Music Featured in Popular TV Shows & Films

Invest in a catalog with placements in TV shows The Good Wife, Empire and Power, plus films Last Vegas, 35 and Ticking, Madea's Big Happy Family and much more.


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Top Bid: Adam S

Historic royalty income is no indication of future royalty income. Future royalty income is dependent upon future sales and licensing revenue generated by the sound recordings or compositions associated with this listing.

Starting Price: $7,500
Bidding Increment: $500
Closing Price: $40,500
End Date: May 31, 2017, 2:08 PM MDT
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $4,498
Royalty Type: Public Performance
First Payment: June 2017
Fees: $500 BMI Payee Account Fee*

*BMI charges a one-time fee of $500 to open a new payee account, which will be debited from the payee's first royalty distribution. Once opened, multiple royalty streams can be routed to the buyer's payee account. If you already have a BMI payee account, there is no fee.


Here's a chance to bid on a catalog that contains music used in over 80 TV shows and films. In the last 12 months it's earned $4,496 in royalties. The catalog has a five year earning history, with earnings increasing over the last three reported quarters of 2016. The third quarter of last year was higher than any quarter in 2015, at $1,456.

Up for auction is 75% of the songwriter's share of public performance royalties for this catalog. It's had placements in TV shows such as CBS's The Good Wife, FOX's Empire, STARZ's Power and many more, as well as such popular films as Last Vegas, 35 and Ticking and Madea's Big Happy Family, among others. The song “Thicky Trick” is the catalog's highest earner at 37%, and was featured in both Tyler Perry's 2011 Madea's Big Happy Family and in The Good Wife airing on CBS in 2014. What's also interesting is that the catalog includes a commercial track from Jordin Sparks', “Post Card.”

The films 35 and Ticking and Madea's Big Happy Family are two of the top five sources of earnings for the catalog. Those sources have seen double-digit four quarter growth rates, at 19% and 41% respectively. This can be explained by the films' airings on BET and TBS networks. Each time a film with music from the catalog airs on TV, you'll earn a royalty!

Key Drivers

This auction is for 75% of the songwriter's share of the catalog, the songwriter is retaining a 25% share of the royalties. This means that they still hold a vested interest in the catalog and will continue to have their publisher look for placements. You and the songwriter will earn royalties whenever these songs get placed in TV shows or movies.

What is being sold?

75% of the seller's interest in the songwriter's share of public performance royalties attributable to the seller's catalog of musical works administered by BMI. See the “Financials” tab for a full track list.

How does this asset make money?

Every time a network airs a television show that uses any of the songs in this catalog, a public performance royalty is generated. This means every time an episode of 35 and Ticking or any other show, uses a song from this catalog and airs on television you will earn money. BMI makes payments quarterly and the first distribution you will receive is June 2017.

What rights are included?

  Musical Composition Sound Recording
Copyrights included? No
Public Performance
Sources: Internet Streaming, AM/FM & Satellite Radio, TV/Film/Commercial Performances, etc. Internet Streaming, Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, Samples, etc.
Distributors: BMI

About the Royalty Distributor

BMI represents more than 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. BMI supports businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play more than 10.5 million musical works.

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