Charge for using royalty-free music?

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    • #43352

       Do any of you charge for using royalty-freemusic from your paid for library?

    • #181912

      My fees include royalty free music from my library, and any other royalty free assets I may include in the project (stock video and stills, fonts, graphics, etc…).

      What I do do is charge more for certain assets to be included (cost of acquisition, freshness, type of asset, time it takes me to find/extract, etc… – what I call “premium” vs. “standard” services).

    • #181913

       Good to know.  You’re a gentleman and a scholar…but don’t worry – I won’t tell anyone πŸ˜‰

    • #181914

      Like Birdcat, we build in charges for everything we do. It’s transparent; the customer never is aware of it. It’s simply included in our hourly rate for the job at hand.

      When I purchase buy-out music — so-called “royalty free music — I calculate it’s value (not its cost) like this: I paid $50 for the disc; I anticipate using excerpts from it at least 8 times a year and I’d like to amortize the cost over two years. So I divide the $50 by 16 and come up with a value of about $3.15 per use. I add on a roughly 40% markup for profit to the business and add a total of $4.50 to the client’s bill. This is, of course, exclusive of labor involved in including the music in the final edit.

      I have found that for our company, during its 14 years of business, this is a pretty good method of amortizing the cost of anything we purchase, whether it’s a camera, a disc printer or buy-out music.


    • #181915

      Some of the producers that use my music will actually have the client pay for it. This way they get the license directly so they do not have any concerns.

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