Frequently Asked Questions
What is production music anyway?
Also known as library music, production music is a common term in the world of advertising and film making. As opposed to – usually more expensive – commissioned compositions, production music is licensed non-exclusively. Find out more on Wikipedia.
Where is library music used?
Production music is used for TV formats, as well as commercials, movie trailers, video-on-demand and video games.
What are the advantages of using production music?
By deciding to use library music for a project, you profit from a great selection of music which is composed and produced to invoke a very specific atmosphere or mood. By tagging our titles and entering them into our advanced search system, we enable you to quickly find exactly what you are looking for.
How do I quickly find the fitting music for my project?
Please use the search bar in the upper part of each page. Using this tool, you can either look for a specific composer or title, or enter any term which describes the kind of music you are looking for (such as slow, acoustic, fun,…). For a detailed search based on provided exclusion criteria, please use our advanced search option. In this case, thousands of tracks are filtered according to your suggestions.
How can I find the right production music when I am not online?
We are happy to advise you via telephone and recommend fitting tracks from our vast catalogue.
Doesn’t all production music sound kind of the same?
No! It is an old cliché that library music sounds generic. Have a look at our Catalogue and you will be surprised to find a great variety of genres from classical music to exciting pop tracks that might just as well be played on your favourite radio station. In addition, all sorts of music styles off the beaten track can be found in our archive.
Is it also possible to commission a composition with UBM?
Yes, absolutely. Please get in contact for details on our composers, as well as for work samples and prices.
How can I acquire a licence in order to use a track from the UBM library?
While the usage of our music as part of the German public broadcasting system is regulated through a fixed rate that the respective station pays, the use in commercials, industry films, etc. has to be licensed. Please find the required forms here. You can also submit them via email or regular mail. Questions concerning licensing? Don’t hesitate to call us.
I found the perfect track in your production music library. Can I download it?
Yes. Please register here. Registration is free and has no obligations. After your registration you can download any title in excellent quality. Alternatively, we can provide you with CDs free of charge (if available) or a HDD.
Is your production music subject to synchronization and performance fees?
JYes, like most production music libraries, UBM tracks are subject to synch and performance fees.
Aren’t there also ‘royalty-free’ libraries on the internet?
Yes, some websites offer so-called royalty-free music. However, they will usually charge for physical albums or downloads, and the musical variety may not be as great as with the established libraries.
How do I keep up-to-date with the UBM releases and additions to the catalogue?
The most convenient way to stay informed is to sign up for our free newsletter here.
Can I find the UBM production music library on social media platforms?
Yes, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Soundcloud.
I heard one of your tracks on TV but I don’t know the composer and/ or title. How can I find out?
Just give us a call and tell us the broadcasting time and station. As an alternative, you can use Shazam to identify our music if you have a smartphone.
I heard one of your tracks on TV and would like to buy it for my private MP3 collection. Is this possible?
Yes, absolutely. Please find our music at the iTunes store, musicload, Amazon, etc.