About us

Sample Clearance Services is the brainchild of Saranne Reid, a media and entertainment lawyer who has worked both in house (at labels and publishing companies) and at several leading music law firms. Her wealth of experience has led to her being called on as an expert witness in copyright trials, a speaker at industry panels including In The City, Miami Winter Music Conference, London Calling, The Great Escape and Midem and she is frequently invited to guest lecture on the music copyright element of various university law programmes. The company was born out of the sampling explosion in dance music in the late ‘90s and has grown to establish itself as the first port of call for major brands and music companies looking for efficient music clearance.

The team

Managing Director

Saranne Tardelli-Reid has worked extensively throughout the music industry for over 15 years in all areas of licensing and business affairs, and is the leading authority on sample clearance matters in the UK.


Music Licensing & Supervision

Ysanne brings with her a decade of experience in the music industry, from independent record labels Skint and Champion through to heading up our synch, music supervision and compilation licensing projects. She recently oversaw the sync licensing for the Swedish House Mafia film Leave the World Behind, along with projects for McDonald’s (I’m Lovin It Live) and Youtube (YouTube Live on Stage).

Music Researcher

Fire behind the decks and a music research whizz kid, is there anything he can’t do? Box leads the charge in supporting the team across the departments and has managed not to make a cup of tea since he’s been with us.

Team Assistant

A junior creative who also has multiple radio one plays under his belt for his own musical projects, our social media and design-oriented assistant Scooter keeps the wheels turning at base camp.

“We’ve used Sample Clearance Services to help us out with our sample clearance and specialist licensing needs over some years, and would be happy to recommend them. They are fast, efficient and cost effective, as well as having such a range of contacts, that they can get to places and people that we just can’t easily reach ourselves.” 

Mark Furman

Virgin EMI

“Saranne is an absolute joy to work with. When it comes to sample clearing there is nobody else that I would even consider to work alongside! Saranne has helped us clear some very tricky samples and its down to her experience and professionalism that we have been able to release some amazing tracks.” 

Becci Abbott

GRADE Management

“I have used Sample Clearance for over a decade; from Ministry of Sound, to Sony Records to Imagem Publishing. They are great to deal with and always provide expert advice. Saranne’s knowledge of sampling is vast and she has been able to track down and clear those ‘impossible to use’ samples.”

David Bloomfield

Ministry of Sound, Sony, Imagem




Our favourite samples of 2020 (so far!)

Dua Lipa Love Again [samples Lew Stone & the Monseigneur Band My woman] Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne Real Love x Sunchyme VIP Mash Up [samples Dario G – Sunchyme] Megan Thee Stallion Girls in the Hood [samples Eazy-E Boyz…
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Resident Advisor (Doors Open) Interview

Sample Clearance founder Saranne Reid discussed music licensing, sync and sampling with Resident Advisor for the launch of their new Doors Open BTS Live interview series.  Watch the full interview below:
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