Create a music video for Mark Knopfler and Virgin EMI

Creators Selected On
April 8, 2015
Renowned guitarist Mark Knopfler invites filmmakers, video directors and animators from around the world to create an original music video for his new track, 'Wherever I Go' feat. Ruth Moody.

Mark is looking for either a music video or a lyric video. It can be shot, animated or short film. Showcase your inventive ways to capture the essence of the song. Taking inspiration from the music and lyrics - tell us the story you see when listening to 'Wherever I Go'.

The new track is taken from Mark's forthcoming album Tracker, set to release this spring. Classic rock directors can download the track for use in their videos here.

This is the opportunity to showcase your talents on a global platform, receive cash and collaborate directly with Mark Knopfler and his management team.
"A creative act so often creates others. It’s often intriguing to find out what happens to my songs after they’ve walked out of the studio and into the world. I’m looking forward to seeing so many different interpretations of ‘Wherever I Go’." - Mark Knopfler
about mark knopfler
Mark Knopfler is a songwriter, guitarist and singer. Once the lead guitarist and vocalist for Dire Straits (1977-1995), Mark has become a prolific solo artist releasing more than ten solo records as well as composing numerous soundtracks for films such as Local Hero and the upcoming Altamira. He has performed and produced on work by other artists including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Chet Atkins.

the career opportunity
One director, as selected by Mark Knopfler and his guest judges, will receive:
  • A premiere for their music video on the global platform VEVO
  • Exposure for their music video across Mark Knopfler's social channels
  • $4,000
Engage your friends, family and supporters to help share your work! The artist with the highest number of shares will receive:
  • $1,000
meet the judges
virgin emi
Ever since the label was founded 40 years ago by Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Records has been at the heart of every seminal moment in music. In March 2013, Virgin joined forces with another illustrious name in music – EMI – to become Virgin EMI Records, starting a new chapter in the history of both iconic labels. Virgin EMI is home to artists from across the music spectrum, extending from Emeli Sandé, the biggest-selling artist of last year, to Jake Bugg, the biggest breakthrough artist of 2013, alongside international superstars Sir Elton John, Rihanna, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. In 2014 Virgin EMI became the market leader across all albums, singles and audio streams.
Caroline Clayton
Caroline Clayton is one of the top video commissioners in the UK. Last year she won best commissioner at the 2014 UK Music Video Awards, with 7 of her videos nominated across various different categories. She has worked with a vast spectrum of artists, having helped launch the careers of London Grammar, Vic Mensa, DJ Fresh, Wretch 32 and Example. Currently she works at YouTube, heading up commissioning for the YouTube Awards taking place later this year.
Michael Rivalland
Michael Rivalland is a Senior Marketing Manager at Virgin EMI. In his 7 years at Universal he has run marketing campaigns for domestic breakthrough acts such as Chase & Status, Nero, Maverick Sabre, Duke Dumont and Iggy Azalea, whilst also co-ordinating global campaigns for the likes of Metallica, Black Sabbath, Jay-Z and Mark Knopfler.
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open worldwide to participants ages 18 and older.
  • Participants must submit their video to YouTube or Vimeo then paste the video URL via the "Participate" tab on Talenthouse. Please bear in mind YouTube adds 1 second onto the length of a video when uploading.
  • Participants must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • Participants must retain a high res version of their submission if selected as they will be required to provide a high res format of their video.
  • Work submitted must be original but can be pre-existing or created especially for this opportunity.
  • Submissions should be the full length of the track (6 min 25 sec).
  • Submissions must include the track 'Wherever I Go' feat. Ruth Moody which can be downloaded here, and have the option to include the lyrics which can be viewed here.
  • Participants that are not selected will not give up any rights to their work, however Mark Knopfler has the rights to promote their work on his channels in connection with this Creative Invite.
  • Artists must have the rights to use all of the content included in their videos, proof will be required if selected.
  • Inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions, as well as submissions that do not fit the brief, will be removed.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
how mark knopfler will choose
Mark Knopfler will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.

As soon as you have submitted your work, feel free to start sharing your submission on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. These shares will count towards the Most Shared award. Please note, it does not impact your chance of being chosen as the overall Selected Artist if you choose not to share.
key dates
Submit By: March 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Open Review Starts: March 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Artists Selected: March 31, 2015 at 10:00 AM

All times are in Pacific Daylight Time.
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