Free Royalty Free Music
Free Royalty free music as opposed to royalty free music is music that the composer lets you use absolutely free.
They usually only ask for credits which means they want their name on the music. There are a few very good musicians that want to get more exposure so they use you to advertise their piece for free.
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If you are an amateur film maker, you probably don't' have the budget necessary to commission and pay royalties to an original film music composer.
You might not even have the money needed to pay royalties to writers and performers of songs that you could choose to feature in your films, such as for instance songs from popular rock bands or jazz artists. Instead, you can turn to the vast library of royalty-free music.
Royalty-free music is music that has been pre-composed and pre-recorded by an artist with the intention that this music be featured in films or used in commercial multimedia productions.
Composers writing this kind of music spend time coming up with original pieces to reflect and embody the vast array of human emotional moods or attitudes. They then place these pieces up for sale.
Many times these are bought by a professional royalty-free music archive (often called "needle-drop libraries"), which then acts as a distributor and seller of the music and keeps all future profits for the business; the composer would have made all the music she ever will from that piece with the one-time, up-front fee for full distribution rights paid by the archive.
Film music composers might also choose to sell directly to film producers.
The film producer would buy the rights to use the music by paying a one-time fee for it. In this case, the music would never be used again in any other production, unlike with the archive situation.
It's also possible for a film producer to commission an original score from a composer but only on the royalty-free basis. This might work out to the advantage of just one party.
For instance, if it's a larger production the composer may demand and get a hefty one-time fee. But what if that film then takes off, shoots to the top of the box office and stays there, and then enjoys huge DVD sales?
The composer could probably have made substantially more money from royalties then, but not a penny more does he get after that fee.
Royalty free music is music offered by a number of sources including a few websites that offer packages. There are some limits to royalty free music; they are found in the licensing agreement, or the contract between the buyer and the composer or archive.
For instance, the licensing agreement typically forbids direct copying of the music for independent distribution such as on CDs later on. Other agreements might simply forbid altering the music in any way, shape, or form.
One of the big royalty-free tricks of the trade is to use Orchestral music that has been used before, I.E. something like the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
This can be done because so much Orchestral or "classical" music is in the public domain, as the composers have long since died. Going this route, the film producer turns to a needle-drop library and secures a licensing agreement for the piece.
Whether it's free royalty free music or not the composer still usually wants something even if it is only the credits.
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