Music Information


Music Licensing


Music licensing can be a very confusing subject. My intent with this article is to give you enough details on what music licensing is and what are your rights to use music in advertising and / or video productions.

A few months ago I was contacted by a company that was celebrating 20 years in business. They wanted to put together a radio commercial that highlighted their celebration. Their request was to use Kool and the Gangs song Celebration in their radio spot. I explained to them in order to do this they would have to obtain a licensing which would cost them quite a bit of money. This was not an option for them due to their limited budget and ultimately they told me that they "went another direction" with their advertising.

If I had agreed to use this song without obtaining a licensing I would have put both of our companies at risk. It was not worth the risk just to make a sale. Beware that there are unscrupulous production companies that will do this type of illegal activity so the best protection you have is knowledge.

The copyright law protects writers of music by giving them exclusive right to their music. Once a piece of music is under copyright protection it is illegal to use it without getting permission to the owner of the copyright.

There are actually two types of copyrights in the United States. One is the actual copyright which is denoted with the familiar C with a circle around it. This protection is for the actual melody, lyrics and arrangement of the music. The copyright is usually owned by the actual artist that wrote the piece or their publishing company.

The second form of copyright is the actual recording itself. This is denoted by a P with a circle around it. This protection covers the performance of the song caught on tape or digital media and released on CD or other media. Many times a record or production company will own this performance right.

If you want to use a song in a production, you need obtain a Master Use license from the owner of the copyright and a Synchronization license (often called a sync license) from the owner of the performance of the song.

The fees for synchronization licenses vary greatly. Low-end TV usage (music is playing from car radio in a scene) can cost up to $2,000. In a film, the fee may be as high as $10,000. A popular song is worth more, possibly $3,000 for TV and $25,000 for film. A song used as the theme song for a film might get $50,000 to $75,000. Commercials can get even more money. Fees for a popular song can range from $25,000 to $500,000 plus per year. The typical range for a well-known song is $75,000 to $200,000 for a one year national usage in the United States on television and radio.

I think you will agree with me that that is allot of money and usually way over budget for many video and radio productions.

To get around these outrageous fees, music production companies sell buyout music. When you purchase a buyout CD you do not need to obtain a licensing to use the music. You can use the music hassle free and at a much lower cost.

Buyout music or royalty-free, as it applies to my products, means that for your one-time purchase price, you can legally use the music in your productions for life of ownership. All copyrights of the music remain with Zebra Music LLC. My jingle licensing agreement allows a protected area of 200 miles. By doing this no other companies in a local market will have the same jingle.

Many other production companies offer a similar buy out music licensing. I would advise you to read the licensing agreements with other production companies and ask questions if you have concerns.

Network broadcast and international broadcast of buyout production music is cleared through a performance organization (like BMI or ASCAP). The revenue that these songs produce when they are aired is paid directly from broadcast station licensing, NOT from you as a producer. These performance organizations then in turn pay each artist based on the amount their song or songs were aired on the radio or TV.

I hope this article has cleared up any confusion or questions that you have had about copyright and music licensing.

***************************************

Steve Veloudos owns and operates Zebra Music LLC. It's a one stop shop for jingles, radio production, custom music, library music, and sound design. Visit Steve's web site and get free monthly music that you can use for your productions.
http://www.zebramusic.com

zebra24@msn.com

480-540-7768

***************************************


MORE RESOURCES:
What's the best genre of music to listen to at work?  Fast Company

What kind of music helps you get things done, why we gravitate to certain songs, how to match your music to your task, and why silence is still golden.


Story inspires song, music video  Greensboro News & Record

Greensboro's Iris Carter wrote lyrics for a song, based on a true story. The song became a music video.


Brick's of Northville hosts charity music party  Hometownlife.com

Brick's of Northville hosts a release party for a holiday album produced by Giving Songs.


China’s Tencent Music Raises $1.1 Billion In U.S. IPO  Deadline

The China-based music streaming company Tencent Music Entertainment Group has raised $1.1 billion in an initial stock offering in the U.S. The company had ...


