I receive lots of questions, but perhaps the most common pertains to the differences between leasing a beat and buying exclusive rights to a beat. Hopefully this post will clear some things up.
Leasing A Beat
When you buy a lease license to a beat, you are basically “borrowing” it from the producer to serve as the instrumental for your song.
You have the right to record your vocals to the beat. Once your song is recorded, you can begin to distribute it to the masses.
The producer allows fora set number of profitable copies of your song to be distributed. These can be typically be distributed via CD, DVD, digital download (iTunes), or by any other physical or electronic transfer of the song.
A distribution is usually defined as any physical or electronic transfer of the song. This does not include streaming video or audio (such as MySpace, YouTube, or Facebook), as these kinds of media do not actually transfer the song file to someone. The song is simply streamed, and there is no recipient of a file.
When leasing a beat, the producer retains full rights to it, and may continue to lease it to other artists, until someone purchases Exclusive Rights.
Exclusive Rights To A Beat
Exclusive rights grant the buyer full ownership of the beat they have purchased.
Exclusive rights pricing is typically a lot steeper than lease pricing. This is because the producer will lose his rights to lease the beat Here are a few key points pertaining to buying exclusive rights to a beat:
After your purchase, the producer is to immediately remove the beat from the internet.
No other artist may buy beats which were sold exclusively.
You should be sent tracked-out, separated WAV files to every sound in the instrument.
This is so that the beat can be mixed perfectly with your vocals.
The decision to lease a beat or purchase exclusive rights will ultimately come down to you. However, I would like to offer a quick word of advice:
I find that a lot of the time it is best to lease the beat first, and create your song. Gather feedback about your song and decide if it is worth purchasing full rights to. If the song is doing very well and you think you would benefit from owning it, then go for it.
Why would I lease a beat?
You would lease a beat for the following reasons:
a) Your operating on a tight budget.
b) Your planning on distributing 10,000 copies or less of an album/mixtape.
c) You want to test out a beat at a show to gauge fan reaction.
Why should I lease a beat instead of buying an exclusive at first?
a) You will save money.
b) You can sell enough copies to later buy an exclusive beat which really ended up only costing you the price of the lease beat.
c) You don’t waste the producer’s time and money if you don’t do anything with the beat.
Why should I buy exclusive beats?
a) You have no distribution limits!
b) You have full rights for the instrumental (will no longer be sold).
c) You can do anything what you want with the beat (exept resell the beat).
I hope this helped to clear some things up about the differences between lease beats and purchasing exclusive rights!