Choosing Library Music

There are a myriad of online music libraries available now, with instant access for auditioning and downloading music. There are a variety of ways music is licensed by different libraries, and a wide variety of how they charge their fees (and pay their composers).

Some of the many considerations for choosing library music are:

  • The role(s) the music will play in supporting the story or message
  • Audience demographics
  • The musical style, instrumentation and tone that best supports your program
  • How you want the music to effect the audience’s experience
  • How the the pacing and fullness of the musical arrangements works with the visuals and/or spoken voice

Once you have narrowed down your choices, there are still other considerations: Is the piece long enough? If not, is it interesting enough to survive lengthening it by looping?  What kind of changes happen throughout the piece? If there is a section that all of a sudden doesn’t seem to work, can you work around it?  How does the piece start and end?

If you need assistance searching for, editing and/or licensing production music, feel free to contact me – I’d be happy to help!