Frequently Asked Questions
What is LicenseQuote?
LicenseQuote is not a music publisher, library or stock music owner,
but a service which provides an affordable and easy to manage e-commerce
solution that helps independent musicians, publishers and libraries
organize and license their music directly from their own websites.
LicenseQuote provides various subscription plans
which gives publishers full control over
their license offerings and pricing from their own branded store.
You can learn more about music publishing and licensing on our Support
page which includes various articles, guides and a number of video walkthroughs.
How much does it cost to use LicenseQuote?
LicenseQuote is completely Free for music supervisors, ad agency creatives and licensing buyers to use!
For music publishers, the LQ 75 plan starts at $100/year which includes
storage for 75 songs in both Master and Preview file formats, unlimited brands, genres,
subgenres and rate card licensing profiles, plus a banner image or
flash file used for your Licensing Store. The 'storage NOT included'
option costs $45 per year and lets publishers link to their music files
on their own server or other file storage services. LicenseQuote
subscription members also keep 100% of all their licensing sales
Can I private-label brand my own Licensing store?
Yes, your Licensing Store is a private label solution that allows you to
publish your own brand names including: Licensing Store Name, Publisher
name and various artist, album, band and library names, etc.
Can I use my own domain name for my LicenseQuote licensing store?
Yes, you can use a domain CNAME Record (optional) so the URL address
will integrate with your own website domain name. You can also point a
unique domain name directly to your Licensing Store address or simply
embed your store directly on any page on your website.
What kind of music publishers are using LicenseQuote?
All kinds ranging from independent artists, bands, composers,
singer/songwriters and record labels to publishers with larger catalogs
and production music libraries. There is no limit to how small or large
a LicenseQuote member music publisher, catalog or library can be. LicenseQuote makes it
easy for publishers and libraries to start at any size and then upgrade
their accounts to grow as needed. Visit our Gallery
to view a sampling of our music publishers and various library client members.
Will using LicenseQuote change the look of my website?
You can link to your licensing store or embed it inside one of your
pages. You can also customize your store's title, links, header image
area, fonts, colors and background, etc.
I already have my cues uploaded in custom designed Wimpy flash
players with a photo next to the player. Is the LicenseQuote
store compatible with my existing Wimpy flash players?
Yes, you can link your tracks to launch your player when a user clicks
the track's Preview button in your store. Since we support external
linking to your files and player pages, you can use any kind of private
or commercial flash or other kind of music player (e.g. SoundCloud,
Box.net, Reverbnation and even YouTube videos) on the market regardless
of format for your Preview files.
Usually a music supervisor will call us with their available
per-song budget, so how can we “negotiate” if the prices are pre-set?
You can use automated price quotes which you control, but you can also
use the Place bid and/or Request quote negotiation options which you
can set on your Licensing Profile admin page. You can even disable
(hide) the automatic calculated quotes and alternately offer a Custom license type option. Even if you negotiate an inquiry by
phone, it’s still better to streamline and formalize the deal using our
system which then automatically generates the licensing contract,
invoice and sold licenses sales report records.
Is there a way to only license songs in a specific territory?
Yes, when a buyer requests a quote he can be required to select his
requested territory. Then the automatic quoting mechanism or you (if
you negotiate manually) can take that into account. You can put any
terms you want in the License Type description or contract, which the
buyer will see and becomes part of the licensing contract.
Does LicenseQuote help market my music to find licensing deals?
Yes! Though LicenseQuote is primarily a do-it-yourself music licensing
service for proactive publishers and libraries, all our publishing
clients benefit from the global stores Find Music
search page which helps their music get discovered and heard. Music
supervisors, ad agencies and licensing buyers are able to search for
publishers, brands, catalogs and sound recordings by various genres,
keyword searches. We also have a Find Publishers
directory which lets buyers find and preview our list of active publishing and library clients.
I’m not sure if LicenseQuote will meet my needs, can I get a free trial to check it out?
Sure, you can start with our no obligation 30-day Free trial
offer! Please also read our article about Selecting the right plan to fit your needs
As a music supervisor or licensing buyer, why should I use LicenseQuote?
LicenseQuote gives you access to the global stores search on the Find Music
page. Our store features enable you to do business efficiently and
directly with all our active publisher, composer and library members
for all your project needs.
For more details about licensing music from the source, read this
article: License direct and save
What happens when music buyers come to LicenseQuote?
We aren’t a bit surprised why music supervisors, ad agencies and
various licensing buyers come to LicenseQuote to check out our site and
publishers. Besides our name with broad appeal to the music and related
media industry, it’s also the service element that most of our member
publishers, composers and libraries can offer such as: custom editing
and mixing of their tracks, construction packs, making stock music
recommendations, custom scoring & arrangements, recordings,
royalty-free licensing, buyouts and other kinds of typical or custom
music licensing deals. For more details, please read this article: When music buyers come to LicenseQuote
How do I license cover songs?
recordings of famous songs and popular hits is very common and
frequently done in today’s music and related arts, media and
advertising industry. There are several approaches to this area of the
music publishing and licensing business which we cover in detail on
this blog article
about Licensing recordings of famous hits and popular standards.
