Music rights help and guidance

Music rights help and guidance


Music rights help - the world of music licensing made simple


If you're adding music to a promo it's important to understand what rights, or permissions, you need to clear before making it publicly available. Different types of music require different rights, and a summary of these can be found below, along with contact numbers to assist with clearance.

Usually the broadcaster or production company commissioning the promo will have licenses to use particular types of music, and can guide you in what you can and can't use, but sometimes they'll give you a budget and ask you to clear the rights yourself. To put music with a promo you need to clear two sets of rights; a synchronization, or 'synch' license from the publisher of the music, representing the composer (i.e. the melody and words, regardless of who performs them) and a dubbing license from the sound recording owner (usually the record company).

What different types of music are available to license?

A) Specially composed music: You can commission music for your promo, you can write and record it yourself or if you know someone who writes you can ask them. Commissioning music can be expensive and there are no fixed rates so it's a question of agreeing a fee. If you commission music you usually won't need to clear any rights to use music in your film as this will be part of the agreement with the composer.

B) Commercial music: This term covers all kinds of commercially available music, from Abba to ZZ Top, Pavarotti to Prokofiev. Generally speaking the better-known the performer and track, the more it will cost. There are no set fees for commercial music, and all rates are negotiable. To use commercial music you'll usually need a synch license from the composer's publisher and a dubbing license from the artist's record company. If the composer(s) died more than 70 years ago, then the musical work is no longer in copyright in the US, and you don't need a synch license. In the US, sound recording copyright last for 50 years after first release, so if it's an old original recording you won't need a dubbing license.

C) Independent Library Music: A number of music libraries exist independently, with the advantage that they are able to set their own pricing and offer blanket licenses covering all music in their library for world-wide multi-platform use in perpetuity. Examples of independent music libraries include Audio Network, APM and Killer Tracks.  

To conclude: Copyright in music is protected by law, and it's important to ensure that you don't infringe anybody's copyright. It's impossible to cover all details in a short summary so if you're in any doubt please check with the rights owners before assuming something is OK. Never assume 'no-one will notice'. Every promo has the potential to reach millions of viewers. Always obtain independent legal advice if you're in any doubt over your position. This information is intended as a guide only.

Audio Network +1 (646) 688-4320 nyoffice@audionetwork.com

ASCAP +1 (800) 505-4052

BMI +1 (212) 220-3000

SESAC +1 (212) 586-3450



 

 
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Music Usage

Please select your usage type for prices of tracks

UP TO
$195
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

Corporate, Charity & Online

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single corporate or charity production.
This covers online distribution, DVD and live events.

Excludes Audio-only, TV, Radio, Film, Trailers and Commercials (where the distribution includes any form of paid media spend).

If you wish to purchase a licence for Film purposes, please contact your local office.

Film licences are currently not available online.

UP TO
$195
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

TV & Radio Production

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single TV or Radio Production (or episode).

Excludes Audio-only, Film, Trailers and Commercials (where the distribution includes any form of paid media spend).

If you wish to purchase a licence for Film purposes, please contact your local office.

Film licences are currently not available online.

JUST
$695
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

TV Commercials & Online Advertising

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single TVor Online Advertisment or Commercial (where the distribution includes any form of paid media spend).

Excludes Film & Trailers.

Multiple cut-down, reversion or campaign rates available upon request.

For Online Advertising discount rates, please contact Moira.McCarthy@audionetwork.com

If you wish to purchase a licence for Film purposes, please contact your local office.

Film licences are currently not available online.

JUST
$695
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

Radio Commercials & Online Advertising

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single Radio Advert or Commercial (where the distribution includes any form of paid media spend).

Excludes any audio visual production.

Multiple cut-down, reversion or campaign rates available upon request.

For Online Advertising discount rates, please contact Moira.McCarthy@audionetwork.com.

If you wish to purchase a licence for Film purposes, please contact your local office.

Film licences are currently not available online.

JUST
$1.35
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

Home & Student

Covers music for synchronsiation use in a single non-commercial production, including online distribution and film festivals.

Excludes productions for organisations or services; and any form of commercial exploitation, including YouTube monetisation.

JUST
$1.25
PER TRACK (NO VAT)

Personal

Covers downloading for personal audio-only use.

Excludes synchronisation use in any form of Audio-Visual Production.

Public Performance rights need to be cleared via local performing rights societies.
Unauthorised synchronisation use, copying, hiring, lending, broadcast and public performance are strictly prohibited.





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