How to Choose the Best Production Music Library and Stock Music Company

Engaging in a project that entails the licensing of music for a film project can feel like an overwhelming task. Not only are there millions of tracks out there, but these are held by production music library labels each with different licensing terms, prices, and processes. Finding the best production music library company that offers the newest stock music options for your film and television projects is paramount to the project’s overall success. These tips will help you find the best company and production music library to make each project a big hit and help make your internal operations run without a single hiccup.

Look for a Single Music Library that Accommodates All Projects

One of the biggest misconceptions in the film and television production industry is that music supervisors need to source from multiple background music libraries to complete a single project. Not only does this add multiple unnecessary steps to a tasklist but it created a large knots of tangled red tape by introducing multiple licensing agreements, terms and additional time from the legal department to set a path.

So why is this a common practice? Some music libraries have a reputation for offering the newest ambient music while others are known for heavy rock beats. Then there are production music libraries that specialize in vocal songs. The right one for your project is the music track library that offers a wide range of music for all current and upcoming projects. Forming a solid relationship with a single music track library company will help production music supervisors stay on pace to complete a project on time, and within budget. And going to a single platform for all your background music needs will help ensure success.

Variety and New Production Music Releases

A music production library company is only as strong as its roster. After all, the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers may have started from a small farm system, but their player variety and new signs elevated them to the top ushering in a World Series win. The number of tracks in a music library doesn’t really matter, but diversity, variety and regular new releases are everything in this business. Your production music library should have MVP heavy hitting names from artists like Snoop Dogg, Hans Zimmer and Quincy Jones and also have some of the hottest technically sound tracks from studio composers that have small names linked to big productions.

Cost and Licensing Types

Cost depends greatly on how flexible licensing options are. Some questions to ask include:

Does the library have single use per production licenses?
Are the company’s licenses just for music in use?
Are blanket licenses offered?
How flexible is the library in how they deliver the music you need?

Perhaps licensing options don’t matter for your [position, but if they do you will need to understand the main three types and how they work.

Needle-Drop – Here the licensing party is able to use a portion of a piece of music one time. In other words, if you love the first 20 seconds of a track, 13 seconds in the middle, and the last 18 seconds. Each time you break up a track a license is needed.

Per Production – Unlimited music use in a single production (feature film, TV show, trailer, digital, advertisement, etc). With a per production license you can cut tracks into multiple segments and use them all under one license.

Blanket License – The licensing party can use the music from a particular catalog for a predetermined duration, generally six months to three years.

Choose a Music Production Library you can Grow With

As a music production manager you not only want to satisfy all creative ends and ensure each project is completed to the highest level of quality, you also want to grow a portfolio showing the efficiency and mastery behind completed project. When you choose a music production library ask yourself if they are the best entity to help you achieve all the goals on your list to make a name for yourself, and for the spectacular outcome of each project you put your name to.