AudioMicro Royalty Free Licenses 101

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Want to know more about what our Standard License for Music Track covers?
Let us give you the 411.

We’ll cover all the music licensing types in this article, but will focus on our tried and true- The Standard License for our Royalty Free Music Tracks.

We’re stoked to offer you the most affordable Standard License price in the industry, not to mention our HUGE library of HIGH QUALITY tracks, all for just $34.95 per song.  Woot!

So where can you utilize these tracks?  Let us count the ways…

  • In any free apps, podcasts, software, and games, utilized on iPhone, iPad, Android, & Facebook.  As long as it’s free, you’re free to use these songs as many times as you’d like!  Score!
  • In any non-downloadable casual games played exclusively via a web browser, both free and paid.  Live Games = Game on!
  • In any creative project videos that are non-advertisements, for TV, Radio, Wedding Videos, and Corporate Videos.  No Ads = No Problem!
  • ANYWHERE on the world wide web (we like to call it the Interwebs), including on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Websites, Web Videos, & Slideshows.  That’s right, anywhere on YouTube land – so create away!
  • In any Film Festivals projects, both student and professional.  We love making big screen debuts!

And what about Reproduction?

The Fine Print :: The Standard License includes the reproduction of up to 1,000 copies of your project in physical, tangible products like CD’s, DVD’s, VHS tapes, Blu-rays, toys, and console games.

So, in sum, the Standard License is all you need, unless of course, you are using the music in the following scenarios. ::

  • For Ads- In an Advertisement to be run on Television or Radio
  • For Films Not at Film Festivals – In a commercial film release or theatrical presentation (excluding film festival screenings)
  • For large-scale Paid Games- In a paid (i.e. not free) iPhone/iPad/Android app, podcast, or downloadable software/game where more than 1,000 copies will be downloaded. Notice: Apps and games that offer “in-app” purchasing by the user are considering paid (i.e. not free) and require the Mass Reproduction License if more than 1,000 will be distributed.
  • For large-scale Reproduction- In over 1,000 physical/tangible reproductions of a product like CD’s, DVD’s, Blu-rays, toys, and console games.

So there are the In’s and Out’s of our Standard License, and all for $34.95!
Quite the steal, wouldn’t you say?  And just a reminder that your dollars are supporting the very deserving and talented musicians and artists who spend countless hours providing you with premium sounds!

Now remember, these deets cover our Music Tracks only.  Interested in Sound Effects SFX Licenses, click here.

Didn’t cover your intended use?  Keep reading for increased coverage.

Here’s a run-down of ALL the MUSIC LICENSE options – depending on your use:

B) MASS REPRODUCTION – $134.95 for up to 10,000 copies to $284.95 for unlimited.

This license is ONLY required if you wish to make over 1,000 physical/tangible reproductions of your product or utilize the music in a paid (i.e. not free) iPhone/iPad/Android/Facebook app, podcasts, software, and/or games where more than 1,000 copies will be downloaded.

Notice: The Standard License allows up to 1,000 downloads of both free and paid software/games as well as unlimited downloads of free (and not allowing in-app purchasing) iPhone/iPad/Android apps, podcasts, softwares, and games. Therefore, you do NOT need to purchase a mass duplication license unless you’re distributing over 1,000 physical/tangible reproductions of videos, softwares, games, toys within media such as CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and the like OR using the music in paid (i.e. not free) iPhone/iPad/Android apps and podcasts to be downloaded more than 1,000 times.

Mass Reproduction license prices:

  • The standard license price of $34.95 plus $100 for up to 10,000 reproductions
  • The standard license price of $34.95 plus $250 for unlimited reproductions



This license is ONLY required if you are using the music in an Advertisement run on either Television or Radio.
Television / Radio Advertisement License prices:

  • For Music used in Local/Regional advertisements played on Television or Radio (with a range of 250 miles in all directions from the broadcast center), the price is the Standard License price of $34.95 plus $100 ($134.95)
  • For Music used in Nationwide/Worldwide advertisements played on Television or Radio, the price is the Standard License price of $34.95 plus $250 ($284.95 total)


D) THEATRICAL / COMMERCIAL FILM RELEASE – $284.95 for worldwide rights.

This license is ONLY required for commercial film releases and theatre presentations. Utilization of the music in non-commercial, educational, and editorial projects, like student films and contest submissions, is included in the Standard License. Please be sure to credit “Royalty Free Music by AudioMicro” in your project.

