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URL: http://5alarmmusic.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/5Alarmmusic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/5Alarmmusic
Accepting Submissions: Yes
Submit Online: Yes
Submit By Mail: No
Submissions Reviewed: Yes
Types Accepted:
  • Vocals
  • Instrumentals
  • SFX
Charge For Submissions: No
Up Front Money: Variable
Royalty Free:
(non-broadcast use)
(Exclusive, Non, Semi)

(Semi = Free to place on own
but not with another library)
Re-Title: No
Set Own Price: No
Contract Length: Variable
Payment Schedule: See Notes
License Fee Split:
PRO Split Based on 100%:
or writer)
See Notes
Requires Licensee To File Cue Sheet: Yes
Pays On Blanket License: No
YouTube Content ID: Yes
Active Site: Yes
Offers Subscriptions To Clients:

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53 thoughts on “5 Alarm Music”

  1. I have found a nice sub-publisher to get my music into 5alarm.
    Reading through some previous comments from 3 years ago I wonder if any of you have updates on the state of 5alarm in 2023?
    Best, Andy

  2. I have just completed 2 albums, ready for licensing and I’m looking for a good library to work with.
    I have researched the content from 5alarm and think that it will be a good match.
    I also like that there are pictures of the staff on their website, they look like a good and friendly team.
    Anyone who has any experience with them in the last couple of years, since the last post is from 2017.

    • Dennis – keep in mind that 5Alarm is not the same company it was a few years ago. They were bought out, and many of their sub-libraries have left – including at least some of the top leadership that brought them up to being a major player. My publisher pulled all his library out from under their umbrella. Lots of accounting craziness for the last few years.

    • Dennis, 5 Alarm is now a part of Anthem Entertainment which was Ole’ which bought up 5 Alarm, Jingle Punks and Cavendish for their Production Music arm.

      • Thanks for your comment:-)- Is it a good thing that 5 alarm is a part of Anthem Entertainment now if I want to submit to a library that gets good placements, or should I look elsewhere?

  3. good to see 5 alarm have finally updated their website. looks way more modern now. anyone recently signed up to any of their labels?

  4. Yeah, They’ve been part of Imagem for 3 yrs now, or Boosey & Hawks of UK, Maddie no longer works there. (5 Alarm) .. good people though very nice to work with….

  5. Hi all,

    I’m relatively new to library composition, as I’ve been custom-scoring for about 20 years now. I’m wondering about the structure of 5 Alarm: When I go onto their site, it appears that there’s over 70 libraries represented. OR…are these simply groups of composers?

    Reason I ask: I’m wondering if I should be contacting folks from these sub-libraries (like, say Amygdala), or 5 Alarm directly. If the latter, as people seem to love Maddy (who’s apparently no longer there), are there other folks I should contact?

    Thanks in advance,


    • Hi Len,

      I think 5 Alarm do have their own labels but many/most of the catalogues you see represented there are 3rd party labels that are distributed by them.

      • Thanks Rob. Would the 3rd parties create the music (and metadata), and hand 5-Alarm for sole distribution, or are the 3rd parties actual stand-alone libraries that just so happen to use 5-Alarm as one of several distribution points?
        Or something else? Again, new to this.



        • “Would the 3rd parties create the music (and metadata), and hand 5-Alarm for sole distribution, or are the 3rd parties actual stand-alone libraries that just so happen to use 5-Alarm as one of several distribution points?”

          HI Len,

          In my experience, the latter. I recently found out that an exclusive I wrote for back in the 90’s is distributed by 5-Alarm. That library is in Australia,and has great representation in Asia. I’m guessing that they use 5-Alam for US distribution. That music, by the way, has made money every quarter for 15 years, mostly international.

          It’s a pretty common business model. For example, Manhattan Production Music distributes several of the libraries that I’m in. Part of that distribution chain includes distribution of some CDs through a royalty free site (for which I get no money).

          There’s a lot of complicated and murky water in this business.
          I’m glad that I took a break and got a law degree. (can’t believe I said that)
          But, it really helps.


        • Len,

          It could be either. I’m with two labels who sub-publish throughout the world and 5 Alarm is their North American distributor. In that case, the label/library delivers the music and metadata to 5A and they then market it in that territory. Labels or libraries who operate like this will then have other distributors for other territories.

          However, you might also find that there are labels who deliver to 5A who in turn organise the sub-publishing in other territories. On that, I don’t know for sure.

          But I do think that 5 Alarm have their own catalogue as well. How you would get music signed into that, I don’t know. Personally, I’d give them a polite phone call and sus out their procedures. 🙂


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