I make music videos for Youtube. Sometimes I’ve asked if I could cross promote with my music and some AE template videos, I’ve bought some motion backgrounds, and used creative commons videos from vimeo that allow you to use video for commercial use. Just depends. Also soundcloud, twitter, facebook, my own website, and blogging. Hope that helps!
Thanks for posting this, this article really “struck a chord” (haha) with me. I’ve been making music as my sole income for a couple of years now, and have a experienced a lot of those same experiences. The sleepless nights, the anxiety, stress. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, and is really not what I thought it would be like. The first year was the absolute worst and really took every ounce of energy to keep going with it. Things are a lot better now, but it is also nice to see that I am not alone with how much of a toll starting a business can take. Thanks again for posting!
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Wow, awesome! I am glad I asked. Some very awesome suggestions.
Thanks, i appreciate that. Maybe I should be more specific. I am looking for EDM not so much cinematic and trailer stuff.
Looking to expand my collection of samples for impacts, sweeps, rev cymbals, ect. I know the generic answer is why not just make them yourself. haha and to be honest, my answer to that is I just don’t feel like it. I don’t really have time to fiddle around with it. So does anyone know of any packs that are good and have a lot of different samples?
For every 99% that are honest and do business right there is 1% that will steal and try every way possible to rip you off. Thank God for the 99%.
It depends on the composer, the music you are looking to license, and the time you which you want to license the track exclusively. I can’t speak for other musicians but if I were to quote on that request I would see how often I licensed that track since it was created. I would calculate the percentage change from the time I created it to the time I was offered an exclusive quote. I’d do a little math and figure out based on the current sales rate what my ball park numbers would be. I’d take that number and multiply how ever long the license would be. If it was in perpetuity I’d probably multiply it by 100, if it was 5 years with a reversion clause I’d multiply by 5 years. So if you wanted a track that I’ve made 150 bucks on in a year and you wanted that in perpetuity I’d take 150×100 years to come up with 15,000 and that’s without calculating the percentage change. That would give a rough starting spot on how I would figure it.
But musicians are like snowflakes, everyone handles business a little different. I create music for a living so to me I see the value in what I create. Some musicians on here are very good, but don’t have that same pressure of having to live off a music portfolio. You could probably work out something for a lot less with them. For what your trying to do I would make sure you contact the musician directly and make sure to have a contract drawn up just so everything is squared away.