When you’re looking for music for your personal or company productions, well-known tracks are often too expensive to license. This is where production music comes in . Not only is production music much less expensive than popular chart music, it’s often structured in such a way that is more flexible for film and video production.
Another benefit of production music is that it’s often mixed into versions offering a variety of running times to suit your production needs.
There are 4 categories of obtainable music and sound effects you should consider using:
This is music that can be licensed to customers for use in film, television, radio and other media. Often the music is produced and owned by production music libraries. Many music libraries offer a range of licensing options including blanket licenses which cover all the tracks in their library, lifetime licenses for single or groups of tracks and yearly licenses.
Many libraries also often refer the licensing of their catalogue of tracks to PRS (Performing Right Society). PRS for Music is the home of the Performing Right Society (PRS) and the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). PRS collects when its members’ works are performed or communicated to the public.
You can obtain music licenses from PRS here
2. Royalty free
Royalty Free Music is a type of music licensing that allows the purchaser to pay for the music license only once and to use the music for as long as desired. This is often a great cost saving approach to take when you don’t want the hassle or expense of renewing licenses yearly. Another bonus is that you get to re-use the music on future productions when suitable.
3. Public domain
Music and lyrics published in 1922 or earlier are in the public domain. No one can claim ownership of a song in the public domain, therefore public domain songs can be freely used with no fees or royalties payable to anyone. If you can find a public domain track that is suitable for your needs, then you’re in business as they are free to use. You should double check the licensing law with regards to broadcasting overseas as this can vary from country to country.
4. Composed music
This is where you commission a composer to create completely original music for your production. You need to establish any licensing agreement with the composer before you begin your project. There is often a fee structure the composer adheres to for different uses and audiences.
List of music libraries we know of and use:
Whilst there are many libraries not on this list, we thought it would be handy to collate some for you here. If you represent a music library and do not see your link below please contact us via the comments on this page.
We would love to hear about your experiences and opinions about any music libraries you have used. Please use the comments to voice your views.
Royalty free libraries: