Composers for Hire & Buyout Deals

Finding music to fit your film or project is not always easy. Sometimes a bespoke production is the best solution.

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Define the Terms

Define the Buyout Terms

The terms of the buyout need to be defined to protect you and the composer.

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Receive the music with the correct license for your usage requirements.


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Hiring Composers 

Generally speaking, when you hire a composer and commission them to create a bespoke piece of music, there will be some rights that come with the music and some that don't. Our custom music page covers the aspects of commissioning a composer. The fee you pay for a custom music project typically covers the cost of the composers time and a fee for the license to use the music in the way that you require.

Work for Hire (Buyout)

All music carries a copyright and can generate royalties for composers. However, a work for hire agreement or a buyout is different because it assumes that the composer will get paid once only and this will cover everything. Music is covered by copyright law and there are mechanisms for composers to generate future income on music. These include: 

  • Licensing deals
  • Performance royalties from broadcasts
  • Micropayments from streaming
  • Income from YouTube Content ID

A buyout deal prevents composes making any future income from music and therefore, their fee must reflect this.

Making a deal

We act as a broker and can help you find a composer who will work based on a buyout. This is not always as simple as it sounds because many composers will not work on this basis unless the upfront fee is attractive to them. Often, we find that clients don't even need a buyout, but they think that is the right thing for them. Music copyright can be complicated and there are misunderstandings between clients and composers alike. We aim to be clear and upfront with the information so that you can make the best choice.

Buyout deals are the most expensive and there may be times when it is necessary. However, most of the time commissioning custom music with terms tailored to your project or an exclusive music leasing agreement can be the best way forward for all involved.

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