Music Briefs: Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Music, Free Jazz and Acapella

Music Brief - Caucasian woman playing electric guitar

Music Brief - Caucasian woman playing electric guitar

New month, new music briefs. This month we’re looking for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Music, Free Jazz and Acapella tunes.

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.

 

Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Music

The holiday season is almost upon us, so we’d love to showcase some new takes on traditional Hanukkah and Kwanzaa tunes.

Music Briefs - Hanukkah Music

  • KEYWORD CODE: HANUKKAHKWANZAANOV20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Hanukkah, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Africa, Holiday, Jewish

 

Free Jazz

We’re looking for experimental approaches to jazz improvisation that eschew traditional musical conventions. Let your fantasy hit the drums and keep being creative!

  • KEYWORD CODE: FREEJAZZNOV20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: free jazz, experimental, improvisation, abstract, fusion

 

Acapella

We’d love to hear some creative solo voice work with no musical accompaniment. Bonus points for harmonies. For example, scatting, humming and human beatboxing are highly encouraged!

  • KEYWORD CODE: ACAPELLANOV20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Acapella, vocal, human voice, singing, solo, no instrument, beatbox

 

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: Caucasian Woman Playing Electric Guitar by blendimages

Check out more Music Briefs here.

Creative Brief: Live Streaming

Creative Brief - Vlogging

Keyword Code: LIVESTREAMP5BRIEF

This month‘s Creative Brief is about live streaming and vlogging. Live streaming is not only incredibly popular, it’s becoming one of the most important ways for people to communicate, learn, and showcase products, brands, and give presentations. With estimates showing that the online live streaming industry growing 99% between April 2019 and April 2020, it’s expected to be a $70.5 billion industry in 2021. Now that many people are working, learning, and getting their entertainment through a live broadcast on their screen in 2020, this is a great opportunity to show the “new normal” for so many of us.

 

Creative Brief – Shot List Thought Starters:

  • Over-the-shoulder shots of live virtual presentations, for example, meetings, school, video games, etc)
  • First-person perspective shots of instructors/presenters speaking to virtual audience
  • Third-person perspective shots of instructors/presenters speaking to a virtual audience
  • Shots of the computer screen with multiple viewers learning together and collaborating
  • Simulated live streaming interfaces, displays, and other on-screen animation overlays
  • People live streaming from atypical locations (on vacation, at the dentist, in church, etc)
  • Live streams of atypical events like concerts, movies, birthday parties, weddings, etc

 

Suggested Keywords: live streaming, covid19, virtual, education, technology, future, screen, computer, smartphone, entertainment

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

Young African American Woman Make Up Blogger Streaming Live With A Smartphone by redbred

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: classrooms and other rooms inside schools and office buildings, in homes, outside, at the beach, in the car (not while driving!)

Math Teacher Doing Online Classes Live Streaming And Answering Questions… by mmmvideosbg

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: LIVESTREAMP5BRIEF
  • 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: Professional Smiling Esport Gamer Girl Live Streaming And Plays Online Video by kjelol

Music Briefs: Yacht Rock, Show Tunes, and Afro-Pop

Young Happy Dancing Girls

Young Happy Dancing Girls Playing Guitar And Partying

New month, new music briefs. This month we’re looking for yacht rock, show tunes and afro-pop.

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.

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.

 

Yacht Rock

Channel the smooth, soft rock sounds of the 70s that celebrate warm breezes, chill vibes and good times.

Music Briefs - Yacht Rock Beats

Music Briefs - Pocket Rocket (Smooth Yacht Rock)

  • KEYWORD CODE: YACHTROCKOCT20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: yacht rock, smooth, AOR, soft rock, 1970s, nostalgia, classic, fun

 

Show Tunes

Doff your cap and twirl your cane to these feelgood, tongue-in-cheek homages to the Golden era of Broadway!

Music Briefs - Broadway Bigwig

Music Briefs - Upbeat Swing Jazz Big Band Broadway Night Show Opener Music

  • KEYWORD CODE: SHOWTUNESOCT20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: show tunes, Broadway, theater, musical theater, swing, jazz

 

Afro-Pop

While Afro-Pop is a catch-all term encompassing a group of eclectic contemporary African music styles, it often focuses on upbeat, joyful, urban, guitar-based dance music.

Music Briefs - Afro-Pop Loop

Music Briefs - Africa Sway (Happy Fun Adventure)

  • KEYWORD CODE: AFROPOPOCT20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Africa, Afro-Pop, joyful, African, world

 

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 Happy Dancing Girls Playing Guitar And Partying by nd3000

Check out more Music Briefs here.

Creative Brief: Back To School

Creative Brief - Back to School

Keyword Code: B2SCHOOLP5BRIEF

This month‘s Creative Brief is taking us back to school. Schools around the world are underway, and education looks a lot different than it has for a very long time. In fact, The United Nations estimates that 94% of students around the world have been affected by school closures due to COVID-19. Temperature checks, wearing masks, and staggering schedules are all commonplace. Whether it’s through virtual classes and other distance learning solutions, educators and students are doing what they can. Highlighting this “new school” system is great for users wanting to show the realities for the global youth.

