Useful Resources for Stock Music Composers
Here I’ve put together a selection of resources for stock music composers, including websites and books that may help you in your career in the library music industry.
A must have for any composer interested in the production library music industry. Emmett explains every aspect of music licensing and helpfully provides a business plan to help get you started.
A hugely detailed and comprehensive guide to creating the most realistic orchestral compositions you can using only a computer. Paul covers a multitude of topics from basic information about orchestral instruments and their individual uses, to tips on mixing and arrangement.
The name says it all! This website contains a comprehensive database of virtually every music library out there (and there are hundreds), with many getting ratings, reviews and comments from the active and outspoken community, many members have decades of experience in the industry. A subscription is required to read reviews and comment but it’s well worth it.
An invaluable and very friendly community of professional composers. The website itself contains fantastic articles, podcasts and reviews. It’s worth joining the Facebook group (approval required) in your country and if you are able to, attend one of the many meet ups they hold every year.
An immensely useful community of composers who are always happy to give advice and share tips. Musicians of all levels are welcome, with members ranging from freshly baked bedroom composers up to the likes of Hans Zimmer.
A web based service that tracks usage of your music on TV and online. This is especially useful for finding out where your PRO registered music is being used and to find out if you’re missing out on any royalty payments. It’s not a perfect system and you’ll find an equal amount of detractors and fans of it online, but they are currently offering a free account that allows you to upload a limited amount of tracks. So it’s definitely worth giving them a try.
Excellent video tutorials are available here for the majority of the most popular music software. It saved me a huge amount of time when I made the switch to Cubase and needed to learn about my new DAW as quickly as possible. Tutorials can be streamed using their web player or downloaded on to your computer.