Advise and tips are provided for both the publishers of the cover
version recordings and the buyers interested in licensing such
What is the base price of the LicenseQuote calculator?
The standard (default) base price for all license types
in LicenseQuote licensing matrix
is the lowest possible value that can be calculated for any specific
Audio Projects - $260
Composition & Sound Recordings - $75
Corporate, Theater & Competition - $50
Custom License - Terms & pricing will vary according to buyer/seller negotiation
Film Sync License - $210
Games and Software - $750
Internet, Website Flash - $55
Mechanical Royalty (up to 5 min.) - $0.091 per copy (based on U.S. statutory rate)
Mechanical Royalty (over 5 min.) - $0.0175 per minute, per copy
Music Compilation (CD, DVD, PC Audio) - $150
Products and Toys - $150
Public Space (Restaurants, Trade shows, Art Gallery) - $120
Radio Ad (or Production) - $175
Sampling, Remixes, Covers and Derivative Works - $90
Single Units (Weddings, video, small quantity for profit) - $110
Slide Show or PowerPoint - $100
Software - Multimedia, All platforms, any use - $150
Telephone or Music On Hold - $12
TV Advertising - $122
TV Show Sync License - $360
Video (Music for Video, DVD or CD ROM) - $130
Can I change the base prices of my LicenseQuote calculator?
Yes, you can easily edit and adjust the pricing for any license type on the Licensing Profiles page.
How is the standard pricing determined for the LicenseQuote calculator?
The license pricing "default" (starting point) is set according to our pricing research
the most common price ranges for non-exclusive use (including both the sync and master rights) of commercial tracks
typical of many competing music licensing catalogs and libraries.
Other factors that may increase the licensing price of some songs include: negotiating an exclusive
or semi-exclusive license for an agreed market or duration of time,
negotiating direct payment for the performance royalties, custom
produced recordings, award winning music or famous "hit" songs, etc.
As a publisher you will have full control to accept
or adjust the pricing for each license type according to your catalog's
marketing needs. This can be set from the Licensing Profiles settings
page which gives you control over every imaginable aspect of your
pricing, categories and negotiation rules. The Licensing Profiles
interface also lets you create new custom profiles and edit them
according to your exact needs. For a complete overview, review this article about Standard and cusotm pricing FAQs
How fast does the Licensing Calculator in the Store load?
When the License button for a track is clicked (in your Store), it
first opens a Licensing page with the song’s title and related
information, description, player, general terms and License type
selection options. This is all custom information (from your account)
which must be pulled from the database to load a licensing page with
all the correct settings for each of your unique music tracks. This
Licensing page takes about 2 – 3 seconds to load, but then when the
Calculator is used, all license type selections and calculations are
instant, because the page has already been pre-loaded with all related
information. The exact loading time of the page depends on the server’s
connection speed such as DSL
, Cable, T1 or FIOS
etc. Page loading times may also vary according to the browser (IE,
FireFox, Safari, etc.), its settings and computer speed. Learn more
about licensing stores performance
for huge catalogs.
When someone pays up front for licensing based on my Store calculations
or a bid/negotiation, do they then end up being billed by BMI (my PRO) later for additional costs?
Or if they are a filmmaker who lands a documentary on multiple TV networks, do those TV networks pay BMI additional royalties?
Assuming you have your catalog (songs/tracks) registered with your
local PRO first, for many license types there is no direct (future or
additional) involvement with any of the PROs. However, for some license
types there may be additional performance royalty collections which can
be handled one of two ways:
1. You could opt to negotiate inclusion of performance royalties with a bundled price, so the sync & master
rights in such case would also include any additional royalty fee at time of payment. The advantages are that you
will get paid right away and this could save your client some money depending on the negotiated price. The transcription
of final price (between you and your client) will be automatically included into the contract terms, so your client can
use this (when needed) to get an exemption from any BMI collections for your songs included in your licensing contract.
This is fairly new practice, which is legal and gaining popularity among many licensors and broadcasters, etc.
2. In the License Description field you can remind your clients to
fill out an appropriate Music Cue Sheet Form
which they can then copy & paste into the Project Description field
(in the Store) on the License page. This gives you a copy of the info
will use to make the collections for you, but may take about 6 – 12 months (or longer) to collect.
I have other questions which aren't listed here. What do I do?
Please visit our additional FAQs
about LicenseQuote blog article for more information or send an email from our contact
form. We'll be happy to answer your questions as soon as possible in the order received.