Licensing Info

In order to use any of my music in your YouTube videos, films, trailers, documentaries, games or other productions, it must first be licensed before use (even free/not-for-profit/YouTube videos etc).

I have 2 types of music available to purchase and license for use in your films, documentaries and videos:

Royalty free music collections

  • £39.99 per collection
  • Each collection includes 10 or more tracks
  • Includes music plus a royalty free license for repeated use in unlimited projects
  • Can be used in both commercial or non-commercial productions
  • Use music on YouTube, Vimeo etc.
  • No further fees to pay

The royalty free license allows the music to be used in unlimited films, documentaries, games and video productions of one licensed end-user.

As well as unlimited online use you can also sell up to 1,000 physical copies (i.e. DVD, Blu-Ray, games cartridge etc.) of each individual production (see below for full licensing details).

My royalty free collections are a low cost way to buy quality music that you can keep using repeatedly in all your films, games and videos without having to pay a new license fee (or ‘royalty’) each time a different film, video, trailer or production uses the music.

View all royalty free music collections here.

Individual tracks (non royalty free)

  • £0.99 for the actual music track
  • £9.99 for a non-commercial license or £29.99 for a commercial license
  • License covers use in one production
  • Put that one production on YouTube, Vimeo, your own website etc.
  • Use on monetized YouTube videos

Non royalty free tracks are all other individual tracks on the site which sell for £0.99 for the music track plus either £9.99 or £29.99 for a one-time single use license (for either non-commercial or commercial use).

A separate license is needed for each different video/production the music is to be used in (see below for full licensing details).

You can buy a track on its own (for personal listening or to try privately in your production before committing to a license), buy a license on its own (e.g. if you previously bought the track and now decide you want a license), or buy a track and license at the same time.

View all non royalty free music tracks here.

 

Important note for freelance video producers using royalty free collections: you may not use, lease, lend, sell or sub-license music to any third-party or company. Any use of music must be for your own use in your own projects. If you are a freelance producer making videos for different clients and intend to use the music in a project for a client, they must be the licensed end-user of the music and buy their own copy of the collection (in other words you cannot keep using one copy of a music collection you purchased for a number of different clients, other than for temp/demo purposes).

Please note: using any music in a production without a license (even not-for-profit projects) is an infringement of copyright and prosecutable by law, My licenses are not expensive and I’m always happy to arrange a discount if you would like to license more than one track.


Download mp3 only (no license)

Download mp3 onlyIf you just want to buy my non royalty free music for personal use to listen to on your computer, iPod or other mp3 player (i.e. without using them in any films or projects) or to try out the music privately in your productions without committing to a license (before making it public), select Download mp3 only (no license) from the shopping cart options. My tracks come as CD-quality 320 kbps mp3s with no restrictive digital rights management so you’re not limited to how or where you can listen to them. If you then decide you’d like to use my music in your film, you can come back and buy a license (the price of the mp3 is not included in the license cost).

Please note: Only non royalty free music is available to buy as individual tracks. Music from the royalty free collections only come as complete collections.


License A: Non-commercial home/student license

License A PriceThis type of license covers use of the music in one non-commercial (i.e. not for sale or monetary gain, not advertising any paid product or service) and non-broadcast (i.e. not on TV) production for free distribution to friends and family, educational establishments (i.e. student films, schools, colleges, universities etc.), film festivals, church productions, personal websites, free podcasts and user-generated content aggregators and social networking sites (e.g. Vimeo/YouTube/Facebook etc. Use in monetised YouTube videos is allowed if not advertising a commercial product or service.)

Specifically, this license covers the use of the music in the following types of non-commercial production:

  • Personal non-commercial home video
  • Personal non-commercial wedding video for free distribution to friends & family
  • Student film (for free performance in schools/colleges/YouTube etc.)
  • Non-commercial independent or short film
  • Non-commercial documentary
  • Trailer for non-commercial film
  • Non-commercial film festival submissions
  • Theatrical production with non-paying audience
  • Personal/not-for-profit website
  • Personal/not-for-profit podcast
  • Not-for-profit church productions
  • User-generated video sites (e.g. Vimeo/YouTube/Facebook including monetised non-commercial YT videos)

This license covers the music use in one production only (but includes all related promo & trailers), so a separate license would be needed for each new production/film that uses it.

Note: A non-commercial license does not cover the following types of use:

  • Any trailer, video or promotional material advertising a commercial business, product or paid service
  • Any production for sale or paid download (e.g. film sold on DVD/Blu Ray/streaming etc.)
  • Television broadcast
  • Video/mobile game
  • Cinema
  • Radio broadcast

Please note: the license cost does not include the mp3 track itself, so make sure you add both the track and the license to your cart (e.g. £0.99 + £9.99) if you don’t already have the music. This allows you to buy the track separately to audition before deciding whether to buy a license as well.


License B: Commercial non-broadcast license

License B PriceThis type of license covers use of the music in one commercial non-broadcast (i.e. not on TV) audio-visual production and includes commercial use for all the examples listed above under License A as well as commercial retail or corporate productions and sales of up to 1,000 copies of physical media, e.g. DVDs, video, flash drives etc. (please contact me for details of an extended retail license if you plan on selling more than 1,000 physical copies).

