Production music is music owned by production music library.
The music is usually composed for film, television, radio, multimedia, and business.
These libraries usually own all rights to the music and can license it directly without needing permission from composers or authors. The music can be licensed immediately without any hidden costs to the end users.
A production music library has the advantage of being able to cater to many musical styles and themes. Many libraries can hold tens of thousands of tracks.
Producers and directors have a place to find the right audio for their projects or brief. Many libraries have music that is relevant to current musical styles, charts, and culture. Many libraries have music from all periods of music history. This includes Classical, Jazz and Blues as well as Rock n Roll, Dance, and Reggae.
Anyone who requires production library music can access a wide range of styles and audio from one location, so they know exactly what it will cost. Many libraries offer Rate Cards that allow producers to budget for project costs in advance.
You can also rest assured that most libraries have music for your job. If not, they will help you find it. Many libraries will offer music production services.
Histories of Production Music
Since silent cinema’s inception, there has been typical music for production. The audio was originally sent in written form to small orchestras or bands that would perform it live with the film.
Many production music companies have since built sound and audio libraries. They include Boozy & Hawkes and Cavendish as well as Sonoton, Extreme Music (EMI), Sony BMG, KPM and De Wolfe, among others.
Music libraries used to send out CDs with their music collections. It is now more common to access it via the internet, file downloading, hard drive or CD’s.
Production Music Online
Music can now be downloaded online through the internet thanks to the Internet. The Internet has opened up new opportunities for independent companies and libraries.
Many online production music libraries are available. As can the quality and price of the music, as well as the terms and conditions for the use or licensing, these can be very different. Production music downloads seem to be the preferred option for media professionals all over the globe.
Royalty Free Music
The attributes of production music may differ slightly from royalty-free music.
The licensing of production music is usually on a pay per use basis. This means that you pay for each use of the music. If you wish to use the music on a TV program, you must license the rights. You would need to license the rights to use the music on an interactive CD-Rom.
Customers can purchase royalty-free music by purchasing a CD. The music can be used however many times you wish without additional fees or payments.
The Internet and other issues have made it possible for many royalty-free music libraries to operate more like traditional production music library and vice versa.
This can be attributed to independent music libraries that can create and finance their own licensing and finance models to meet their market needs.
Sync Fees and dub fees
A production music company may charge a fee to license their music. This fee is also known as a “Synchronization Fee” or a “Dub Fee”. This is the main stream of income for music libraries.
Performing Rights Organisations
Performing Rights Organisations (PRO) are organizations that protect, manage, and collect performance royalties for their member composers, artists, and publishers.
When music is broadcast on radio or TV, or used in public spaces such as restaurants or other businesses, performance royalties can be earned.
Licensing is required for music that is broadcast or performed publicly. Broadcasters like SKY or BBC have to pay for music broadcasting, as well as restaurants, shops, and users of music on hold and other services.
PRO’s issue these licenses to music users when music is broadcast to public. These licenses generate revenue that is split between the PRO’s.
Many countries have their own PRO, such as PRS (UK), ASCAP(USA), GEMA [Germany]). Many countries have more than one.
Check out the COMPLETE LIST of Performing Rights Organizations
Music publishers are often music libraries. They publish their musical works via a PRO, and any broadcast or public performance will earn performance royalties.