About This Book
This book began life as a series of in-depth articles for Sound On Sound Magazine, the UK’s largest magazine for recording professionals and enthusiasts. Some original text is intact but brought up to date and expanded with new sections.
Library music (aka production music) is music made for TV, movie trailers and advertising with royalties earned when a track is chosen and again when the show or advert is broadcast or streamed. Established library composer and publisher Dan Graham explains how the industry works and how to build a reliable long-term career.
A quote from the author
"I’m Dan Graham, co-owner of the Kontakt-based software company Gothic Instruments which makes the Dronar series.
I’m also a writer of over 20 library music albums for major companies and have founded eight library music labels with offices in the UK and USA and 15 years’ experience in the industry.
With this book, I'd like to spill the beans on how the library world works and explain how you can make a good and stable full or part-time living out of it. Existing library writers will also find much of interest to help expand their knowledge and be inspired to try new avenues.
This first chapter hits the ground running with an overview, advice about how to get started with a summary of the money - where it comes from, how much you’ll earn and when."
Dan Graham was the songwriter in a UK indie band Ooberman (“Times Single Of The Year” 1999). From 2004 he composed premium library music and from 2010 invested his rising royalties in his trailer music labels Gothic Storm, seven other catalogues and Gothic Instruments which makes the DRONAR series for Kontakt. Gothic Storm music is regularly placed in Hollywood movie trailers including Avengers Infinity War, Wonder Woman 1984 and Fantastic Beasts 2 The Crimes Of Grindelwald.
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"Finally, a comprehensive book about the inscrutable world of library music – or Production Music as I prefer to call it! Dan takes an independent and impartial look at all the varying approaches and models and leaves it to the reader to decide which best suits them, and this is as it should be." - Andrew Sunnucks (Publisher, Chairman & Founder of Audio Network)
"Tons of valuable information on just about every aspect of the business - all gathered intelligently and explained thoughtfully." - Joe Saba (Publisher - co-owner of Videohelper)
"I don’t know a better, more well-informed book on the subject of making a living from writing library music, particularly for trailers. There’s so much confusion out there and this book cuts through it all! Full of actionable advice, it’s a godsend for any composer. It can help you avoid costly mistakes and focus in on where the real opportunities for success lie." - Mark Petrie (Hollywood trailer composer)
"A Composer’s Guide To Library Music - this title and valuable guide perfectly sums up the building blocks and how to assemble them in order to succeed in making a living as a Library Music composer. It brings to life in-depth advice from industry professionals, covers production tips, the business, networking and composing trends to name a few of the gems. The book is not only an excellent source of information but also offers valuable guidance to making the right decisions in the fast-paced and competitive world of Library Music. I highly recommend this book!" - Marie-Anne Fischer (Composer)
"Clear, insightful and entertaining. If I had a time machine, I would send it back to my past self: a guide like this would have certainly come in handy." - Alessandro Camnasio (Hollywood trailer sound designer)
"Dan's book is a fantastic resource for anyone with an interest in library music. It's full of information and insight taken from his own career and those of other working professionals, and the novice and expert alike will surely find many things of use in these pages." - Ehren Ebbage (Composer)
"Dan's book is basically a full education in all things music licensing for any composer looking to understand the industry fully. From the business and productivity to creativity and networking, all aspects of the industry are covered in great detail. Real advice from real composers doing the work is a priceless bonus. It's the perfect launching pad to begin or further propel anyone's career!" - Kyle Kniceley (Composer)
"Very informative...having been in the production library industry for almost 20 years and having witnessed the changes brought about by the internet and the 'race to the bottom', this invaluable resource more than confirms many of the pitfalls to avoid and helps to lay out a path to success." - Vincent Varco (Composer)
"Dan Graham's book demystifies the world of library music, giving an excellent overview of this expanding industry and is an essential read for anyone looking to write music for media." - Martin Gratton (Composer)