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Production Music Library

What is a Production Music Library?

A production music library is a music catalog or a collection of production music cues, sound effects and volumes sold under one roof by a single publishing entity.

Unlike classical music publishers, who typically own less than 50 percent of the copyright in a composition, music production libraries typically own full music copyrights (subject to contracts with the original owners or other parties who own the rights). This means that the music can be licensed without seeking the composer's permission, as is necessary in licensing music from normal publishers. Production music is therefore very convenient for almost all types of video producers and other media producers - they can search music, select then license any of the music tracks / sound effects in the library, usually at a very reasonable rate.

The composer typically receives a fixed percentage of the one time fee paid to the music library by its customers when purchasing music, or benefits from the royalties generated from the purchased music (depending on the usage type), or a combination of both.

Production music libraries will typically offer a broad range of musical styles and genres, enabling producers and editors to quickly find what they need in one place.

Music libraries vary in size, concept and business models. Library sizes vary from a few hundred tracks up to tens of thousands of tracks. Some libraries accept almost all music submitted by artists and composers, whereas other libraries stick to a strict filtering process, hand picking each track. There are theme libraries that focus and specific music genres or music suited for specific usage types.

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