learns To Play Piano Having Lesson From Female by monkeybusinessimages.

 

Pro-Tip: The biggest thing here is to stay safe and healthy when making this content, and don’t shoot with more people than what your government or public health agencies recommend. Secondly, do your best to cast real-looking talent with real skills to get authentic content. Also, please be conscious of logos and other intellectual property as well.

Casting Considerations:  Race and gender diversity, authenticity with talent and imagery. Accept the challenge to subtract artificiality from your setups. In other words, keep it REAL. These things will play an important role in the success of your shoot.

Location Diversity: homes, apartments, home gyms, garages, home studios/offices, condos

Man Scraping With A Plate A Strawberry Cake Into Garbage Bin by Trezvuy.

Before You Shoot:

  • Firstly, please check what content already exists in the Pond5 marketplace
  • Also, think about a visual approach that will result in new and fresh footage
  • Remember that each shot must communicate a clear message

Submission Checklist:

  • Remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: NEWBEGSP5BRIEF
  • Moreover, notice this Creative Briefs matches our most recent Buyer Requests. Feel free to add the special keyword as well: BRNEWYEAR2021
  • Also, please have all property and model releases filled out and submitted
  • Furthermore, no logos or brands may be visible in any of the clips
  • Don’t forget to add any applicable conceptual keywords to the clips

Top image: New Life Concept. Little Child Plant Spring Flower In Soil, New Life. Beginning by Tverdokhlib

Creative Brief: Home Fitness

Shoot Briefs - Home Fitness

Creative Brief – Special Keyword Code: HOMEFITP5BRIEF

This month‘s Creative Brief brings you Home Fitness. With winter 2020 underway in the northern hemisphere and COVID-19 restrictions being put back in place around the globe, people are once again inside. To stay fit (and sane), many are going back to working out at home, while many have simply continued their home exercise routines they started during the pandemic. Whether it’s with fitness apps (which saw a 46% increase in downloads from Q1 to Q2 2020), streaming classes, or buying fitness equipment, there are plenty of ways to highlight the surge in home fitness.

 

Creative Brief – Shot List Thought Starters:

  • Various angles of people working out at home and/or installing/building equipment
  • Shots of people working out during meetings, or following virtual instructors
  • People using fitness apps, watching television/tablets while exercising
  • Multi-generational family members and (safe, socially distanced) friends exercising together
  • Parents working out with kids in the same room or in the background
  • Atypical fitness equipment, inadequate/inappropriate rooms for exercising
  • POV Shots of fitness apps, wearable trackers, virtual trainers, equipment displays, etc.

 

Suggested Keywords: home fitness, covid19, virtual, exercise, workout, quarantine, screen, wearable, fitness tracker, training, healthy, lockdown, immune boost, strength

Typical Users: tech companies, news & media organizations, ad agencies, social media companies, film studios, vloggers, health and wellness industry

 

Handsome Black Fitness Instructor Recording Sports Vlog At Home, Explaining… by FractalPictures

 

Pro-Tip: The biggest thing here is to stay safe and healthy when making this content, and don’t shoot with more people than what your government or public health agencies recommend. Secondly, do your best to cast real-looking talent with real skills to get authentic content. Also, please be conscious of logos and other intellectual property as well.

Casting Considerations:  Race and gender diversity, authenticity with talent and imagery. Accept the challenge to subtract artificiality from your setups. In other words, keep it REAL. These things will play an important role in the success of your shoot.

Location Diversity: homes, apartments, home gyms, garages, home studios, condos

Woman Doing Sport Aerobic Exercises Online Using App On Laptop Computer… by RuslanMikaielian

Before You Shoot:

  • Firstly, please check what content already exists in the Pond5 marketplace
  • Also, think about a visual approach that will result in new and fresh footage
  • Remember that each shot must communicate a clear message

Submission Checklist:

  • Remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: HOMEFITP5BRIEF
  • Also, please have all property and model releases filled out and submitted
  • Furthermore, no logos or brands may be visible in any of the clips
  • Don’t forget to add any applicable conceptual keywords to the clips

Top image: Young Woman Is Exercising Yoga At Home. Fitness, Workout, Healthy Living… by nd3000

Music Briefs: Rockabilly, Trip Hop and Calypso

Music Briefs - Chinese musical band performing on stage

Music Briefs - Chinese musical band performing on stage

New month, new music briefs. This month we’re looking for Rockabilly, Trip Hop and Calypso music.

Once you’ve completed your work, apply a unique code to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. As a result, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

Also, if you have any questions or comments about any of these music briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

 

Rockabilly

A blend of country and upbeat rhythm and blues that’s the foundation for early rock n’ roll.

  • KEYWORD CODE: ROCKABILLYDEC20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Rockabilly, 1950s, Greaser, Rock ‘n Roll, Twang

 

Trip Hop

Time to get chill with this downtempo fusion of electronica and hip-hop usually between 65 and 85 BPM.

Calm Dreamy Trip Hop

  • KEYWORD CODE: TRIPHOPDEC20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Trip-hop, Downtempo, Electronica, Beats, Chill, Lounge

 

Calypso

We’re looking to celebrate with rhythmic, syncopated and harmonic Afro-Caribbean music utilizing lots of Latin percussion.

  • KEYWORD CODE: CALYPSO20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Calypso, Afro-Caribbean, Latin, Trinidad, summer, steel drum

 

Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. On the other hand, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.

Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Musical Band Performing On Stage by bluejeanimages

Check out more Music Briefs here.