Music, Licensing, & Royalties

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Do I Need a License?

Unlike terrestrial radio, you do not need to actually own a license in order to broadcast your stream online.

However, if your station is going to be playing commercial music, as opposed to a talk radio station, you may want to obtain a license. In most cases the copyright is normally held by the recording artist or record label.

Blanket License

Internet radio stations cover themselves by paying for what’s known as a “blanket license” or “umbrella license“. It covers the station and allows them to play any type of music.

Most licensees prefer this as it is paid yearly but will vary in price depending on the country you are broadcasting from and the countries to which you will be broadcasting.

Licensing Bodies

There are a variety of organisations and bodies who look after music copyright and royalties depending on your country.

Choosing licensing solely rests on where you intend to broadcast audio, for instance if your audience is in the USA then you can use SoundExchange. Here are a few internet radio licensing bodies by country:

United States of America

United Kingdom

Germany

France

Netherlands

Australia

 if you want to broadcast just talk or royalty free music then you don’t necessarily need a license.

Royalty Free Music

A royalty free license is usually a lot cheaper than a statutory license because you are not buying tracks for a set amount of time, instead you’re purchasing the rights to use to use tracks forever.

3 Royalty Free Music Sites

There are an abundance of great services online that represent artists’ royalty free music, following are 3:

  1. Jamendo Music: Independent music community to discover and download trending tracks.
  2. AudioJungle: Thousands of royalty free audio files from just $1.
  3. AudioBlocks: Unlimited royalty free audio that offers music, sound effects, and jingles.
Alternatively if you’re looking for royalty free jingles or voice overs for your radio station then try Fiverr.

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