If you want to be in the music business as an independent artist or a major artist you or your representation will have to pay for beat licenses. The problem here is that you might not know where to begin. There are so many options and you may feel that you must have a perfect beat for the perfect price or else your career is in trouble. What is a non exclusive license? What is an exclusive license? What are exclusive rights? Which one should you choose depends on what you are willing to spend and if you can realistically cover those costs. If you can not make that money back in then some you may feel as if you wasted your time and money.
To make matters worse, you as artist may feel that if you lease a beat and someone else has it that could jeopardize you in some way. This is not the case and you need to stop thinking like a listener at this point. You are the artist and they are the listeners who came to hear and buy your music. They came for you first and the beat second. Some producers who have similar tastes in music sample the same records from time to time. When we hear another producer use the same sample as another one, we as listeners do not complain. Everyone has their own style that is what makes music so great. If you want to last and have longevity in the music business you must stop thinking that every beat created should only be for one artist only.
You've got to understand that this is business where money is made. If you can not pay for a beat that you want to make money with, a producer will not settle for you. He will keep shopping it regardless even if you get your hands on the beat.
So what do you do about this? You have to know what your options are when you are seeking non-profit beats or to buy beats . If you are just looking for beats to put on a mix tape for promotional use, you can get as many free beats or downloads as long as you get the permission. Some producers require that you give them credit or else your use is not valid. You can get a non exclusive license where you are renting out the beat for a limited amount of time or limited amount of profitable action (selling the songs, getting paid to perform that song, etc).
Exclusive licenses allow you to be the only one to use that beat for a set period of time with exclusive privileges. These are typically used when a major record is released. The producer and artist both see residual income from this kind of license. An exclusive rights contract is typically a work for hire contract where a producer gives up his copyright to you in full and you own everything. Indies typically seek these kinds of contracts frequently. If you can not afford what a producer charges for that kind of contract it's best to just get a license to use the beats and work your way up financially if buying a copyright is your ultimate goal.
Of course if you are online selling your image you must know how to promote yourself effectively without breaking the bank even further. One thing you need to know that you need to get a lot of website traffic all the time to your page. An easy way to cover your costs if you buy a non exclusive license to a beat is to make a website or blog for yourself and put content on it about yourself. It can be a biography or electronic press kit. Then go to Google and sign up for Google ad-sense so that you can make money from impressions and clicks. Focus on getting direct traffic using free methods first before you try to pay for advertising as that can get real expensive quick. If you are dedicated and able to get thousands of targeted visitors coming to your site everyday the advertising money earned from Google ad-sense will ad up quick and you would have made your money back before even selling a song. Now place a newsletter sign up form on your site and start building a fan mailing list. Once you get that going send your fans back to your blog where the ad-sense is located when you have something free and cool to show them. This will create repeat visits which will mean residual income for you meanwhile you can still send promotions to them so that they can buy your music and merchandise. After that buying beats should not be a problem.