I'm hoping to get your opinion on a choice I gotta make tonight...
I produced two bike tourism videos for my hometown.
We were hoping to be able to get fairly cheap song rights, but the first ended up costing $500..
I'm in the midst of dealing with the second (licensing it through musicbed.com).
Here's the problem:
For the completely legit license it will be $400... I have a feeling they will not be stoked on paying that much for a one-minute bike video... I found somewhat of a "loophole", theres a $50.00 license for "Wedding & Portrait Photography & Videography". Now I know that this is not the right 'rights' to a commerical project, but I have a strong feeling we will not get contacted by the band etc for using the song. It is not being aired on TV, only getting used on the internet etc. I feel like I could say it could fall under the title "Videography", even though it is intended for weddings...
I need to provide the bill to them on a receipt, which would clearly state, "Wedding & Portrait Photography & Videography"...
The music licensing charges are not from my pockets. The only reason I am wanting to charge the lower fee is becuase I think dumping all these extra expenses onto the project would make them not as stoked to hire me in the future.
What do I do? I feel like asking what he thinks would be unprofessional; although, charging the cheaper option is unprofessional too...
Please let me know what you think!
If anyone is interested in the video.
Here's a link.