What is a PRO?
A PRO is a performing rights organisation. These organisations can be found in nearly every country under different names like GEMA, SUISA, AKM, BMI, ASCAP and so on. The purpose of the organisations is to handle the rights of their members.
What is royalty free music?
Royalty Free Music is all music from artists that are not members of a PRO. These artists handle their rights on their own.
What advantages has royalty free music?
As their is no PRO handling the rights and therefore has to been paid, the artist is able to generate his own prices for his music and his own conditions he want to sell his art under. For customers it´s mostly cheaper and easier to obtain a license from an artist who is not a member of a PRO.
Royalty Free is not the same as License Free!
Many people think that royalty free music can be used without any boundaries. But that is wrong! Royalty free music is not free to use or license free music as normally there are license conditions the music is traded under. So wherever you get your music please be sure to read their license conditions. In most cases it´s even better to pay some bucks and get a proper license document for the music you want to use in a commercial project.