Selling downloads and CDs is not the only way to make money with your music. Licensing your music for use in TV shows, movies, commercials, video games, YouTube and more has the potential to generate significant revenue streams for all the music you create. 

Over the past decade, sync licensing has become one of the smartest ways for independent musicians to earn money. You can generate licensing revenue (through the initial fee and performance royalties) and gain valuable exposure for your music at the same time.

But where do you begin? What IS sync licensing and how does it work? How do you approach music supervisors? And what exactly is CD Baby’s sync licensing program?

Sync licensing made simple!

CD Baby’s DIY Musician Blog has posted a number of informative articles about music licensing, and we’ve archived them for you below.

Start by watching this video explaining CD Baby’s sync licensing program (which helps artists make money whenever their songs are used on TV, film, YouTube, and more). Then go on to explore all the featured articles for the nitty gritty details of song placement, contacting music supervisor, royalties, and more.



The top articles about sync licensing from CD Baby’s DIY Musician Blog

Selling songs for sync licensing: podcast interview with Cathy Heller

What Kind of Music are Film and TV Shows Looking to License?

The biggest myth in sync licensing…

What are the best songs for sync licensing?

Sync licensing explained: read this before signing with a music library

How to hack sync licensing and make more money with your music

Why Pre-Cleared Sync Deals are Good for Indie Musicians

Make Money on YouTube, Film, TV, and More with CD Baby Sync Licensing

Licensing Your Music Ain’t Easy: Be Cool!

Copyright Basics: Exclusive Rights, Licensing Lingo, and More

Make ALL Your Music Work for You: Why Your Music Back-Catalog is Worth More Than You Think

How to Make More Money from YouTube: Host a Video Contest Where Fans Use Your Songs

How to Get Your Music Placed in Film and TV

Top 2 Ways to Lose Out on Revenue from a Sync Placement

Top 3 Podcast Episodes on How to License Your Music

How to Capitalize on a Sync Placement: An Interview with Glass Pear 

Licensing Revealed: The Little Secrets of Music Licensing

4 Income Streams from Music Licensing

Sync Licensing: Hidden Revenue Streams for Your Music

Making Money from Your Music on YouTube: What You Need to Know

How to License Music for TV, Film, Video, and Beyond: An Interview with Paul Anthony of Rumblefish

Sync Licensing: How to Feature Your Music in Movies, TV, Commercials, and More

Cash for Covers: Make Money Licensing Cover Songs for Film, TV, and Advertising

Next Steps to Music Licensing: Advice from Helen Austin