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Artist FAQ

Do you copyright my music for me?

Yes, in some instances we will.  You will retain complete ownership of the copyrights.  We just do the work and pay the fees for you.

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What kind of music are you looking for?

ALL STYLES of music

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Would you take a percentage of download or physical music sales?

We do not sell your music.  We license it for use in Film, TV, Commercials, etc.

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Why does my music need to be Exclusive?

Along with bringing value to your music, this also keeps competing music libraries from bidding against each other, in effect lowering the money you make.

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Will all music be pre-cleared for use by the vault?

Yes, that is part of the Music License Agreement.  We cannot represent music that we cannot clear.

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Can I get out of my contract?

If your music is getting used, you would have no reason to want out.  If it is not getting used, we will be reasonable in releasing you.

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How does the artist get paid?

The artist gets paid directly from ASCAP or BMI.  The artist receives 100% of the writers share of royalties.

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When will I get paid?

It can take anywhere from 9 months to a year before you see a cue on your ASCAP or BMI statement. Typically you won't even know it was used until such time.

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What if someone wants me to write a score for them, would you take a cut?

This is dealt with on a case by case basis.  We take a small part of the payment, such as a standard finders fee.  Beyond that, the music would be treated like any other piece in the library.

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How does BMI or ASCAP determine the cost of a piece of music, is it based on the amount of viewers, or what?

There are many variables in determining pay rate. Network (ABC, CBS, NBC) airings are paid in multiples of affiliates.  Cable is based on each individual channel’s scale.  There are other factors, such as the number of titles in the artists catalog, time of day, and if the music is used as Title, Background, or ON Camera. A complete breakdown is available on the ASCAP and BMI websites.

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Where will the music end up? Movies, tv shows, current tv, downloads, websites, themes for tv shows, commercials, video games, ring tones, podcasts, New Media?

All of the above.

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Would the vault own the copyrights to my music?

No, you retain all copyright ownership.

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How would signing with the vault affect performance rights or broadcast performance rights?

You retain all of your rights.  We are only licensing your music.

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Where will the music be shopped to?

Television Production Companies, Ad Agencies, Film Studios, internet content providers.

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How do you compete with large libraries like APM?

We don't compete with other libraries at all - we are a niche, boutique style library that has a huge following of clients built over the last 17+ years.  Our artist's music isn't sitting in a huge ambiguous pool of music where it loses it's individuality and appeal and may never be heard or where it's easily ignored or forgotten by the music supervisors.

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Can you explain "exclusive"?

The term "exclusive" is relative only to the music library. The artist retains their freedom to sell, market, distribute, perform, etc. The only piece that's "exclusive" is your agreement with a production music library - Vault 768. Exclusivity with one library is better for the artist. Signing on with one library exclusively creates brand identity with the Vault 768 Production Music Library and assures our clients that music they're using from the Vault is unique and exclusive to their favorite source. It also helps the folks using the music (editors, producers) to easily find, associate and remember an artist signed with Vault 768. "Where did I hear that band that sounded like "U2" - oh ya - Vault 768". Our clients are constantly pulling music from their favorite sources and typically won't remember an artist's name but the WILL rememeber where they heard "that song"... VAULT 768!

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Why do you need my music in "perpetuity"?

Perpetuity is a formality and the "nature of the beast". TV, film, syndication, DVD sales, etc. are not going to stop suddenly- there's no option to pull your music out of a TV show - so if you want placement- you need perpetuity. It's a good thing!

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What do I do if someone contacts me about using my music for synchronization?

You should contact us immediately. We have the experience and expertise to negotiate the best deal for you.

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Will my music be remixed or remastered?

No, your music will not be remixed. If we are asked for a remix, it would be under the artists supervision.

By nature, however, the music will be remastered in the process of creating a “soundtrack” for the film or other medium it supports..

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Does the vault have the right to edit music?

Yes.  It is very unlikely that the music would get used in it’s entirety. This is always done in the best interest of the artists.

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What format do I use to get the music to the library?

CD, hard drive, ftp, email.

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Vault 768 Production Music Library is proudly part of the Kaufmann Media Group