Licensing the Music

Purchasing vs Licensing Production Music

 

Purchase Music for $.99

When you buy the song, it means you can personally play the song anytime on your player/media system. Just like purchasing and downloading a song from iTunes or Amazon. It is yours to play and listen to anytime you want...on any player that you desire. Although, it does not allow you to use the song or track in public for any other media purposes. That's where "licensing' the music comes into play.

 

License the Production Music

What is "production music"??  

When you buy a royalty free music track, you are buying a license. A license gives you the right/permission to use the purchased song for a project. Projects can range from background music for YouTube, Vimeo, television, radio podcasts, games, corporate functions, and more.

All licenses are not equal. Find out what can and can’t be done with music purchased music. Learn more about licensing the music track - when you want to use the song or track for the purpose of public use, or anything other than private use.

Production Music is music that is used in audio and audio visual productions like radio and television broadcasts, commercials and jingles. It is also used for motion picture and video scores and soundtracks, as well as corporate & training presentations. Production Music can also make its way into Web sites, computer games, software applications, other multimedia such as music behind videos on YouTube, or other popular video formats

Copyright
This gives authors or composers exclusive rights to their work. Copyright laws of the US prohibit any use of the music or composition without permission from the author or composer. Composers can register their work with the copyright office in order to claim exclusive rights to their work for a certain period. Usually, copyright lasts for 75-95 years from the time the copyright was secured. Works protected under copyright laws can not be used publicly by any other person or entity unless royalties are paid.

 

Production Music can be licensed as "royalty free" (buyout) music or, "rights managed" music (exclusive rights granted)

 

Royalty Free Music

The term ‘royalty free music’ refers to music that only requires a one-time fee for its use. As its name implies, no royalties need to be paid every time the music is used. Royalty-free music addresses the need for less costly music to be used in any multimedia production. For instance, a filmmaker purchased a certain royalty-free music for $29, for example. He now has the license to use it as many times as he wants without paying any additional fees.

Royalty Free Music is generally less expensive to work with. Smaller companies, individuals and corporations who have an eye on their budgets will usually work with Royalty Free Music. One major advantage is that when you license a piece of royalty free music, you are less restricted on its use. When you pay for a music track or CD you can use it in a production today – in a different production next week – and one three years from now without paying any additional license fee. You could broadcast the production on TV or the Internet or make copies of a DVD for sale without paying any additional licensing fee. Essentially, you don’t have to pre-plan how the music is going to be used.

Production Music is generally placed in the background, behind the dialog or voice-over - it can set the mood, provide a suitable backdrop for a message, promote the product, activity or event being featured, identify the location of the scene or highlight the plot’s action.

Rights Managed Music

Rights Managed Music is generally more expensive to work with. Major motion picture companies, TV production companies and other large users of great quality music would usually work with Rights Managed Music companies. Generally speaking, each piece of music is licensed for a particular project that will be distributed in a particular way. For instance a piece of music could be licensed for use in a Movie that is going to be shown in theaters around the world. If the Movie was going to be shown on the Internet and there were going to be DVDs manufactured and sold as well, that would have to be written into the license agreement. That one piece of music could not be used in any other Movie – it has only been licensed for that specific Movie.

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Big Coffee Music 'Production Music' - Standard Licensing Examples

 

Here are some standard examples, although each situation may be a little different - so we'll discuss the price based on your needs at time of payment process. Please contact us at info@bigcoffeegroup.com to discuss the exact license and the price for the music you choose.

 

Standard License Coverage and Definition examples

Independent Film License

A license for the lone-wolf, creating a film of any length outside the studio system.

Permitted Content: You are an individual wishing to license one song recording/ composition embodied thereon for the creation of an independent film, outside of a formal film studio system, either short or feature length.

Non-Permitted Content: The creation of any film being funded and/or released by a formal film studio, or any commercial use relating to a business, non-profit, product or service.

Single (1) use

Lifespan: Perpetual

Notes: If your film should be picked up for distribution, or shown outside of the confines of a film festival, please contact us.

Cost: starting at $249.00


 

Small Non-Profit License

Music to help you share your mission.

Permitted Content: You are an individual wishing to license one master recording and composition embodied thereon for the creation of a film or slideshow that highlights a registered non-profit organization as a whole. Content may include company highlights, event coverage, culture highlights, and employee insights - films that give an overall sense of the spirit of the organization. A company is considered a Non-Profit only if it is registered with the government as an eligible and official Non-Profit Organization. In the U.S.A., for example, a Non-Profit is designated by the IRS as a 501(c).

Non-Permitted Content: Fundraising campaign or call to action, or any film that highlights a specific product or service of the organization.

Single (1) use

Lifespan: Perpetual

Cost: starting at $49.00


 

Wedding and Portrait License

Celebrate milestones with the perfect marriage of sound and picture.

Permitted Content: You are an individual wishing to license one master recording and composition embodied thereon for the creation of a film or slideshow that covers the wedding day or similar event of a couple, for that couple. Despite its name, the wedding license can also apply to other events for your clients such as birth stories, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Non-Permitted Content: This is not the right license for you if you are creating a film or slideshow to promote a business related to the event. For example, a promotional film for a photographer, event designer, a venue, the florist, or yourself. This is for your couples.

