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If you don’t want to go through the song and dance of reaching out to record labels, you’ve come to the right place. To license music in a few quick clicks, simply explore the PremiumBeat library (we also have PRO-free tracks). When you find the songs that are perfect for your project, add them to your cart and head to checkout. You will then be presented with easy-to-understand licensing options. Select the license that best suits your needs and download your tracks.
The easiest way to license music for YouTube is to check out a royalty-free music library like PremiumBeat. This is the best way to ensure that you can use a song in your video while remaining 100% legally protected. Discover new songs you love, add them to your cart, and then go to checkout. Select the Standard license, as this will cover web content such as YouTube, as well as podcasts, social media, and online advertising.
100% original music: You own and control 100% of the copyright for both the composition and master recording of the music. Sound-alikes and samples cannot be submitted.
Exclusively available: While you may submit tracks that have already been placed in other stock libraries as examples of your work, PremiumBeat requires exclusive rights for all tracks that are added to our library.
Free of 3rd party rights: PremiumBeat acts as the exclusive music publisher for all musical compositions in our library.
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Why license music?
Music licensing for advertising
If you want to use a copyrighted song in your advertisement, you will need both a Master Use license and a Synchronization license. The Master Use license comes from the label, whereas the Synchronization license comes from the publisher. The cost of these licenses varies depending on the intended usage and popularity of the song. With low-end TV usage, such as when a song is playing from a jukebox but none of the characters in the scene are paying attention to the music, the song may be free or cost as much as $2,000 for a 5-year license. That same situation in a film, however, would cost $10,000 in perpetuity. Commercial fees for music licensing are by far the highest. A single song can cost anywhere from $25,000 to over $500,000 per year. A far more affordable option? Find a catchy song on PremiumBeat and select the Premium license for just $199.
Music licensing for artists
If you are an artist hoping to license your music, there are a few helpful things to know before you get started. First things first, know what you control. Each time you write and record a song of your own creation, both the composition (i.e. the lyrics and melody) and the master (i.e. sound recording) of the song are copyrighted. You can then sign away the composition to a publisher and the master to a record label. If an interested party comes along and requests to use your song in an episode of their TV show, for example, they will need to license both the composition and the master. Each of these licenses have key points that you will want to be clear about from the get-go. These points include but are not limited to the term (i.e. the length of the license), the territory (i.e. where the song is allowed to be broadcast), and exclusivity (i.e. can the song be licensed out to another interested party during the term of the license).
Music licensing for live streaming
Just like any other use of intellectual property, the music performed in a live stream is subject to copyright protection. So if you intend to live stream a concert or other event that includes music you will need a broadcast license. Be sure to check out Performance Rights Organizations (PROs) such as Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) or the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) to see if the licenses are available for the tracks you intend to live stream before you start live streaming. If they are indeed available, you can then decide on a live stream platform. If you intend to live stream on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube and your songs are registered with BMI or ASCAP, then you are covered under the performance rights agreements of those platforms. If, however, your songs are not registered with those PROs, you may need to secure performance licenses for your chosen songs from the copyright holders themselves. On the other hand, you can always use PremiumBeat music. Our Standard and Premium licenses cover live streaming.
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Never worry about facing the music
When you download songs from PremiumBeat and add them to your creative content, you can share them with the world with complete peace of mind, knowing you are legally covered.
Not quite ready to purchase? Download a free preview of any track. That way, you’ll have the perfect cue lined up before you commit.
YouTube’s Content ID software checks all uploaded videos for copyright infringement. By adding music from the PremiumBeat library to your videos, you can rest assured your content won’t get taken down.