Most people understand the basic concept of "royalties" — money paid to artists when someone buys, streams, licenses, or performs their work — but what exactly is royalty free music? Essentially, a licensee pays a one-time fee to use the music as many times as they like, making a song exempt from typical royalty rules. This can span web, TV, theatrical, and radio content, all using the same license.
Standard and Enhanced Licenses
Currently, Shutterstock offers two royalty free music licenses for use in a single project. First, the Standard license gives you unlimited web, broadcast, and physical distribution around the world, as well as theatrical distribution rights for one country. Up to a million people can see your content on TV, and an unlimited number of customers can see it on any other medium.
Other Background Music Sources
If paying a small fee for a royalty free license is beyond your budget, there are other options. First, enterprising creators may want to use the free GarageBand software on any Mac to arrange their own instrumental songs. GarageBand comes packed with high-quality loops, melodic phrases, and drum hits, which can be combined to make instant stock music. Moreover, this music can be used for commercial purposes, without paying for a license. If you write something particularly impressive, you may even want try uploading it to Shutterstock!
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