Buyer Handbook

Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of service and support for your music purchasing needs. This guide provides insight into how the music buying process is conducted on Beat Brokerz.

Real "Beat Brokers"

There are other websites where beats are sold, and some even called "marketplaces", but the comparison to Beat Brokerz ends there. We have built our business by standing as your advocate in the music buying process, from beginning to end... and beyond. It's this distinction which makes our service superior. We're not just your vendor, we're your personal beat broker.

We guide the entire sales process. We provide a central point of service, support, advocacy, and warranty for your purchases. It's your most valuable, and least obvious benefit when it comes to buying beats.

Authoritative Licensing

We create digitally signed and notarized contracts for you with a public facing verification system for authoritative lookup. We stand strong and vouch for your rights where other vendors aren't concerned. You'll be hard pressed to find this level of commitment to buyers anywhere other than Beat Brokerz.

Buyer Protection & Warranties

Quality control and product delivery is an essential part of our sales process. As a broker, we supervise and escrow transactions in whole, which allows us to provide the highest level of customer service possible. In fact, we offer buyer warranties and a money back guarantee that you just won't get anywhere else.

Choosing A License

When you are planning to buy a beat, there is more to consider than just the download format of the production audio file. Obviously, the production audio is an important element to your project, but the real value of your purchase is carried by the license.

The license is essentially a permission slip that gives you legal rights to use the music for your own benefit, profit, and purposes. Without a legitimate license, you will be facing a number of problems legally and financially when people in the music business begin to pay attention to your work. Therefore, you should purchase a license that covers you for all the ways you intend to use the music that you create.

Pre-Approved Licensing

Pre-approved licenses are the licenses which are available as instant purchase options for beats in our catalog. Each beat in our catalog may have a different set of "pre-approved" licenses available for it which is determined by the licensing producer. The exact terms of each pre-approved license may also vary slightly from producer to producer as well, so you should pay attention to the specific terms on the license when making a decision.

Just because two producers are selling a pre-approved "Premium License", doesn't mean that the terms on those licenses are exactly the same. As a matter of fact, a producer could even decide to vary the specific terms on his "Premium License" between beats in his own catalog.

Note: If you want to purchase a license cooked to your exact specifications, and it's not available as a pre-approved license for the music you are interested in, you can make a custom offer to the producer using our "make an offer" system.


It is important for you to understand the terms included on your license and how they translate into your ability to exploit your works.

Mechanical Rights

The mechanical rights portion of your license sets the stage for how you are permitted to create and distribute derivative works (your own recordings) using the beat. It outlines your obligations for paying royalties and giving credits.

Recordings

The number of master recordings you are able to distribute under the license. A master recording is essentially a completed song which you have released. The standard number of recordings for a license is 1, however, it may include more in order to give you the opportunity to create a remix or other version for distribution without needing to purchase another license.

Free Copies

The "free copies" limit allows you to distribute a certain amount of units of your song without the obligation to pay royalties on those units. It's important to note that this "free copies" distribution limit also applies to free downloads, or copies given away for promotion, since those copies are still royalty bearing regardless of whether you collected money for them or not.

If the license permits multiple recordings as described above, then this "free copies" limit applies to the whole of the recordings and not for each individual recording. In other words, let's say you are permitted 3 recordings and a "free copies" limit of 5000. If you distributed 5000 copies of your first recording, then your "free copies" limit will have been exhausted for the remaining 2 recordings, and any distribution of the remaining 2 recordings will bear full royalties.

Free Term

The "free term" defines the amount of time you will have after the release of your permitted recordings to take advantage of your "free copies" limit permitted by the license. Any copies distributed after the expiration of your "free term" will bear full royalties.

If the license permits multiple recordings, then each recording permitted under the license will have it's own individual "free term" which begins after the recording is released.

Grace Period

The "grace period" is the maximum amount of time that you will have to release your first recording under this license before the "free term" is commenced. This means that if you have a "grace period" of 6 months, and a "free term" of 2 years, and it takes you 2 years to release your first recording, you will effectively only have 6 months left to distribute any "free copies" included under your license.

Royalty Rate

The "royalty rate" defines the amount of money (per unit) that will be due to the beat author(s) after any "free copies" limit has been exhausted under the license. This rate is expressed as a percentage of the current statutory rate, which is a rate determined by the United States Copyright Office. Currently, the rate is set at 9.1 cents per unit.

