Understanding Beat Agreements

This course covers every angle of beat licensing. From how beats are created, marketed, and sold, to a detailed look into current online beat license agreements and what you need to watch out for with these contracts.

Included in this course

Estimated Length: 6h30m
42 modules across 7 lessons
3 animated videos
3 interactive learning checks
Certificate of Completion

About this Course

The buying and selling of beats is big business, but most beat makers, buyers, licensees, and sellers have no idea what’s in the fine print of the beat deals they sign. Except that fine print is crucially important!

This course examines the pros and cons of online beat marketplaces, with a special emphasis on their license agreements and the significant legal issues they represent. Also included is a special chapter on building, maintaining, and marketing your own beat store, and a high quality Creative Intell beat license agreement you can download and use for your own purposes.

What You'll Learn

  • A thorough understanding of the underlying intellectual property contained in beats – and how that affects ownership of beat-derived compositions and recordings.
  • Be able to identify what the various types of beat-related agreements are, how and when they’re used, and what sellers and buyers need to watch out for in these contracts.
  • Knowing exactly how online beat marketplaces operate – and what that means to you, your career, and your wallet.
  • Learn how to create, operate and market your own beat store.
  • Confidence from knowing these agreements and being able to successfully negotiate superior beat deals.
  • Access to a community of industry experts to get your questions answered.

Course Breakdown

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Inside This Course

Meet the Intells

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The Intells is an animated series that teaches the real business of music through storytelling. Each episode breaks industry topics down into fun, easy to understand segments that can be watched individually or as part of the course content. Follow along as Cristaal and Cairo negotiate their own beat deal with producer Byte.

Level Up Your Understanding with Interactive Learning Checks

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Solidify your knowledge of work-for-hire agreements with multiple-choice quizzes and drag-and-drop puzzles to help you remember what you've learned in a fun, engaging way.

Protect Yourself With First Class Creative Intell Beat Agreements

A young Asian-American woman dressed in a football helmet and shoulder pads catches a football. The shoulder pads have the copyright and music copyright icons on either side.
There’s no need to risk everything by using dubious contracts provided by online marketplaces like Beatstars.The downloadable beat license agreements included with this course have been designed by top industry lawyers to protect both beat producers and buyers alike. Never worry about unreasonable restrictions and streaming limitations again. With our exclusive beat agreements you’ll never run into any unpleasant surprises.

Get a Clause-by-Clause Breakdown

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Every clause found in beat license and purchase agreements are examined and explained in easy-to-follow, plain English. No more coded contract language. Learn to read legalese!

Build Your Own Beat Store

A young black man is programming a drum machine; Musical notes and dollar signs float upward from the drum pad.
We guide you through the creation and marketing of your own beat store, offering sales tips, suggestions on what to charge for your beats, how to set up payment systems, and everything else in between. If you’re a producer looking to up your sales and draw more attention to your beats, this comprehensive bonus guide is a must!

Beat Marketplaces Contract Breakdown

We asked our expert music lawyers to read the fine print of a Beatstars agreement – You’ll be shocked at what they found! As an artist or beatmaker you could lose your rights and end up in lawsuits - all because of the legal language found in standard beat marketplace agreements. But don't worry if you HAVEN’T read the fine print yourself. We’ve created a series of visual playbooks that break down each and every issue in these contracts and makes them super easy to understand.

Trusted By

Songwriters, Producers, Managers, Industry Executives and Lawyers

Austin Rosen, co-manager of Post Malone.
“For anyone wanting to get into the music industry, the Creative Intell Academy courses are the best to take. If you’re an artist, writer, producer or manager, this will change the game and the way you operate.”
Austin Rosen
co-manager of Post Malone
Lucas Keller, President and Founder of Milk & Honey
" The more informed the producer is on how the business works, the easier it is to manage their career.  Creative Intell Academy takes complex legal concepts, breaks them down, and makes them easy to understand. We recommend all of our clients take these courses now."
Lucas Keller
President/Founder of Milk & Honey
Dana Biondi, manager of Suicide Boys.
"Unlock your music career's fullest potential with the Creative Intell Academy. Avoid costly legal mistakes, sign smart contracts, and maximize your revenue. As a manager of platinum-selling artists, I confidently endorse the CI Academy. They've got you covered."
Dana Biondi
manager of $uicideboy$

Backed by the management teams of

Post Malone

Lil Tecca

The Killers

Imagine Dragons

Bad Bunny

Trusted by the biggest firms in the industry