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Stock Music for production

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Stock music (aka Production Music) refers to music pieces, sound effects, stings & rises and other musical elements that are intended for use in numerous types of productions and projects, including: films, videos, podcasts, radio or televisions programs and commercials, CD-ROMs, DVDs, multimedia, Web sites, videos produced for internet sites such as youtube, training and marketing presentations, musical recordings, interactive programs, computer games, on hold messages, audio-visual projects and programs or presentations that incorporate streaming audio.

Stock music libraries are not necessarily "royalty-free" or buyout libraries, and might also take the form of several types of sound publishing houses using a significant supply of music, such as the needledrop-based production music libraries.

Stock music is considered an affordable / inexpensive alternative to the use of popular or well known music in a production or a project, since it is usually not necessary to obtain specific permission or pay additional clearance fees for the use of a song that has instant recognition. Thus, Stock Music provides an easily licensed alternative for scoring productions and adding music to your projects and films.

Most Stock Music Libraries provide various music licensing options that are designed to meet the needs of large and small production companies alike, working in both the broadcast and non-broadcast industries.

Stock Music comes in all music genres, styles, moods and tempos and is intended for a wide variety of applications. The music is typically (but not always) placed as background music, behind the dialog or voiceover. It is usually used to set the mood, support the message and promote a product, activity or event being featured.

Stock Music compositions are sometimes provided in several different versions or lengths: a full length version, an underscore or rhythm track version (for more subtle use, under voiceovers for instance), and a number of different broadcast lengths (60 seconds, 30 seconds and 5 to 15 second stingers). The broadcast versions are produced to eliminate the need for the user to create additonal edits for different production applications (like commercial spots in different lengths).

In certain applications Stock Music is used in a broadcast or public performance production. In this case the composers and publishers of the music pieces are entitled to receive performing royalties from performing rights societies such as BMI, PRS, ASCAP, APRA and SOCAN. In these cases cue sheets must be filled out and submitted to the relevant PROs prior to the music usage.


* For more information see What is Production Music?

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