I hope this has helped to demystify some of the important points and terms that you will find in typical music licensing agreements. Your music has value, so make sure you get the compensation you deserve and get as much of the timing as you can! So let`s sum it up: if a filmmaker wants to use a specific recording of a song for his film, the filmmaker would make two agreements: a license to sync with the songwriter and a master`s license with the record holder. Below is an optimized Master/Sync license model. In the real world, musician friends often help each other with recording, and the possession of masters is often not discussed. If recordings are usually used as demos, this is probably not very important. If the recordings are used on a CD that you sell on shows, or by downloading to Bandcamp, chances that the band may be paid (cash, beer, etc.) its friend of sound technology who made the recording, and the friend of sound technology does not expect an additional payment or a reduction in CD sales. For many local groups, it`s probably pretty safe. In addition to the use of music publications, songwriters generally must be associated with so-called Performance Rights Organizations (PROs), which are organizations that monitor and collect fees for songwriters when their songs are broadcast live (i.e. in a concert or nightclub), radio, television, streaming or other public radio.
The two most important pros are ASCAP and BMI. This is a fairly simple aspect of the license, but someone who can have bad consequences, if not verified or fully understood. In almost all licensing agreements, use should be done on a non-exclusive basis so as not to prevent the artist from conceding the song for other purposes. Normally, this is a no-brainer, but sometimes licensees will try to infiltrate it, especially if you want it to be exclusive to a type of product or brand. It follows that as a video/filmmaker or as a musician, it is important to understand how to obtain or give the necessary rights to a piece of music so that everyone is on the same page about how music is used, about the fees paid (if it exists) and other important notions. Knowing the basics of the music license is important to avoid conflicts – or worse, charges of infringement or other legal problems – that are particularly painful after shooting a movie. We also assume that the songwriter manages his own compositions and is not represented by or related to a music publishing house (such as Harry Fox). As mentioned in the document below, it is possible that another entity owns one or more of the copyrights that are involved in a music licensing agreement, and in this case you must ensure that the appropriate entities are involved. You can continue to use the information in this kit to guide you, but you may need to use a specific agreement provided by the music publisher, record label, etc. As synchronization is increasingly important to musicians, it is important for artists to understand how these chords work – and especially how they can maximize their benefits.