July 29, 2014

Marmoset – License the Perfect Song

Marmoset is a boutique music agency with a web-based radio application that helps filmmakers and advertising executives find and license music for their projects. In addition to offering music from its roster of independent artists, Marmoset also scores original music and negotiates music clearances for more mainstream songs.

Use Marmoset’s web-based application to find the perfect music for your upcoming film project. Whether you’re making a commercial, a documentary, or even just a photo slideshow, you can browse Marmoset’s selection of music and narrow down the options by entering a bit of information about your project into the application. For example, tell Marmoset whether your story is angelic, bouncy, or bright, and pick the arc, length, vocals, and instruments that you’re hoping to hear. Marmoset will provide you with a list of options, which you can listen to immediately from within your browser. When you find a song that seems like the perfect fit, click on the shopping cart icon for a list of available licenses and prices. If none of the listed licensing options fits the scope of your project, then click the “Custom License” button and Marmoset will create something to fit your needs.

If you’re hesitant to pull the trigger, and would prefer to do a little more research before purchasing a license for one or more tracks, then you can download low resolution MP3s as scratch tracks before making a final decision. You can also create mixtapes through Marmoset’s web-based application, which are easy to save and share with others.

Practical Uses:

  • Find the perfect song for your upcoming documentary
  • Create mixtapes with musical options for a commercial you’re creating
  • Put together a professional-looking wedding slideshow with original music
  • Get your music heard by industry professionals

Insider Tips:

  • Get a custom license if none of the existing options fits the scope of your project
  • Marmoset will help find the perfect song if a user can’t find it himself
  • Commission an original score to get a custom song for your project
  • Select which instruments should be used in your ideal song

What we liked:

  • Users can read the lyrics of any song they select
  • Music can be filtered by mood or energy
  • Songs on Marmoset are easy to share
  • Marmoset can help its users get clearances for virtually any song in the world

What we didn’t like:

  • New licenses are often required if films get picked up for distribution


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Company Info:

  • Launched: 2013 (Web-App)
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Portland, Oregon
  • Founded by: Ryan Wines and Brian Hall
  • Web site:


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