Frequently asked questions
I'm a client. Can I get custom/bespoke music?
Sure, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’re very interested to hear what you are looking for.
How many production music albums do you have?
Currently, 86 and growing. Listen to them here: Harvest
How many albums do you plan to release?
How long is a piece of string…. at the moment, our current output is ? albums a month.
What styles or genres do you release?
An eclectic array to meet the demands of any production. Orchestral, synthetic, pop, rock, hybrid, atmospheric, piano based, etc. You get the idea. Take a listen and hear for yourself.
Where are you?
Who are you?
We are Tolga, David, Josh, Jenny, Sami, and Simeon, a small team of UK based composers, producers, curators and administrators, with a wide range of industry experience. See our ‘Who are we’ page for more info (coming soon).
Can I work for you?
Who should I contact?
You can contact email@example.com for all non-submission enquiries and firstname.lastname@example.org for all submission-based ones.
What makes Evolution Media Music different to other production music libraries?
We believe that in working closely with our composers in a language they understand, and making them a true part of the team, we can achieve great things. Production music is released in vast quantities but we aim to raise the quality bar. We believe that through collaboration and expertise, we deliver a catalogue of music that excels in terms of production, composition, and commercial viability.
What is Harvest Media?
Harvest Media is a hosting platform which allows us to present all of our catalogue online and distribute it to our global Sub-Publishers.
Where is the music released? Who are your Sub-Publishers?
I’m not a musician but I want to work with you.
Great, we’re interested to hear about what you can offer. Please email email@example.com with your inquiry.
I’m a graphic artist, mastering engineer, mixer - can I work with you?
Yes you can, send us some examples of your work and we will see if we have any opportunities to work together.
I haven't got a reply yet...
Have you sent your email to the correct address? If so, we aim to respond as soon as possible, but we deal with a large workload and must prioritise emails depending on urgency - thank you for your patience!
Can I submit music?
How does the submission/revision process work at Lightsong Music?
Is there a submission fee?
Where can I view your briefs?
Check them out over at the Composer Hub. We dont always have open briefs but when we do thats where you will find them.
Will you let me know if my track has been accepted or rejected?
We will contact you as soon as we can if we accept your submission. Please allow plenty of time for a response before chasing it up. Due to time constraints we are unable to inform composers of unsuccessful submissions.
I live outside the UK, can I submit?
What do I need to do before I submit?
I have a load of great unused music - can I pitch it all to you?
We will happy to listen to your work but may not be able to get back to everybody. Please only send streaming links to your work and make sure you have more than one track available for review so we can get a good idea of your strengths.
What format should I send my music in?
What is a licence?
When production companies, filmmakers, advertisers etc want to include a production music track in their radio or tv show, film, advert etc, to do so they need to buy a licence. A license fee can vary depending on the usage - from a small online client to a worldwide advertising campaign. You can see the full fees and breakdowns on the rate card.
Are the contracts exclusive or non-exclusive?
Will you tell me when my music is licensed?
It is not possible to keep track of every single music usage as it happens. We do monitor UK & European tv channels and if we spot a noteworthy placement we will do our best to inform the composer as any big sync will be promoted on our ‘music use’ page.
I don’t understand my contract, can you help?
What if I submit some music and don't hear back?
You have had my track for ages, why is it not making any money?
I don’t agree with your feedback, how do we proceed?
That's fine. In striving for the creative best, decisions aren't binary and there is often healthy bit of pressure! Music is subjective and we all have different reactions. We do ask, though, that you have faith in the experience of the team - both musically and commercially - to shape the tracks towards the best appeal for usage within the current trends of TV productions. We are only giving you the feedback because we all want the best outcome for the track.
What is a cutdown?
A cutdown is a specific length alternate version of your full length track. When we release an album we include these alternate versions along with the main track: Underscore (usually a sparser mix of the main version with the main melody removed - very appealing for use with voiceover), 30 second version, 60 second version, and sting. Don't worry about these until you have received a contract - but well-formed, impactful 30s and 60s in particular have great usage appeal as off-the-shelf solutions for commercial and TV promo editors.
Where can my music be used if published by Lightsong?
All over the place. As well as here in the UK, we have distribution in Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Germany, France, India, Australia, New Zealand, and many more! Your track could be used on anything from a Mexican soap opera to a Singaporean game show. TV, Film, Ads, Video Games, Idents, Trailers, Promos - you name it!
How do I make money?
How do I get paid?
There are 2 main methods of payment. Directly from PRS (4 distributions a year: April, July, October, and December) - and via our mechanical distribution which happens half-yearly (March and September).
Whats the difference between Mechanical and Performance income?
Why do I need to be a member of a PRO?
Do I need to register my Lightsong track(s) with my PRO myself?
No. As the publisher, we take care of the administration for all tracks under our label. You just need to supply us with your decided splits between you if you have any co-writers, and the full names, PROs and CAE/IPI numbers for each writer on your track. We do the rest.
What are your standard deal terms/splits?
A copy of our standard contract can be found here: Lightsong Music Production Contract