What Is Royalty Free Music
Introduction Traditionally, Royalty Free Music had to be licensed each time it was used as part of a production or broadcast. For instance, TV programmers would have to pay a ‘Needle drop fee’ each time the music was used as part of a broadcast i. every time the needle was dropped on the record! The disadvantage is that it could be expensive and time consuming. Royalty Free Music (RF music) is simply a way to make licensing music easier, cheaper and more convenient.The Convenience of Royalty Free MusicThe convenience of RF music means that it is an excellent solution for most production companies.
The music is usually composed especially to work with TV, film, radio, computer games or multimedia. Its very composition targets certain moods, genres or themes. It is tailor-made for that exact purpose and fits the criteria of most production music needs. The music at beatsuite.com has been hand picked so that it is high quality, has a professional sound, works with visuals and relates to the styles/genre’s of modern day audiences.
We try and give you the best new music that is both suitable for the project and also has the highest quality sound and production qualities. The beatsuite.com library has been designed so that finding music, auditioning, downloading and licensing is all done quickly and easily. It is fast, accessible, direct and cost effective. The Differences in Royalty Free Music from Library to LibraryAlthough the term ‘royalty free music’ is frequently used, most music libraries have various terms and conditions of use for their own music. For example The Beat Suite allows you to use music on a royalty free basis, that is it can be purchased once and used again and again on your projects. However to use that same piece of music on a TV advertising campaign you must negotiate a license fee. Our license terms reflect that. It means RF music is cost effective for many users but higher end applications such as TV advertising requires additional licensing.Since there are now so many different uses of production music, the licensing terms must reflect that.
PRO’s administer licenses to music users on behalf of their members (music publishers, music libraries and musicians/artists).Broadcasters notify the PRO’s of which music they have used by completing ‘cue sheets’.A cue sheet is just a form that details the use of a piece of music within a broadcast. It outlines the name of the music, which programme it is part of and how the music is used, for how long, and how many times etc.Cue sheets are submitted to the PRO’s who then calculate how much money is due to each of its members (composer, music publisher or music library) depending on the use of the music.PRO’s then pay each of their members according to how much their music has been broadcast. This payment is known as a royalty. This is why even royalty free music is never truly royaltyfree.It is law for broadcasters to have a broadcast license, it is this license that is paying the royalty.What about using Commercial Music?Sometimes production companies and other music users like to use commercial music on their projects but this can be very expensive and complicated.
It takes a lot of time to find out the copyright holder and apply for the rights to use commercial music. Also, the administration job can be lengthy and hard work. On top of this the fee can be quite expensive!To avoid disappointment and even having to remove music from a film or video project at a later date it is advisable to use royalty free music, since it is both easy to access and also always a cost effective solution. Royalty free music allows music users to use a piece of music that is just as well produced and composed as other types of commercial music but without the cost, time and effort involved.What Musical Styles or Moods does Royalty Free Music Cover?These days RF Music is produced to a very high quality and covers every genre of music and mood. The extensive use of RF Music means that all types of music are produced to fit the job. RF Music covers everything from jazz, pop, dance, orchestral to rock and more!The Benefits of Royalty Free Music • It is easily accessible.• Simple to license and download.• Cost effective and saves time.