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About US

Deborah Mannis-Gardner
Owner/President, DMG Clearances, Inc.

Photo of Deborah Mannis-GardnerDeborah Mannis-Gardner is the go-to expert for global music rights clearances, whether for samples for recordings; song usage in movies, television, and video games; or innovative applications such as the history of hip-hop Google Doodle. DMG Clearances, Inc., is known for clearing difficult copyrights from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Prince, and AC/DC, as well as intricate multi-song mash-ups. Whatever she is working on, Deborah’s first goal is to educate the client about the value of music rights, and she takes great pride in aiming for the fairest deal for all parties involved.

After working for Diamond Time and RCA Records in the early 1990s, Deborah started DMG Clearances, Inc., in 1996, based out of Delaware. Her sample clearance skills quickly became legendary, and she has cleared releases for artists including Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Macklemore, DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Drake, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Rihanna, The Notorious B.I.G., U2, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Yela Wolf, and Beyoncé. She also handled Grands Rights clearance for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation “Hamilton.”

Deborah’s featured film music clearances include Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator”; Curtis Hanson’s “8 Mile,” “In Her Shoes,” and “Lucky You”; The Coen Brothers’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”; Richard Linklater’s “School Of Rock”; and Josh Fox’s “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change.” She was the overall music supervisor for Allen Hughes’ HBO documentary about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, “The Defiant Ones,” for which she won the 2018 Best Music Supervision in a Docuseries or Reality Television award from the Guild of Music Supervisors, as well as the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Music Film.

She is an advisor to the new FOX music competition TV show “The Four: Battle for Stardom” and has also cleared songs for the network’s programs “Empire” and “Star.” Some of the many broadcast specials facilitated by DMG include concerts by Yolanda Adams, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Shakira, Beyoncé, and Rihanna as well as the HBO docuseries “G String Divas.” DMG has handled numerous projects for BET, including “Monica: Still Standing,” “Trey Songz: A Moment in Time,” and “The Michael Vick Project,” as well as their awards programs Sunday Best BET Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, and BET Honors.

DMG also works regularly with Rockstar Games, Inc., clearing music usage for video games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Warriors, Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition, Red Dead Redemption, LA Noir, and Max Payne. In addition, she helped bring designer Marc Eckō into the world of video games by clearing the music for “Marc Eckō’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure” as well as 4mm Games’ “Def Jam Rapstar.” DMG has also acted as a consultant for other video game companies such as EA Entertainment and Activision.

Deborah has also been responsible for a variety of high-profile music syncs in major ad campaigns in the U.S. and around the globe. She has cleared music from Frank Sinatra for Ciroc’s campaign featuring Sean “Diddy” Combs; Nicki Minaj for Kmart’s Super Bowl spot promoting her fashion collection; Eminem, Lady Gaga,, Robin Thicke, and Far East Movement for a series of Beats by Dre commercials promoting the company’s headphones, with one also premiering Eminem’s single “Berzerk”; and Common for a Lincoln Navigator commercial in which the rapper takes viewers on a tour of his Chicago hometown.

Deborah has begun to explore additional business opportunities, and in February 2018, she was announced as a partner and advisor to the Swedish digital music startup TrackLib.

Deborah has spoken at SXSW and CMJ, as well as at Temple University and Widner College. She was also named 2016 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year by the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (NCCCC) in Delaware. She is a graduate of Emerson College, where she studied stand-up comedy (one of her professors was Denis Leary). DMG Clearances, Inc., is a dog-friendly office, with Deborah’s own Dakota and Peyton leading the pack. She loves to explore new places, both within the U.S. and internationally, meeting the locals and collecting art as she goes.

Janice Shreve

Photo of Janice ShreveHaving been a teacher for over 20 years, Janice was frazzled and ready for something completely different. When offered the chance to become part of the DMG team in 2009, she quit her lifelong career and delved into the music sample clearance business! She has found a new home at DMG, though certainly not an unfamiliar one, as Deborah and Janice have known each other since early childhood. Janice’s attention to detail serves her well in contract administration and sample licensing. And, she has been pleasantly surprised that an old hippie-at-heart can love so many different genres of music!

Rachel Lefkowitz

Photo of Rachel LefkowitzRachel earned a Bachelors Degree in Photography from the Art Institute of Boston in 2004. While photography is her first love, she decided to pursue other avenues while looking for a career. After bouncing around the Publishing industry for 9 years, Rachel was given an opportunity to join DMG in 2014, and has never looked back. In addition to photography, Rachel loves music, Halloween, adventures, laughing, and most of all, her dog, Loki. Rachel is a self-proclaimed nerd who can be best described as 80% gloom and doom, 20% suburban house frau.

