How to License Music for Commercial Uses Made Easy
There are many questions that arise when you need to use music for a commercial project. A commercial use project means media that in some way or another, you are planning on monetizing either directly or indirectly. To get cleared music, or music you can use, for these types of projects you will need to purchase a license.
I know that sounds complicated, but it's actually a very simple process and works a lot like buying a product from any online store. The key is understanding what licensing is, without all the legalese, and were you can go to get cleared music for your media.
Licensing music sounds a lot more challenging then what it is. It's much easier to comprehend when you replace the word licensing with permission. All you're doing when you purchase a license is buying the permission to use music in your project to make money.
This is different from when you buy an album or single. When you buy music off of iTunes or wherever, the only thing you're doing is listening to enjoy it, but with music licensing you are using the music to enhance the quality of your project.
Now there are a lot of different places to find music for licensing. Pretty much all of the music you hear on the radio can be licensed for commercial use. The problem is a lot of major label releases come with major label prices. If your budget allows you to use this music you can license that music by contacting the publisher associated with the track. If you don't have a big budget but still need music there are a lot of options available.
There are markets online with thousands and thousands of tracks ready for instant licensing. These places are called production music libraries, stock music libraries, and royalty free libraries. Most of these places work on the same general principle. Pay one upfront fee and no additional fees after that.
Music libraries are like stores with huge varieties of quality music in every genre imaginable. These tracks are created by professional musicians and producers specifically for commercial uses.
To license the music all you have to do is find the music you want, add it to your shopping cart, purchase it, download the music and receive your license agreement. That's it. It's not a long drawn out thing, it's instant and very simple.
Now there are a number of music libraries out there to choose music from. Not all of them are created equal. My picks for best music libraries can be found at:
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