Theatrical/Commercial License Price:  The Standard License price of $34.95 plus $250 per track

All of our licenses allow you use the music solely in your own projects. You cannot resell the music as a standalone product or create a derivative work that primarily contains just the music and the resell it as your own, such as a meditation CD with your voice running over the music. If you’d like to use the music in such a manner, please contact us for a special license arrangement.

We offer a bonus of 20% on purchases over $500 and in the form of store credit to be used with your next purchase. Simply contact us after you have made your purchase and we’ll place the bonus into your account. We also offer bonuses for verified charities and nonprofits.

So that’s AUDIOMICRO’s Licensing 101 friends.

Let us know if you have any questions, and Go Forward and Create!

~The AudioMicro Team

AJ Video Services and AudioMicro Music – A Winning Combination

We get a lot of great stories from users about how our services played a key part in their success.  In Carlstadt, New Jersey, AJ Video Services recently used five of our royalty free tracks for a client’s election campaign video. All three men who participated in the video were elected.  Each of the three men credited the video as “the video that won the campaign.”

The video begins with the story of Carstadt’s humble beginnings, and is accompanied by the track “Piano, Old Mexican Style,” which really brings the visual and narrative together.  As the narrative transitions to the present, the track “Dare to Dream” begins to play as it presents all the wonderful progress the city of Carlstadt has made and the beautiful small-town-feel it has preserved.

The next sequence cues the danger-infused track “Deadline,” as it warns how Carlstadt’s beauty is being threatened by the proposal of massive new housing, accommodating for 20,000 new people that would be built on Carlstadt’s coveted meadowlands.  Will Roseman, the mayor who is running for reelection, speaks about his commitment to preserving the beauty of Carlstadt and its natural surroundings while “Deadline” fades out.

Next up in the soundtrack is the inspirational “Shades of Blue”, which progressively builds momentum as city councilman Dennis Ritchie expresses his commitment to the hard work and pride he takes in maintaining the integrity of the city’s financial structure.

Transitioning into “Business World”, the video and music work together to strike an inspiring and triumphant chord as Council Candidate Jim Lenoy talks about the strong and safe community that is Carlstadt and his commitment to its preservation.

Each of the five tracks were placed incredibly well in the 11 minute video, and certainly puts on display the versatility and depth of the AudioMicro Library (Not to mention the fantastic video production services by AJ Video).

Congratulations to AJ Video Services and the three newly elected officials for a great campaign. You can check out the full campaign video here.

If you like the tracks, please find the individual links to them below.

Royalty Free Latin Music – Piano, Old Mexican Style

Royalty Free Corporate Music – Dare to Dream

Royalty Free Rock Music – Deadline

Royalty Free Business Music – Shades of Blue

Royalty Free Epic Music – Business World

We’ll be back soon with more exciting news from the AudioMicro community.


Royalty Free Music – Hot New Artists and Tracks

The month of May, per usual, saw a flurry of world class compositions uploaded to the AudioMicro platform. Some of the contributions came from longtime AudioMicro composers, while others came from a couple composers brand new to the platform who are already bolstering robust portfolios. Without further adieu, here are some our recent favorites.


Neil’s been with us for a while, but recently uploaded some fantastic new material, with genres ranging from Hip Hop and Rock to Mystery, Suspense, Romance and Horror. Neil’s music is frequently licensed to film, tv and commercial productions in Hollywood and worldwide. His credits include the motion picture, “Hostage” starring Bruce Willis, “Religulous” starring Bill Maher and “Bruno” starring Sasha Baron Cohen and numerous television scores including “American Chopper.” We are lucky to have such an illustrious and accomplished composer amongst our ranks, so if you haven’t heard Neil’s work yet, we strongly recommend you take some time to check it out here.


Tramel Willis has also been with us for quite some time but really began ramping up the contributions this month with some fantastic new uploads in the Hip Hop, Electronic and Pop realms. Tramel has been composing music for 8 years with a focus on creating catchy and rhythmic tunes that drive straight to the point. Many styles and influences abound in his work but the sounds of Hip Hop and Pop dominate. Check out his constantly expanding portfolio of royalty free music tracks on AudioMicro here.