Single (1) use

Lifespan: Perpetual

Cost: starting at $59.00


 

Home Video License

Tracks for reminiscing with family and friends.

Permitted Content: You are an individual wishing to license one master recording and composition embodied thereon for the creation of a film intended for individual, personal use only of content highlighting the life and experiences of the individual.

Non-Permitted Content: Content cannot be tied to any business whatsoever, including company or product highlights, by being posted on business websites, Vimeo or YouTube accounts, or if you are being paid, making money, or anticipating growing any business from the film.

Single (1) use

Usage: Hardcopy and world wide web, not including premium streaming services

Lifespan: Perpetual

Cost: starting at $39.00


 

Photo Slideshow License

Bring photographs to life with the magic of music.

Permitted Content: You are an individual wishing to license one master recording and composition embodied thereon for the creation of a slideshow of still photography images. Slideshows may cover the life, experiences, and events of an individual, couple, or family (ie: weddings and similar events). The ideal/intended use of this license is for wedding or event photography slideshows of still images. Motion picture content of any kind is strictly prohibited for this license.

Non-Permitted Content: This is not the right license for you if you are including any video or film or motion picture. Motion picture of any kind is strictly prohibited. Additionally, content cannot be tied to any kind of business activity, including company or product highlights, cannot be posted on business websites, Vimeo or YouTube accounts owned by a business entity, and cannot be used if you are being paid in any way, making money, or anticipating growing any business from the slideshow. The ideal/intended use of this license is for wedding photography slideshows.

Single (1) use

Usage: Hard copy and world wide web, not including premium streaming services

Lifespan: Perpetual

Cost: $39.00


 

Podcast License

Songs for sharing your story.

Personal - Single Use

Permitted Content: You are an individual creating a podcast and wish to license one master recording and composition embodied thereon solely for use as a “bumpers,” “underscore,” “intros,” “outros,” “transitions” or “beds” within a single audio podcast episode.

Non-Permitted Content: This is strictly limited to a podcast of a personal nature, unrelated to any business purpose whatsoever, whether organized or unincorporated and either “for profit” or “not for profit.” The podcast will not be directly or indirectly associated with a commercial or promotional endeavor of any nature whatsoever, including without limitation, any service or product, nor will the podcast be posted on business websites, Vimeo or YouTube. You may not derive revenue or anticipate growing any business from the podcast. You are prohibited from using the Musical Work as the subject or focus of the podcast. You are prohibited from using the Musical Work in connection with visual works of any nature whatsoever.

Single (1) use

Usage: Podcast

Lifespan: Perpetual

Cost: $29.00


 

Personal - Series Use

Permitted Content: You are an individual creating a podcast and wish to license one Musical Work solely for use as a “bumpers,” “underscore,” “intros,” “outros,” “transitions” or “beds” in any number of episodes pertaining to one identifiable audio podcast series in a 12-month period.

Non-Permitted Content: This is strictly limited to a podcast of a personal nature, unrelated to any business purpose whatsoever, whether organized or unincorporated and either “for profit” or “not for profit.” The podcast will not be directly or indirectly associated with a commercial or promotional endeavor of any nature whatsoever including without limitation, any service or product, nor will the podcast be posted on business websites, Vimeo or YouTube. You may not derive revenue or anticipate growing any business from the podcast. You are prohibited from using the Musical Work as the subject or focus of the podcast. You are prohibited from using the Musical Work in connection with visual works of any nature whatsoever.

Series use (any number of episodes pertaining to one particular, identifiable podcast in a twelve month period)

Usage: Podcast

Lifespan: Perpetual

Cost: $79.00


 

Business - Single Use

Permitted Content: You are an individual, partnership, corporation or other entity engaged in a “for profit” or “not for profit” business enterprise consisting of up to 100 employees creating a podcast and wish to license one Musical Work solely for use as a “bumpers,” “underscore,” “intros,” “outros,” “transitions” or “beds” within a single audio podcast episode. Your podcast incorporating the Musical Work is related to your business.

Non-Permitted Content: You are prohibited from using the Musical Work as the subject or focus of the podcast. You are prohibited from using the Musical Work in connection with visual works of any nature whatsoever.

Single (1) use

Usage: Podcast

Lifespan: Perpetual

Cost: $49.00


 

Business - Series Use

Permitted Content: You are an individual, partnership, corporation or other entity engaged in a “for profit” or “not for profit” business enterprise consisting of up to 100 employees creating a podcast and wish to license one Musical Work solely for use as a “bumpers,” “underscore,” “intros,” “outros,” “transitions” or “beds” in any number of episodes pertaining to one identifiable audio podcast series in a 12-month period. Your podcast incorporating the Musical Work is related to your business.

Non-Permitted Content: You are prohibited from using the Musical Work as the subject or focus of the podcast. You are prohibited from using the Musical Work in connection with visual works of any nature whatsoever.

Series use (any number of episodes pertaining to one particular, identifiable podcast in a twelve month period)

Usage: Podcast

Lifespan: Perpetual

Cost: $199.00