Use Soundgram’s production music for free

We’ve made it easy for production companies to use our music in TV broadcast content

If you are a production company: did you know you can easily use our production music for BBC, ITV, SKY, DISCOVERY, RTL, NPO, SBS, or radio content? Through the MCPS-PRS or BUMA-STEMRA licence with the BBC and other broadcasters, you can access all our production music tracks of the highest quality for free, making our music an obvious choice for BBC productions.

The blanket TV broadcast licence gives access to tracks for use on the BBC’s public service television channels, radio stations, on-demand services and the BBC World Service.

So to be clear the tracks of our Soundgram music library are already covered under the BBC’s licence with PRS for Music.

A bit more about the licence…

It covers all of the following BBC Television channels – BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC News, BBC Parliament, CBeebies, CBBC, BBC Scotland, BBC Alba, BBC Arabic (World Service) and BBC Persia (World Service). Radio channels – Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, Radio 5 Live, Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio 6 Music, Asian Network, Radio Scotland, Radio Nan Gàidheal, Radio Ulster, Radio Foyle, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, Radio Cymru 2, BBC Local Radio and BBC World Service.

From 2019, the Soundgram Production Music Library can be used in content made for the above services without additional fees being charged to the BBC, the producer, or the distributor for the creation or distribution of content further down the line. This means that content can be sold or supplied to the likes of Netflix, Amazon or Britbox (who will have their own licences for copying and streaming content on their platforms).

Here’s a Q&A to help you with some questions you might have:

Q. I’m working on a BBC television programme for one or more of the channels outlined above. BBC Studios will then sell it on to third parties (e.g. Netflix, Britbox, Amazon Prime, iTunes). Is that covered by the licence?

A. Yes, the licence includes distribution rights to third parties.

Q. What if the programme I’m working on is sold by another distributor? Is that also covered by the licence?

A. Yes, as long as the programme is being produced for use on the BBC’s public service television channels, the licence includes the right for all distributors to sell the programme to third parties, not just BBC Studios.

Q. We’re producing content for the BBC in the UK and we would like to use some of Soundgram’s and other MCPS Production Music, is that covered by the licence?

A. Yes, all tracks from Soundgram and MCPS Production Music is covered.

Q. Does it cover co-productions?

A. Yes, as long as the BBC has contributed at least 10% of the total production costs.

Q. Will promos made under the licence be cleared for use online (e.g. Facebook, YouTube etc.)?

A. Yes, promos containing Soundgram’s production music can be made available on social media and other online services worldwide.

Q. Anything else I should be aware of?

A. Where content made under the BBC’s (or ITV/NPO/RTL) blanket licence is sold or supplied to a third party service (e.g. Netflix, YouTube or Facebook), that third party should have a licence to cover any copies it makes, and any streams or downloads of the content it makes available.

Got further questions? Please get in touch.

How to make money with music

The opportunity to make money with music started over 200 years ago. You could promote yourself and your music locally, by performing it. If it was any good and if the right person heard it, you could have even been asked to perform for important people, even royals have always loved musical entertainment. With modern day technology, the opportunities in the industry expanded in a lot of ways. Now, there are multiple services that music can have. The most known service is probably when an artist makes a song and releases it. It is no secret how rich some artists can become if they release the right hit. But how do they make the money after the release? There are a couple of ways, and these are some of them:

Earn the royalties

Royalties in the music industry is the money you make if your music is being used during, for example, an event, in a movie, on the radio etc. The more royalties you get, the more money you make. You can only get the royalties if you have copyrights or master-rights on the song that you released. This is a permanent way of earning money. Mariah Carey, for example, still earns about $250.000 in royalties every year with her song ‘All I want for Christmas is you’, because it is played a lot of times every year around christmas time.

Buy the song services

You can also release the music you make on Spotify, Itunes, Soundcloud and a lot of other platforms that require people to buy your song in order for them to listen to it. This money can go directly to you, or it goes to the recordlabel if they own the rights. These platforms use royalties as well. Let me give you an example of the power of buy-the-music platforms. Ed Sheeran’s shape of you has been streamed 1,5 billion times in one year. Spotify pays
about $0,006 in royalties per-stream. Adding up the numbers, I think we can all agree that he probably won’t have to
go back to perform on the streets again any time soon.




Not that there is anything wrong with performing on the streets. Like I implied, the most spotify-streamed artist started of on those. The corner of a street, a bar mitswa, weddings, a festival, a world tour… There are a lot of places where you can perform a songcover or a song that you released yourself. The more popular you (and the song) are, the more people will ask you to perform somewhere. Organizations usually pay you to do so. If they don’t, you can still earn money with, for example, the ticket sales to your performance or through sponsors of your performance.



