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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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FORGE Tracks

forge tracksExclusive, top-quality, one-stop music from world class composers, independent songwriters and artists, and independent record labels.  Conveniently search via our online catalog (powered by SoundMiner), or have us create a custom playlist for you!  Browse our releases.

FORGE Studio

forge-studioIf you can’t find what you’re looking for from our FORGE Tracks catalog, have our production team create a one-of-a-kind production that’s tailored to your project–custom songs, score, advertising jingles, radio/audio commercials, voiceovers, you name it!

FORGE Sounds

forge-soundsCOMING SOON:Exclusive sound effects for your mobile apps, games, or multimedia production.  Convenient search via our online catalog powered by SoundMiner.

FORGE Visual

forge-visual  Video Production services and Stock photography and video for your audiovisual production

Opening Line Music

opening line musicFORGE distributes the catalog of Opening Line Music Group, purveyors of fine reality tv and “dramedy” 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 represents Composers and Artists from all over the world.  We offer truly striking content by not only working directly with world class composers, independent songwriters and artists, but we also partner with independent record labels to coordinate their licensing.  Because of our relationships and partnerships, we’re able to offer easy, one-stop synchronization and master use licensing on a wide variety of high-quality music content for your production.

We’re highly selective with both the content and the group members on our roster.  We hand-pick each candidate based on his or her body of work and how well he/she works with people.  We’re proud to have such world-class talent as a part of the FORGE family!

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In Production.  Coming 2015

Forge has begun production on a film trailer library of the highest quality.  We have partnered with renown composer and conductor Lee Johnson to create a superb library.  By taking the music of other talented orchestral composers on our roster, and giving it Forge’s “Alchemy Treatment” (sweetening with top-of-the-line samples and live players), you get music that sounds as big, as bold, and as epic as your next blockbuster trailer.

All tracks will be available for licensing exclusively through FORGE Content Group.

Looking to license?  Register for our free Catalog Search to create personalized downloadable playlists.

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Forge realized that a divide was growing between the needs of our music users.  Two distinct categories began to emerge: generic underscore and specialty niche music.  The Forge Tracks Composer Gold Collection is a library of high-quality, specialty niche instrumental music created by our roster of incredible composers from all over the world.  From Vintage 70′s big band to Orchestral Dubstep, and many points in between, we’re very proud of this growing collection of music.

All tracks are available for licensing exclusively through FORGE Content Group.

Looking to license?  Register for our free Catalog Search to create personalized downloadable playlists.

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In Production.  Coming Q1-2015

Forge realized that a divide was growing between the needs of our music users.  Two distinct categories began to emerge between generic underscore and specialty niche music.  The FORGE Tracks Composer IRON Collection is a library catered to the needs of unscripted programming that requires lots of nondescript music content in a small group of genres.  No, this isn’t our “B” library of rejects.  Rather, this is a new catalog of general Pop/Rock, Urban, and Dramedy, specifically composed to maintain the mood and stay out of the way–a solid, go-to collection for realty show production.

All tracks are available for licensing exclusively through FORGE Content Group.

Looking to license?  Register for our free Catalog Search to create personalized downloadable playlists.

This is the collection that started it all, the original Clay Butler Music catalog.  This is still an excellent collection with many different styles and uses.  (Disclosure:  Tracks in this collection are shared non-exclusively with one other licensing party.  Inquire for more information.)

Looking to license?  Register for our free Catalog Search to create personalized downloadable playlists.

Shorts! by FORGE Tracks is a growing collection of short cues (less than one minute) that are suitable for bumpers, sweepers, stingers, logos, segment intros, and transitions.

Looking to license?  Register for our free Catalog Search to create personalized downloadable playlists.

Forge Tracks offers a growing collection of cover songs and re-records.  To gain access to this catalog, please register for our free Catalog Search to audition and download.  These track are not available to preview on the public access portion of our music search portal.

Opening Line Music Group is a group of highly skilled composers who specialize in music for unscripted television programming.  FORGE Content Group is proud to partner with and distribute their catalog.

Looking to license?  Register for our free Catalog Search to create personalized downloadable playlists.


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.

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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.

The high-quality music and sound effects from FORGE Tracks and FORGE Sounds are also available to photographers and videographers at an affordable price.  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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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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