Click on the FAQs below to see answers for the more commonly asked questions about buying and using my music in your videos and other productions.
Q: Can I use your music in my film/trailer/documentary/Youtube video etc?
All of the music that you hear on this website is available to use in your film, documentary or other project but you will need to purchase a license before using it publicly. This means any use in things like websites, Youtube videos, trailers or promos (even if it’s short clips or not for profit) will need a license purchased before use. Any public use without a valid license is an infringement of copyright and will be legally pursued.
You can buy and download a track without a license to listen to in full and try out privately while editing against your film. If you then decide you’d like to use the track in your production, you’ll need to buy a license before making your production publicly available.
The exceptions to this are the Royalty Free music collections which already include a license as part of the purchase price. Once you buy a royalty free collection, you can use the music straightaway. More details on the types of available licenses can be found here.
Q: Is the music free to use?
No, sorry – a paid license is needed in all instances if you wish to use my music in your films, documentaries or any other types of video or production, even if it’s a non-commercial/not-for-profit production. I’m an independent musician working without the support of a record label or deal. Every time I write a track I’m not getting paid for it during the days or weeks it can take to finish, so the only way I can recoup any money is to charge for licensing. If my music is found being used in a project or video without being licensed I always take relevant action to protect my copyright.
There are two types of music available on this website: royalty free collections and non-royalty free (all other music).
Royalty free collections: The royalty free collections cost £39.99 each and are clearly marked as ‘Royalty Free’ and include a license along with the music download that allows you to use the music in an unlimited number of productions (and up to 1,000 physical copies per production). Royalty free collections can be used in any type of production, whether for TV broadcast, theatrical release, Youtube, Vimeo etc. See all royalty free collections here and full information on licensing terms here.
Non-royalty free (all other music): All other tracks on the site are non royalty free and must have an individual license purchased for each different production the music is to be used in. The actual music track costs £0.99 plus the license fee on top of this. There are 2 types of individual licenses available: non-commercial (£9.99) and commercial (£29.99).
For more information on the different types of licensing, please click here. Please note: commercial and non-commercial licenses do not cover TV broadcasting rights – if your project is to be broadcast on TV, please contact me for an individual broadcast license quote (this will be dependent on broadcast territory, duration of term etc).
Q: What is royalty free music?
“Royalty free” has different meanings depending on who you license your music from, but there are very few instances where there is absolutely no charge to use this type of music. My royalty free collections are also not free of charge, but the cost is very low and is a one-time payment.
With my terms, once you purchase any of the Royalty Free collections, a license is included in the download package which allows the music to be used in an unlimited number of film and video productions, by the original purchaser, without the need to pay any further license (or “royalty”) each time the music is used in a new film or production.
So the one fee you pay to download & license each music collection is all you ever need to pay to use it – even if your production takes off and is hugely successful, you won’t need to ever pay any further costs for using the music!
After buying and downloading my Royalty Free music, you can start using it immediately in your productions. There is no restriction on the number of projects this music can be used in (although each individual project has a limit of 1,000 physical copies/DVDs – extendable on request) but it must only be used by the original single-user purchaser and cannot be transferred to any third parties. If you are producing a production for a third-party client, they must be the end user of the music and will need to purchase their own copy of the collection in order to use the music.
Q: How can I pay for your music and is it secure?
This shop uses Paypal to handle payment for all my music and licenses so all transactions are handled securely by Paypal with no payment details or credit card information ever being stored by/passed to this site. Thebluemask.com is a Paypal-verified business seller so you can shop with confidence.
You don’t even need to have a Paypal account to buy your music – at the checkout, Paypal can process your order even if you don’t have a Paypal account so you can use any major credit or debit card, just as you would on any other internet shopping site.
After Paypal has processed the transaction, you’ll instantly receive a download link to your music/licenses via email. In the event of any problems, you can contact me and I’ll sort out any issues, usually within 24 hours (or usually sooner!)
Q: Can I buy a single royalty free track?
No, unfortunately not. Some people have asked if they can buy just one or two tracks from a royalty free album but unfortunately they are only available as whole collections and not individual tracks.
Q: How much does a license cost for non-royalty free music?
The cost for a license to use my music in your project is often much less than most people assume. For example, a license for music use in student films and non-commercial projects starts at just £9.99 per track.
Commercial non-broadcast licenses are also available to buy instantly from the shop at £29.99. If your production will be made available for sale (e.g. a video/DVD) or is being used to advertise a commercial product, service or website, this is the license type you will need.
A full list of what each license covers can be found here – if you’re unsure which license you need, please contact me giving as much information as possible about your project and I’ll get back to you with details.
For any other type of license that isn’t specified on this site, please get in touch giving me as much detail as you can about your project and I’ll be happy to arrange a suitable license.
Please note that if you wish to license a non-royalty free track for broadcast use (e.g. on television) you will need a broadcast license which is not available directly from the shop but is arranged on a per-production basis, depending on various terms (e.g. territory, length 0f term etc.) Please contact me for a custom quote for broadcast licensing giving as much information as possible about your production, country(ies) for broadcast, length of term etc.
Q: Can I buy your music without obtaining a license?
