About Our Music Licensing Contracts

Music licensing contracts are used to contract with a party to use previously created songs or master recordings owned by others. These music licensing agreements are used to license the use of songs or recordings in audiovisual works, including film, television, video recordings, and video games, as well as non-audiovisual works, such as theatrical productions and radio advertising. Separate music licensing contracts are needed for the use of the recording and for the song. To learn more about the rights associated with licensing songs and recordings in an audiovisual work visit our Blog.

 
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ADVERTISING MUSIC COMPOSER AGREEMENT

The Advertising Music Composer Agreement is a contract used to contract with a composer to write a song for use in an audiovisual advertisement campaign such as television or on the Internet. The contract also provides for rights associated with any recording that the composer might also produce of the composition. 

 

AUDIO PRODUCT DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

This Audio Product Digital Distribution Agreement is used by a Record Distributor or Record Label to distribute audio products owned by another party, in a digital format on the Internet. The agreement includes the right to license to audio products to interactive music services like Spotify or Apple Music. This agreement does not grant the distributor or label the right to manufacture or sell physical configurations.

 

FILM SCORE COMPOSER AGREEMENT (EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS)

This Film Score Music Composer is used by a film, or television producer to contract with a music composer to create music for a film score and soundtrack for a film or television production whereby the music is synchronized to the action on the screen. The composer will retain some rights to the compositions. 

 

FILM SCORE COMPOSER AGREEMENT (WORK FOR HIRE)

This Film Score Music Composer is used by a film, or television producer to contract with a music composer to create music for a film score and soundtrack for a film or television production whereby the music is synchronized to the action on the screen. The composer will not retain any rights to the compositions. 

 

MASTER USE LICENSE (AUDIOVISUAL-GENERAL)

The Master Use License (Audiovisual-General) provides for a license for the use of a recording for a generic audiovisual use such as a music video or slide show. 

 

MASTER USE LICENSE (COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK)

The Master Use License (Compilation Soundtrack) is used when one record company wants to use a master recording owned by a different record company for a compilation record on its own label or by a film producer to include a song from a film or tv show on a separate soundtrack compilation album. 

 

MASTER USE LICENSE (TV OR FILM)

The Master Use License (TV or Film) is used by the owner of a master recording (record company or artist) to grant a license for a producer to use a recording in a television show or film. A separate synchronization license is needed to use the song embodied in the recording. 

 

MASTER USE LICENSE (TV ADVERTISEMENT)

The Master Use License (TV Advertisement) is used by the owner of a master recording (record company or artist) to grant a license to a company to use a recording in audiovisual commercial to be shown on television or the Internet.  A separate synchronization license is needed to use the song embodied in the recording. 

 

MASTER USE LICENSE (MULTIMEDIA GAME)

The Master Use License (Multimedia Game) is used by the owner of a master recording (record company or artist) to grant a license for a multi-media (or video game) designer to use a recording in a multimedia game. A separate synchronization license is needed to use the song embodied in the recording. 

 

MECHANICAL LICENSE

This Mechanical License is used by music publisher or songwriter to license the right of a recording artist to record the songwriter's song for distribution and sale of the recording to the public.

 

SYNCHRONIZATION LICENSE (AUDIOVISUAL WORK-GENERAL)

The Synchronization License (Audiovisual-General) provides for a license for the use of a song in a generic audiovisual use such as a music video or slide show. The agreement provides for the ability to describe the audiovisual use in the agreement. A separate master use license is needed to license a pre-existing recording of the song.   

 

SYNCHRONIZATION LICENSE (MULTIMEDIA VIDEO GAME)

The Synchronization Use License (Mulitimedia Game) is used by the owner (publisher or songwriter ) of a song (words and music) to grant a license for a multi-media game (or video game) designer to use the song in a multi-media game. A separate master use license is needed from the owner of the recording (record label or recording artist) embodying the song that will be used.

 

SYNCHRONIZATION LICENSE (TV OR FILM)

The Synchronization License (TV or Film) is used by a music publisher or songwriter to grant a license for a producer to use a song in a television show or film. A separate master use license is needed to use the a pre-existing recording of the song.  

 

SYNCHRONIZATION LICENSE (TV ADVERTISEMENT)

The Synchronization License (TV Advertisement) is used by a music publisher or songwriter to grant a license to a company to use a song in an audiovisual commercial to be shown on television or the Internet.  A separate master use license is needed to use a pre-existing recording of the song. 

 

THEATRICAL COMPOSITION LICENSE

The Theatrical Composition License is used by the owner music publisher or songwriter to grant a license to a producer of a play or musical to use a song in a play or musical. 

 

THEATRICAL SCORE ARRANGEMENT AGREEMENT

The Theatrical Score Arrangement Agreement is used by a theatrical producer to hire the services of an arranger who will arrange pre-existing songs for a theatrical production.