As a hip hop artist there are many different ways you can generate income. You can generate income through doing performances, hosting events, selling merchandise and music, and also licensing your music.
If you would like to know more about music licensing please read one of our previous articles entitled Synchronized Licensing. If you’re an up and coming hip hop artist without a deal, you own every copyright to all of your songs, which is good because when you license them to radio, tv, or film you get to keep 100% of the money!
If you’re an up and coming rap artist who is signed to an indie label or major, then chances are your label owns some or all of the copyright to your songs, and you will not reap the same financial benefits as an indie rap artist without a label.
As a new artist you may think that you can’t license your music to Tv or film without a manager, and that’s far from the truth. For many years there have been music licensing websites that allow artist from all genres of music to create a profile and upload their music to sell. I have listed some of the top music licensing websites that I know of.
Please be sure to read the sites policies so you know what you’re getting into before creating a profile. Some sites do charge an upfront fee, a monthly fee, or take a small percentage from the sale of your songs.
Here Are The Top Music Licensing Websites:
Here in no particular order is a list of seven companies that help artists place their music in film, television,
Rumble Fish – Licensing for television, film, advertisements, websites, videos, games, podcasts, and sonic branding – e.g. your music inside your local Gap.http://www.rumblefish.com/
I License Music - Claimed to have licensed over 3,500 music to film and TV in their ten years of business over http://ilicensemusic.com/
Gamecues - Licensing for the gaming industry.http://www.gamecues.com/
You License – Music licensing marketplace – essentially, their system enables artists and those seeking music to conduct business directly with each other.http://www.youlicense.com/
Sound Lounge – Sound Lounge is the music agency for: music searches, music licensing, music production and sound branding. http://www.soundlounge.co.uk/
Audio Socket - Audiosocket is a music licensing and technology company that provides creative music licensing solutions for all media. https://www.audiosocket.com/
Pump Audio – Artists can license their music in television and advertising without giving up any ownership. http://www.pumpaudio.com/
Beat Pick - A global music licensing company working for adverts, films, internet videos and games: easy, quick and reliable. http://www.beatpick.com/
Sound Reef - In private beta, this service exchanging music for promotion in television, film, advertising, etc. http://www.soundreef.com/