CarverMusik: creative music solutions for entertainment

CarverMusik was established in 2013.

We specialize in musical analysis, infringement risk assessment and mitigation, worldwide music copyright and public domain research, music rights and chain of title research, historical and genre music consulting, locating hard-to-find heirs and rights owners of compositions and recordings, and the preparation of formal musicology reports.

CarverMusik's founder, Dr. Denise Carver, is a highly qualified musicologist with substantial experience in the entertainment business. She holds a Ph.D. in music composition, and is a licensed California entertainment attorney and a former Vice President of Music at Hollywood-based motion picture studio Paramount Pictures.

​The CarverMusik team is uniquely qualified to assist filmmakers, television producers, attorneys, music supervisors, performers, songwriters, composers, music editors, music publishers and record labels with their musical analysis and music research needs. We are experienced in the television, filmmaking and post-production process, we work quickly and professionally, and we have countless well-established contacts throughout the film, television and music industries.  

Film and television clients of CarverMusik include Netflix, Amazon Studios, Disney, Hulu, Universal Studios, Lionsgate Films, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, MGM, Showtime, MTV Television and Fox Sports.

Music clients of CarverMusik include Universal Records, ABKCO Music Publishing, Guitar Center, Kemosabe Records, Drive Publishing, World Song Network, Lakeshore Records, Brand X Music, Stephen Arnold Music and the Platinum Music Library.

CarverMusik projects include
films Candy Cane Lane, Maestro, Blue Beetle, Soul, The Exorcist: Believer, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, Halloween Ends, Mortal Kombat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, The Suicide Squad, Marriage Story, Lady Bird, La La Land and The Shack; television shows/mini-series White Lotus, Stranger Things, Mad Men, Daisy Jones & The Six, Orange Is The New Black, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Nine Perfect Strangers, Transparent, Mozart In The Jungle, Homeland, Underground Railroad, The Righteous Gemstones, Under The Banner of Heaven and Being The Ricardos ; and, television competition/reality shows American Song Contest, Songland, The Bachelorette Japan, The Rap Game, Wayne Brady's Comedy I.Q., Legendary, The Pop Game, Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian, and Little Miss Atlanta.

Dr. Carver has worked as a musicologist, consultant, researcher and music rights and clearances professional on the Transformers, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and Jackass film franchises; on film and television projects focused on the music of Beyoncé
, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z and Tupac Shakur; and on films directed/produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Angelina Jolie, Robert Zemeckis, Nora Ephron, Oliver Stone, Michael Bay, Mel Gibson, James Cameron, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jodie Foster, Cameron Crowe, Jonathan Demme and Nancy Meyers.

Film, marketing and soundtrack album licensing deal negotiations include U2, The Beatles, P!nk, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, Elton John, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, The Doors, Queen, Dolly Parton, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Eminem, The Grateful Dead, John Coltrane, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Céline Dion, Linkin Park, Led Zeppelin, Joan Jett, Van Halen, 50 Cent, Foo Fighters, AC/DC and Aerosmith.
​Dr. Carver has taught music theory and composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara; mentored at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference; appeared as guest presenter at the Guild of Music Supervisors Conference, the Hollywood SyncSummit, the International Congress on Women in Music, and the UC Symposium on Arts and Humanities Ph.D.’s; studied International Law at the Salzburg Institute in Austria; participated in master classes at the Cheltenham Festival of Music in England; and adjudicated the California Teachers Music Composition Competition.

Professional memberships include NARAS (Grammys/The Recording Academy), the BMI performing rights society, the California Bar Association, Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, and the American Musicological Society.

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