Creative Brief – Shot List Thought Starters:

  • Students getting medical checks by faculty members at school entrances
  • Students of all ages learning from a virtual instructor, for example, on a tablet, phone, or computer
  • Shots of the computer screen with multiple students learning together and collaborating
  • Students and teachers having outdoor classes and outdoor learning in general
  • Educators talking to empty or sparsely populated classrooms
  • Parents/students on separate computers working/learning remotely in the same room
  • Masked students hanging out in common rooms, cafeterias, courtyards, and libraries

 

Suggested Keywords: Pandemic, covid19, distance learning, students, health, protection, safety, education, virtual, classroom

Typical Users: For example, non-profits, news & media organizations, ad agencies, social media companies, film studios, governments and local municipalities

Mom And Daughter With Glasses And Medical Mask Make Lessons, Distance Learning by sayfutdinov

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: classrooms and other rooms inside schools, open fields and other locations near the school buildings, in students’ homes

Video Conferencing Online. Distance Learning On Laptop Screen. by sasha2109

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: B2SCHOOLP5BRIEF
  • 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: Group Of Diverse Students In School Building Checked And Scanned For Temperature by twinsterphoto

Music Briefs: Pop Punk, Southern Gothic and Wordless Choir

This month we’re looking for pop-punk, southern gothic and wordless choir 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.

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

 

Pop-punk

Roar out the gate with soaring, sugary melodies atop crunchy, careening major chord progressions coupled a galloping rhythm section to create the catchiest, most intense yet upbeat punk rock you can!

  • KEYWORD CODE: POPPUNKSEPT20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: pop punk, melodic, upbeat, distortion, punk, fast, action, skateboarding

 

Southern Gothic

Try mixing strains of dark Americana / country with swampy blues and haunting gospel (dressed up in macabre themes) to concoct the perfect rootsy, spooky cue, just in time for Halloween.

  • KEYWORD CODE: SOUTHERNGOTHICSEPT20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: southern, gothic, roots, blues, swamp, haunting, acoustic

 

Wordless Choir

The sounds of a wordless choir can evoke powerful moods ranging from the serene to the ominous and work great for all sorts of scenarios, from trailers to humorous commercials. Bonus points if you can get a children’s choir in there!

  • KEYWORD CODE: WORDLESSCHORUSSEPT20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: wordless choir, chorus, acapella, hymn, voices, monks, religious, heaven

 

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: Muscular Topless Young Black Man Playing Guitar by StarsStudio

Creative Brief: Essential Businesses

Keyword Code: ESSENTIALBIZP5BRIEF

Once COVID-19 restrictions and shelter-at-home orders started to be implemented worldwide, businesses started to shut down literally overnight. But some essential businesses could not shut down, despite the inherent risks involved with operating during a global pandemic. This is a chance to highlight the people and businesses who are still out there working, even when they may not want to, can’t afford not to, or are providing something important we all need during these times.

Shot List Thought Starters:

  • Businesses operating at any capacity with patrons and customers at the business
  • People with masks/protective equipment waiting in line, shopping, and eating at restaurants
  • Portraits of essential workers wearing masks/protective equipment, and/or social distancing
  • Controversial businesses that may not be truly “essential” (liquor stores, casinos, etc)
  • Shots of empty/closed/shuttered businesses that aren’t considered “essential”
  • POV Shots from essential workers’ perspective, interacting with people in need

 

Suggested Keywords: Fome cooking, kitchen, food, healthy lifestyle, nutrition, meal preparation, baking, independence, modern cook,
self-sufficient, life skill

Typical Users: For example, the food industry, lifestyle brands, ad agencies, media companies, social media companies, etc..

Sanitation Worker Throwing Garbage Bags Into Truck Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic by Stockelements

Pro-Tip: First of all, 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: restaurants, delivery locations, inside essential business vehicles, city streets, suburban neighbourhoods, even online shopping interfaces,…

Key Worker Delivering Takeaway During Quarantine by PandaStock

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: ESSENTIALBIZP5BRIEF
  • 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: Woman Chef In Protective Face Mask Prepare Food In The Kitchen Of A Restaurant by herraez

Music Briefs: French House, Western Vistas and Two Different Versions of the Same Song!

This month we’re looking for French House, western vistas and two different versions of the same song.

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.

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

French House

Keep the party going one more time with that non-stop four-on-the-floor beat, melodic (and legal!) vocal samples, and envelope filters galore.

  • KEYWORD CODE: FRENCHHOUSEAUG20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: house, beat, sample, dance, French house, envelope filter, EDM

 

Western Vistas

We’re calling for attempts to capture the sound of big sky, endless vistas, native mysticism and the Promise of the West.

