What is Stock Music?
also commonly known as Production Music, is a less expensive alternative to the
use of popular or well known music in a production, since it is not necessary
to obtain specific permission or pay additional clearance fees for the use of a
song that has instant recognition.
Stock Music provides
an easily licensed alternative for scoring productions and adding music to
films, videos, radio or televisions programs and commercials, CD-ROMs, DVDs,
multimedia, Web sites, training and marketing presentations, on hold messages,
musical recordings, interactive programs, computer games, audio-visual or
computer generated displays and programs or presentations that incorporate
Most Stock Music Libraries provide various music licensing options that are
designed to meet the needs of large and small production companies alike,
working in both the broadcast and non-broadcast industries.
Stock Music is
generally placed in the background, behind the dialog or voiceover, where it
can set the mood, provide a suitable backdrop for a message, promote the
product, activity or event being featured, identify the location of the scene
or highlight the plot’s action.
Stock Music is offered in a wide variety of both period and modern genres,
styles, moods and tempos - everything from classical orchestrations to animated
Stock Music compositions are often provided in several different versions or
lengths: a full length version, an underscore or rhythm track version (for more
subtle use under voiceovers), and a number of different broadcast lengths (60
seconds, 30 seconds and 5 to 15 second stingers). The broadcast versions are
produced to eliminate the need for the user to create his own edits for
specific kinds of production applications (like commercial spots).
If the Stock Music is used in a broadcast or public performance production, its
composers and publishers are also entitled to receive performing royalties from
performing rights societies like ASCAP, BMI, SOCAN, PRS and APRA.