If I commission a piece, who owns the copyright?

Generally, the composer retains the copyright of the composition. The commissioning can fall under non-exclusive or exclusive licensing for you, the client.

How much does it cost to commission a piece of music/beat with you?

This completely depends on you. Generally we deal in two types of licenses

Non- exclusive: 

I create a piece of music and you can use this piece of music in the manner we agree upon but in the end I have the copyright of the piece of music that I made and can sell it on.

For example if you commission a beat from me non-exclusively, you can use it on your album and mixtape as instrumental or backing for yourself and earn money with it. You could however not license this beat on to anyone else. I however can license the beat to other MCs, ad agencies or music libraries.

Contact me for a quote.

Exclusive:

I create a piece of music and you can use this music in the manner we agree upon but in the end I have the copyright of the piece of music that I made. However exclusive means that I cannot let anyone else use it.

For example if you commission a beat from me exclusively you can use it on your album and mixtape, earn money with it,etc. You could not license it to a third party, but I could not license it to other MCs, ad agencies or music libraries.

Prices for these are significantly higher and here it really depends on the scope of the piece of music.

Work-for-hire:

We don’t do this.

 

Do you provide any royalty-free music?

I’m sorry but I don’t. If you’re looking for free music you can find many other sites that will do that for you. Here are some ideas:

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/creative-common-music-download/

Would you be able to give an interview/provide a talk/do a workshop?

Yes I do, I have extensive workshop and mentoring experience, a current DBS and references. I’d be happy to tell you about mentoring/workshop facilitation rates.

 

I work for a charity. Would you be willing to work for free?

I’m sorry but the answer to that is a resounding No. I only work for pay. I am a member of the musician’s union and so are the musicians who work for me.

However if you commission a piece of music for a charity, this may be tax deductible as part of European Union Creatives Tax Relief.

 

Are all your samples cleared?

The majority of my music has cleared samples. However some of my older music might not, in that case I would not be able to sell it, it’s merely here to showcase my skills. Most of my beats after 2013 have used royalty-free or home-made samples.

 

Do you provide a mastering service?

I do not but would be happy to recommend someone who does.

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