Deborah Evans

Photo of Deborah EvansDeborah Evans began working in the music publishing business in 1998 for Beebe Bourne at Bourne Co. representing a prestigious catalogue of standards such as “Me and My Shadow,” “Here’s That Rainy Day,” “Unforgettable,” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.” She later joined the staff of The Harry Fox Agency for several years, working in both the synchronization and the mechanical licensing departments. In 2002, she moved to Helene Blue Musique Ltd. as Director of Copyright and Licensing, managing all areas of copyright, licensing, and royalties for the company. Deborah later took on the responsibilities of Director of Publishing for Stray Dog Music, a Brooklyn-based company handling a growing and diverse catalogue of indie-rock, alt-country, rock-a-billy, jazz, pop, and hip-hop. She is now an independent music publisher of her own, having started Della Music Publishing LLC in August 2007, and represents Latin dance, R&B, and hip hop artists such as Vein, Redman, and Faith Evans. In 2009, Deborah Mannis-Gardner and DMG Clearances came into her life and since then, the fascinating and challenging world of clearing music for diverse projects such as films, tv, internet streaming, video, art installations, album compilations, and classical pieces sampling other music or literary works, became incorporated into her workday. A musician herself, Deborah holds a Master’s Degree in Harpsichord Performance from Montclair State University and also spent many years teaching piano and performing. She resides in New Orleans with her husband Joe and daughter Gianna

DMG Intern

Photo of Nicole PassonNicole Passon began her journey at DMG Clearances, Inc in November 2014 and is tremendously grateful for the incredible opportunity that she has encountered here! She has previously worked independently in the Wellness and Fitness Industry for over 17 years, the last several of which she has used as a catalyst to support her true passion, which is serving others through the power and beauty of music. Nicole manages two outstanding recording artists who have been working together for years creating a sound quality as well as a lyrical content that is foundationally unique and universally inspiring. Nicole still continues to work independently, sharing her concept, Simplicity of Self, ( where she works with individuals from all over the country by phone sharing simple concepts that support an individual's ability to relax into themselves, through self awareness, meditation, integrity and self acceptance.

DMG Canine Department

Photo of the Canine Department

Peyton, Dakota, Kramer, Lexi, and Loki are our loyal companions, whose responsibilities include sleeping, barking at neighbors, getting belly rubs, and receiving treats. The beagles are particularly good at sniffing and monitoring the perimeters of the property to make sure there are no breaches, while Peyton and Dakota excel at snatching anything unattended on our desks - especially lunches and electronic devices, and Loki takes her job as a bird-chaser extremely seriously. DMG would be a lot less adorable without them.


Our Clients

  • 4MM
    20th Century Fox
    Aftermath Records
    Allen Hughes - Director
    Asylum Records
    Atlantic Recording Corp.
    Bad Boy Records
    Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.
    Beats by Dre
    BET Networks
    Blue Man Group
    Cash Money Records
    Coen Brothers
    Concord Records
    Curtis Hanson - Director
    Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes, LLP
    Deuce Productions
    Disturbing Tha Peace Records
    Doggy Style Records
    Downtown Records
    Dreamville Records
    DuBose Entertainment
    E1 Music
    Electronic Arts (Canada) Inc.
    EMI Music, North America
    Flava Unit Entertainment
    Free The Nipple
    Fox Searchlight Films
    Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc.
    Geffen Records
    Genius products
    Gold n Fish Marketing Group
    Goldring, Hertz & Lichtenstein, LLP
    Goliath Artists
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP
    Grubman Indursky & Shire, P.C
    Hamilton - Broadway Production
    Harlem Globetrotters
    Harley Davidson
    Hiscock & Barclay, LLP
    Home Box Office
    IM Globel
    Interscope Records
    Island Def Jam Recordings
    Jellybean Productions
    LaPolt Law, P.C.
    Lava Records
    Lupe Fiasco
    Money Mack Records
    Motown Republic Records
    Music World Entertainment
    New Line Cinema
    Nervous Records
    Paramount Pictures
    Polydor UK
    Pony Canyon
    Principle Mngt.
    Randy Poster - Music Supervisor
    Rap-a-lot Records
    Roc Nation Sports
    Sedlmayr & Associates, P.C.
    Serling Rooks Ferrara McKoy & Worob LLP
    Shady Records
    Snoopadelic Films
    So So Def Productions
    Sony Music
    Source Magazine
    Trey Songz
    Tristar Pictures
    Ultra Records
    Universal Pictures
    Universal Motown Republic
    VP Records
    View Askew / Kevin Smith Productions
    Virgin Mobile USA
    Walt Disney, Hollywood and Lyric Street Records
    Walt Disney Pictures
    Warner Brother Pictures
    WEA UK
    XS Games
    Yoga Records
    Young Bull Productions

