How To Sell Beats On Leasing

Making money selling your own beats that you’ve created can be your main source of income. But this will only happen if you do everything right and are well versed in all the nuances of the music selling process. We recommend cooperating only with well-established sites, for example, with BeatStars.

Commercial leasing is a type of buying a beat, in which you are given the right to place a leased beat on digital platforms, having previously edited it (changing the tempo, adding or cutting out samples, and more). With commercial leasing, the licensee is sent along with the WAV file an audio project of the beat, divided into tracks. Commercial leasing usually means the sale of a non-exclusive license.

As a rule, commercial leasing is divided into two categories:

• Trackout – the cheapest option, where you can upload a beat to sites, but with restrictions set by the beatmaker. For example, for some platforms, this is the sale of a leasing beat with a limit of up to 150,000 streamings of such a track.

• Premium – the same Trackout, only without restrictions on the number of streaming and sales copies.

But in this case, there are some pitfalls that a beatmaker, especially a beginner, should be aware of.

Firstly, an artist uploading a track to digital platforms under a rented beat needs to understand that another song with the same music may already exist or appear later.

Secondly, other artists will have the opportunity to buy exclusive rights to the beat you rented – and thereby close the possibility of monetizing it for you.

Thirdly, after someone buys the rights to a beat that you rented and uploaded to streaming, your track may have someone else’s cover, which will refer to the track of the author who bought exclusive rights to the beat you rented.

Beatmakers have pricing plans where, prior to selling exclusive rights to a beat, non-exclusive licenses to it can be sold to other people, which is an established commercial practice that is legally acceptable.

What will happen to the tracks with a leasing beat that are already uploaded to the venues? Here, problems may arise that will have to be addressed specifically with the buyer of exclusive rights.

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If someone buys the full rights to a beat that you leased, then the copyright holder can block your track if they wish.

However, such cases are rare. Most often, even after buying exclusive rights to a beat, tracks with the same music already uploaded to the sites do not disappear anywhere. However, it is important to consider that some distributors try to avoid working with artists who have bought the beat under a non-exclusive license.

Remember: labels and distributors don’t want to take the risk of an artist choosing the wrong type of license due to carelessness, cost savings, or other reasons. Working with exclusivity is always easier.

Thus, if you want to monetize your track and don’t want problems, it’s best to buy exclusive rights to the beat used in your composition. It will cost more, but you will save time and nerves.

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