What are the best music licensing companies to send music?
That’s a question I get asked at least once a week.
I’ve previously written about how you can find the right music library FOR YOU.
Today, I’m going to save you a bunch of time and research and give you 6 top music licensing companies to get started, in no particular order.
Now go send them some music! :))
If that’s not enough for you, here’s….
How I came up with this list of music licensing companies
Pretty simple really….
Here’s what I look at when I research music licensing companies:
- Do they have a clear submission policy?
- Does their estimated monthly traffic suggest lots of potential sales for my music?
- Do they offer a fair agreement for music composers?
Ok! Let’s have a look at each library….
Impressive organic traffic estimate!
87,320 clicks per month as per SE Ranking in July 2018
Upside is there’s lots of traffic so lots of potential volume for you.
Downside is AudioJungle prices are pretty low….
License agreement is not the usual type.
When your item is sold on Envato Market, you will earn the item price component of the list price less an author fee that we charge. The author fee is what you are charged by Envato for use of our platform and services as an author. The author fee is determined by whether you are selling the item only on Envato Market exclusively and by the aggregate value of list price sales you’ve had in the past. The author fee you pay to us is set out in the rates schedule that we can change at our discretion, from time to time. Any changes to these rates will take effect on and from the date on which notice of the variation is posted by us on Envato Market.
Source: section 11 of the Author Terms
Bottom line is:
- You can choose to sell exclusively or non-exclusively on AudioJungle.
- AudioJungle gives you a higher percentage of sales if you sell exclusively.
- Exclusive Authors can also improve their share of the pie based on sales volume.
Tough but fair music submission process.
AudioJungle’s music submission process is a little demanding but all submissions are reviewed and feedback is provided so you can improve your submissions down the line.
Decent organic traffic estimate.
10,914 clicks per month as per SE Ranking in July 2018
Super user-friendly platform.
SongTradr makes it very easy for music producers to upload and setup their tracks.
You can easily add keywords and metadata.
SongTradr also makes it super easy for you to group different versions of a given song.
License agreements vary depending on the opportunity but YOU decide if it’s right for you on a case by case basis.
On SongTradr, there are two ways you can close a licensing deal:
1- The customer searches for music in the catalogue, finds your track and decides to agree to your terms or not. When you first uploaded the track, you will have set the pricing.
2- The customer sets up an opportunity on the platform and makes it possible for you to send them a track for that opportunity. In that case, the terms of the license agreement are detailed on the opportunity listing.
1,364 clicks per month as per SE Ranking in July 2018….
That’s not hugely impressive but ProductionTrax has other qualities…
Uploading and setting up tracks is super easy and fast.
In my book, that makes it worth it because you can just “set and forget”.
You probably won’t make huge amounts of money but you could get a little bit of passive income once in a while.
License agreement is standard: 50/50, non-exclusive.
50/50 means for every license purchased on ProductionTrax, you get 50% of the fee paid by the customer and ProductionTrax gets the remaining 50%.
Non-exclusive means that ProductionTrax doesn’t care if your track is with them AND another music library. You could have one track with ProductionTrax, AudioJungle, SongTradr, no problem (as long as you haven’t granted exclusivity of that track to AudioJungle or another customer of course!!)
VERY healthy organic traffic estimate…
79,896 clicks per month as per SE Ranking in July 2018
Great knowledge base for contributors. Pond5 makes it easy for music composers to open a free account and upload music.
You can see from Pond5’s website that they’re top quality. Their platform is very clear and professional.
That’s appealing to us musicians AND…. perhaps most importantly, our potential customers!!
Pond5’s contributor agreement is the standard 50/50 non-exclusive deal.
Big bonus points to them for making their contributor agreement available in full prior to signup!!
Healthy, steady organic traffic estimates.
5,635 clicks per month as per SE Ranking in July 2018
Marmoset Music makes it QUICK & EASY for you to submit music.
No uploads necessary. Just a simple music or composer submission form with some information about you and a streaming link to your music or portfolio.
Make sure you send a link that works! Double check and triple check!! Log out of all your accounts and check again! 😉
Side note: Marmoset have a great focus on the artist behind the music. Don’t rush your submission.
WOW!!! Those are some serious numbers!!
237,298 clicks per month as per SE Ranking in July 2018
Serious enough that the exclusive deal is not a deal breaker?
That’s your call really….
Considering the traffic numbers, I would go for it. But only because I have a huge catalogue and can afford to lose a few tracks to an exclusive deal that doesn’t work out.
When it comes to exclusive deals that don’t pay an advance, I always assume I’m not going to make any money from it before signing anything. That way, I’m not disappointed if/when that happens.
A few factors that I take into account when considering an exclusive deal…
1- How long is the term of the agreement?
i.e. how long are my tracks “stuck” with the library
2- Has their current roster made any money from the deal?
I get in touch with a few artists from their catalogue and ask for their thoughts and experience
3- Do I have tracks available that I’m ok experimenting with?
i.e. there’s no urgency/trend associated with these tracks and I can afford to bench them for a bit if nothing comes out of the deal
EASY music submission process.