Laura Lee Miller is a producer, composer, and multimedia artist located in Santa Barbara, California. She only joined us recently but has already amassed almost 100 tracks on the platform, with many more on the way, ranging in many diverse styles from Rock to Horror. Her excellent guitar work coupled with a keen ear for tension make her tracks fantastically interesting, all the while maintaining a sense of space and openness that is so important in commercial/sound track music. Check out her rapidly growing portfolio of tracks here.


UK based composer Keith Holden has TV credits with BBC, ITV, ESPN, Fox and CBS. Keith is also relatively new to the platform and just keeps hitting on all points with diverse uploads ranging from Electronic to Dramatic Film Scores. Keith currently has just over 45 tracks and continues to add tracks weekly. Keep an eye on him as his portfolio of great production music continues to grow here.

All told, May has seen over 1,000 new uploads in music categories, one of the most active user upload months to date. Enjoy…

I’ll check in again soon with some more sound effects and royalty free music goodies for you to listen to, thanks for reading.

AudioMicro Supplies Microsoft® Office 2010 with Royalty Free Music and Sound Effects

We are excited to announce today a licensing and distribution deal with Microsoft® Office 2010. Microsoft® Office users are able to select from a hand picked collection of over 1,500 royalty free music and sound effects tracks from the AudioMicro collection for use with any Microsoft® Office project. Users can access the new collection at Having built AudioMicro with exactly these types of users in mind, we couldn’t be happier about the partnership and we hope that Microsoft Office users have plenty of reason to be happy to0. 🙂

The royalty free sound effects offering include files from our friends at The Hollywood Edge sound effects library created by the many Academy Award-winning sound editors of Soundelux®, whose credits include such films as Unstoppable, Inglourious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum and Braveheart. The Hollywood Edge and Soundelux are part of CSS Studios, LLC ®.

CSS Studios, LLC ® is a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries.  CSS Studios provides creative services to major motion picture studios, independent producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies and interactive producers.  CSS’ services are marketed under the brand names Todd-AO®, Sound One, Soundelux®, POP Sound®, Modern Music, Soundelux Design Music Group and The Hollywood Edge, with facilities in Los Angeles and New York  With more than 50 years of experience in providing creative sound services and technical solutions, the companies, collectively, have garnered more than 50 Academy Award nominations and won 26 Academy Awards®.

Ian C. Rogers’ Keynote at the GRAMMY Northwest MusicTech Summit

Topspin Media’s CEO, Ian C. Rogers, delivered the keynote speech at the GRAMMY Northwest MusicTech Summit this week.  The keynote makes powerful, factual, and honest points about the present state of the music industry and offers insights into the future.  The Topspin model is becoming more clear, and during the keynote, Mr. Rogers offers some stats of the success of Topspin in its nascent times as a music marketing agency (we like to think of them as “future major record label” but perhaps this title is far from accurate in their eyes).  We see Topspin as being about empowering the artists and the fans, and in his keynote, Mr. Rogers made it clear that these two parties, the artists and the fans, are the only things that really matter in the larger scheme of things and that everyone else is just along for the ride.  

Please read the entire keynote (linked above) and decide for yourself. In short, he points out that the music industry is a growing industry and should not be measured by the P&L of WMG or the latest balance sheet of UMG, but rather by the increase in consumption.  Music is being consumed in greater volumes that ever before, leaving room for a new “middle class” or artists with the tools and ability to empower themselves, take full ownership of their work, fully produce and master their recordings, and market the material without the need to sign with a record label at all.  He points to three great success stories that have come out of Topspin in recent months, including campaigns for launch of David Byrne and Brian Eno, Joe Purdy, and Jubilee.  Stats surrounding the decline of CD sales year over year do not tell the entire picture, and there has been no better time to be an independent musician than now.   

The Records labels are mad and trying to get back…Too little too late?

AudioMicro read about how the record labels are trying to bring to market an advertising based streaming music service .   It seems that the advertising based content model just won’t die.  What a total racket the ad based model music model it.  Here’s how it works – your content is listened to and becomes a part of the user experience on someone’s website, and ads are slapped all over the site by sponsors using affiliate ad net works.  Of the monies delivered to the website for running the ads in front of their audience, you get just a little portion of the pie – likely less than 5%.  That’s right, a measly 5%.  The website keeps a portion, the affiliate marketing / ad network keeps a portion of it, the record label keeps a portion and you get suck with a nickel on ever dollar instead of 50 cents on the dollar with micro stock music and royalty free music sites like AudioMicro.

