If you are a composer, it's your music, your property. I run an independent record label. When I record your music, I pay for the use of your property.
When it is time for your slice of the pie, are you ready?
Here is a great article outlining what composers need to have in place in order for me to pay them for recording their music, Mechanical Licensing for the Maladroit.
When I release Tangent Shores CDs, I will clear the rights through Limelight. If Limelight can procure the mechanic license for me, I'll buy it and you get your money for as many CDs as I manufacture. For me to be able to record your music, I'm going to have to obtain that license.
I have gone through about 100 of the nearly 400 submissions to this project. I have already identified enough cool selections to record several CDs (and I might do that if the first one moves well).
If you are a composer who submitted work to this project, the next best step you can take is to ensure the money can find you if someone wants your music. If you haven't done it before, start investigating how to offer licenses for your music so you'll always be ready.
One generous composer offered his music to me through Creative Commons via a comment on this site. I appreciate the intention! However, that license was for non-commercial use and therefore does not apply to this use, which is commercial. This CD will be offered for sale. Besides, a message on a website isn't a binding agreement. I need a mechanical license to release a recording of a composer's work.
Don't miss opportunity when it knocks! Know how to license your work.