Royalty free music by Music Screen
Essential Things to Know
A good music score is essential to your production. Sourcing this music can be quite a headache if you go through the normal copyright clearance channels, and can be expensive. All music recordings are protected by copyright and using this music on your production requires permission from the recording copyright owners, usually large faceless record companies who make up rate cards and play God on the decision to allow you to use well known themes from a major film or the latest pop sensation usually taking many months to reach a decision.
One simple and very cost-effective approach to finding music for your next production is to purchase direct from a Royalty Free Music library. In the past Royalty Free Music has been tarnished with a reputation for low production values, and whilst there still may exist companies churning out ropey cheesy themes which would not sound out of place in some seedy cinematographic adventure, however standards have now changed as technology allows composers to produce high quality music.
How it works
So how does royalty free music actually work. It's really quite simple. The royalty free music company produce and own the copyright enabling therm to license the purchaser the right to dub the music onto their productions. There can be no restrictions on territory or number of copies or broadcast. Depending on the conditions of use stated in your license, you can use the music for personal or professional projects, massive DVD runs for distribution and sale, TV globally and even on websites. You can use the music for any length and can shorten or extend it. You own the right to use the music in your single project for your lifetime. The only restriction enforced is that the purchaser cannot sell the music to another user. A credit is not always demanded, but most producers add one and there's no better recommendation. The only situation where the credit is required, is when the music is used for TV, Cinema or Radio.
The approach is so different from normal production music libraries. You do not pay per 30 second blocks which can really mount up to a considerable cost. It does not matter how many times you use the music in your video, Previews on Music Screen Library take little time and you can quickly pinpoint the track you need and order and receive the license and download link, instantly.
The aim is to cut out all the red tape, form filling and confusing and vague usage restrictions and allow producers to concentrate on the creative process of using good quality music to enhance their productions without the fear of treading on someone's copyright and at an amazing price. That's the beauty of simplicity.
Royalty free music and TV / Radio Broadcasts
As some of the composers involved in Royalty Free Music are PRS/ASCAP members they are entitled to a payment from the broadcaster if the music is used on television. This payment is not the responsibility of the producer of the programme, but the station that broadcasts the music. So even when using royalty free music in a production that is to be broadcast on television you simply go right ahead and use it as normal; even for TV there are no extra fees to pay.
If you want to save hundreds on your budget and still have a quality library of music at your disposable, then maybe you should checkout some Royalty Free Music from MUSIC SCREEN.