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Make more money from your music with CD Baby Sync Licensing

Selling downloads and CDs is not the only way to make money with your music. Licensing your music for TV shows, movies, YouTube and more, has the potential to generate new revenue streams for all the music you create. CD Baby has partnered with Rumblefish, a pioneer in the world of music licensing, to make your songs available for sync licensing. You’ll get paid every time a consumer or creative professional uses YOUR MUSIC as part of the soundtrack to their next project.

Get music placed in TV, film, video games, and more

Get music placed in TV, film, video games, and more:

We’ll make your music available not just on YouTube, but through diverse licensing channels such as TV, film, video games, and more. Your song could be featured in an indie film or mainstream TV show. CD Baby sync licensing ensures you’ll never miss a lucrative opportunity to license your music.

Earn money for your music on YouTube

Earn money for your music on YouTube:

100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s nearly 16 years of video uploaded every day. What’s missing from the millions of hours of video on YouTube? Your music! We’ll make your music available in YouTube’s growing catalog of licensable music. Give video creators the option of using your music to bring their next project to life. The more your music is used, the more you get paid. It’s that easy.

Frequently Asked Questions

CD Baby Sync Licensing FAQs

What is sync licensing?

Sync licensing, or “Synchronization,” refers to the use of music in films, TV shows, commercials, video games, presentations, YouTube videos, or anything else where a song is “synced” to moving images.

When a song is licensed for sync, a fee is paid to the songwriter/publisher for the usage of the underlying composition, AND to the copyrighter owner of the master recording for the use of the track.

If you wrote the song and haven’t sold the rights, you are the publisher. If you own the recording you are the copyright holder. In this case you would get paid both royalties

How does sync licensing work?

CD Baby has partnered with Rumblefish, an independently owned music licensing company based in Portland, Oregon. Rumblefish has been doing sync licensing for independent artists and labels for over a decade.

Through this partnership, CD Baby artists can generate new revenue by licensing their music for movies, TV shows, ads, video games and — in particular — YouTube.

Why should I license my music?

Sync licensing has not only become one of the major revenue streams for today’s independent artist, but it’s also one of the most effective ways of finding new fans.

In addition to sync opportunities in film, TV, advertisements, and video games, CD Baby Sync Licensing Program also helps you make money from the usage of your music on YouTube.

We’ve paid over a million dollars in YouTube ad revenue to CD Baby artists, and that figure is growing rapidly — since YouTube has become both the #1 music discovery tool online AND the #1 preferred platform for listening to music among music fans younger than 18.

How much does it cost to license my music?

There is no fee for existing CD Baby members to opt in for Sync Licensing, It is included with your regular submission fee.

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Related guides

The Ultimate YouTube Guide for Musicians

YouTube is the most popular music discovery site online and one of the most effective music promotion machines ever. It is one of the most important marketing tools you have at your disposal. CD Baby’s YouTube guide will help you become a YouTube music-marketing master — from coming up with a great video concept to collecting royalties when your music gets played in videos.

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