Views and advertisements

Ever heard of YouTube? Yes? You’re not the only one. With over 3.3 billion views the most viewed video on this platform is a music video of the song ‘When I see you again by Chalie Puth ft. Whiz Khalifa’. Not saying that you have to make an expensive and visual music video with story line and heavy production in order to gain views on YouTube. You can also make a lyric video to your song and post that. Even though it is free for people to watch videos on YouTube, you can still make money off of posting something on the platform. You can place advertisements on them. You can make approximately $o,18 for every view your video gets through advertisements on your video. So, the more views you get, the more money you make.
Depending on several factors you could earn up to €1.000,- or more for 2.000.000 views of a video that uses your music. If you uploaded and/or made the video you could earn several thousands of euro’s for those views. Not to mention the sponsors that pay you to promote their brands.


Add feeling to film

Besides being an artist, there is another way to earn money in the music industry. I personally make most of my earnings at my own post-production company. I have always loved the music composition of movie tracks. These are created during the process of post-production. In the post-production of movies, series, games, commercials etc, the sound score for that project is created. This includes the official sound track, background music, ADR & Voice-Over, and Foley. After working in Madrid (Spain) and London (UK), I started my own company in the Netherlands called ‘Soundgram Post’. Here my job description is: CEO, TV and Film Music Composer, Sound Designer and multi-instrumentalist. With these jobs I pay my bills. In post-production there are also multiple ways of earning money with what you created. One way is if you put your music in a music (publishing) library. If a movie wants a score, they can get it by looking in one of these libraries and search for a track that they seem fit. If they find one, they can buy that track for their project. Another way is if these project makers look for a very specific sound. With this they can call you and ask you to write, record and produce a score personally.

And a lot more

But it doesn’t end there. Let’s speed things up a little bit, because there is a lot of information to share. Here is another list of jobs that you can have in the music industry:

  • Record producer
  • Recording engineer
  • A & R Coordinator
  • A & R administrator
  • Personal manager
  • Program director
  • Music director
  • Radio DJ
  • Tour manager
  • Stage manager
  • Sound technician
  • Booking agent
  • Concert promoter
  • Publicist
  • Music journalist

But most importantly, there is one thing you need if you want to make it in the music industry. That is called ‘passion’. If you don’t love what you do, it will be extremely hard to be the best in the job, and the competition is stiff. You can have setbacks, a lot of competition and things in your path that you won’t like (like taking care of the administration). The way that you deal with these setbacks, is what will define you as an artist, music director, record producer or any other job in the music industry.

I wish you the best of luck!

And who knows we’ll meet one day in our studio.



Covering Let’s Get Physical

Last may singer Annemiek Klaassen came to our studio to record lead vocals for an alternative version of Olivia Newton-John’s “Let’s Get Physical”, a request from the dutch bank ABN-AMRO!
The lyrics were changed in a way that the song will fit a new project from ABN-AMRO banking…

Exquisite Scorpse Live


Exquiste Scorpse is an exciting pan European musical creation. The concept is to create a multi territorial musical piece. It aims at highlighting the inventiveness, the diversity and the richness of the European musical creation. The principle of “Exquisite Scorpse” (from “score” and “corpse”) is an adaptation of the “Exquisite Corpse game” to the musical creation.

Seven internationally renowned composers and songwriters are taking part in this musical creation. The resulting piece will be @Creators2015

conducted by Franck Vagagnée live for its “Grand Premiere” during The Creators conference.

I’m excited to reveal that Johan van der Voet is one of these composers! The event at the end of the creators conference will be streamed and travel Europe with more live performances. Johan’s composition starts at 10 minutes and 3 seconds into the performance…

Soundgram Post opens new studio’s in Utrecht

Press release:

SOUNDGRAM  POST: Opening of a new post-production studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Utrecht, 23 oktober 2014

Today SOUNDGRAM POST and SOUNDGRAM MUSIC PUBLISHING opened its doors for business in the new facility.  The recording studio, mixing stage and office, which are situated only a stone’s throw away from “De Uithof” and only 5 minutes from the city centre is used for composing and producing music and sound for film, television, games, commercials and multimedia productions. Its big live room allows recording of large groups of session musicians. 

With this new recording and mixing studio composer Johan van der Voet and his team hope to attract the film and game community in the city and can now complete even bigger film and television projects in the new mixing studio that boost full HD film projection and 5.1 surround sound mixing.

The studio’s have been designed with a fast network that gives direct access to all samples, sounds and recordings that have been used for a production, including the mixes, those capabilities are important to be successful in this business, according to Johan: “We write for real musicians that can be recorded in the big live room, in a combination with samples we can quickly deliver a perfect sounding production. I have been influenced by composers like Hans Zimmer, James Horner and Mike Oldfield but have managed to develop my own signature sound.” Recording engineer David continues: “We have professional post-production facilities tuned for R128 and Dolby surround and where the live room can be used as a Foley stage, but there is enough space to record a 24 piece orchestra too.”

In the Soundgram Post-production studio we work with Avid Pro tools 11 , Apple Logic Pro 10, a TAC scorpion mixing console, KRK 5.1 surround sound, full HD and 3D projection and a large collection of acoustic instruments. A complete list of all our equipment can be found on our website.

If you are interested to meet with us, or need any other info, please contact us on +31 (0)30 – 302 14 69

We hope to be working with you soon…