Jacob Collier Makes Staggering, Complex Music Feel Effortless  NPR

Host Ari Shapiro speaks with singer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier about his latest project, a four-album odyssey called Djesse, the first volume of which ...


Glaring Omissions: The Music We Missed In 2018 : All Songs Considered  NPR

We all had to kill some darlings to finalize NPR Music's list of the Top 50 Albums and Top 100 Songs. Here are the ones that really should have made the cut.


An angel of Austin, music teacher lifts kids amid town's drug recovery  Courier Journal

This is the first of a four-part series on Austin, Indiana, the home to the worst-ever drug-fueled HIV outbreak in the nation.


Writer Malcolm Gladwell ventures into music  SFGate

Malcolm Gladwell is an esteemed author, journalist and cultural thinker —one of Time magazine's “100 most influential people.” So what is the 55-year-old ...


Robin Thicke Explains How Alan Thicke's Death Inspired New Music  E! NEWS

Singer's latest song Testify was inspired by his father's death back in 2016.


2019 Predictions: What’s in Store for Film, TV and Music Next Year?  Variety

Variety offers its predictions on what are likely to be the 10 biggest stories in film, TV, music and media for 2019.


Holiday Music  WCAI

What do Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, and Winter Wonderland have in common? Why did Irving Berlin try to ban Elvis Presley's recording of White.


Bradford music teacher shortlisted for $1m global education prize  The Guardian

A music teacher who helped turn around a once-failing primary school in Bradford with a radical programme of music and creative education is one of three ...


Farewell, Fitzgerald’s: Remembering the long, complicated history of a Houston music institution  Houston Chronicle

The long-running music venue is retiring later this month, but musicians and the woman behind Fitz recall the magic of a place so intimate you could smell the ...


Sound and Vision at Tokyo's Toho Gakuen School of Music  Forbes

Tubas, violins, pianos, harps, trumpets, all playing simultaneously in one building. That's a lot of noise, beautiful though much of it may be. At the Toho Gakuen ...


Son Volt's Jay Farrar opens online shop selling his guitars, gear, music and more  STLtoday.com

Ever wanted to own a white 1962 Gibson SG Standard electric guitar that was used on Son Volt's debut album “Trace”? Now's your chance.


Here's 4 ways to get your music fix in Evanston this week | Hoodline  WLS-TV

From a blues guitarist's 90th birthday bash to a French music concert, here's a rundown of options to get you out and about in Evanston this week.


The Year in Music 2018: Sad songs and self-discovery  City Pages

If you waded into the glum muck of hit radio this year, you won't be surprised to learn that there was a number-one song called “Sad!” But you might be surprised ...


PSA: Downloading your Google Play Music library is a nightmare  Android Authority

If you ever plan on downloading your Google Play Music library be sure to carve out a few weeks of time, because that's how long it could take.


Positive Parenting: Learning music makes kids smarter  WQAD Moline

Five years ago, psychologists at the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California studied how learning music might affect brain ...


Zhavia Opens Up About Her New Music and Life Since ‘The Four’  Us Weekly

'The Four: Battle for Stardom' season 1 finalist Zhavia opens up to Us Weekly about her upcoming debut EP — read more.


Maxo Kream Music Video Leads to 20 Arrests on Gun Charges: Report  Pitchfork

Police reviewed NFL Cartel Bo and Maxo Kream's “Hoova” video to identify alleged gang members for alleged weapons violations.


Miley Cyrus Through the Years: Music, Love, Acting and More  Us Weekly

Revisit Miley Cyrus' incredible journey to stardom, from her days on 'Hannah Montana' to dropping critically acclaimed pop albums — details.


'Sound of Music' now younger, sexier in revitalized Famous Artists production (Review)  syracuse.com

Yes, they're songs they have sung for a thousand years, but this production re-energizes the well-loved musical.


Watch BBC's Gorgeous Music Video for Doctor Who's Thirteenth Doctor Theme  Gizmodo

2018 was a year of change for Doctor Who. Not only did we get a showrunner shift and a brand-new Doctor, now played by Jodie Whittaker, but we also got the ...


