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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Audio Network?

How do I know if the music is any good?

The experience and reputations of Audio Network's composers speaks for itself. Most of them have worked at the very top of their fields and we never take on a new writer unless they can show they have an original and exciting approach to writing music. See Composers for more information.

We always encourage visitors to check out our music online and judge the quality for themselves. Once you have paid for the sound you will be able to access the full-quality sound files.

What are the advantages of my production company becoming an online member of Audio Network and how do I do it?

Audio Network has an online service that allows professional users to become online members and download music as and when you need to. You can create your own, editable Projects that can be emailed to other members of your production team.

If you'd like to become an online member, please contact us and we can upgrade your access to the site so you can download music tracks free of charge under a company account.

To become a member simply call us on +44 (0)20 7566 1441. The online member service is not available to Personal Users, Home Users or Student Users.

If you do not have an existing subscription with Audio Network, you can download music by simply registering on the site and downloading the files to your shopping cart. You can pay by credit card when you download the files.

How does the Audio Network licence work?

What does my licence cover?

Your production licence covers all costs normally paid by the production company, including all mechanical synchronisation fees, but excludes the following royalties normally payable by the broadcaster, distributor or manufacturer:

Performing Rights fees are normally paid by the broadcaster or website owner. Mechanical royalties are normally paid by the distributor or manufacturer on the sale of CDs or other physical products. This is generally for companies releasing music-only CDs. If the music is merely an incidental part of the production (ie talking books etc) you are covered under our general retail licence.

Our music cannot be given or sold to third parties in any format without Audio Network's permission. Obviously, if the music is part of a production, you’ll be covered by your agreement.

If required, a film performance licence covering all US-based cinemas can be obtained direct from Audio Network covering the public performance of any film containing music from our catalogue.

What are the advantages of the Audio Network blanket licence over other sources of music?

  • At Audio Network we do not license our music and recordings through third parties and therefore make the process simple, quick and easy . All our tracks are automatically cleared for worldwide use, on multiple platforms, forever and you may find you can save up to 95% of your music budget by using Audio Network. 
  • For production companies based outside the United Kingdom please contact Audio Network or your local sub-publisher for details of the blanket licence rate card applicable in your territory.

If I have a broadcaster/MCPS blanket licence for my productions, can I get access to Audio Network music?

There are many sources of music available to production companies, and there is nothing to restrict users from holding a blanket licence with both MCPS and other music suppliers. A blanket licence with Audio Network does not restrict the customer from having additional licence agreements with other suppliers.

Feel free to call us with details of any existing blanket licence agreements you may have and we will tailor an appropriate solution to meet your particular circumstances. Audio Network is not a member of PPL, so no need to worry about additional PPL charges.

What is the pricing structure?

How can Audio Network afford to offer such good value for money?

Audio Network bypasses many of the middle-men who are normally involved with the supply of music and sound effects to the end-user.

As owners of both publishing and recording rights in our music catalogue we avoid the administrative overheads associated with clearing rights on a work-by-work basis through a simple and easy-to-administer blanket licence.

The primary source of revenue for both Audio Network and our composers is the performance royalties paid by broadcasters, not by producers.

Most importantly, we and our composers believe that by making our music easy and inexpensive to use then more will be used, and that's good for us all.

How can I access the music and sound effects?

Do I have to register which music I use?

Yes please! If you are downloading files from this website for use in an audio-visual production you will be asked for the name of the production.

If you are using the Audio Network Production Music catalogue it is important for broadcasters to know the publisher (Audio Network), composer, record company (Audio Network), title and duration of each track so that Performance Royalties are properly accounted for and the composers get paid.

Remember that the Audio Network Production Music Library is a commercial music catalogue and has not been registered as a production music library with the MCPS. However, unlike a normal commercial music catalogue there are no PPL fees payable.

You will need to fill in the consignment note/cue sheet in the normal way and send a copy to Audio Network.

You can download your cue sheet here: pdf, word document

You can either post us a copy of the completed forms to:

School Farm Studios,
Little Maplestead,
Halstead,
Essex,
CO9 2SN,
UK

Or email the details to office@audionetwork.com

Call us if you need any help completing your cue sheet/consignment note.

Help, I'm having technical difficulties!

I’m having problems listening to my purchased and downloaded sound effects files, what can I do?

This problem normally affects pc users when Windows Media Player isn’t set up to play aiff/aif files (the format of the downloaded sound effects files) by default. To rectify this go to Start/Control Panel/Folder Options/File Types and select the aif file type in the registered file type box. Then hit the ‘Change’ button opposite the ‘Opens With’ text and choose Windows Media Player as the default programme.

I’ve downloaded and paid for the wrong track. What do I do?

Don’t download another replacement track! Instead email office@audionetwork.com and forward your worldpay confirmation receipt. Let us have details of the track you wanted, and we’ll make arrangements to get you a replacement download. This is much quicker than issuing credit card refunds etc.

Access for schools

Free music for schools

Watch two short films showing how a school in Hounslow uses Audio Network music in the classroom.

