Frequently Asked Questions for 128 Music Licensing
Why should I license music through 128 Records?
The collection of music we offer here is a wide representation of genres by professional musicians and composers who have shown that they can reliably produce unique, broadcast-quality material. And, while we do want to negotiate a fair synch fee for our licensees, we are not going to expect “Major Label” rates. As you can hopefully tell by our licensing interface, we want to make the Music Supervisor’s job as easy as possible, so after you contact us, we will be prompt, courteous, and make every effort we can to assure that all parties are satisfied. Certainly, there are several places to find broadcast quality music for use in film, television and games, and we’re going to assume you know, generally, how the process works. We know how the process works, as well, and we think that’s an important first step to making this a worthwhile stop in a Music Supervisor’s search.
Do I have to pay anything up front?
There are no fees to join, and no expectations of payment until and unless we reach a licensing agreement. We encourage you to contact us with interest in the works that are represented here, and we will endeavor to make it an enjoyable experience.
Who are these artists & composers?
Each of our licensees has professional experience in the music industry, and has been selected for representation here because they have proven they can produce broadcast quality music of a certain caliber. In a sense, this is a licensing “commons” for talented and prolific musicians from around the world, most of whom are acquainted with one another and all of whom someone from our staff knows personally. We won’t let just any musician with a pulse join; we prefer to work with people we actually know, and we don’t solicit sites like SonicBids or ReverbNation for content because we don’t want to water down our library with more material than we could realistically have fully vetted.
Why aren’t the sound clips working?
The short answer: Please try another browser; we are aware that Firefox for Mac has a problem with mp3s, in general. We apologize for this inconvenience.
The long answer: There is still no standard audio format for streaming files on the web. The various “major” browsers — Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera and Internet Explorer — do not all support one format, for various reasons (for example, Firefox would prefer not to pay royalties for the use of the mp3 patent). We use mp3s because we already create them as part of our production workflow.
I’m a composer and I’d like my music to be included here; what can I do to make that happen?
Um, nothing. Sorry. We don’t take submissions for the label or licensing. No offense, we’d just prefer to not get all those emails we don’t have time to read anyway, and we have plenty of music to sort through already. Also, you may have noticed that our site isn’t splashed all over with big name network and film studio logos, or titles of movies and television shows where we’ve had music placed: We’re not running a composer cattle call here, so we have no reason for trying to impress anyone with all that (bear that in mind when you look at other licensing sites). For further explanation, please read Who are these artists & composers? above.