If you just want to listen to the music and not use it in any production, of course – my music can be bought and downloaded to listen to just as you would from any other online music retailer like iTunes or Amazon. Play it on your PC, put it on your iPod, burn it to CD and listen in the car or however you like to listen to your music.
But if you want to use it in any video, website or other project, you will need to obtain a license from me authorising you to do so. Arranging a license can be done quickly, easily and at low cost; please note that use of my music in any audio-visual production or website (including Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook etc.) without a valid license is prohibited and a prosecutable infringement of copyright, even if you’re not selling or making money from your production.
Q: I’m a freelance video editor – can I use your music in my client’s project
The royalty free collections are licensed to one end-user only (the person, or company who purchased the collection). Therefore if you’re a freelance video editor who’s bought a royalty-free collection, this music is licensed only to you for use in your own projects. You can play the music to a client to audition in a project, but if they would like to use that track, your client will need to buy their own copy of the licensed collection and be aware that this cost should be included in their overall budget.
Q: What format are the music downloads in?
All individual track downloads are sent as highest quality mp3 files encoded at 320 kbps which provides the ideal solution for CD-quality sound.
All royalty free collections are available in a choice of either full broadcast quality wav or 192 kbps mp3. Choose your preferred format from the dropdown menu when adding to your cart.
I’m happy to send any music ordered in any file format you prefer (e.g. aiff), just place your order as normal, then let me know what format you’d like. You can order and download the mp3 instantly and I’ll send the file(s) in your required format, usually within 24 hours.
Q: Can I use your music in a video game or TV broadcast?
If you would like to use any of my music in a video game, mobile phone game, or a film/documentary/trailer/commercial for TV broadcast, you will need to arrange a custom license. The cost for a license for games and TV broadcasts is based on several factors; for example, with games it’s based on the number of platforms (Windows/Android/iOS/X-Box etc), the number of units to be distributed, territories for release, whether it’s for physical/download release as well as other factors. If you are interested in using my music in any of these situations, please contact me for a custom quote, giving as much detail about your project as possible.
Q: I’m making a documentary or film and would like to license multiple individual tracks. Do you offer a bulk discount or deal?
Yes of course. If you’re interested in purchasing licenses for multiple tracks, get in touch with me with details of how many tracks you’re interested in and some info about your project and I’d be happy to arrange a discount for a selection of pieces. Contact me here.
Q: Do you offer any discounts on your music?
I offer discounts to registered members on my mailing list by sending out discount codes from time to time. If you’d like to be eligible to receive these offers, you just need to subscribe to the mailing list by filling out your details in the box on the right. Your email address won’t be given out to any third parties and will only be used to occasionally notify you of new music tracks, news, special offers and discounts etc. Discounts are valid against all music tracks and licenses and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Alternatively, if you are looking to license a quantity of tracks for one project, I’m happy to discuss a discount depending on the number of tracks you’re interested in. Please contact me for more information.
Q: Your prices are in £ but can I pay in my own country’s currency?
While the prices in the shop are all displayed in British Pounds (£ GBP), Paypal automatically converts the amount into the currency of your country (with no additional charge to you) during payment processing. If you want to see how much an amount will be in a different currency, please use the currency converter here.
Q: I can’t find the type of track I want – can you write me a specific piece of music?
Custom composition of a specific style of track can be done depending on what you need. Please contact me with details of the type of track you need, including as much information as possible. For example, do you have a budget in place; is it one track or several pieces of music; when is your deadline for completing the music; what style(s) do you need the music in; are you looking for complete ownership of the track or just the rights to be able to use it in your project?
Any info you can give will help me to work out a quote and timeframe.
Q: Why does someone keep saying “thebluemask.com” over the previews – are you an egomaniac?
I am, but that’s irrelevant ;)
The voiceover you hear when listening to the music in the shop is only present on the preview tracks, and is there for copyright reasons. When you buy and download any music, this will obviously not be present!
Q: I’ve paid using Paypal echeck – where is my download?
A Paypal echeck is often used during payment if you don’t have a credit/debit card connected to your Paypal account and there are no actual funds in your Paypal account. It means that Paypal has to first transfer money out of your bank account before the the transaction fully clears into my account. This typically takes around 5-7 business days to fully clear, so if you’ve used Paypal’s echeck service to pay for your download or license you will receive your download as soon as the payment clears, so please be patient.
Q: I have a problem downloading or haven’t received my order.
After placing an order you should receive an email with details of how to download your music/licenses within a few minutes. If you don’t receive a confirmation email with download details shortly after completing your order, please first check your junk/spam email folders and also make sure you are checking the email address you entered on the checkout page (some people choose to use an email address on the checkout page that’s different from their Paypal address used to pay for the order).
If you still haven’t receive your download details within an hour of placing the order, please contact me here. I’ll get back to you as soon as is humanly possible but please note that as I’m based in the UK there may be a time difference if you’re in another country. I always answer order queries with a solution ASAP, usually within a few hours at most but please be patient if you don’t receive a reply instantly – I’m probably just asleep or not near a computer!
If you have any other questions or comments not answered here, please contact me here.