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- June 29, 2021 at 1:39 pm in reply to: Today’s State of the Exclusive vs Non-exclusive Debate #38215
Personally, I avoid subscription plans like the plague. One long standing library client I had put my music into a subscription plan without my knowledge or approval. When I asked to be removed it ended a 2 decade relationship. So be it. I will not be involved in subscription plans
And yes, the libraries I’m with are working with editors, production companies, music supervisors, one on one. They are not “on-line” style libraries.June 28, 2021 at 8:37 pm in reply to: Today’s State of the Exclusive vs Non-exclusive Debate #38204
Ownership = $$$$$$$
That’s the bottom line.
re: #1 – I see non-ex music ending up on Network shows frequently. But I think the more important question to ask is : How long will networks even exist as they are today? The music placement world is changing. Having control of your copyrights allows you to change with it. Having your music tied to network shows that play only one time, then go off to streaming to die is not a good profit plan. Having your music placed on some lame reality show that plays 800X’s a quarter on a half dozen cable networks is often more $$. Ultimately, ownership is where the money is. It’s where the future lies IMO. Without it, its a career dead end as times change and you can’t.
re: #2 – the majority of my bread and butter placements have come from non-exclusive opportunities. But these are not the big “on line” libraries. They are small boutique operations who know how to work the system and change as the times do. These are the guys who can adapt quickly – unlike the behemoth AAA libraries that cannot move quickly.
The quarter was strong.May 18, 2021 at 9:55 pm in reply to: (debate) very well known music libraries are not necessary the more profitable #37999
They are all over the map. Hundreds, no, I guess thousands of tracks. I haven’t done a “scientific” study, but the majority of placements for me seem to come mostly from one smaller boutique library.May 17, 2021 at 12:48 pm in reply to: (debate) very well known music libraries are not necessary the more profitable #37986
I guess it must be all over the map then…. Long term, continual money making placements? The best of the smaller boutique libraries that I’m associated with have out-earned the bigger libraries like the ones listed above ten to one.
Welcome to the real world. It’s challenging. incredibly complex, ever changing, crazy, and the pie is getting smaller every day – with the competition growing exponentially. “Top 40 Pop” is for sure one of the top few categories of songs that have the most competition. You’ve got to be incredibly different, and compelling. And yeah, unless you have thousands of songs, it’s going to be a very long haul. 2500 and counting here, and I feel kind of like I’m barely getting into it….. How long will it take you to clear 1000 minimum? That’s a starting place in this market IMO. (Didn’t always used to be that way……). And yeah, those of us with a head start and thousands of placements already earning money have a huge advantage. Best of luck. Think outside the box and never give up. That’s the only answer I can give you. Every path is different. No one wants to hear that, but it’s 100% true.
PS – a vocal song has the “potential” to earn more than an instrumental – with the exception that there are about 500-1000 + instrumental placements for every vocal placement. 🙂
if you need $650 today and they pay quick – maybe that’s a good deal. If you need a career – long term – you just shot yourself in the foot. The music – pretty much any music – is worth more than $650 unless it’s a piece of $#[email protected]
Back end royalties are dying with streaming. And those unscripted shows will not support you. $650 upfront will not support you, Only a real royalty stream will support you.
Ownership of masters is the ONLY thing that will pay out significantly the future. There. I said it out loud. The dirty little secret. I’ll even say it again……..
Ownership of masters is the ONLY thing that will pay out significantly the future.
I won’t say it again. After all, it IS a secret……
I would add ESPECIALLY if it’s a vocal song. $650 is not enough.
No. Same from my experience. Once the dog learns the trick, it’s hard to make them give it up.
Yes to Art. Especially in the unscripted world, the up front sync fees have dwindled to the point of $0.00 with the show producer wanting a piece (or all) of the publishing as well. if you’re still getting sync’s for these types of shows – ANY syncs – I’d say you’re ahead of the game. This side of the biz is in decline.