YookaMusic simplifies music licensing by bringing together those who need music (Licensees) and those who offer music (licensors) to allow the use of upcoming and hit music for any kind of production: films, television programs, video and computer games, advertising campaigns, mobile phones or websites.
YookaMusic is non-exclusive and welcomes any music owner who wants to offer music and sell licenses.
We have to know who you are in order to protect the rights of the Licensors (you), Licensees and our rights. Setting up a Licensor account is free.
Have you found music that is owned by somebody other than the Licensor claiming to own it? Please let us know.
An announcement posted by a company to find a composer (member of the YM Network) in order to produce custom music. Every composer with a profile that corresponds to a Job Posting will automatically be notified by e-mail. This service is reserved to members of the YM Network only
Music is licensed to Licensees, not sold. The "license", "license agreement" or "synchronisation license" is the contract that allows the Licensees to reproduce your music in a synchronised way with their productions. Without a license, reproducing your music in a synchronised way with a production is illegal.
The license covers all costs normally paid by Licensees.
The license does not cover public performances royalties, which are normally paid to you by the broadcaster, distributor or manufacturer.
The term of the license is mentioned in the license agreement. It varies depending on the type of production (uses).
Yes. The price for a license is calculated based on how the music will be used (production type). Please check our standard rates regarding this matter.
The license agreement is between you and the Licencee.
Sure. The Licensor (you) decides whether or not they agree to sell exclusive licenses for their music. Before a Licencee purchases a license, we tell them if an exclusive license is available. If they purchase such a license, the music will be permanently removed from the site.
No. We decide on the license prices for each usage type, and this takes into account the market price for this type of license.
Yes. As soon as we have received payment from the Licencee, you will receive an e-mail with a link to view and/or print your copy of the license agreement.
Sorry, but this section is reserved for members of the YM Network only.
Sorry, but this service is only for members of the YM Network.
Announcements posted by companies for the music community to describe their projects and types of music they are looking for. Each music owner will have then the chance to submit relevant music directly to them.
Yes. You retain 100% ownership of your music.
Definitely. Your collaboration with us is non-exclusive and is not restricted in any way to what else you may want to do with your music, including posting it on other non-exclusive platforms like ours.
Yes. Licensees who have registered on the site can download a preview version of your music before purchasing a license. This will be a low resolution .mp3 quality version to prevent any commercial use.
We automatically create .mp3 versions of your music when it is uploaded.
The price of a license is calculated based on how the music will be used. The pricing policy is available here.
50% percent of the income generated by the sale of licenses goes to the Licensors (you), while the remaining 50% goes to us.
Apart from the income generated by the sale of licenses, the interest of posting your music on YookaMusic (or on other platforms like ours) lies in the performance royalties that are paid to you by your performing rights society (PRS) when your music is used in a production that generates such royalties (which is the majority). As long as you retain 100% ownership of your music, the income generated by the sale of licenses is the only revenue we have.
Another reason is that to ensure that you get your performance royalties, we handle many administrative tasks that other sites (and companies) may not. That takes time and, as you know, time is money.
Also a project like YookaMusic is very expensive to develop, host, stream, maintain and promote. We could not offer such complete services if the incomes were distributed otherwise. The future will tell us if we can review this distribution without compromising the viability of the project.
Last but not least, remember that collaboration with us is non-exclusive and not restricted in any way with respect to what else you may want to do with your music, including posting it on other non-exclusive platforms like ours. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by posting your music on YookaMusic.
Yes. Every time a license is sold for your music it will be mentioned in your account. You will also receive an e-mail from us.
We pay you for the licenses we have sold for your music within 30 days of each three-month period ending on 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.
We pay you via your PayPal account or regular bank account.
No. The entirety of the income is paid by us to the person who created the Licensor account and used it to submit the music. It is the Licensor’s responsibility to ensure that they properly pay any person or entity for any or all rights to use the music, included but not limited to composer(s), author(s), publisher(s), artist, master owner(s) and potential third party licensors. Usually, 50% of the license price obtained by the Licensor goes to the composer(s), author(s) and publisher(s) and the other 50% goes to the master owner(s).
Yes. If we sell licenses to your music, you will receive a detailed statement with your payment. You can also monitor your statements via your account.
The majority of the uses of your music will entitle you to performance royalty payments from your respective performing rights society.
You need to create a Licensor account and accept our Licensors - Terms & Conditions.
The music you submit to YookaMusic must be your propriety and/or licensed to you under an express written agreement entitling you to submit the music to YookaMusic.
Vocal and instrumental music (even solo instrument or a cappella) from any conceivable genre, period or language as long as it is your property and/or property that is licensed to you under an express written agreement.
