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Marketing and Merchandising for Musicians by Robert Safir

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12 The Music Library Phenomenon

Music from a music library may be known as production music, stock music, or library music. A music library is not the type of library you would find on a university campus or in Washington D.C. You would very likely find it, however, in Hollywood, California.

Production or library music is pre-recorded, is owned by the music library or production company, and is licensed to clients for use in film, radio, television, web, and other media. Library music is frequently used for underscore in television shows, independent films, and television commercials, and is very often an instrumental composition—although recent trends in music licensing from libraries or directly from independent artists has included vocal arrangements, ...

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