In order to use any of my music in your videos, films, trailers, documentaries or other audio-visual productions, it must first be licensed before use (even for free/not-for-profit/Youtube videos etc).
I have 2 types of music available for purchase:
1) Royalty free collections
These are collections of tracks which sell for £39.99 each and include a license in the price along with the actual music tracks. The royalty free license allows the music to be used in an unlimited number of videos and productions for one licensed end-user (see below for full licensing details). My royalty free collections are a low cost way to buy quality music that you can use repeatedly in all your films without having to keep paying a fee (or ‘royalty’) each time a new film is made. You can see all the royalty free collections here.
2) All other non royalty free tracks
These are individual tracks which sell for £0.99 for the actual music track plus either £9.99 or £29.99 for a one-use individual license (either for non-commercial or commercial use). A new license is needed for each unique video/production the music is to be used in (see below for full licensing details). You can buy the track on its own (e.g. if you just want to listen to the music or try it privately in your production first without committing to a license), buy the license on its own (e.g. if you previously bought the track and now decide you want a license), or buy the track and license at the same time.
Please note: For individual non royalty free tracks, the license does not include the mp3 itself, so you need to buy both the mp3 as well as the license by adding both to your basket (e.g. £0.99 + £29.99) if you wish to use the music in any audio-visual projects or films.
Licenses are only valid after full payment has been received. Due to the nature of digital media, payments are non-refundable after purchase.
Important note for freelancers: 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).
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)
If you just want to buy my 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 then come back and buy a license (the price of the mp3 is not included in the license cost).
License A: Non-commercial home/student license
This type of license covers use of the music in any 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. schools, colleges, universities etc.), film festivals, film trailers, church productions, personal websites, free podcasts and user-generated content aggregators and social networking sites (e.g. Vimeo/Youtube/Facebook etc. Monetised Youtube videos are OK as long as they aren’t advertising a commercial product or service.
Specifically, this license covers the use of the music in any of the following types of non-commercial production:
- Personal non-commercial home video
- Personal non-commercial wedding video
- Student film (for performance in schools/colleges etc.)
- Non-commercial independent or short film
- Non-commercial documentary
- Non-commercial film trailer
- 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)
Examples that are not covered by this license would be any kind of physical production for sale or download (e.g. films sold on DVD/Blu Ray or a paid download etc.) and any kind of trailer, video or promotional material advertising a commercial company, product or paid service.
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: This license does not cover any productions which are made available for commercial sale or for corporate/television/cinema/radio broadcast 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 + £9.99) if you don’t already have the music. This allows users to buy the track separately before deciding whether to by a license as well.
License B: Commercial non-broadcast license
This type of license covers use of the music for one project in a commercial non-broadcast (i.e. not on TV) audio-visual production and includes commercial use in videos for all audiences listed above 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 project that uses the music to advertise or promote any commercial product or service that you charge money for – even if you’re not charging your audience for the video or trailer itself, if the actual service advertised makes money this is 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 products, 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 commercial Youtube 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: This license does not cover any productions which are intended for television/cinema/radio broadcast 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 users to buy the track separately before deciding whether to by a license as well.
Royalty-free music collections (with license included)
‘Royalty-Free’ is an often misunderstood term; in terms of the music listed in the Royalty-Free music section of my shop, 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 film or documentary projects.
That means you can legally use the music in your short films, features, documentaries, dramas, 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 anything extra. And if you want to sell your film in physical format (e.g. video/DVD), the license covers up to 1,000 physical copies of each individual film/project (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 can start using the music as soon as you’ve bought a collection.
Please note: the royalty free license is for one original end user only; in the majority of cases, this will just be you if you are making your own personal films and videos. But if you are a freelance video editor who is providing music for individual clients, each client will have to buy their own copy of the collection if any music is used in their project. 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, internet sites and sales of up to 1,000 physical copies) including:
- Home videos
- Wedding videos
- Student or commercial films, trailers and documentaries
- Film festival submissions
- Theatrical productions
- Personal/commercial website background music
- Podcast background music
- Church productions
- User-generated video sites (e.g. Vimeo/Youtube/Facebook including monetised commercial YT videos)
- On-hold telephone music
- Corporate/business presentations
- Trade shows/live presentations
If you plan to sell your film in physical format (e.g. on DVD), the included license covers up to 1,000 physical copies for each separate production. If you plan to sell more than this for one film, 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 broadcast, you will still 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 and use in 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.