All music must be submitted in broadcast quality, .wav/aiff., 16-bit, 44.1 Khz, stereo. Mp3 format is not allowed, regardless of the quality of the audio compression.
Licensees must send a music cue sheet to the performance rights societies (PRS) when they use music in their productions. The music cue sheet includes the detailed credits of the music - the information you gave us - that will be used by the PRS to pay you and the potential music co-owner(s). This information will also be mentioned in the license agreement between you and the Licensees. Therefore, it has to be done professionally.
Yes. Having sub-versions of a music track definitely widens the possibility of uses. Therefore, we strongly encourage Licensors to submit alternate versions. Alternate versions could be the playback version of a song, remixes, flash loop(s), loop(s) and various lengths of the music (i.e.5", 10", 20", 30", 1' and 4').
Music with co-owners can be submitted only if the co-owner(s) allow you to do so under an express written agreement. This includes those who possess rights to the master and/or the publishing.
If you use music samples and/or sound libraries that are copyrighted, you must be fully authorised by the owners of the samples and/or the sound libraries to use them in your music and submit them to YookaMusic.
You are not allowed to submit covers unless their copyright is in the Public Domain. The music you submit to YookaMusic must be your entire propriety and/or property licensed to you under an express written agreement which entitles you to submit it to YookaMusic.
Yes, as long as you are absolutely sure that the copyright is effectively in the Public Domain. During the submission process at the step “license”, you will find a license called “Public Domain – Copyright only” which is dedicated to license music whose copyright is in the Public Domain.
Music owners who usually offer their music under Creative Commons licenses are welcome. We have adapted our standard license to meet the terms of the Creative Commons licenses. During the submission process at the step “license”, you will find a license called “Creative Commons”.
Music is copyrighted. If you submit music that is either not your property and/or property that is not licensed to you, contains uncleared music samples or if your submission in any way infringes on the rights of another person or entity, you are fully responsible for the consequences as you are indemnifying us and the Licensees.
If the submission process has been done correctly, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from our catalogue department.
You will receive a confirmation e-mail from our catalogue department.
Our catalogue managers who have extensive experience in music production.
If we have doubts about the ownership of the music or if we believe that the recording quality and/or arrangements are not professional enough. YookaMusic is a professional tool for Licensees and they expect to find high quality music on the site.
Unfortunately, no. The decision of our catalogue managers to accept or refuse music is final.
Of course. At any time, you may notify our catalogue department of your decision to remove all or some of your music from the site.
We have a period of 10 days from the date we receive your request to remove your music from our search engines. This will ensure that no licenses are sold for your music after this period.
However, if a Licencee has placed your music in their Project Manager before your request to remove music, this Licencee will be notified within 10 days from the date we have received your request of the imminent removal of your music from the site. This Licencee will have an extra period of 28 days to proceed with the purchase of a license for your music.
At the end of this 28-day period, your music will be permanently and completely removed and no further licenses sales will be authorised on the site.
Usually, your music will be removed from the site within a few hours after your request, except if one or more Licencee have added this music to their Project Manager. It would not be professional to remove it without notifying the Licencee first whose intention was to license it.
In many ways, including: features and short films, TV production, radio production, animation production, computer and video games, advertisements, websites, promotional/educational/training CD-ROM, DVD and video, trade exhibitions or corporate presentations.
No. The Licensors – Terms and Conditions allow us to sell licenses for your music to any Licencee for any use, except for the product(s), industry(ies), sector(s) and territory(ies) for which you may have applied use restriction(s).
You decide whether or not you want to apply use restrictions to your music. Use restrictions are per (i) product / industry, (ii) sector(s) and (iii) territory(ies). Before a Licencee purchases a license, they will be told when use restrictions apply to your music.
Licensees can shorten the length of your music as necessary to use in their productions.
Yes. Licensees can integrate your music in the soundtrack (CD) of their productions.
The distributor or manufacturer of the soundtrack (CD) should pay you a royalty fee, which usually amounts to 100% of the statutory rate and no less than 0,10 euro per track and per copy of the soundtrack CD released.
Yes. Licensees have the right to use and perform your music in connection with trailers, adverts and promos used to advertise and publicise their productions.
No. Music is copyrighted and can only be used within the scope of the productions for which they purchased a license. Sharing the music with others is illegal.
No. The music that Licensees download from the site may only be sent to person(s) directly related to their productions.
No. Licensees can only use the music for the production for which they bought a license. Using this music in another one of their productions is illegal.
The YM Network is an international network of composers to which audiovisual professionals can appeal when they want to have some original music created for their projects. Our goal, with the creation of the YM Network, is to reinforce or develop the reputation of composers and their music, but also to help them to find jobs.
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