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How to find Royalty Free Music

Our composers are handpicked

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Several royalty free music companies now allow composers worldwide to freely upload their music, decide it's price and add their own descriptions and meta data. Great news for composers. However is it great news for the end users, the film and video makers having to wade through thousands of sub standard tracks.

Here at AKM Music we have a strict policy to audition and preview any music we licence from composers. Sounds old fashioned to some but we believe in only placing into our royalty free music library only the very best tracks available. It might mean a smaller library, we can't boast thousands and thousands of tracks but what we can promise is quality as all music is handpicked. We listen to each and every track submitted and ask the same question ' will our video makers , our users find this useful' Not all music lends itself to underscoring a visual so a discerning ear is needed.

Composers contact us and enquiry if they can submit music. This contact is by email and we reply and usually ask for a follow up email with a link to preview the music the composer has available for licensing.

We then preview and discuss if we have an opening for this music in our library. We look for freshness and originality and sometimes the quirky. We may have a shortage of a particular style of music, and so actively seek that style.

From experience you can usually tell if the music will work for video within a few seconds. The production and mastering quality has to be of a  high quality. We also ask for a themed album package from the composer so it's no good to us to have a composer with one amazing track, we look for at least 10 which relate and can be licensed as an album. We also look at the track titling very closly and suggest maybe certain track titles don't really help the video maker. If we like the music the composer will be offered a contract and then they deliver the tracks and we do the rest.

The majority of the royalty free music found in our library cannot be found elsewhere. It is unique and exclusive to us. We maybe a small library, but as they say small is beautiful and our end user, you the video producer, is thankful that you don't have to wade though countless music tracks to find a track that works for your video and in most cases is not found elsewhere.

Composers interested in submitting music and have at least 10 tracks please contact us at akm@akmmusic.co.uk

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