Behind The Beats

Lease vs exclusive beats

Jun 042017



When searching for instrumental beats online, many users dont know what is difference between:

  • Non-exclusive beat licence , also known as lease
  • Exclusive beat licence

Non-exclusive licence

Leasing rights give the music artist a certain amount of commercial or non-commercial uses. Producers usually put restrictions on leases such as

  • Given amount or commercial and non-commercial uses. Once it runs out, the customer would need to buy another lease for the same beat. Its usually set from 1000 to 5000.
  • License duration. Customer may only use his license within given duration from the date of purchase. Usually 1-2 years.
  • Restrictions. Sometimes you cant use instrumental for live performances, synchronization rights (needed for Radio, advertisement, film, TV, YouTube, video games, etc.

Another thing about leasing is that the producer can sell the beat to multiple artists, as long as nobody buys the exclusive rights to it.

Exclusive beat licence

Exclusive rights, on another side, will only be sold once to a single music artist. Producer cann’t sell the same beat anymore, but persons who bought leases before still got their rights (and restrictions).

When you buy exclusive beat license you usually get unlimited use and duration, and also all live performance and synchronization rights. Also, you get best quality files possible – usually uncompressed WAV audio stems. 


Main advantage of lease is price. Its much cheaper for the artist and its probably best for first mixtapes, when you just starting out and dont want to spend much money.
Usually, you wouldn’t want to lease a beat for albums; it would make much more sense to buy the exclusive rights because you don’t want to hear another rapper have your beat in their album too.
An exclusive beat will be more expensive in price because the artist gets full ownership, but if you are serious about your career you need to invest in yourself because of all benefits in the long run.

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