Clearance Services


41 River Terrace, Suite 1203 New York, NY 10282 / Phone 1-(212)-924-1166 / Fax 1-(212)-924-4150 / Steve@SteveGordonLaw.com

Steve Gordon specializes in securing licenses for all forms of content including music and audiovisual footage for use in motion pictures, documentaries, music concerts, TV programs, CD &/or DVD compilations, and online entertainment. Clients range from independent producers and small record labels such as Smithsonian Folkways Records to multinational corporations such as MTV.

Recent Projects

“Soul Train” DVD series distributed by Time Life Films.
"Big Pun: The Legacy" A documentary about the first Latin rapper to go platinum.
“Freedom Songs: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement” PBS and Home Video.
"On Stage at World Cafe Live" 12 concert programs on HDNet, PBS and Home Video.
"Les Paul: Chasing Sound" on PBS Masterworks.
"Punk Attitude" on IFC.
"And You Don't Stop: 30 Years in the History of Hip Hop" VH1 five hour series.
"The Night James Brown Saved Boston" PBS and Home Video.
"Elvis Lives" on NBC. Negotiated deals for performances of guest artists including Norah Jones, No Doubt and Dave Matthews Band.
"100 Scariest Movie Moments" on Bravo. Negotiated deal between the Producer and Bravo.
"Sinatra Classic Duets" on PBS and Home Video.
"Latin Jazz La Combinacion Perfecta" CD compilation released by Smithsonian Folkways.
"The Palladium: Where Mambo Was King" on Basic Cable.
"Songwriters Hall of Fame" on Basic Cable.
"Final Rinse" Feature Film.
"Red Hot & Blue" Documentary for Museums.
"Trumpet Awards" on Basic Cable.


Additional Services

Legal services for any matter relating to financing, production and distribution of television or film. Provide counsel regarding copyright, trademark, fair use, insurance, defamation, right of privacy, and union issues including AFM, AFTRA, WGA, DGA, and SAG. Find music and footage for any project; Steve collaborates with Universal Media, one of the leading sources of footage for documentaries & infomercials.


The Difference

Steve's fees for music clearances are the most competitive in the business.
Steve will save you money by skillfully negotiating the lowest possible rates for licenses.
As an attorney Steve can draft and review licenses as well as negotiate the terms.