Commercial use constitutes any video, trailer or audio-visual production that uses the music to advertise or promote any commercial product or paid service that you charge money for. Even if you’re not charging your audience for the video or trailer directly, if the actual service or product being advertised makes money, this is classed as commercial use. If you are in doubt whether your use would be classed as commercial or not, please contact me for more details.

Specifically, a commercial license covers the same productions listed above for non-commercial use, and additionally also includes licensed cover for:

  • Commercial (for sale) films, shorts & trailers (up to 1,000 physical copies)
  • Commercial (for sale) documentaries (up to 1,000 physical copies)
  • Commercial websites (as background music)
  • Commercial (for sale) podcasts (as background music)
  • Corporate/business/client presentations
  • Trade shows/live presentations
  • Monetised YouTube videos for commercial services and products

This license covers the music use in one production only (but includes all related promo & trailers), so a separate license would be needed for each new production/film that uses it.

Note: A commercial non-broadcast license does not cover the following type of use:

  • Television broadcast
  • Video/mobile game
  • Cinema
  • Radio broadcast

Please contact me for a custom quote if you’re interested in the above kinds of use.

Please note: the license cost does not include the mp3 track itself, so make sure you add both the track and the license to your cart (e.g. £0.99 + £29.99) if you don’t already have the music. This allows you to buy the track separately before deciding whether to buy a license as well.


Royalty free music collections (with license included)

Royalty free music collectionsRoyalty Free Music‘ is an often misunderstood term; in terms of my royalty free music it essentially means that you only need to pay the one-off price listed in the shop which gives you the music downloads plus a pre-cleared sync license to use this music in an unlimited number of films, documentaries or video games.

For a fuller description read my article What Is Royalty Free Music?

This means you can legally use the music in your short films, features, documentaries, video games, trailers, home videos etc. Whether your show is for broadcast on national TV or your personal website, YouTube, Vimeo, Myspace, Facebook, you won’t have to pay any extra fee (or ‘royalty’) each time you use the music in a new film.

And if you want to sell your film or game in physical format (e.g. video/DVD/Blu Ray/game cartridge), the license covers up to 1,000 physical copies of each individual film or production (for sales of over 1,000 units, you can get an extended retail license – see below).

All royalty free collections include the music wavs/mp3s plus the license to use them, so you get everything you need in one purchase and can start using the music as soon as you’ve bought a collection.

Royalty free music is also sometimes known as library music, production music, stock music, buyout music or copyright free music (however this isn’t strictly true as copyright always exists, it’s just that the copyright holder has agreed to license the music to you under certain conditions.)

Please note: the royalty free license means the music can be used in the films of one original end-user only; in the majority of cases, this will just be you if you are making your own films and videos to show to the world. But if you are a freelance video editor looking for music to use for many individual clients, each client would have to buy their own copy of the collection so that they are the licensed end-user. You can use your copy of the music to demo any tracks to them before making the final video but they will need to buy their own copy before making any final public production.

The royalty free license means you can use the music in an unlimited number of productions (for TV broadcast, online use, streaming/downloadable video games and in sales of up to 1,000 physical copies per production) including:

  • Home videos
  • Wedding videos
  • Student or commercial films, trailers and documentaries
  • Commercial documentaries and feature films
  • Commercial film festival submissions
  • Commercial theatrical productions
  • Streaming/downloadable commercial video/mobile games (and up to 1,000 physical copies)
  • Personal or commercial website background music
  • Personal or commercial podcast background music
  • Church productions
  • User-generated video sites (e.g. Vimeo/YouTube/Facebook including monetised commercial YT videos)
  • On-hold telephone music
  • Commercial/corporate/business presentations
  • Commercial trade shows/live presentations

If you plan to sell your film or video game in physical format (e.g. on DVD, Blu Ray, game cartridge), the included license covers up to 1,000 physical copies for each separate production. If you plan to sell more than this for one production, please contact me for an extended retail license depending on the amount of physical copies you intend to release (note: this is only if you plan to sell more than 1,000 physical copies and is not necessary for any other use):

  • 1,001 – 10,000 units: £200
  • 10,001 – 50,000 units: £300
  • Over 50,000 units: £500

Although ‘royalty free’ means that you (as the filmmaker) don’t have to pay any further license fees to use the music, it doesn’t mean that broadcast (or ‘performance’) royalties for the composer are being forfeited. Broadcasters (such as TV channels) pay a fixed blanket fee to the various music collection agencies (e.g. PRS, GEMA, ASCAP etc.) who in turn ensure that these broadcast royalties are channeled correctly to the original composer.

So if your film or documentary does get picked up for TV broadcast, you will need to fill in an appropriate ‘cue sheet’ with my details and membership number for the broadcaster whether the music is royalty free or not. But this requires no additional payment from you and is just a matter of ensuring the paperwork is correct. If you know your film is going to be broadcast, please contact me to ensure you have the correct details for any cue sheet submissions.


TV Broadcast licenses, commercials and video games

Royalty free music collections are already covered for use in any TV broadcasts and video games. To enquire about purchasing a license for use of any of the non royalty free tracks in a TV or radio broadcast, TV/cinema commercial or video game, please contact me here for further details and pricing. Please try to include as much information as possible about your project.


If the license you need for your film or production is not covered here, or you have any other questions regarding licensing my music, please get in touch here. I’m also happy to discuss prices for bulk licensing of multiple music tracks.

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