I was doing some research (well, really just web surfing) on music licensing and I came across Audiosparx.com. It basically allows people to buy licenses to use sound effects or music tracks in their projects, such as commercials, films, training videos, whatever. And, if you’re a composer, they also allow you to upload your music to make it available. Then, if someone wants to buy a license to use your music, you get about half the profits.
I googled around and found some people who hadn’t sold any tracks there, or some that had sold only a few, so I don’t expect to make much money with it, if any. Especially since my music is very melodic and thematic, I think that makes it a bit harder to use as background music; it might be considered a distraction.
However, there’s still always a chance that someone out there will want to use my music for something . . . and it’s completely free, so I don’t really have anything to lose. They do have some notable license sales to big film studios, which is encouraging.
Also, when I registered, I didn’t write a bio for myself, thinking I would write one later . . . but after they approved me, they wrote one for me, which was pretty nice! Less work for me, and it was very gracious. That said, I’m not sure how selective they are or if there are really any artists who are disapproved.
My page is at http://www.audiosparx.com/Hannifin
Again, I kinda doubt I’ll make any money, but I’ll keep you updated if I do.
LanthonyS · May 17, 2009 at 9:15 AM
Stealing the idea later today seems good.
LanthonyS · May 17, 2009 at 9:18 AM
The bio was pretty funny; it’s cool that they seemed to actually get some details accurate (did they have to listen to the music, did you have to fill out a form?), yet it pounds the reader again and again with the promised awesomeness of the by now legendary Sean Hannifin.
S P Hannifin · May 17, 2009 at 1:40 PM
Yeah, I thought it was funny too. Quite flattering! Nothing I would have thought about writing myself.
I really didn’t give them any info; one of the things they ask when you sign up though is your website, so they came here and got some info. They also listened to the music and suggested saying things like “Perfect for a Disney film” in the descriptions.
For each piece you submit though you do have to fill out some forms about what sort of piece it is, what sort of mood, style, etc., but it’s pretty easy once you do it a few times.