How to license your music

How to license your music

If you create awesome songs and you want to ensure that it is distributed in a matter that is controlled, you would need to license them. Based on the rights that you want retained and the rights you wanted given to others, you need to check with the Copyright office. Incase the songs need to be distributed freely, you should use Creative commons.



People usually license their songs as they can make money when the songs are used in TV, video games, commercials and more. The artist maximizes the revenue generated through licensing. When a song is licensed, you get a fee when the license is used and it also allows the artist as well as the song to get more exposure. This increases the fortune and fame of the artists.

Video game music is copyrighted and there are two copyrights that the song has. There is the copyright for sound recording as well as a copyright of the underlying song. When the song is published for the radio, perhaps, this is the most lucrative of all deals. The song here too has two portions. One is that of the publisher and one is that of the song writer. Independent artists who publish themselves, own 100% what the song’s share is. That is the reason why one should license their music whether through a publisher or without one.

The film and TV license is known as the Master Use License. In this, the song is synchronized with the background, the theme or visual images and is used for film and TV shows.



When music is to be licensed, you would need the CD and the track listing as well as the contact information and which genre the music is. You can work with those who are creating independent films. Then you need to research music supervisors and check film conventions.

After this, you need to have an attorney or manager – one who knows licensing to help you evaluate the deal. In this they will be able to give you a ball park figure. What an artist should remember is that the song should not be devalued for what the user offers. You should not sign deals where you need to give away your exclusive rights, your publishing or those that want to use the music in whatever way they feel fit. This will prove to be a raw deal in the future.





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List of top 5 songs this year

List of top 5 songs this year

There are various songs belonging to different genres but in the multi-genre mix here are the top songs of the year 2016

Formation by Beyonce:

This song is a song of self affirmation. It is a manifesto set and it has a laser gun beat. This song talks about the disaporic roots and the complexities of America. It talks about the resilience of African Americans despite the hate crimes and storms. It talks about self reliance and vigilance. It talks about after Katrina and the all that is taking place.




Your best American girl by Mitski:

This is all about a relationship and how it is not working as it is American. The song is about how the protagonist ends things as she doesn’t want to portray what she isn’t. The song is great as itis about what we think of what an All American boy is supposed to be.

Ultra Beam by KanyeWest:

This song is about Kanye’s desire to be more than his ego. It is about sanctifying the ego. During the trackKanye makes utterances which are like stage direction. There are tracks which are like musicians who fiddle on the organ and those playing o the snare drum. In this, Kanye offers chances to different voices so that they can articulate their God dreams.However, all these voices surface and vanish. They yet, seem to be alone in their own space. In this, there is the battle where the darkness is fought against but it cannot totally be dissipated.

You want it darker by Leonard Cohen:

This is a testament and a hymnal. It talks about humans who are futile in the beliefs and humans who are at their worst.It is almost as if his audience is not people but a higher power he is singing to.



What it means by Drive-by truckers:

These truckers point out that the white folks need to fight racism which is perpetuated by other white people. In this album, the truckers state that they do not have the answers that are needed, but at the same time they do not feel that people should not take responsibility for all the violence that takes place. This is a protest song which is very relevant for our times. It is all about opening our eyes to reality and taking responsibility ourselves.

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