What’s an ever bigger killer to the independent musician is that it takes the muscle of these major labels to get you into the proposed, highly speculative, music maffia advertising network, as only artists signed to the majors will make their way into syndication.  It sounds pretty much like it would head straight down the path of the broadcast radio industry (if it ever even makes it’s way to market) – closed doors, payola, and under attack by other digital content delivery networks (in this case, Pandora, Slacker,, imeem, iLike and the rest).  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, if the idea has been in development for 4 years already, as these sources suggest, we predict it will never see the light of day; however, it would be nice to see at least one web 2.0 record label sponsored idea make it to market, regardless of its impact.

What have you got to lose?

With micro payment, artists may think they are underselling themselves; however, the reality is that with micro payment, you are actually opening up your library to an entirely new group of content purchaser that never before would ever think about paying for a sync license – the YouTube crowd. As video continues to proliferate the internet, as internet video quality continues to improve (we can now watch HD videos and audio on free sites like Pluggedin) and video proliferates every website and blog, it’s obvious that audio becomes increasingly important in the equation. The importance of Audio is easy to overlook, but just try watching a movie without any sound, or try watching a video with only dialogue and no background music, sound effects, or other audio-visual goodness. It’s much less stimulating, if not totally unbearable. Without Audio, Video would be a dull boring and arguably meaningless mess. Licensing your content on AudioMicro opens up your portfolio to an entirely new audience, and and entirely new customer base. The market for online audio is going to continue to grow well into the foreseable future. Even bloggin softwares, including WordPress are incorporating one click audio (and video) insert options into all blog posts. Will bloggers be stealing (pirating) content or legally licensing in through a micro payment desination like AudioMicro. We believe that 90% of folks will “play by the rules” and do the right thing and purchase an AudioMicro subscription or credit package in order to properly secure the sync license required to add the meaningful, important, crucial audio content to their editorial and commercial projects, both online and offline.

For anyone concerned about selling their music on…

I’m a successful songwriter/composer who recently found out about AudioMicro, and became so enamored with the concept that I now am their Artist Recruiting Manager. In the past few weeks I’ve been talking to a lot of fellow musicians about AudioMicro, and the micro stock platform in general. There seems to be some mixed feelings and some misunderstandings about how artists fit into the whole micro stock picture.

For those who aren’t fully aware of the concept, micro stock simply means that the content (in this case audio/music) is crowd sourced – meaning ANYONE can submit content – and it’s sold for prices starting at $1 (in this case it’s $1 per minute of music). A few of my composer friends who make some decent money selling tracks for $30 or so in the royalty free space feel that micro stocking audio is going to devalue their music. It’s an understandable point of view, but in my humble opinion, a limited perspective.

See, whenever and wherever anything is sold, there is always the option of spending money on the high-end, or brand name version of the product, or the “generic” version of the product. If you use laundry detergent as an example, there is usually a few dollar difference between Tide and the generic brand, even though the ingredients are EXACTLY the same and we actually feel – sometimes better in the case of crowd sourced content.  Both brands make money and flourish because there will always be a market for both. Some people want to spend more money for the flashy brand, and some just want something that works regardless of the name or package. Sure you may make $30 or more by selling your music on a royalty free basis, but can it hurt you to open your “product” up to a consumer base that would rather spend less than that? Not at all in my opinion. People will still pay $30 for your music in that world just as fast people will spend a few bucks for your music in the micro stock world. You’re basically just opening up your customer base (the millions that can’t and won’t license audio for $30 a track) and creating new ways to make money by doing it. Not to mention the “theives” out there who only steal music — they’d also gladly pay $1 or 2 for music — it’s the same principle that has made iTunes so successful and has made people forget about scouring the internet for free music.

And above all, its risk free! At least take a handful of your tracks that haven’t ever earned a penny, and stick it up on this site. If you don’t like the way it works, just request to take em down. The artist has 100% ownership of their content and can remove it at any time.

In addition, AudioMicro offers the best royalty rate i’ve ever seen – 50% of every track sold.  As AudioMicro takes off, artists will be in position to make more money than ever before. When this site becomes the one-stop shop for stock audio, its not far fetched to think that many an artist could easily be making hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month, just in micro stock.

