This website is very much involved in selling production music for TV, Films, games, websites or wherever there is a need for it. The license music for these outlets is in high demand these days, and while we concentrate on selling the music to production companies we also get a lot of interest from musicians who want to know how they can get into the business and make a career out of their musical talent.
We have been in the business for nearly 30 years and beginning a career is not something we feel we can give the best advice on, it is not our field of expertise.
Fortunately we have a colleague who is an expert on getting musicians into the music licensing business. He is living proof himself that he knows how to do it and is very successful at it, and so are many of his students. I personally have taken several of his courses. He gets to the point and does not sugar coat it.
Aaron is a thoroughly nice guy and is very helpful, you are not just another customer to him. Some of our composers have used his services and completed his course and have made, and continue to make money with their license music.
To give you an idea of what he does I have published one of his articles here. Check out his site, it is well worth it for anyone looking to get into the business or even people who have been in it a while but are not making money yet!
An Introduction To Writing Songs For Film And Television
My name is Aaron Davison. I’ve been writing songs for over fifteen years. I attended Berklee College of Music in the mid 1990’s where I majored in Songwriting. It was during my time at Berklee that I was first introduced to the concept of writing songs for film and television as a career. Although at the time I was mildly intrigued by the possibility of this career path, it wasn’t until eight years later that I decided to seriously entertain the idea. At this point I had played in a variety of bands and had still yet to achieve my elusive goal of becoming a rock star.
One day while surfing the Internet I came across an article about a Berklee Alumnus who made a living writing songs for Film and Television. This article inspired me to make a serious effort to pursue the craft of writing music for Film and Television. I realized that during all the time I had spent chasing my dreams of rock and roll stardom I had passed over many more attainable goals that could have helped me make a living doing what I love to do most, playing music. I also realized that accomplishing these goals would probably actually get me closer to where I wanted to be. Within six months of reading the article I had signed my first licensing deal with a publisher.
The first time I heard my music on Television was truly one of the most exciting moments of my life! After years of writing songs, taking guitar lessons and playing in bands, my music had, in an instant, been heard all over the world. It’s hard to explain just how thrilling it is to see something you’ve invested so much hard work and passion in pay off. And beside the emotional high of hearing my music on Television I was also thrilled when a few months later I received a check for over $800.00 – for 55 seconds of airtime!
Like I said, I didn’t really start out with the goal of writing music for Film and Television, but I’ve always had the goal of getting my music heard and getting paid for it. Thanks to many different placements over the last few years, I’ve been able to accomplish both of these goals.
Why Your Music Is Needed?
If you’ve never paid attention to the background music used on television shows before, start listening! Music is a huge part of both TV shows and Films. It’s used to enhance scenes and story lines. It’s easy to ignore if you’re not actively listening for it – even as a musician. But it’s everywhere. Commercials, TV Shows, Video Games, Films, Websites and other mediums all use music as an important part of their presentation.
Much of the music that is used comes from independent musicians. Songwriters like you. The reason for this is that well known songs come with hefty licensing fees. It can cost tens of thousands of dollars to license a well known song. This is why many music supervisors turn to independent music as a cost effective way to use music in their productions. Depending on the production and budget, independent music is often used in lieu of “hit” songs. This provides a great opportunity for the independent musician looking to get started in the music industry. Think of it as the “minor leagues” of the music industry.
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If you want to make a career with license music then this is a very economical way to do it, the information is first rate and up to date and very easy to implement. Start off the new year by getting your career in the music business going, you can easily make the small cost of the course back if your music is played for only a few seconds on TV, you really can do it and you have nothing to lose.