Podcast Music License

The right piece of music transforms a podcast into an immersive and interactive experience. As the listener presses play, a compelling intro song can often be the difference between grabbing their attention or skipping to the next podcast. Take your podcasting to the next level with our roster of independent artists, bands and record labels.

What are the different kinds of podcast music licenses offered?

Depending on your usage, we offer several kinds of podcast music licenses:

Independent - Single Use

  • If you and/or your team are not part of a content studio, this license will cover a single use (1) of one master recording and composition to use within an audio-only podcast.
  • This is not for use within sponsored/branded podcasts, or podcasts created by a business, and does not cover use on paid/subscription digital services or paid digital downloads.

Independent - Series Use

  • If you and/or your team are not part of a content studio, this license will cover the use of one master recording and composition within an audio-only podcast for an unlimited amount of episodes in a single podcast series within a twelve month period.
  • This is not for use within sponsored/branded podcasts or podcasts created by a business, and does not cover use on paid/subscription digital services or paid digital downloads.

Studio - Single Use

  • If you or your team are part of a content studio/business, this license will cover a single use (1) of one master recording and composition to use within an audio-only podcast.
  • This does not cover sponsored/branded (beyond your own entity) podcasts, or podcasts created by studios exceeding 100 employees.

Studio - Series Use

  • If you or your team are part of a content studio/business, this license will cover the use of one master recording and composition within an audio-only podcast for an unlimited amount of episodes in a single podcast series within a twelve month period.
  • This does not cover sponsored/branded (beyond your own entity) podcasts, or podcasts created by studios exceeding 100 employees.

Not what you need? Check out some of the other licenses we offer.

Pricing for Podcast Music License

FAQ

I’m just getting into podcasting and I'm not sure why I need to purchase a music license for my podcast.

Copyrighted songs are considered intellectual property and fall under the protection of copyright laws. As with all other forms of copyrighted material, you must obtain permission from the appropriate copyright owner of the piece of music you want to use before you can place it in any form of work. 

This can traditionally be a complicated process, from trying to get in touch with record labels to chasing down rights holders, but Marmoset’s licensing platform takes care of everything for you with just a few clicks!

Can my use of music in my podcast be covered under the “fair use” policy instead of purchasing a music license?

Copyright law does include some exceptions under the fair use rule, namely when including small segments of music for the purpose of parody or discussion. Keep in mind that the user has to be able to prove their usage falls under this rule and it can be a tricky grey area, so it’s generally not recommended as it might expose you to copyright infringement claims or even lawsuits.

Can I simply give credit to the artist to use their song?

Although giving the proper credits to musicians is always a great way to acknowledge and appreciate the art they create, attribution does not skirt around copyright laws. The only way to legally use copyrighted songs is to purchase a music license.

I can’t seem to find the right song, help!

Searching for the perfect theme music and coming up short? Our Creative Services team is ready to help! Reach out at creative@marmosetmusic.com and we’ll take care of the rest.

What if none of the licenses offered seem to fit my project needs?
Our click licenses are designed to conveniently cover a wide variety of uses and projects, but If you’re looking through the different licenses we offer and not finding the one that covers your usage, have no fear. Our team of music licensing experts can build you a custom license tailored to your project’s needs. Get started with our a Custom License Request form and we’ll be in touch.

Music For Podcasts Playlist

Whether you’re looking for a catchy theme song or something atmospheric to emphasize the right narrative moments, our roster of quality music has it all. Check out some of our favorite songs for podcasts, curated by our team of music licensing experts.

Remember, if your iTunes or Spotify playlist just isn't cutting it for inspiration anymore, our Creative Services team is always ready to jump in and lend a hand on your project. Whether it’s helping find the right piece of music or guiding you towards the right license, don’t hesitate to reach out at creative@marmosetmusic.com.

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