Music is a large part of any film, and there are many options when it comes to music usage. However, there may be restrictions depending on the type of music you use. If you are confused on what music you can and cannot use, then this article will be perfect for you!
The first option is to use original scores, that is to say music that you (or your team) have composed for the movie. It can be a tough challenge to do so, however, creating your own score can ensure that the music fits what you want to portray perfectly in the film. In addition, your own music will not be restricted in terms of licensing, since you own it!
The second option would be to use music that are already existing. If you choose to do so, then you will have to be careful about which songs you select, as some may be protected under copyright claims by their creators. We strongly suggest that you use royalty-free music, which you can find online in very large quantities, in a variety of different styles and moods. A Google search will bring up tons of websites filled with these type of music. We suggest royalty-free music because you don't have to pay licensing fees to use the music. Your projects can then be shared and displayed as many times as you desire without having to pay any money to the creators of the music pieces you used.
If you do not use royalty-free music, however, then you must contact the creator of the music you are using and ask for licensing. Usually, this comes with a certain cost to purchase the rights to use the music in your films. The Mississauga Youth Film Festival Team can assist you in finding and contacting the producers to purchase the rights to the music, however, you will have to make the purchase and licensing yourself. The process can get complicated, which is why we suggest you to use only royalty-free music.
For more questions or assistance regarding music usage, please do not hesitate to contact us!