Lights. Camera. License.

How licensing works

We provide the access. You provide the artistry.

Licensing Opportunities on Broadjam are open to every artist, making it a level playing field for all.

All music licensing submissions are heard before a final decision - we guarantee this or your submission fee will be refunded.

Step 1

Submit your music, add notes and choose if you want your song to start at a particular spot. Manage all of your submissions and get emailed when your songs are listened to or when a track is selected/considered.

Step 2

After the submission deadline and before the expected decision date, the Provider logs into Broadjam and plays all submitted songs. The Provider will update the status of the project at which time all submitters will receive an email notification.

Step 3

If the Provider selects your song they will send you a direct message through Broadjam mail (this is required of all Providers for all artists selected in an Opportunity).

Step 4

If the Provider is classified as either "independent" or "song plugger", they are required to pitch selected songs using Broadjam's Song Transmit mechanism. When this occurs, all selected artists will receive an email notification.


Production Quality

While some publishers may be ok with sub-par production, the majority of Film, TV and Advertising providers will be looking for broadcast ready tracks. Increase your chances of having your music placed by focusing on good production value!

  • Try to maintain broadcast production value
  • Think about creating instrumental only versions
  • Organize and maintain multi-track stems
  • Submit tracks that fit the project criteria

Good music vs. good music for licensing

The name of the game in selling your music is to consider what music licensing providers are looking for. Your 5 minute solo may be artistically fulfilling, but in the eyes of a supervisor who needs a 30 second piece of music for a commercial placement, it's not of much use.

If you are submitting for consideration in a film or tv show and your song contains a 20 minute intro that is not of any relevance to the opportunity, consider cutting it.


Music Licensing FAQ:

Some of the most frequent questions about Music Licensing are below. If you have additional questions, please visit the Broadjam Help Desk.

What happens if my song is selected?
If your song is selected, you will receive a Broadjam mail message from the Provider.
Why wasn't my track selected?
Music Licensing Providers on Broadjam are typically looking for music from many different sources. While Broadjam guarantees that the provider will listen to your music when you submit it, obviously we cannot guarantee that the provider will place or license a Broadjam artist's music for each Opportunity.
What can I do to increase my chances of licensing and/or placement?
An important and valuable part of the business is to get un-biased feedback and criticism of your work. This is why Broadjam also offers a Pro Reviews service, where you can submit your songs to music industry pros and receive a full critique. You can even ask the reviewer specific questions about your music.
Why do I need to pay for each submission?
Broadjam is similar to the post office - you pay us to administer and deliver your materials to a destination.
Does Broadjam screen songs before submission?
No, but occasionally a provider may ask us for assistance in the screening process. This is rare, but the option is available if a client requests it.
Will the licensing opportunity provider listen to my song?
Yes - you'll be able to track when the provider logs in to review songs in your "My Licensing Submissions" page. If your song is not listened to by the provider, you will receive a credit on your account.
Who am I submitting my songs to?
Film and TV music supervisors, ad agencies, publishers, song-pluggers, video game companies, producers - anyone who is looking to license music for a project may use Broadjam as a resource. Broadjam members have placed songs with the following companies: Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, MTV, FOX, VH1, Oxygen, Disney Channel, E! Network, NASCAR, ESPN X Games, ESPN, SPEED Network, Big Ten Network, Versus TV, NHL, NBA, MLB, D4 Creative Group, Rex Benson Music Group, HD Music Now, Songs to your eyes, Discover Mediaworks, John Roach Projects, Inc., Tinderbox Music, House-Autry, Kwik Trip and Dance Dance Revolution (Konami).
Who am I competing with when I submit tracks?
You are competing with other Broadjam members and any other music sources the opportunity provider may have.
Am I required to copyright my songs before I submit my music?
No - you are not required to copyright your songs before you submit to licensing opportunities.
Do I need to register my songs with a Performance Rights Organization?
It is advisable, but not required. If your songs are not registered with a PRO, we suggest that you register them before or shortly after making a submission to a licensing opportunity.

For musicians, Performance Rights Organizations exist to collect and distribute royalties on the behalf of musicians and other audio and video artists for the use of their musical compositions (i.e. lyrics and musical notes) by others. You may be a registered member of a performance rights society (PRS), but that does not mean that your songs are registered. Oftentimes, when artists sign up with a PRO, they will also register their entire catalog of songs. Other artists register only a few songs. You must have registered your songs with a PRO to receive royalties through the PRO for songs that are performed.
Can I submit demos or are they looking for broadcast-quality material?
This is specified in each Music Licensing Opportunity before you submit. However, production value matters and having your tracks broadcast ready is preferable.
I am a publisher or label. Can I submit songs for the artists that I represent?
Yes, as long as you have obtained all worldwide publishing and master rights to the materials.
Why are other songs that aren’t mine being shown after submission?
The feedback we received from members is that they wanted to hear the songs that were being selected and considered, regardless of who submitted them, so they could listen and learn. We thought it would be helpful for everyone to hear the ones that were selected along with the ones that were in the final running.