Making Money With Your Music: The Guide
Learn All About The Music Licensing Business
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How is your music career going? Are you making the kind of money you want to be making? Are you playing the kind of shows you want to be playing? Are you getting the kind of exposure you want to be getting? If you’re like I was and countless others you may be missing out on one major aspect of your music career. And that aspect is licensing your music for use in TV, films, commercials, video games, websites, etc.
There are a few income streams that are well known in music, and they basically boil down to selling your music (cd’s, vinyl, or digitally), selling merchandise (t-shirts, hats, etc.) and getting paid for performing. One area that isn’t discussed as much, at least for the small, independent band or musician, is music licensing. Royalties are sometimes discussed in terms of radio play or as a percentage of album sales if you’re signed to a record label. But unless your album goes gold or platinum and you’re getting radio play all over the world, those royalties don’t add up to much (in fact, royalties from a gold selling album still don’t add up to that much after everyone gets their piece and it finally gets split between band members).
Getting a song used on even just one network TV show, however, even if it’s just back ground music can earn thousands of dollars in royalties and licensing fees. If you can do that a few times, you can generate a significant income that can continue for years.
What does licensing your music mean, exactly?
First of all, it does NOT mean giving up control of your songs or giving away your rights to your work. It just means that you are giving someone permission to use your music for a specific use and they are paying you for it; and sometimes paying you a lot. But you still own your song.
There are certain people, typically called Music Supervisors, whose role it is to figure out what music should be used for certain scenes in TV shows and movies. They work with the director, producers and sound editors to see what the music requirements are (what types of music to use, what mood they are going for, etc.) and then it’s their job to go out and find the music that meets the bill. Not only do they have to find the right music, they have to stay within the music budget for the project. Unless they’re working on Iron Man 2, they probably don’t have the budget to use all hit songs (and this is where you come in). They also have to secure the rights to use the music, which can be a major headache sometimes.
If you want to get your music into TV and films, your job as a musician is to either find a music publisher who already has relationships with Music Supervisors or to find the Music Supervisors and build relationships with them yourself.
Making Money With Your Music goes through how to:
• Find film and TV projects that are currently in development.
• Find out who the Music Supervisors are and how to contact
• Submit your music to them in ways that give you the best
shot of having them actually listen to your music and want
to work with you to license your music.
• And much more, but first…
As an independent musician, you actually have certain advantages over well-known pop stars. This guide goes through what those powerful advantages are and how to leverage them to get your songs on TV and in movies. Hundreds and thousands of songs are used every day in TV shows and in films. Why not have your songs included in that group, earning you extra income?
What else you’ll learn:
• Learn what to include and how to organize your music library so that it is easy for the music supervisor to find it when they are looking for music (pg 8).
• Learn what gives you a 50% greater chance of your music getting licensed (5 tips).
• Learn what to include on your CD label to help a music supervisor want to use your music. I also included a checklist of things so you won’t forget any valuable information (pg 10).
• Learn the basics of copyrighting your songs. The guide tells you which forms you need to fill out and and also how to save hundreds of dollars in copyright fees, yet still get individual registrations for each song (not just register for a collection of songs) (pg 12, 13).
• Learn how to set up your own music licensing website and what to include on it.
• Learn how to find opportunities for licensing your music at national and local levels.
• Links to music licensing companies so you can get started finding opportunities right away.
• Learn the most effective ways to make contact with Music Supervisors and Music Publishers. Sample calling scripts are included to help you get started.
• Learn the business so that you are taken seriously when searching for licensing opportunities. Learn the business of music licensing and what the differences between mechanical use license fees, synchronization license fees and performance royalties are. Learn what all the terms are when negotiating a licensing deal.
• Learn what powerful advantages you have as an independent artist (pg 30) and how to exploit them.
• Links to many resources to get you started right away.
Who this guide is for:
This guide is primarily written with the independent artist in mind who has recorded material and owns their songs. It’s for those who have songs recorded or even who want to write songs that could be used in TV shows and movies. It’s for those who want to make some money with their recorded music. It’s for those who want to learn about the music licensing business. It’s for those who want detailed instructions and tons of practical tips and advice.
Who this guide is not for:
It’s not really for film composers or those who want to make movie scores. It’s not for those who have already licensed tons of songs and are already really familiar with the business and how it works. Although it’s my bet that there are tips in here that may take your career to the next level. If you want to, buy it, check it out and if there’s nothing in there that helps you, there’s a money back guarantee, no questions asked. Also, this guide is not a manual on how to get you or your band on the Tonight Show or your videos on MTV.
I have spent that last 15 years reading all about the music business, promoting bands, and basically anything on how to make it as a successful musician. I have a band that achieved moderate success and recorded a few cd’s. I continue work with that band in my spare time. I ended up having the opportunity to have one of my songs used in a network TV show. This ended up making more money, with much less work, than everything else I had been doing. I’m the kind of person that when I get interested in something, I get obsessed with it and try to learn everything I can about it. So that’s what I did. I read everything I could get my hands on concerning music licensing. I took everything that I learned and put it all down in one place, mostly as a guide to help others so they don’t have to spend all the time I did researching this stuff, but also partly as a reference I can (and do) refer to myself!
Making Money With Your Music Overview
(i.e. What You Get):
Okay, so for the Complete Edition this is what you get…
• 42 Page Core Making Money With Your Music Guide.
• Five tips to getting your music into Film & TV – this includes information not included in the core guide.
• Music Licensing Career Checklist: Usually when I buy a guide like this, I read through it and underline action items and other things to make sure I don’t forget anything. In an effort to save you time, I’ve put together this checklist as a quick reference for you so you can see at a glance what action steps are required and how you are progressing with your music licensing career.
• Quick Start Guide: In the guide, I lay things out in an orderly way so you can have your ducks in a row so to speak when starting your music licensing journey. However, if you want to just hammer this thing out and start finding out what opportunities are out there right now, then this Quick Start guide is just for you. So you may not have a website or your music library set up yet? If you’re the sort of person that doesn’t care about that, cool, you can start finding opportunities and get those things set up later, when they’re needed.
• Initial Contact Scripts: I designed these as a starting point and just a simple way to be polite, to sound like you know what you’re talking about (be professional) and to get to the point quickly when calling music supervisors, publishers, and production companies.
• Resource Guide: A quick list of every resource in the guide plus more.
• Copy of an actual Agreement Letter.
• Copy of an actual Final Licensing Agreement.
• Copy of an actual Music Cue Sheet.
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