A number of folks have raised the question of building their own music library website for selling music. There are a number of eCommerce solutions out there but not many that work well with production type music. Below are three, from free to wildly expensive. I currently use LicenseQuote (ArtMunsonMusic.com
) and yes they are an advertiser but I would use them if they were not. I find them reasonable priced, particularly if you are technically minded and pair it with an Amazon S3 account.
Here’s what I know of so far. If you have any suggestions to add to this list please let me know in the comment section.
Music licensing Software from Mark Lewis and it’s free!
Two colleagues of mine are starting a consulting business to help musicians and libraries navigate the crazy world of cue sheets, metadata and PRO’s. The company is called Music Maven and was formed by Phil Bright and Geoff Siegel.
Phil has owned Pfilbryte Production Music for 20 years and has thousands of placements in TV, film and video games. He also developed his own software to catalog and track cue sheets and reconcile them against PRO statements.
Geoff has run Fundamental Music for 12 years. Fundamental reps independent artists for TV and film placement, does custom work for advertising and has a small production library.
They’re offering the first 5 MLR members that private message me a free 30 minute consult. They want to get a feel for what areas are the most important to musicians concerning cue sheets, statements, PRO’s, etc. So, you’d be helping them as much as I think they can help you guys with these important aspects of our business.
Contact Geoff at geoff [at] fundamentalmusic [dot] com. If you are a human you will know how to decipher that e-mail address. 🙂
I received an e-mail from one of the founders of this company and I thought it was a fascinating concept, particularly as we all struggle with metadata issues, genres, descriptions, tags, etc. Though they appear to only work with music libraries it would be nice to have a service for individual composers. Here’s a brief description from the company.
TagTeam Analysis offers music analyst and tagging services to licensing companies and sound libraries that are in need of a powerful music search system to reach their client’s need for finding the right song. We are a team of analysts with extensive music backgrounds and analyst training. We have many years experience tagging music through our previous employment with Pandora Media. We are the human element of music tagging and can listen for musical traits such as mood and sub genre and everything that a computer cannot do.
Our company is based on the belief that our customer’s needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.