Audio Network - information on Royalty Free Music

Royalty Free Music refers to a tune, ditty, composition or effect that has a single or one-off cost or licensing fee. 

Audio Network does not offer Royalty-Free Music. Instead, Audio Network provides 135,849 original music tracks composed by highly regarded, named musicians and artists, that have been designed with TV, film and advertising in mind. 

Like Royalty-Free Music, there is just a one-off payment when using Audio Network’s production music library, but the payment covers all licensing for platforms and territories forever. For more details visit Music Rights or Plans and Pricing.  

Once paid for, a piece of royalty-free music can be synchronized with a TV, film, advertising or corporate production as many times as required without the producers having to provide royalty payments to the composer. 

The types of music that are offered on a royalty-free basis can includes music for TV, advertising or film, sound effects, audio beds, drum loops and more.

Confusingly, although the term suggests that the music is royalty-free, that’s not actually the case. It is certainly free of royalties for the producer but the composer still gets his fair share.

How? Simple. Most composers of Stock Music take up membership of a performance rights organization such as the PRS that monitors and collects money for music that is broadcast or performed publicly. Nearly all TV and radio broadcasters have such a license and composers are paid ‘royalties’ from their fees.

All of the above means that Royalty-Free Music is convenient, affordable and easy-to-use for TV, Film and Advertising producers. 

However, Royalty-free Music can also be seen as generic and is often associated with copycat or bland interpretations of work composed by established artists that would require royalties to be paid for its use. 

Royalty-Free Music has another drawback, particularly when it comes to broadcasting it. Having paid money to the PRS for the right to air music, a broadcaster’s music usage is then tracked by Cue Sheets, a paper trail that ensures that composers get paid for their work. 

In this scenario, cue sheets determine where the PRS money goes. Many libraries that offer Royalty Free music require that cue sheets are filled out properly.



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