Why Music Licensing is Hard

Why It’s Hard

Being successful at licensing your music it tough, in part because you have to master multiple, distinct skill sets. You’ve got to be able to write good songs, perform them well, be good at recording and mixing, and you’ve got to understand the business back end.

And you’ve got to be able to do all of this quickly and repeatedly to license your music.

Now back in “golden age” of the music industry, all of these functions were completely split up. You’d have song writers in the Brill Building. Celebrity singers paired with professional backing bands. An army of audio engineers to make a recording. Then a team of marketers to sell the product and a manager to crack the whip and keep the whole thing running smoothly.

Not anymore.While the digital revolution is incredibly liberating, it also throws all of these difficult tasks AT YOU.

The economics of the stock music game don’t allow you to hire people to do these tasks when...

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Analyzing Top-Selling Tracks

I want to show you my best selling songs and teach you why I think they were successful. So this will be the first in a series of my five best-selling songs for music licensing on Pond Five. I’ll probably do this over the course of a month or so. 

So stay tuned every week or two I’ll be putting out another one of these videos where I break down why I think this song is one of the best sellers and hopefully you can learn something from this and apply it to your own attempts to license your music. 

If you’re interested, here’s a five day free course on how to license your music

Some Thoughts On Why This Track Has Been Licensed So Much

This article is going to be a little more in-depth in that it looks at just one song and why I think it’s the best seller. Another thing I want to add to that is that all of these songs that are my best sellers also happen to be my oldest songs. The songs that I uploaded three or four years ago. So the fact...

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Tips to Launch Your Music Career Interview w/ Bree Noble

A music career is about so much more than just talent and songwriting. It requires save, hustle, and a business mindset. That’s why I wanted to interview one of the top music career coaches out there, Bree Noble.

Bree Noble is more than just a successful musician, she’s helped thousands of musicians learn how to take control of their music careers. Her website is is chock full of great tips for becoming a profitable musician.

She is especially focused on the struggles that female musicians face building, and launching their musical careers. Her career advice for musicians boils down to this: musicians need to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and act accordingly. Our 20 minute interview offers lots of actionable tips on how every musician can take control of their music business to live a fulfilling, creative life. She also has a fantastic book, The Musician’s Profit Path (affiliate link), that offers even more tips on profiting from your music

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How Long Did it Take to Earn $10k with Music Licensing?

I wanted to talk to you a little bit about what it took for me to earn my first ten thousand dollars licensing my music. So the first thing I need to clarify is what I mean by music licensing and what I have done to earn most of this ten thousand dollars is write stock music.

What is stock music?

What is stock music? Stock music is where you write a song without any potential buyers in mind. So you go ahead and you write a generic hip hop song or you write a cool, fast-paced rock song.

Then you go to various websites and you put these songs on their shelves and potential buyers can go and license them in a really simple way. And then another licensee can come by and license the same song.

You keep licensing the same songs over and over again!

As I’ve mentioned, some of my best selling songs have earned hundreds and hundreds of dollars from repeat licensing so that’s sort of the overview of what I do.

If you want to learn how to actually do this yourself, I made a free...

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Pond 5 Publishing Review - Don't Join!

Pond 5 recently launched a publishing service for musicians that use its site. There’s 3 reasons you shouldn’t join it, at least not yet. First, getting your publishing royalties isn’t that hard. Second, it’s not clear how much money Pond 5 will charge. Third, Pond 5 reserves the right to change the terms at any time.

Let’s dig in to each of these points in depth. Or you can watch the video on Pond 5 publishing below.

Note: this isn’t legal advice, just my personal opinion.

Music Publishing in a Nutshell

There are 2 main revenue streams that are possible when you sell your songs through music licensing: synch fees and performance royalties. If you want to learn how to start licensing your music, check out this free five-day music licensing mini course.

First, you have the upfront fees that someone pays a library, like Pond 5, for the right to license your song and use it in their productions.

Second, if your song is publicly performed, typically...

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Reason 11 Review

This Reason 11 review will help you figure out if Reason 11 is right for you. If you’re looking for a great DAW for hip hop and EDM, Reason is a lot of fun and may be just for you. However, if you like to make more complex styles of music, the Reason 11 workflow will bog you down.

In summary, I'd give Reason 11 an 8/10. You can buy it here (affiliate link).

The Reason 11 update is the latest version of Propellerhead Software’s flagship DAW. Of course, Propellerhead has now changed its name to Reason Studios. Which makes sense, I guess, since that’s basically what they do.

Reason 11 was released on September 25, 2019. It added two totally new effects: the Quartet chorus and the Sweeper phaser as well as a half dozen minor workflow improvements. It also repackaged a few pre-existing effects. Still, I’m making the Reason 11 upgrade from 10 (here’s my Reason 10 review for reference).

The biggest new feature of Reason 11 is that it can now be used in...

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LoopCloud vs. Splice (Best Site for Samples and Loops)

Today, I want to do a comparison of Splice vs LoopCloud by Loopmasters. These are two really good pieces of sample management software and also sample libraries that innovative designs to get you sample management easier in 2019, but we need to address which is the best of the best! So, I’ve done reviews of these previously, but today I want to focus a little bit more on how they stack up with each other.

If you’re just straight up looking for the best free sample libraries, check out this list.

The first thing I want to say is before we go any further if you have any questions or comments or if you’ve used some other library like sounds.com or something like that, leave a comment down below with your experiences with them. I’m always interested in learning more about how people are experiencing these.

Why You Need to Download LoopCloud

Also, I’m gonna cut to the chase already. The conclusion of this review is that you absolutely need to get...

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