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As we all know to our cost there is a lot of crappy music out there especially when it comes to non copyright CDs, how many times have you bought a copyright free CD to discover 8 out of 10 tracks are no good.

Some are better than others AKM music ( allow you to listen to short tracks of their CD online as well as digital downloads of single tracks. Single tracks are £10.96 while CD downloads are £36 per CD.

Premium Beat also sells audio tracks for filmmakers but @ $39 (£27) per track, its expensive.

An entirely new service will start at the end of February called art-list, a service allowing filmmakers freedom to choose from a list of tracks for a subscription fee of $199 (£140) per year. This sounds great as long as there is enough usable music for you to choose from…music is so personal but in my rule of thumb if the music does not conjure pictures while listening to it… is no good.

Art-list today revealed the price of their highly-anticipated music licensing platform, which solves many of the issues that filmmakers face when trying to license music. The company is also giving away five songs to showcase the quality of their service.

For a flat, affordable yearly subscription fee of $199, filmmakers and media creators get unlimited access to Art-list’s ever-expanding library of high-quality music. The music is sourced from a worldwide network of independent musicians, and rivals the quality of today’s most prominent music licensing platforms. Intro side2

Co-founded by Ira Belsky, a working Israeli filmmaker frustrated with the available options for licensing music, Art-list is tailor-made to provide inspiring music for filmmakers to use in their work on a commercial basis, and for a price that is comparable to what other services charge for a single commercial license.

“There’s a lot of great music out there, but most filmmakers don’t have the budgets to license a lot of songs,” Belsky said. “So we decided to create a platform that would give filmmakers unlimited access to real, honest music that comes from working musicians, and making it available to everyone for an affordable price.” Players side2

In addition to announcing the price, the Art-list team has pulled five songs from its catalog, and is giving them way for free to anyone who joins the company’s email list. Filmmakers, YouTube creators, and Podcasters will be able to use this music any way they want, including on commercial projects.

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The songs include, Amsterdam, an upbeat track full of bright piano lines and sparkling acoustic guitar riffs, Black Goldie, an electronic ballad rife with unique sonic textures, and Gravity, an orchestral track with driving drums and a melodic, inspiring chord progression. Those looking to download the songs just have to go to and enter their name and email address. Once submitted, they’ll immediately receive their free songs both in WAV and MP3 formats through email.

Art-list is set to launch in late February 2016. For more information, don’t hesitate to email questions to

Art-list – Inspiring Music For Your Films from on Vimeo.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

4 thoughts on “Art-list to issue a $199 a year music licence for filmmakers

  1. Try AudioJungle. Great prices and many useful multitrack compilations on there too.

    Regarding Art-List, what happens to your existing music licensing after a year if you decide not to pay for another year?

    What’s to stop you from paying for a year, downloading every track they have, and never having to pay them again?

  2. Sounds like a good source of decent music at an affordable price. We reckon three of the five samples are useful to us.
    You may also like to investigate the vast library of tracks published by Kevin MacLeod at
    Here you’ll find something for every purpose – and it’s free if you credit the source.

    HDW : $5.95 is a great price but its not free.

  3. the problem with those agencies( or wannabe Agencies, or agency-like websites) is that they get the material from the same people, artists but basically a guy with some skills and a PC/keyboard. Getting it directly from the “Artist” may be a good idea. (I do). They have websites too and in case they place the same track on other so-called Agencies then having a written license from the “artist” directly will cut all the discussions right from the start. The (real) problem is that the good stuff (good and original) gets published by the real record industry and they still don’t like us, they never did and never will.

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