Licensing and Pricing Information

Gratis Blanket Licensing Overview
Music Cult features pre-cleared music tracks for creative and commercial production uses, available for immediate licensing and download. You can use the tracks here in any kind of creative or commercial projects, whether for broadcast or non-broadcast uses such as feature-length films, TV shows, documentaries, commercials and more.

All music content available at Music Cult can be used by qualified clients for qualified projects on a free basis in exchange for completed cue sheets. Qualified clients pay no up-front license fees in order to utilize the music in your productions (note: does not include sound effects or instrument sounds).  Free licensing is available strictly to clients creating feature-length film and TV content, including TV commercials, for a broadcast debut on any national U.S. TV network or national cable broadcast, or for a national theatrical debut followed by broadcast on a national U.S. TV network or national cable broadcast (see Content License Agreement for details). 


Other clients who do not meet the qualifications mentioned above for our gratis (free) blanket licensing should instead visit and shop at our sister web site www.AudioSparx.com where there are far more music tracks available for licensing.  AudioSparx includes all of the tracks available at www.MusicCult.com, and the two sites share a common database so you can search for the same Catalog ID numbers on both sites.


Not All Music is Created Equally
Music Cult is very successful at attracting music artists from all parts of the world.  We currently have 229,000 music tracks online from over 1,422 top artists and composers around the world, including many whose music is used for major Hollywood motion pictures, national TV commercials and much more (see our Hollywood A-List).  Every month over 30 new artists sign with the Music Cult label and thousands of new tracks come online here each and every month.  

Let's face it, all music is not created equally.  Some tracks and some artists are better than others.  Hence a one-price-fits-all strategy is a fundamentally wrong approach to take to accommodate a wide world of talented artists and composers, each with varying levels of experience and capability. 
 

Music Cult Offers Music from Numerous Winners of
Grammys, Emmys, International Tellys, ASCAP and BMI Awards


Music Cult is a Quality Leader
Part of the reason we are able to attract such top composers and artists to Music Cult is that we allow them to set their own pricing, rather than dictating to them what their pricing will be.  Each artist or composer sets their own price for each of their music tracks.  This allows Music Cult to attract many world-class composers who may feel their music is worth more than the prices charged by other web sites that utilize a one-price-fits-all approach. 

Our Flexible Pricing Strategy Results in an Extremely
High Quality Gratis Blanket Licensing Music Marketplace

 

Variant Music Pricing
Another compelling advantage of Music Cult for our clients is that we utilize variant pricing for music tracks, where pricing varies based on how our clients intend to use the music in their productions.  The advantage this has is that for projects that are small in scope, or local-use only, or short-term use only, the music is priced lower than for projects that have a larger scope or that have a long-term need for the music, or which are broadcast or distributed widely.
As you add a music track to your shopping cart, you choose the license type you need, and then configure the parameters of the license.   The price fluctuates up or down from the listed "Base Price" depending on which license you select and the license parameters you select.  Here are some pricing examples for the same track, with the same type of license, but with different license term periods:

 
License Type Base Price Term Period Price Range
Internet Commercial Use $44.95 One Week $34.95
Internet Commercial Use $44.95 One Month $44.95
Internet Commercial Use $44.95 One Year $89.95
Internet Commercial Use $44.95 Perpetuity $179.95

Consequently, you will find that our music pricing varies widely based on which specific track you select, which media you want to use it within, and the media-specific license parameters you configure.  For short-term or local uses you might pay in the range of $10 to $50 dollars, whereas for a significant or long-term use for a track you can expect to pay between $100 and $1000 or more, depending on which artist's track it is, the duration of the track, the complexity of the track and various other factors.


MusicPacks and SoundPacks Are a Great Value
Many of the composers and artists that sell music and sound effects at Music Cult create "MusicPacks" and "SoundPacks" of their content.  The MusicPacks and SoundPacks they create give you a great way to purchase multiple tracks at once at a substantial discount on a per-track basis.  You will typically enjoy a discount of at least 30% on a per-track basis, or in some cases much more.  Some of our composers include over 100 music tracks or sound effects in each pack, giving you a super savings for what amounts to purchasing a "mini-library" of new tracks for your production work!
 

Pricing for Sound Effects and Instrument Sounds
Please note that sound effects and instrument sounds are not included in our blanket licensing agreement.  Our site has over 187,000 sound effects and instrument sample files for composers.  Pricing for each track of this type generally varies between $1.00 and around $15.00+, depending on the duration, complexity, rarity, ease of production, and various other factors.  To purchase individual sound effects, register online here and then add the tracks you want to your shopping cart, checkout, make payment, then download the tracks.
 

Music Discount Requests
We understand here at Music Cult that each project is different from the next.  There may be circumstances that our online pricing system just does not take into account.  Consequently, we are always open to requests for discounted pricing.  If there are circumstances for your company, situation, project or intended use that warrants a lower price, we can very likely work out a favorable discount for you.  We hate to lose business, and we love to wheel and deal, so please don't hesitate to submit a discount request and we will try to work it out for you.  If we can't exactly match your discount request, we will often make a counter-offer. 

To request a discount, add any music track to your shopping cart and as you do so, configure the desired license and when the price is displayed for you, click the on-screen option to send us a discount request.  Let us know why you think a discount is in order and we'll be happy to review it for you and try to work it out for you.

 
 


Register Online For The Best Experience
To make the most of your experience here at Music Cult, please take a minute to register online to create your client account.  Then login and, as you listen to the tracks on the site, you can immediately add any tracks you like to your shopping cart or to your Project Hotlist for later review. This helps you avoid having to "re-find" tracks you like later if you delay registering.

Register Online Now (It's Free to Register!)





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