    Individual Projects

    Blue Man Group
    Girls Night Out

    2 Chainz
    Ace Hood
    Angie Stone
    Aretha Franklin
    Azealia Banks
    Biz Markie
    Black Eyed Peas
    Bone Thugs N Harmony
    Bow Wow
    Bruce Hornsby
    Busta Rhymes
    Candace Pillay
    Carl Thomas
    Celine Dion
    Chris Rock
    Christina Aguilera
    Cobra Starship
    Cypress Hill
    Damien Marley
    Dave Matthews Band
    De La Soul
    Deborah Cox
    Die Antwoord
    DJ Clue
    DJ Khaled
    Dr. Dre
    Erick Sermon
    Faith Evans
    Far East Movement
    Fat Joe
    Flo Rida
    French Montana
    Funk Master Flex
    Ghostface Killah
    Green Day
    Gucci Mane
    Gwen Stefani
    Hilltop Hoods
    House of Pain
    Iggy Azalea
    J Cole
    J. Holiday
    Ja Rule
    Jagged Edge
    Janet Jackson
    Jason Derulo
    Jennifer Lopez
    Jermaine Dupri
    Jurassic 5
    Justin Bieber
    Katy Perry
    Kendrick Lamar
    Lady Gaga
    Led Zeppelin
    Lil Jon
    Lil Kim
    Lil Wayne
    Limp Bizkit
    LL Cool J
    Lupe Fiasco
    Mac Miller
    Macy Gray
    Major Lazer
    Machine Gun Kelly
    Mariah Carey
    Mary J. Blige
    Method Man
    Michael Bublé
    Michael Jackson
    Mindless Behavoir
    Missy Elliott
    Mos Def
    Musiq Soulchild
    Nicki Minaj
    Notorious B.I.G.
    Obie Trice
    Paul Wall
    Public Enemy
    Pusha T
    Pussycat Dolls
    Rae Sremmurd
    Refletion Eternal
    Rick Ross
    Robin Thicke
    Royce Da 5 9
    Ruff Ryders
    Salt N Pepa
    Santi Gold
    School Boy Q
    Snoop Dogg
    Soulja Boy
    Stephen Marley
    Swizz Beats
    Talib Kweli
    The Dream
    The Game
    The Roots
    Three 6 Mafia
    Toni Braxton
    Tory Lanez
    Travie McCoy
    Trey Songz
    Uncle Kracker
    Vince Staples
    Whitney Houston
    Wiz Khalifa
    Wu Tang Clan
    ZZ Ward

    Boogie Superstar
    ChinaTown Wars
    Def Jam Rapstar
    Def Jam Vendetta
    DJ Scratch
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto IV
    Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
    Grand Theft Auto V
    L.A. Noire
    Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure
    Midnight Club: Los Angeles
    Red Dead Redemption
    Table Tennis

    2nd Generation Wayans
    8 Mile
    A Life Less Ordinary
    A&E In Concert: Rod Stewart
    Art of Organized Noize
    B.E.T. 12 Awards
    B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards
    B.E.T. Honors
    B.E.T. Live At The Apollo
    B.E.T. Rip The Runway
    Be Inspired – The Life of Heavy D
    Being Mary Jane - Movie Of The Week
    Being Mary Jane
    Best of Real Sex
    Big Momma's House
    Blue Streak
    Black & White
    Bringing Down the House
    Brotherly Love
    Caught Up
    Christmas With The Cranks
    Cradle 2 The Grave
    Fast & The Furious
    Fighting Temptations
    Free The Nipple
    He Got Game
    High School High
    Hot Chocolate Nutcracker - Movie Of The Week
    How High
    How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change
    I-95 (The Ride)
    I Am Sun Mu
    In Her Shoes
    In Too Deep
    Kiss Me Guido
    Life & Times of Hank Greenberg
    Life on Death Row
    Lucky You
    Mac & Devin Go To High School
    Magic Mike2
    Men With Guns
    More Than a Game
    Motown 40th Anniversary
    Next Friday
    November Rule
    Nutty Professor 2
    Nuyrican Dream
    O Brother Where Art Thou?
    Real Husbands Of Hollywood
    Reindeer Games
    Rihanna 777 Tour
    Rhyme & Reason
    Rocky IV
    School of Rock
    Shadow Boxers
    She's All That
    Soul In a Hole
    Southside With You
    Space Jam
    Spinning Gold
    Sunday's Best
    The Defiant Ones - HBO Special
    The Mo'Nique Show
    The Watch
    Tiny & Toya
    Trey Songz: My Moment
    Velvet Goldmine
    West 47th Street
    White Girls
    WIllie Nelson Home Video

    Beats Pill
    HP Tablet
    iam+ Dial and EPs
    Nicki Minaj K Mart Clothing Line

Our Staff

Deborah Mannis-Gardner
302-239-6337 x1
302-239-6875 fax

Janice Shreve
Sr. Director, Sample Licensing & Contract Administration
302-239-6337 x2
302-239-6875 fax

Rachel Lefkowitz
Senior Manager, Sample & Music Clearances
302-239-6337 x3
302-239-6875 fax

And for all your publishing administration needs meet our sister companies:

Deborah Evans
Della Music Clearance
Della Music Publishing LLC
509 Mandeville St
New Orleans, LA 70117
Tel: 917.517.0357
Fax: 504-304-4754

Heather Trussell
Sr. Vice President
Memory Lane Music Group
240 West 37th Street, Suite 504
New York NY 10018
Tel: 212-460-8677
Fax: 212-614-0166