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Licensing Mainstream Music Just Got Easier for the Indie Market with Songfreedom

22094-SongFreedom-Icon-WhiteBGAs an indie filmmaker, I personally know how tough it is to acquire mainstream music for a project.  It’s possible but definitely not easy or cheap.   But help is on the way.   There’s a quiet revolution underway. In the old days, you had to be a major Hollywood filmmaker, TV studio, or ad agency with a wad of cash to acquire rights to mainstream music. Now soundtrack possibilities for videographers, photographers, and independent cinematographers are expanding to include legally licensed, heavy-duty hits, thanks to a platform called Songfreedom.

With 39% of the world’s population on the Internet and expecting quick, on-demand services, Songfreedom is the user-friendly solution for creatives who could never before access popular songs legally. CEO Matt Thompson described the service: “We scoop up the rights to thousands of songs and make it possible for everyday people to use the music without any hassle, and it’s all available with a single click online. Rights owners have been very gracious to try our little experiment, and it’s paying off big-time for everyone.”

Songfreedom, born in 2010, surprised the music industry when it was the first company to offer pre-cleared sync licenses from labels like UMG, Sony, and WMG; and large publishers like UMPG, Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell, Kobalt, BMG, Disney, Downtown, and Roundhill. Cleared for use are top-40 tracks by Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, One Republic, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Rob Thomas, American Authors, Marvin Gaye and many more. Also obtainable are songs by well-known indie artists like Ingrid Michaelson, Tyrone Wells, and The Afters. No one else has been able to secure pre-cleared licenses from all of these rights-holding giants. Songfreedom is the only place to get mainstream music for as little at $59.99 for one-time use.

Another result of Songfreedom’s egalitarian feat is more royalties for songwriters and their co-owners. Industry insiders say major labels don’t do pre-cleared deals, but Songfreedom proves them wrong. It smooths out the friction and helps a vast web of music co-owners say “yes” to licensing for smaller-budget productions. The result is “found money” for rightsholders, with pay-outs of millions. “If you own or represent music that’s not yet on Songfreedom with all of these icons,” remarks Thompson, “you should really check into it.”

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Hassahn is no stranger to the power of words. Just as Lebron took his talents to South Beach, the Chicago native has taken his talents to Hollywood and beyond. His ability to manipulate the English language has led to a career using his gift. He currently writes songs for TV/Film; he has co-written a book alongside Dr. Kerby T Alvy Ph.D; Hassahn produced and wrote DEMOs documentary film, and of course he scribes for Radio Facts on the daily.

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