75 Niches for Music Licensing

This is a great time to be in music. It's exciting because you have the potential to connect with so many people from all over the world. Musicians and producers have so much opportunity to have unique careers that before were never possible.

One way to do that is by pursuing music licensing through publishing deals and music libraries. Whenever someone needs music for a commercial project, they usually go through places like this because they have a large variety of music, it's cleared to use, and it's from a trusted source.

I decided to make a list of commercial media to help give you an idea of the type of music works well for different niches.

If you're the type of musician that wants to compose music for film, here are some music styles you can start working on to make that dream a reality.
  • Trailer Music
  • Soundscapes
  • Underscores
  • Dramatic Music
  • Action Music
  • Adventure Music
  • Romantic Music
  • Comedic Music
  • Orchestral Music

Some film categories include:
  • Documentaries
  • Indie Films
  • Student Films
  • Web Release Videos
  • Shorts
  • Feature Films

Radio has many types of music that's needed besides the tracks on the playlist. Here are some niches that work well for radio licensing.
  • Stingers
  • Logos
  • Jingles
  • Underscores
  • Advertising Music
  • Music Beds
Some buyers for radio music include:
  • Local Radio Stations
  • Advertisers
  • Production Houses
  • Podcasts
  • Online Radio

Television uses much the same style of music as film but some additional ideas are:
  • Game Show Music
  • Underscores of All Genres
  • Instrumentals
  • News Music
  • Sports Music
  • Soundscapes
  • Special Effects
  • Theme Music
  • Sitcom Music
Some buyers for television style music include.
  • Production Companies
  • Local Broadcasters
  • Webisodes
  • Public Access
Video Game

There are thousands and thousands of video games coming out every month that need music. Here are some niches that need to license music.
  • Theme Music
  • Game Play Music
  • Sound Effects
  • Underscores
  • Soundscapes
  • Video Game Trailers
  • Music Loops
Some buyers for video game music include:
  • Indie Game Developers
  • Large Developers
  • Mobile Apps
  • Flash Game Developers
  • Various Internet Games

Businesses need to license music for advertising, presentations, and promotional videos. Here are some music styles that work well for business:
  • Background Music
  • Underscores
  • Soundscapes
  • Music Loops
  • Logo Music
  • Sound Effects
Some applications that businesses license music for include:
  • Presentations
  • Infomercials
  • Explainers
  • Web Promos
  • On Hold Music
  • Orientation Videos
  • Misc Policy Videos

Here are just some other miscellaneous applications that need to license music.
  • Photo Montages
  • Ring Tones
  • In Store Music
  • Wedding Productions
  • Play Away Books
  • Live Events
  • Sports Entertainment
  • Funeral and Memorial
  • Kiosks
  • Digital Signage
  • Musical Greeting Cards

If you're not into the idea of creating music specifically for commercial uses, that's ok too. You should still get your music in the hands of a publisher or music library for potential placements regardless of the tracks commercial utility.

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