As a content creator/composer, we can sell our music into music marketplaces such as AudioJungle, Pond5, VFineMusic, etc, provided our music quality/production is good enough. Other content creators such as photographers, coders or designers, can also sell their arts into these marketplaces.
To approve for content creators to sell things on their platform, you need to pass a verification process from them. You have to upload some songs for their quality check, once approved you only can start selling your music. But it is free for everyone to register as a “seller”. Usually, this takes about 1 to 2 weeks for approving your tracks.
These platforms have almost the same interface where anyone of us can easily browse and filter our specific needs, for example, we can specify any price range, style of music, the tempo of the music, etc.
You may explore the individual platforms yourself. Basically, they offer several things for sellers/buyers, such as Web Themes & Templates, Code, Videos, Audios, Graphics, Photos, 3D Files, but there are exceptions which some platforms only offer music category such as VFineMusic.
These platforms actually also act as a royalty-free market. It has a wide category in every industry. For example, in Audio/Music, it can be Cinematic Music, Classical Music, Jazz Music, Orchestral Music, etc. You have the freedom to write your preferred and strongest style of music.
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What is Royalty-Free Music?
Royalty-Free Music not to be confused with copyright-free is music that you can use without having to pay royalties. You pay for it once, or on a recurring basis if you subscribe to a royalty-free music service. In another word, once someone buys any music from these platforms, you can use as many times as they wish.
These platforms offer two types of agreements, exclusive or non-exclusive agreements. But what is the difference? Exclusive agreements only allow composers to upload in one specific market ONLY, whereas non-exclusive agreements allow composers to upload in MANY different markets.
Of course, they payments are different from several markets, but one thing to be sure is the percentage in the exclusive agreement is higher than the non-exclusive agreement.
Stock Music or known as Production Music is recorded music that can be licensed to customers for use in film, television, radio, and other media. Often, the music is produced and owned by production music libraries.
And stock music is slightly cheaper in price compared to custom track which is specifically dedicated to one purpose.
How to Upload Music to these Markets?
- You have to register as a content creator/seller in these particular platforms.
- The submission requirements vary from different markets. Some required you to include the watermarks of the market’s slogan into it, some not.
- Only for Audio Jungle, you need to separate the category of music when you submit it, there are several categories, such as logo music, sound effects, music, etc.
- Include some tagline (hashtag) in your submission to boost the chances for the client to search for your track.
- Include your ideal price for your product, you may do some research in the specific market. Every market’s prices are different.
Pros and Cons in Exclusive and Non-Exclusive Agreements.
- Higher Percentage in sales for (Exclusive Agreement.)
- Able to upload to several places for (Non-Exclusive Agreements.)
- Lesser Percentage in sales (Non-Exclusive Agreements.)
- Only able to upload to one specific place for (Exclusive Agreement.)
- Might quite often listen to many people who are using the same track. (Non-Exclusive Agreement).