Do you find it difficult to find the right kind of royalty-free background music for your project?
The key to this is to use the right kind of royalty free background music website for your specific needs.
Listed below are different kinds of royalty free music libraries to take into consideration when trying to find the best background music for your video.
- Quality vs Quantity
Some of these websites focus on curating music at an extensive rate. Their main goal is to attain as much music as possible, from as many composers as possible. Often, this caters best to YouTubers, or Vloggers, for example. While there might be an abundance of content on these websites, often the quality is sacrificed. The prime goal of these companies’ music curators is to collect as much music as possible, with quality being a secondary goal.
Other royalty free music websites might have a smaller catalog of background music to choose from, but they make it up with incredibly high-quality music. They prefer to maintain close relationships and supervision with their composers, ensuring that the music that is accepted on the website is top-notch. When searching for background music for TV and film (or any motion picture really), using royalty free music libraries that focus on quality over quantity is definitely the better option.
Royalty-free music websites allow for video editors and content creators to simply pay once to purchase music, allowing them to use it for as long as they desire. Royalty-free companies allow for content creators to by music on a non-exclusive basis, and to be used in perpetuity without any usage reporting.
In short, royalty-free production music websites make it simpler and easier for video editors and content creators to find background music for video.
- Non-Exclusive vs Exclusive
Non-exclusive libraries allow for musicians and composers to sign up to multiple alternative royalty free music websites, enabling them to have more licensing opportunities. As in, more chances to have their background music placed in TV, film, ads or any other kind of motion picture. Non-exclusive libraries are often able to collect more music, as it excludes all music that has ever been used commercially. Also, non-exclusive libraries allow for musicians to remain as the copyright holder – in contrast to giving up their copyright to the royalty free music library (like exclusive libraries).
Exclusive libraries limit musicians to only uploading to their website. Often, they advertise themselves as having more ‘original music’ compared to non-exclusive libraries. However, the downside is that exclusive libraries are incredibly limited for what they’re able to accept. They’re missing out on an abundance of incredible and unique, high-quality music that happens to already be available for sale through other libraries, or directly from the independent artist or record label. All this music is prohibited from being accepted to exclusive libraries.
- Different Focus: Genres, Styles, etc.
While royalty free music libraries tend to be pretty versatile in the music on their websites, many have different focuses.
Some royalty free music libraries focus mainly on curating music from independent artists. These are often up-and coming artists with unique original music. Licensing their music from royalty free music websites comes at a much more affordable price than licensing from large record labels or publishers. Usually, these songs are pop-style vocal tracks, that come with instrumentals as well.
Some royalty free music libraries focus on specific genres – you might find a royalty free music library that mainly curates urban hip-hop beats, for example. Some royalty free music libraries might focus on collecting world music, allowing content creators to access culturally relevant music to use in their productions.
- Traditional Music Libraries
Traditional royalty free music libraries are libraries that typically own their music exclusively, but license their music through collection societies (often referred to as PRO’s). As these libraries license music through third-parties, they follow a standardized code for pricing systems, that differ according to territory.
On the other hand, non-traditional music libraries license their music outside the structure or organization of collection societies. This is a more modern approach, which means they offer a simple worldwide license and a one-off set price for their music.
Before picking a library to find background music for your video, do the search to find the right library for you.
All in all, it’s best to find the right royalty free music library that fits your specific needs.
MusicGrid, for example, is a non-traditional, royalty-free, and non-exclusive online music library offering a variety of hand-curated background music for TV, film, ads, and all other kinds of visual media.
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