  • KEYWORD CODE: WESTERNAUG20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: western, the west, vista, native american, epic, american

 

Same Tune, Different Moods

A client recently came to us with an odd request: multiple moods for the same melody (for example, an “upbeat” and “melancholy” version of the same underlying music). I thought this would be a cool experiment for the artist community to try: take a song and create two different versions (optimistic/contemplative, upbeat/slow, light/heavy, etc). Moreover, be sure to differentiate the moods in your titles (“I Love You” – Light Version, “I Love You” – Heavy Version)

  • KEYWORD CODE: TUNEMOODSAUG20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Describing the mood

 

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: Acoustic Guitar Player On The Street Of Alfama In Lisbon, Portugal by Sopotnicki

Creative Brief: Home Cooking

Keyword Code: HOMECOOKP5BRIEF

The lack of flour at your local grocery store is not a passing fad. Cooking at home has seen a giant resurgence as people moved inside due to COVID-19. In March of 2020, grocery store sales in the United States were 77% higher than in 2019. 54% of Americans say they’re cooking more, and 73% are enjoying it more than they did before. Furthermore, considering eating out is 5 times more expensive than cooking at home, it’s likely here to stay, and a great topic to shoot.

Shot List Thought Starters:

  • Family members of all ages cooking together
  • Home cooks watching cooking videos/tutorials on their computer while cooking along
  • POV shots of cooking, baking, and plating/serving food
  • Atypical cooking methods, for example, clay/wood-fired ovens, DIY rotisseries, power tools for mixing)
  • Overworked parents or caretakers trying to juggle work, parenting, and cooking
  • Amateur/atypical cooking setups, cooking failures, people clearly learning how to cook

 

Suggested Keywords: home cooking, kitchen, food, healthy lifestyle, nutrition, meal preparation, baking, independence, modern cook,
self-sufficient, life skill

Typical Users: Food industry, lifestyle brands, ad agencies, media companies, social media companies, etc.

Smiling Hispanic Family Are Cooking Together
by Wavebreak_video

Pro-Tip: First of all, 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: Kitchens of all sizes, houses, tiny apartment kitchens, cabins, bungalows, etc.

Father Cooking Meal Whilst Holding Baby In Kitchen by monkeybusinessimages

Before You Shoot:

  • 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: HOMECOOKP5BRIEF
  • 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: Happy Family In The Kitchen Having Fun And Cooking Together. Healthy Food by nd3000

Music Briefs: Mystical Themes, 90s Boy Band Pop, Rock Stings and Andean music

This month we’re looking for Mystical Themes, 90s Boy Band Pop, Rock Stings and Andean 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.

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

Mystical Themes

The soundtrack of shamans, wizards and warlocks casting spells and brewing potions. What does that sound like?

  • KEYWORD CODE: MYSTICALJULY20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: mystical, magical, shaman, wizard, warlock, spells, potions, cinematic

 

90s Boy Band Pop

Try to recreate that sleek, catchy 90s-style mainstream pop sounds that always went down smooth. Bonus points for vocal harmonies!

  • KEYWORD CODE: BOYBANDJULY20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: boy band, slick, 1990s, mainstream, pop, harmonies, teenagers

 

Rock Stings

Give us your best :10 or shorter squealin’ rock stings. Think about what you’d hear when you come back from that commercial break!

  • KEYWORD CODE: STINGJULY20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: sting, stinger, bumper, guitar solo, rock, short

 

Andean Music

Originating from the Andes Mountain region of South America and containing elements of Spanish, Peruvian and Bolivian music. Andean music is characterized by yearning melodies and the use of pan flutes (also known as quenas).

  • KEYWORD CODE: ANDESJULY20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Andes, Andean, pan flute, quena, nature, South America, Peru, Bolivia, Inca

 

Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. However, 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: Spanish Dancer And Guitar Player In Spain by mandygodbehear

Music Briefs: Yoruba, Fourth of July and Cleared for Sampling

This month we’re looking for Yoruba, Fourth of July and Cleared for Sampling 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.

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

Yoruba

Yoruba music is perhaps the most prominent West African Music tradition, and it is best known for its incredibly advanced drumming patterns, mixing different beats. This technique is known as Polyrhythm. In this track, we’ve used original Yoruba rhythmic patterns and traditional Yoruba instruments, for example, the agogo, the Bata drums, or the dundun, an essential element of all Yoruba drumming music.

  • KEYWORD CODE: YORUBAJUNE20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: yoruba, nigeria, africa, african percussion, polyrhythms, west africa, agogo, bata drum, dundun

 

Fourth of July

Independence Day in the States is a celebration of freedom, patriotism and hot dogs on the grill.  We’re looking for all-American cues of all stripes, both august and a little silly.

  • KEYWORD CODE: FOURTHOFJULY20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: July Fourth, Independence Day, America, United States, patriotic, march, BBQ

 

Cleared for Sampling Hip-Hop Beats

In an effort to attract more music producers to Pond5, we’re looking for beats, beds and loops that are labelled “cleared for sampling.” This means the buyer can remix, rap or sing over, chop, screw, and modify the track.  Also, make sure you check the “Cleared for Sampling” box on the Edit Item page when you upload.

  • KEYWORD CODE: SAMPLINGJUNE20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: cleared for sampling, hip-hop, royalty-free, boom bap, rap, beat

 

Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. However, 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: Senior Man Playing Guitar Against Tree Trunk by CentralStreetFilm