How Long Does It Take To License Your Music?

Posted by Aaron Davison on Friday, February 21, 2014 Under: February 2014

A question I get asked often is how long it takes to start licensing your music. This is a hard question to answer because it’s a bit like asking how long it’s going to take to find a girlfriend or boyfriend if you’re single. The answer, in both cases, obviously depends on a lot of variables.

When it comes to licensing your music, it depends on who you’re signing with, what projects they’re pitching to, what kind of music you make, and of course ultimately, whether or not the music supervisor selecting music thinks your music is a good fit for whatever project your music is being pitched to.

In other words, it takes as long as it takes. The only way to speed up your success is to focus on things you actually can control; the music you make and the people and places you submit your music to.

Most writers I know who make good money licensing their music, typically sign with a dozen or more libraries/publishers and ultimately get the majority of their placements from two or three companies.  These numbers seem to hold true with almost all writers I work with and talk to who are licensing a lot of music. 

So knowing that, if you haven’t licensed your music yet, or haven’t licensed as much music as you’d like to, focus on continuing to write and produce great music and expanding your network of publishers, libraries and so on. I could tell you who has licensed music successfully for me and other writers I know, but there’s no guarantee that they’re going to be a good fit for you.  Ultimately, it’s your job to find and connect with the right people and companies who you are a good fit for.

For a comprehensive directory of publishers, libraries, supervisors and ad agencies check out How To License Your’s 2014 TV And Film Music Licensing Business Directory:

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