All Audio Network music is available for use by schools through a dedicated online server from the London Grid For Learning on behalf of all ten Regional Broadband Consortia (RBC) schools. Under the deal the RBC schools are not charged for the synchronisation use of our music but students will be asked to log records of tracks used so that they respect the principle of intellectual property and acknowledge the value of copyright and the creative process.

The agreement is designed to overcome the many problems being experienced by schools undertaking audio-visual projects and to allow schools access to music resources without the fear of copyright infringement.

Our music is accessible free of charge to any school attached to the National Schools Network via their Regional Broadband Consortium.

Use the service without charge from a connected school or college at
http://audio.lgfl.org.uk/
(Please note there’s no www in the address!)

We have also agreed to supply a set of 66 Audio Network CDs to any school not currently on the RBC network but requiring access to the music for a single payment of just £200 plus VAT per set.

Download the Discount Form

To find out more about the music in schools initiative or for any questions or queries about access or support please contact the London Grid For Learning or the RBC for your area:

London Grid For Learning
4th Floor, CI Tower, St Georges Square, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4HG
Tel: 020 8408 4455 Fax: 020 8408 6014

CLEO Cumbria & Lancashire Education Online
Please contact Roger Lang roger@cleo.net.uk
http://www.cleo.net.uk/
EMBC East Midlands Broadband Consortium
Please contact Mike Kendall mkendall@embc.org.uk
http://www.embc.org.uk/
E2BN East of England Regional
NGfL Broadband Consortium
Please contact Diane Earl diane.earl@e2bn.org
http://www.e2bn.org/
LGfL London Grid for Learning
Please contact Bob Usher bob.usher@lgfl.org.uk
http://www.lgfl.net/
NGfL Northern Grid for Learning
Please contact Mark Vinnicombe mark.vinnicombe@northerngrid.org.uk
http://www.northerngrid.org/
NWLG North West Learning Grid
Please contact Simon Bailey simon.bailey@nwlg.org
http://www.nwlg.org/
SEGfL South East Grid for Learning
Please contact Chris Davison chris.davison@segfl.org.uk
http://www.segfl.org.uk/
SWGfL South West Grid for Learning
Please contact Suzie Cowley suzie.cowley@swgfl.org.uk
http://www.swgfl.org.uk/

WMNet West Midlands Broadband Project
Please contact Dave Thomson dthomson@worcestershire.gov.uk
or Shirley Hackett shirley.hackett@dudley.gov.uk

http://www.wmnet.org.uk
YHGfL Yorkshire and Humberside
Grid for Learning
Please contact Clare Askew clare.askew@yhgfl.net
http://www.yhgfl.net/
 
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Music Usage

Please select your usage type for prices of tracks

JUST
$1.25
PER TRACK (NO VAT)

Download for Personal Use

Covers downloading for personal audio-only use and storage. This includes saving the file on your computer or mp3 player and listening to the track.

If you wish to use the music track(s) in an audio-visual production you will need to take out either the Home / Student Productions licence, or one of our professional licences, depending on the usage type.

JUST
$1.35
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

Home / Student Productions

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single non-commercial home/student film or other multi-media project. This includes productions created at home, within an education facility, community centre or religious establishment. You are permitted to distribute the finished audio-visual production to friends and family, festivals, or third party content sites such as YouTube.
This usage type excludes any form or commercial exploitation, or the promotion of a business or service.

UP TO
$150
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

Online / Corporate / Charity Productions

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single corporate, charity or brand film, computer game, app or multimedia presentation. This covers distribution on websites (including third party content sites such as YouTube or Vimeo), DVD and live events.
This usage type excludes productions for TV, Radio and Film, commercials for Cinema, Radio and Television, productions for Retail Sale or Cover Mount and Audio-only CDs. Please contact us if you wish to discuss clearing these additional rights.
Public performance of the finished production on a web site or at a live event will require an additional public performance licence from the relevant collection society in your territory. However, public performance on user-generated content sites such as YouTube should already be covered by the site owner’s licence.

Please contact us for details of campaign discounts or to speak to someone from your local office.

UP TO
$195
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

TV / Radio / Film Productions

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single TV, Radio and Film production. All rights in the sound recording and musical work are cleared for the world, for multi-platform distribution, in perpetuity. The above licence clears the rights for one programme or episode. Please contact us if you wish to use the track in multiple programmes, or episodes.
This usage type excludes Cinema, Radio and Television commercials, productions for Retail Sale or Cover Mount, Audio-only CDs and any Public Performance

Please contact us for details of campaign discounts or to speak to someone from your local office.

JUST
$495
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

Radio Commercials

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single Radio commercial. All rights in the sound recording and musical work are cleared for the world, for multi-platform distribution, in perpetuity.
Different versions of commercials require separate licences.

Please contact us for details of campaign discounts or to speak to someone from your local office.

JUST
$595
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

TV / Cinema Commercials

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single TV or Cinema commercial. All rights in the sound recording and musical work are cleared for the world, for multi-platform distribution, in perpetuity.
Different versions of commercials require separate licences.

Please contact us for details of campaign discounts or to speak to someone from your local office.

Unauthorised synchronisation use, copying, hiring, lending, broadcast and public performance are strictly prohibited.





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