Expect to hear a lot of Moby in independent films from now on. According to Variety, the recording artist has decided to offer 79 different tracks, most of them unreleased, to independent, nonprofit and student productions at no cost to filmmakers. Only if the film becomes distributed for profit does Moby demand a small fee. But that money will go towards charity. The songs include 11 instrumentals off the album "Hotel", six tracks from "Play: B Sides" and three tracks from "18". If you're interested in using one of the songs, even for your home video (I wonder if video blogs or online shows count), you can find them at the website Mobygratis.com. Moby said the reason he set up the service was because of indie filmmaker friends complaining about the difficulty and high expense of acquiring music licenses. Moby should definitely know about the price of licensing music for movies; he's contributed to enough films and commercials that he could probably live off that money alone. I bet he could buy a house just with the fees made off the Bourne trilogy theme.
Suddenly I have a whole lot more respect for Moby, who also scored the new movie Southland Tales. This reminds me of a five minute high school project I made that was possibly going to be shown on public access. It was the first and only time I attempted to contact record companies about using their songs for no cost since I wouldn't be making any money off the project. I only heard back from one company, which told me I couldn't use AC/DC's "Back in Black" under any circumstance, even a school production, without paying for it (I wonder how much The Daily Show pays every time Lewis Black comes on). I didn't understand what the deal was. Many bands would kill to have the exposure of being on a film's soundtrack -- indie or mainstream. So, I think Moby wins out in the end with this decision. He gets to appear the charitable guy, and he gets some free exposure, whether he needs more or not. He probably prefers to have more than enough fans than more than enough cash. He's like the Mr. Deeds of music licensing.