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The Story of Audio Network

The Story of Audio Network

The Beginning

We’re often asked how Audio Network started. The idea was always very different from the traditional music library approach and starting a catalogue of new music from scratch requires a great deal of work, trust, dedication and belief. We have always been incredibly lucky to have a hugely loyal and talented group of people around us who have committed themselves to the idea and been passionate about building the best and most diverse catalogue of production music in the world.

The story began in the summer of '99 when our founders, Robert Hurst and Andrew Sunnucks came up with the concept for a music company that made it easy and simple to license high quality Music for Films & TV. Up until then, the complexity of pre-existing agreements and contracts with composers and agents around the world had meant that clearing music had long been one of the most difficult parts of the production process for TV and Film producers.

A New Approach

A key part of the new business model was to produce an entirely new catalogue of music created with content makers in mind. The last decade has seen a fundamental shift in the way content is created and distributed. This means that the rights in music used have to be held centrally, allowing it to be licensed without the traditional restrictions.

This new, customer focused, approach delivered a straightforward subscription model fit for the current media landscape. Removing barriers to people using the music would give producers and editors the creative freedom to use as much music as they want and the extra usage would lead to better broadcast ‘public performance’ royalties for us and our composers.

Creating the music



This new approach and model would take time to get off the ground and the first challenge was getting the composers on board to create the music. The plan was to create the best quality production music library ever recorded and this meant getting the top writers, producers and players involved. There was a desire for this to be a creative company, owned by creative people so a dream list of composers was drawn up and they were invited to join us as shareholders.


The first to embrace the idea were jazz legends Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, rapidly joined by other composer luminaries including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Tim Garland, Terry Devine-King, Chris Blackwell and Paul Mottram. Every single composer on the initial hit list joined in and their commitment and enthusiasm encouraged the all-important financiers to invest. The idea became a reality in July 2001 & Audio Network was born.

Some years on…

Over the years Audio Network’s business and composer base has grown significantly as our model has become popular with composers and music users. Easy, straightforward access to the music has grown the market which benefits everybody. Audio Network is now a global publisher with offices and sub publisher arrangements around the world.

We have over 70 staff, 500 composers and around 40 submissions from composers wanting to join us every day. Every month we record with major artists and orchestras all over the world and we release around 12,000 new tracks a year.

In July 2013 Stripes Group, a US based Private Equity company, took a significant minority stake in the company to help us develop technologies and new ways of distributing the music to global markets. We continue to strive to find ways of creating world-class music and making it ever easier for users to find it and use it.

Although the company is in some ways unrecognizable, we are also exactly the same and the core of what we believe in hasn't changed:

  • Quality - The belief in recording the music ourselves with the best composers, musicians and facilities possible
  • Ease of use - Make things easy for customers with expert and excellent customer service
  • Creativity - Continuing to innovate and build long term, close relationships with the creative communities we work with

Watch this video below to here Robert Hurst, CEO & Founder discuss these principles and why they have contributed to such great employee retention.



Now it’s time to make sure the business continues to adapt as the media industry changes. There are some exciting new plans and ideas in the pipeline, so watch this space and we hope you see them emerge in the coming months and years.

 
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Music Usage

Please select your usage type for prices of tracks

JUST
£0.79
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
£0.83
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
£95
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
£150
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
£295
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
£395
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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