A license is a legal contract that provides the rights to use a piece of music in a specific project. A license is NOT the same as buying a song. A license provides the RIGHTS to use a song in a specific project.

Single Use

A single use license means the song can only be used once. One song synced to one edit of one video one time. Multiple uses of a song will require multiple licenses, even if the end client stays the same.


Perpetual means that the license won’t ever need to be “re-licensed” for that specific project. The license never loses its validity, so the license will cover the use of that particular song in that particular project forever and ever, amen.

Internal Use

Use of the project by and for members of and/or within a single organization. Such uses would include internal organizational meetings, training sessions, shareholder meetings, etc. This means that every person viewing the project is employed by the same company or organization. If any non-employees are present, then the project will be considered External Use.

External Use

Making the project available in any non-broadcast medium to any individual or audience that is not a member of the organization. Such uses would include public events, fundraisers, sales meetings, tradeshow displays, sales giveaways, external presentations, leave behinds, in-store promos, and presentations to potential clients or investors promoting a single company, product or service.

Web Streaming Use

Commercial or promotional use on a website or UGC site, including as a design element on an organization's web site, promoting a single company, product or service. If it’s going online, it needs a Web Streaming license. If monetization or paid advertising is involved then the project needs a custom license, which you can get here: https://www.musicbed.com/custom-license

Personal Use

Personal Use projects are videos of personal life events, such as birthdays, graduations, holidays, etc. Personal Use projects cannot be used in affiliation with any brand, company or organization, including personal branding, or for films or creative work. They also cannot be posted on websites or pages that include client/portfolio work or links to client/portfolio work. Personal Use licenses are just for videos of personal life events to be shared with friends and family on personal UGC sites.

Promotional/Branded Content

Single use in a project promoting a brand, product, service, promotion, company, organization, or event, including fundraising and calls to action. If there is any branding or logos in the project or the project is promoting anything in any way, it needs a Promotional license.

501(c)(3) or International Equivalent

Companies that are registered as a non-profit organization meeting criteria explicit in article 501(c) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. International Equivalents are companies with a non-profit registration in their home country equal to the 501(c)(3) registration in the United States.

End Client

The end client is who the project is for - whom the project is promoting or benefitting and whose logos and branding are in the project. All branding/logos in a project must be covered in the license.

Employee Count

The employee count used in the license is the global employee count of the end client, including all part time and full time employees. The employee count should reflect the company as a whole, not individual offices, branches, departments or divisions.


In the context of the internet, this refers to the process by which revenue is generated through the use of content posted on the web. Streaming sites like YouTube and Vimeo provide an opportunity for content owners to profit from the placement of paid advertisements on their sites. Monetizing a video requires a custom license. You can submit a custom license request here: https://www.musicbed.com/custom-license


A song or piece of music without any lyrics. Are the lyrics keeping you from being able to use a song that could be a perfect fit for your project? No problem. Instrumental versions are available for a large majority of our catalog.


Songs that feature vocal melodies set to text or spoken word are considered “lyrical.”

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a non-tangible piece of ownership. This is something that the content creator owns the rights to, but is a creation of their mind (such as a song), not a tangible item.

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