Four Ways To Get Your Music Licensed
Many people are saying that isn’t in the artist music business unless their work is licensed. Their opinion is not very popular these days because of the exposure and plays that take more prevalence thanks to YouTube, SoundCloud, and Spotify. The music licensing has a huge importance, especially when you check the amount of money a licensed music track can make.
For example, a licensed track can make around $20 for use in a YouTube video, $60 for use in a wedding video, $500 for use in an indie film trailer, and even $3000 for an artist in exchange for its use in an advertisement. Through music licensing, the track gets exposure to a wider audience and provides some earnings for the artist at the same time, even if the track does not get a million plays.
Be aware that the music licensing is not a simple process, but by knowing the steps to do it, you can get through the licensing easily. We suggest these 4 ways below to get your music licensed.
Pick about 3 to 5 good tracks that can be fit for public release. No copyrighted speeches or samples from other artists’ work. When you submit the tracks be sure that you own the rights to the tracks. In case of co-authors, make sure you’re all on the same page and ok to seek out-licensing opportunities. Check the licensing opportunities with your publisher and/or label (if you have one) before you doing anything with your music.
Export your tracks into high-quality MP3 files, preferably at 320 or 256 kbps. Also make sure the metadata of your tracks is filled with information such as artist and track or album name (if any), genre, and release date.
Always register the tracks that you are planning to license, with a Performance Rights Organisation (PRO). PRO are organizations that ensure that artists are paid royalties when one of your tunes is performed on TV, radio, etc.
Make a research and try to get in touch with a reputable music library. Music libraries are platforms that release a track for licensing, especially to potential customers like TV productions, filmmakers, ad agencies, videographers, etc.
How does the artist get paid at the moment of track licensing?
A “synchronization fee” is paid to the music library upfront. You’ll get a percentage of that sync fee depending on the license agreement that you signed with the music library.
The PRO collect the royalties for you. If the video that used your music is played on TV, you receive performance royalties based on how much “plays” the video gets.
If your track is used in a YouTube video, you could get an ad revenue share. But, first your music has to be part of the YouTube’s ContentID program. Probably if you are a beginner, it’s best not to worry about this type of revenue yet.
You should know that getting music into a music library is not easy. But don’t allow this to discourage you. Instead, use it as motivation to keep submitting to any good music publishing company you can find.
Most importantly, always be focused on the music first and automatically you will receive the rewards, including the music licensing.