Our music license describes everything that you can and can't do with our music. Please read it carefully.
1. Permitted uses of Andrea Mikolajczak's music
Spoken-word audio recordings
You can use our music as a backing track to any kind of spoken-word recording. For example, guided meditations, hypnosis, positive affirmations or instructional recordings. You may use the music to create as many different recordings as you like and you may sell, stream or distribute an unlimited quantity of these recordings, in any format, in as many online or offline stores as you like. Please note that you only need to cover one-third of the music duration with narration. For further information please refer to section 7 below.
YouTube and other online videos
You can use our music as a backing track in videos you create for YouTube and other online video hosting services, and you are permitted to monetize your videos. However, you cannot use our music to create “music only” videos. Any video you create must include a voiceover. Please note that you only need to cover one-third of the video duration with narration. For further information please refer to section 7 below.
Live Streaming and Video Conferencing
You can use our music as a backing track for any kind of realtime video conferencing or live streaming, for example, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Twitch, Zoom and Skype. However, you cannot use our music to create “music only” conferences or live streams. Your video conferences and live streams must also feature audible narration. Please note that you only need to cover one-third of the duration of your live stream with narration. For further information please refer to section 7 below.
DVD, TV, ﬁlm and multimedia productions
You can use Andrea's music in the background of films, multimedia projects, TV programs, DVD productions, corporate presentations and audio-visual tutorials. You may sell, stream or distribute an unlimited quantity of these videos in digital formats and as DVDs, in as many online or offline stores as you like. However, you cannot use Andrea's music to create “music only” productions. Any production you create must include a voiceover. Please note that you only need to cover one-third of the video duration with narration. For further information please refer to section 7 below.
You can play Andrea's music at a commercial venue with a limit of 1 location per license. For example, day spas, hotels, restaurants, conferences, on-hold music. You can also play Andrea's music during consultations with clients or patients. For example, meditation or yoga classes, hypnotherapy, physical therapy and medical procedures.
You can use our music repeatedly as a backing track in spoken word recordings that you create on a case by case basis for your clients or patients. Hypnotherapists commonly use our music in this way. Please note that recordings such as these cannot be duplicated, distributed or sold by your clients. Only you, the licensee, have the right to create and sell recordings that incorporate the music.
You can use Andrea's music in the background of a software app for any device, however you cannot use our music if your app is designed to play the music by itself. In other words, you must either (a) combine the music with a voiceover or (b) your app must require continuous user engagement, for example, an interactive game. If you wish to use our music in your app without the addition of a voiceover, we may be able to grant you a special license agreement. For more information about licensing for music distribution in apps please follow this link.
2. Prohibited uses of our music
Distributing the music by itself
You cannot sell, stream or distribute our music as a 'music only' product. This means that you cannot sell CDs or digital downloads of our music, nor can you stream our music online or via software applications. You cannot use our music to create music videos or embed our music in a media player.
You cannot use our music to create subliminal recordings in which your voice is inaudible. Your voice may be quiet, but it must be audible (otherwise you are effectively creating a 'music only' product).
Creating derivative works
You cannot alter our music and then claim that the music is yours. For example, you cannot add brainwave entrainment frequencies or nature sounds or singing to our music and then sell or distribute the music as your own product. Any audio production you create must include a spoken word voiceover.
Using the title of our music as the title of your production
You cannot use the title of our music as the title of any media production that incorporates the music. For example, if you used the music “Carmel” to create a guided meditation recording, you could not give your recording the title “Carmel”.
Sub-Licensing the music
You cannot sub-license our music to any third party. You cannot distribute our music as part of a production music library, as stock music, royalty free music library, or within any kind of media creation software.
3. Providing a Credit
All the music at Songs that Soothe™ was created by Andrea Mikolajczak-Novicki and you must credit her except when it is technically unfeasible to do so. A credit is a welcome gesture of respect that will also help to save you from copyright claims. Here are some examples of how to publish a credit:
CD / DVD Credit
Simply publish a written credit on the CD/DVD insert and/or on the back cover.
“(Title of Music) by Andrea Mikolajczak, Andrea Mikolajczak Music Publishing”
MP3 / Digital Download Credit
Simply add a credit to the meta tag for the composer: Andrea Mikolajczak.
YouTube and Other Online Video Credit If you use the music in a YouTube video (or similar online service), you must add a credit in the video description that lists the names of the tracks you used and a link to Andrea Mikolajczak at Songs that Soothe™ website. For example:
“(Title of Music) by Andrea Mikolajczak. https://www.songsthatsoothe.com Andrea Mikolajczak Music Publishing.”
Film / TV Production Credit
Simply place the following in the closing credits:
“(Title of Music) by Andrea Mikolajczak. Andrea Mikolajczak Music Publishing.”
Video Conference / Live stream Credit
A credit is not required for live, online broadcasts, however if you are feeling generous we would be grateful if you would mention in your broadcast that your music was created by Andrea Mikolajczak. If your live stream later becomes a permanent video production that can be replayed, please provide a credit as per the previous description for YouTube and other online videos.
4. Distributing, selling and monetizing products that feature our music
If you create any products that incorporate our music (for example, CDs, audio downloads or videos), you may distribute an unlimited number of copies of those products at any price you choose. You can sell your products in as many formats as you like, anywhere in the world. You may also generate advertising revenue on videos that you create with our music (YouTube videos for example).
In other words, once you have created a product with our music, you are free to earn an unlimited amount of money from it for the rest of time, without ever paying us another cent.
5. Responsible publishing
If you publish an audio recording that incorporates our music, you must ensure that your publisher does not apply any services such as “Sync Licensing” or “Content ID Matching” to your recording.
Content ID Matching, Sync Licensing (and other similar services) are designed to identify and claim against other recordings that sound similar to your recording. These services should never be used for spoken word recordings that use royalty free background music. These services are only for musicians and bands that release original music.
6. Editing the Music
You can edit our music if necessary, by looping it, cutting it, applying fade ins, fade outs and transitions from one track to another.
7. Modifying the Music
You may accentuate our music by adding non-musical sounds such as (a) nature sounds, (b) foley or (c) brainwave entrainment frequencies (such as binaural beats, however you may not add additional musical instrumentation. For example, you cannot add a flute performance or singing to our music.
8. Partially Naked Music
You may create spoken word recordings, videos and live streams with our music and leave the music "naked" (without an accompanying voiceover) for up to two thirds of the total duration of each music track. In other words, only one third of your recording must include speech.
For example, you could create a 30 minute hypnosis recording in which you speak for the first 10 minutes and then allow the music to play by itself for the remaining 20 minutes. However, you must ensure that your finished recording is one continuous 30 minute track (not two separate tracks; one 10 minute meditation and then a separate 20 minute music-only track).
9. Transporting the Music
If you need to send music to another person, you are free to do so via any means at your disposal. For example, you may burn a CD or DVD, you may transfer the music to a portable storage device such as a USB flash drive, and you may transfer the music via online file transfer services. Please take care: you may only send the music to persons who are directly involved in the development of your products or projects. Please take all reasonable measures to prevent unauthorized copying and distribution of our music.
The Legal Bits
We take our customers’ privacy seriously. At no time will your personal details or e-mail address be passed onto any other company. We do not see, nor do we retain any financial data such as credit card numbers. These are gathered and processed securely by our e-commerce partners.
11. Refund Policy
Please choose your music carefully. Like most other online shops that sell downloadable products, it is not possible for us to refund or exchange any product that has already been downloaded. Once the download has taken place, the purchase is final.