Therefore, if the royalty rate on the license is set at 100%, then you will owe the author the full 9.1 cents per copy once royalties become due. Similarly, if the royalty rate is set to 50%, then you will only owe 4.55 cents per copy once royalties become due.

Credits

The type of credits that you are required to give to the author are included on the license. Written credits should be included on the packaging, cover, or media itself. Audible credits should be included in the track itself. The other option that you might see is "tags on beat", which means that the producer has left one or more audible voice tags on the delivered production audio file.

Exclusivity

Buying an exclusive license for a beat does not mean that you are receiving any ownership rights of the beat. It simply means that the producer is agreeing to not license the music to any other party during the term of the "exclusive" agreement. This gives you the benefit of being able to release your recording on the beat before any other artist (unless the other artist received a license to use the beat before your exclusive license was secured).

An exclusive license also does not mean that the music can never be licensed to another party again. It only means that the music can not be licensed to another party during the term of the "exclusive" agreement.

Making An Offer

You may make a custom offer on any of the beats listed in our marketplace. When you make a custom offer, you are essentially creating your own licensing terms and setting your own price, and then sending that offer to the producer for approval. The producer may accept the offer as it stands, or he may modify the terms or pricing and send it back to you for review. You complete the deal by making payment on an accepted offer, at which point we issue a license and deliver the product the same way as we would if you had purchased a "pre-approved" license.

For more information about "pre-approved" licenses, read the previous section regarding choosing a license.

Offer Components

When making an offer to a producer on a beat, you'll need to pay attention to a few details to make sure your offer is complete.

Requested Downloads

The requested downloads portion of the offer lists all of the available production files in inventory for the beat you are making an offer on. You should check the boxes next the files that you want to download as part of the offer. If none of the available production files are selected when the offer is completed, then we will not automatically deliver any files to you after the transaction. Any additional production files will need to be obtained from the producer directly.

Offer Amount

The default amount for an offer is $50.00, however, this is merely and arbitrary number and should be changed to reflect the amount you are willing to pay for the license. The producer will have an opportunity to change this amount before accepting an offer, and this amount should reflect the amount of rights you are attempting to secure with the license.

Increasing the royalty free limits or decreasing the royalty rate is a great benefit to you, but your offer amount should also increase in these cases to balance out the deal. Also, requesting exclusive rights means that the producer will be required to give up potential future licensing deals if the offer is completed, therefore an appropriate increase in the offer amount is also expected in these cases.

Offer/Deal Specifics

The deal specifics portion of the offer is where you will indicate the type of production files that are required to satisfy the agreement. Typically, a mixed down session file (such as mp3 or wav) will command less of an offer amount than the track separated (trackout) files. The producer will be required to produce the indicated type of production files upon completion of the offer if those files are not already part of the "requested downloads" portion of the offer.

You should also provide a brief description of the project in which you will be using the beat, how you will be using it, and any other details that can help the producer give valuable consideration to the offer.

Licensing Terms

The licensing terms portion of the offer, including mechanical licensing, synchronization, and performance rights should all be chosen carefully in order to cover your intended use of the music. You should also remember that the general rule of thumb in the music business is the greater your ability (the rights you request) to exploit your finished product for a profit, the greater the compensation (offer amount) should be to the producer.

For more information on how the licensing terms all work together, read the choosing a license section of this guide.

The Negotiation Process

Once you have submitted an offer to a producer, it will be up to the producer to review the terms and either accept the offer or modify it with new terms. This part of the process is called the "negotiation". During negotiation, you and the producer may modify the terms of the offer as many times as needed in order to reach an acceptable agreement.

During the negotiation process, you may communicate back and forth with the producer by posting comments to the offer.

Making The Purchase

If the producer accepts the offer, or updates the offer with new terms, you will receive an email as a notification that the offer needs your attention. You will have up to 5 days to complete the purchase of an accepted offer before the offer expires. To complete an accepted offer, you'll need to log in to Beat Brokerz, visit your "Offers" tab in your account, and click the "Buy Now" button while viewing the offer page of the accepted offer.

Transactions Conducted Outside Beat Brokerz

If a producer requests that you conduct a transaction directly with them outside of the Beat Brokerz offer system, then we are effectively cut out of the deal. We don't take it personally (ok, maybe a little...), but we just want to make sure you understand the trade off if this happens.

We will be unable to offer you any warranty, support, license administration, delivery service or other assistance if you run into troubles. And unfortunately, we will not have issued a valid license to you either, so your rights will not be protected by our licensing agreement, and likely your customized terms will be omitted from specific agreement.