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.

  1. AudioJungle
  2. SongTradr
  3. ProductionTrax
  4. Pond5
  5. Marmoset
  6. PremiumBeat

There.

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….

AudioJungle

Impressive organic traffic estimate!

87,320 clicks per month as per SE Ranking in July 2018

AudioJungle Estimated Monthly Traffic, source: SE Ranking, 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.

SongTradr

Decent organic traffic estimate.

10,914 clicks per month as per SE Ranking in July 2018

SongTradr Estimated Monthly Traffic, source: SE Ranking, 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.

As you know, having several alternative versions of one song is very appealing to your customers.

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.