I can see how this will be the wave of the future, and as much as some musicians will resist the change, its the natural progression of things. Check out what has happened in the photography world and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to find content, and how easy it is to make money from your art. Micro stock opens up opportunities for artists that never existed before, and makes it so much easier for those who need to place music in their visual medium. It’s the perfect give and take for both sides – its about as democratic as it gets. I see it as having your cake and eating it too – continue to sell some of your music for as much as you can. Take advantage of the high end and also upon up your content to an entirely new class of customer with micro stock. But while you’re plcaing tracks directly with high end customers you can put the rest of your stuff here on AudioMicro and make some extra money on the side and get a feel for the ease in which the micro stock concept works – for everyones benefit. We see some folks making over $100k per year in royalties in the micro stock photo realm and there’s no reason why this can’t be the case in the music space, which is actually a larger market than photos. It will just take some time for the concept to take off, but being there ahead of the curve will give you a huge advantage.

Thats my two cents. I’ve looked at other stock music sites, and AudioMicro is by far the most artist friendly, easiest to navigate, and the music upload process is a breeze. Not to mention that other sites offer only a measly 20% royalty rate or the ones that want you to “share your content for free” under a creative commons license or some other format. I applaud AudioMicro for seeing the future and trying to make sure that artists out there are well aware of the new market shift ahead of the curve and we encourage artists to jump on board and take advantage of the revolution rather than being resistant and scared of it.


Gideon Black, Artist Recruiting Manager
Los Angeles, CA

(818) 651-6311

80% of PRO Artists Never Receive a Single Broadcast Royalty – Ever!

We learned of this information from an interview for a former US Performing Rights Organization (PRO) employee. Although we cannot prove it’s actually true at this point in time (our internal audit staff is busy tying down the numbers), we are confident that it’s at least directionally correct (i.e. 70% to 90% really).   Let’s be clear about one thing – we love PRO and we think they should have even greater authorities in the digital era, which we can address in later posts.  But the point of this post is that most PRO artist pay dies and never receive royalties.  Artists should be aware that by becoming a member of a PRO, you are not going to magically (or automatically) receive a broadcast royalty check in your mail box.  In a world where anyone with a computer can create and record and distribute their own content, becoming an accepted member of these organizations is not such a big deal.  Actually, being rejected is pretty much impossibe.  There are no prerequisits to joining a PRO (other than being alive and living on planet earth) so be careful to note that just because they will accept your annual membership dues does not mean you will automatically become a part of the broadcast royalty gravy train – you need to get your content placed, in order to kickstart that process, and AudioMicro is the perfect outlet for making that happen.  AudioMicro would like to turn you onto the idea of licensing your content through our uniform pricing model, meaning “all customers are created equally”.  The model is coined “democratic” because it treats all customers and artists the equally, regardless of the size of the outlet and the content itself.  We do not discriminate but rather facilitate your content licensing needs.  In addition, we pay the highest royalty rate in the micro stock music industry here at audiomicro so we hope you will feel welcome and trust that we have your best interests in mind – both artists and customers alike.

Micro Stock = The Future of Content Licensing

Rights Managed Licensing is on the decline. Royalty Free Licensing is stabilizing (aka “not growing”). Ad supported Licensing models (aka the YouTube way) are proving unmonetizable / unprofitable as well as distracting to viewers in addition to not providing royalties to the content creators / providers among other copyright infringement issues. A new buzz is around CPM / Pay Per Use Licensing. We like to call this new form of licensing “same product, different packaging, everybody gets screwed”. With CPM licensing, a user of content (let’s say a photography, video, or audio clips) pays a fee every time the content is viewed/heard. What ends up happening is that the publisher pays more for the content, the content creator gets a smaller royalty for their work (as the CPM facilitator takes a hefty cut of the action) and the customer is “eternally billed” and tracked for their usage of the content. The truth is that Micro Stock is the future of content licensing. Micro Stock creates entirely new content from new artists, the content is nearly identical to the high end “professional” rights managed content, it gives customers a simple, easy to understand, general use commercial license with no additional billings, and it pays a nice, healthy royalty to it’s content creators. Micro Stock is powerful, it’s taken down an entire $6 billion public company and made it into a $2 billion company. Micro stock is on pace to double in terms of it’s popularity / growth / quantity of content licensed in this manner, over the next 5 years. Micro Stock is here to stay!