Annette Peacock Has Been Improvising Music for 7 Decades. Her Life, Too.  The New York Times

To create, you have to take risks. It's a basic rule of improvisation. But there may be no musician who has resisted safety or stability like Annette Peacock.


J Balvin's Moment Is Bigger Than Music: 'We Are the New Hope of Our Country'  Esquire

J Balvin knows what you think of when you think of Colombia. It's an unpleasant past, a painful reminder of a reputation that the country is still fighting to leave ...


East Middle School music students showcase new technology to GFPS Foundation board members  KRTV Great Falls News

(GREAT FALLS) East Middle School students invited Great Falls Public Schools Foundation board members into their music classes Tuesday to showcase the ...


World premiere of music video "Aquella Vez" by Chris Wandell in collaboration with Lenny Tavarez & Lyanno exclusively on LaMusica App December 13th  FOX5 Las Vegas

MIAMI, Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- LaMusica App from Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) (OTCQX: SBSAA), exclusively premieres the much ...


The great unknowns: The best NZ music of 2018 with  The Spinoff

Gareth Shute digs around to create a best-of-2018 music list with one criterion: the tracks all have less than 1000 streams on Spotify. One cruel thing about ...


Today's obituaries: Franklin Morris was a chemist, professor of music at Syracuse University  syracuse.com

He completed more than one thousand electronic symphonies and was founder and director of the Electronic Studio of the School of Music at SU.


Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Nicole Kidman, Ron Livingston, music from The Smashing Pumpkins Watch Full Episode | 12/11/2018  ABC

Jimmy Kimmel Live! full episode recap, 12/11/2018: Nicole Kidman, Ron Livingston, music from The Smashing Pumpkins.


Expect New Music From Greta Van Fleet in 2019  iHeartRadio

Greta Van Fleet are wrapping up quite the impressive year. The rock band released their debut full-length album, March of the Peaceful Army, over the summer; ...


The 50 best albums of 2018, No 9: Low – Double Negative  The Guardian

The best album of the Duluth band's career sounds familiarly glacial and hymn-like – but recorded all wrong. It's the sound of the world collapsing.


‘Even a half-finished show is a victory’: Russian bands fight new crackdown  The Guardian

Six hours before they are due to play an underground concert at a secret location, Anastasia Kreslina and Nikolay Kostylev are stashed in an Airbnb in the ...


Columbia names Shawn Holiday and Phylicia Fant Co-Heads of Urban Music  Music Business Worldwide

Columbia Records has appointed Shawn Holiday and Phylicia Fant Co-heads of Urban Music. Previously, Holiday was Senior Vice President, Urban A&R for ...


How a Bunch of Romantic Goths Changed Music As We Know It  Vulture

Last week, the label 4AD reissued three This Mortal Coil albums. Here's the story of how the goth band accidentally created a blueprint for moody music that ...


Ricky Skaggs Invigorated By Young Players' Excitement About Music  The Boot

Ever since Ricky Skaggs started touring with just one bus instead of two, the country and bluegrass icon says he's had to impose a curfew on the young players ...


Pistol Annies: the country 'girl group' confronting divorce and darkness  The Guardian

Trio Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley sing about life's 'harsher things' – and are topping the country charts despite a male-dominated ...


Holland America experiments with music and dining changes  Travel Weekly

The biggest experiment on the Nieuw Statendam is the addition of the Rolling Stone Rock Room, a partnership with Rolling Stone magazine and the first change ...


Kenny Chesney will play SC venue that Hootie & the Blowfish is missing in 2019  The Herald-Sun

Country music star Kenny Chesney's 2019 tour to stop in SC on April 25 concert at Charleston's Volvo Car Stadium, where Hootie & the Blowfish hold an annual ...


Yannick Nézet-Séguin: ‘Of course everything is dramatic. It’s opera!’  The Guardian

The new Metropolitan Opera director, shaking things up with the first female composers and a production of Lincoln in the Bardo, shares how he's going to lure ...


From Springsteen to Smashing Pumpkins and Beyond: Richmond Underground Music Spot is Closing  WVTF

For nearly 50 years alternative touring and local musicians have found an audience at Richmond's 929 West Grace Street, just a stone's throw from VCU's.


