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Our Mission

FORGE Content Group helps to pair top-quality music and audio content with motion picture, television, advertising, and gaming productions, while helping independent composers and artists further their personal careers. FORGE Content Group is a group of companies owned by Butler Productions LLC (a family owned company), which partners with other content creators to provide first-class, one-stop content that you won’t find in any other production music library.

There’s an ancient proverb that says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a person sharpens his friend.”  With that wisdom in mind, Forge was built around the concept of collaboration and mutual success.  We continually strive to create a content library that is more than just a pile of stock music by faceless creators.  Yes, music is our livelihood, but we refuse to treat our composers, artists, and creators as just another commodity with a dollar sign attached.  Rather, we are a family that learns from each other, grows alongside each other, and sharpens each other.  Together, we share in each other’s successes, complement each other’s weaknesses, and create something that is truly greater than our individual selves.  When Forge can help our music users succeed, then we also succeed.  If we can help our composers and artists succeed, then we succeed along with them.  We take a great deal of pride in the incredibly talented creators who put their faith in us and work with us.

As a content provider, our mission is to serve our users with content of the highest quality as quickly and as friendly as we possibly can.  We know that we cannot compete with the “Super Libraries” in sheer volume, and that’s not our goal.  On the other hand, what we lack in bulk content we hope make up for in the quality of our content and the warmth and efficiency of our customer service.  We feel that’s what provides a better experience, not only to our clients, but also to our composers and artists.  See what others have to say about their experience with Forge.

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Our Divisions & Partners

FORGE Tracks

Forge Tracks Productions MusicExclusive, one-stop production music from world class composers, independent songwriters and artists, and independent record labels.  Search our online catalog, or request a custom playlist, disc, or drive.  Browse our releases.

FORGE Studio

forge studioHave the Forge production team create music and audio that’s tailored to your project–custom songs, score, advertising jingles, radio/audio commercials, voiceovers.  We also produce songwriter demos and song production for artists.  Learn More.

FORGE Sounds

Forge FX sound designSound design, foley, and pre-recorded sound effects for your mobile apps, games, or multimedia production

FORGE Visual

Forge Visual stock imagesGraphics, stock images, photography, and videography for your production (Coming Soon)

Opening Line Music

Opening Line Music groupFORGE distributes the catalog of Opening Line Music Group, purveyors of fine reality tv music from composers worldwide.  Find their selections in the FORGE Tracks catalog.

PRO Affiliates

PROsWe are proudly affiliated with all three major U.S. Performing Rights Organizations.  Our FORGE publishing companies are:  Clay Butler Music (ASCAP), Sight Sound and Song Music Publishing (BMI), and Butler Productions Music Publishing (SESAC).

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FORGE Tracks controls both the composition (with exception of cover songs) and master recording of all of FORGE’s material, so obtaining a synchronization/master use license is a snap!  We try to make the licensing process as painless as possible.  Once you have found the music you need, simply fill in our Online License Request Form (or email or call us).  Not only do we try to help productions reasonably stay within budget, but we also help them secure licenses quickly:  you can pay right from the invoice email!

Music from the FORGE Tracks catalog is licensed for productions on a “needle drop” basis.  This means you will need to obtain a license for each use in your productions, most of which are in perpetuity. Once you obtain the rights, you don’t have to come back and re-license as long as you don’t make any audio or visual changes (with exception of national commercials, which require a license for each version).

Needle drop libraries differ from buyout libraries (also known as “royalty free” libraries) in that you do not own the rights to the CD or the track. You are simply using it with permission for your production. The benefit of our needle drop model is that you have access to a whole lot of music that you don’t have to pay for until you finalize your project, and you only pay for what you use.

Request a License

For companies creating in-house productions, promotional videos, training videos, and non-broadcast for-sale videos, Forge Tracks offers a blanket license that allows unlimited use of our music for a small monthly or annual fee.

The legal use of music is a serious concern for independent photographers and videographers.  But using music legally doesn’t have to break the bank.  We have two options to choose from:

Royalty-Free “Style Packs”

Our Style Packs are small collections of music based on style.  A one-time fee allows you to use the music in as many videos and slideshows as you choose, as long as the product is direct-to-customer and not intended for broadcast or sale.

Blanket License Subscriptions

To offer even more flexibility and music choices, we created a special subscription-based catalog of music just for independent photographers and videographers.  Instead of licensing each track individually, which can easily cost over $100 per use, FORGE now offers blanket licensing for non-broadcast use for less than the cost of one song’s single-use license per month!

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Cloudstreet scored by Forge Composers

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Forge Composers Matt Pavolaitis and Colleen Grace contributed music to documentary. CLOUDSTREET: SOARING THE AMERICAN WEST, a visually stunning documentary featuring the beauty and drama of a soaring adventure in the American West.   As unbelievably serene as it is thrilling,  CloudStreet gives viewers the extraordinary experience of soaring along the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming.   Along the way, CloudStreet educates our audience not just about flying sailplanes cross-country, but also about the science of soaring, about the unique geography of the intermountain west, and about the workings of our atmosphere. It is easy learning as the audience is carried along by the excitement of this experience and drawn in by the natural curiosity evoked from this extraordinary mode of flight.  We hear from the pilots about how it feels to cross vast distances using only the energy of the atmosphere to stay aloft. Their love of soaring …

FORGE Content Group Strikes Deal with Opening Line Music

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This year, FORGE expanded their FORGE Tracks catalog by striking a co-publishing deal with Opening Line Music Group.  Founded by guitarist and television composer Chuck Schlacter, the Nashville-based production music company specializes in musical styles for reality television, such as Tension and “Dramedy”, from successful composers all over the globe. Learn more about Opening Line Music. Search the FORGE Tracks online catalog.

On Jan 1, 2014, Rising Tide Becomes FORGE

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As the ball dropped this New Years 2014, Rising Tide Music & Content Group “forged” ahead with a complete brand overhaul.  After a trademark rejection due to a potential name conflict, Rising Tide changed its name to FORGE.  FORGE president Clay Butler comments, “While we could’ve fought to keep the name, we  wouldn’t want to dilute someone else’s brand, just as we wouldn’t want someone else diluting ours.  The Rising Tide philosophy runs deep in our company, but after a lot of research, soul searching, and heavy discussion, we feel that we’ve taken on a new direction that’s both unique to us and one that clearly outlines our philosophy of mutual improvement through collaboration and community.” So, what does this mean to Rising Tide’s artists, and composers?  “Absolutely nothing negative,” says Butler.  “It’s merely a name change–nothing to worry about.”  He asserts that all agreements with composers, artists, and co-publishers …

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