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Lesson 1: Introduction to Music Licensing
In our first lesson, I'll explain what music licensing is, discuss the various media that utilize licensed music, and talk about who licenses music and why they do, and how it can be an important part of your music career.
Lesson 2: PROs and Entrepreneurship
Welcome to Lesson 2! In this lesson, I'll focus on performing rights organizations. I’ll explain what they are, what they do, how they can help you earn more money, and how they can benefit you in other ways. We will also begin to look at the business side of being a musician.
Lesson 3: Anatomy of a TV Cue
In this lesson, I'll talk about the anatomy of a television cue. There are many ways to write a track for television, depending on the genre. I'll discuss layering, hit points, buttons, stings, and ring out endings, all ways to maximize a cue's appeal to music editors.
Lesson 4: Introduction to Licensing Songs
In this lesson, I’ll talk about various ways in which to write your songs and lyrics to maximize their potential! In order to get the most placements (and the most money) out of your songs, there are things that you can do, as well as things that, in my opinion, you should not do, as I discuss in the video.
Lesson 5: The Scoop on Music Supes
In this lesson, I discuss music supervisors. I talk about who they are, what they do, how to find them, how they will help you have your music placed in television shows, advertising, films, and games. I also discuss the appropriate way to communicate with them.
Lesson 6: Writing Effective Metadata
In this lesson I discuss writing metadata. I talk about what it is, why it is so important to understand how it works, and how to write it effectively. Creating effective metadata will greatly increase your chances of having your music heard by music supervisors, editors, game audio people, and ad agencies, and of having it used in television shows, films, ads, and games.
Lesson 7: Embedded Metadata
In this lesson, I discuss what embedded meta data is, why it is important to use, how to effectively write it, and I’ll show you how I do it. Metadata helps music libraries, music editors, music supervisors, and streaming services find your music more easily. It also helps to get you paid in a timely and accurate manner for streams, television and film placements, and enables them to contact you quickly if they need to do so.
Lesson 8: Boutique Music Libraries
In this lesson, I discuss boutique music libraries. I talk about what they are, what they do, and why your music should be in as many as possible in order to increase your revenue streams with placements in television shows, films, advertising, video games, and other forms of media that require music. I also discuss the submission process you will go through in order to successfully have your music as a part of a boutique music library catalog.
Lesson 9: Non-Exclusive Agreements
In this lesson, I discuss what happens when a music library wants to add your music or songs to their catalog. I discuss the process, the questions that I ask, the amount of metadata you may need to do, file formats, and delivery methods. I also discuss non-exclusive agreements and the benefits of these types of contracts.
Lesson 10: Re-Titling and Payment
In this lesson, I discuss the re-titling of your music by non-exclusive music libraries, the payment process for non-exclusive agreements, writer’s shares, and publisher’s shares.
I’ve also included a tip on re-titling and re-registering your songs or tracks when sending them out to multiple non-exclusive libraries. There is a spreadsheet to keep track of your titles if you decide to use this method. I find it helps lessen confusion when a lot of libraries have the same track.
Lesson 11: Exclusive Agreements
In this lesson, I discuss the importance of placing your music in exclusive music libraries, how submissions work, how exclusive agreements work, and financial splits in upfront sync fees and back-end royalties.
Lesson 12: Gratis Music Licences
In this lesson I discuss gratis music licences, what they are, why you will see a lot of them in the music business, who uses them, when and why they are used, and how you get paid when your music is signed to a gratis licence.
Lesson 13: Blanket License Agreements
In this lesson I discuss blanket music licences, what they are, why you will see a lot of them in the music business, who uses them, when and why they are used, and how you get paid when your music is signed to a blanket licence.
Lesson 14: Inspiration, Creation, & When to Let Go!
In this lesson I focus on inspiration, creation, and knowing when to let go of your song or track. I’ve included an 8-step checklist from Hyperbits that you can use to tick all of the boxes and move on to your next creation.