Exclusive Music Video Premiere: The Northern Folk "Cold" (2018)  the AU review

With no less than 10 members, and hailing from Albury, Melbourne, The Northern Folk have been incrementally building their charismatic and varied sound ...


Wedding Inspirations: How one couple chose the music for their big day  The Advocate

When it came to choosing songs and performers for their October wedding ceremony and reception, Barkley Rafferty and Christopher Tidmore didn't know what ...


Avril Lavigne drops new music video, ‘Tell Me It’s Over’  Global News

On Wednesday morning, Avril Lavigne released a brand new single entitled Tell Me It's Over. It's her second release this year and came in the form of a brand ...


WDAV turns 40, still aiming to prove classic(al music) is cool  The Charlotte Observer

Radio station WDAV hits 40 and keeps delivering classical music to listeners, in old and new ways.


Neil Young claims victory in protest against Barclaycard  The Guardian

Neil Young has claimed victory in his protest against Barclaycard, which was due to sponsor his Hyde Park concert with Bob Dylan in London next summer.


Introducing The Cure: The Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide  Uncut.co.uk

From the earliest days of The Cure, it seems that Robert Smith has kept one eye focused on his band's legacy. Earlier this year, for instance, Smith revealed that ...


The 10 Best Music Videos of 2018  Vulture

Here are Vulture's best music videos of the year, featuring Childish Gambino, the Carters, Janelle Monáe, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack, Sheck Wes, ...


How the Sons of Erin changed Newfoundland music forever  CBC.ca

They got together in the same year as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Rush. And for fans of traditional Irish music, Sons of Erin are every bit as influential as ...


He asked for $100,000 to start a major music tournament at his school. And he got it  Hawaii News Now

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hundreds of students cheered wildly Tuesday as Farmers Insurance surprised Niu Valley Middle School music teacher ...


'It will kill me' – behind the devastating Avicii documentary  The Guardian

Avicii: True Stories was initially given a small release before the death of the EDM star but now the director discusses its uneasy relevance.


Music News | Latest Music Stories & New Releases  TodayFM

A Cork school has made it to the number one spot on the Irish iTunes charts with a charity single recorded by Transition Year students at St Colman's College in ...


Labor promises to lift music bans and 'put verve back into Sydney'  The Sydney Morning Herald

The NSW Labor opposition has promised to scrap live music bans and restrictions on over 600 venues in NSW, as part of its election pitch to "put the verve back ...


YG review – turned up anthems and Donald Trump takedowns  The Guardian

Where has YG the existentialist gone? 2016's Still Brazy – the Los Angeles rapper's second album, recorded in the wake of an attempt on his life – was a ...


Mamma Mia-style movie based on Prince's music in the works  The Guardian

Universal acquired the rights to some of the artist's most popular songs for a fictional musical in the style of the ABBA hit franchise. Guardian staff. Mon 3 Dec ...


Bohemian Rhapsody: RECORD-BREAKING news for Freddie Mercury and Queen  Express

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, performed by Freddie Mercury and Queen, has become the most streamed song of the 20th century.


WKU music professor performing at Radio City Music Hall  WBKO

A Western Kentucky University Music Professor is performing in New York City for the 2018 Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.


Holiday Music for the Joyful, the Lonely and the Skeptical  The New York Times

There are holiday embracers and holiday dissenters. Those for whom the season is about celebration and those who seek solace as soon as the evergreens ...


All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2018  NPR

The All Songs gang looks back at this year's anthems and unmissable milestones, from Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer to Childish Gambino's mind-blowing video for ...


This Week in Music: Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus, Ozuna, Nicki Minaj, Swmrs  Rolling Stone

List to this week's YouTube Music playlist here. “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart,” Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus Sounds like: An emotionally fragile pop banger


Billie Joe Armstrong Is Writing New Green Day Music  Loudwire

Billie Joe Armstrong has confirmed that he is writing new Green Day music. The frontman revealed the news in a comment on a recent Instagram Live video.


Genesis P-Orridge: fantastic transgressor or sadistic aggressor?  The Guardian

The Throbbing Gristle provocateur is being hymned as she nears the end of her life. But accusations of abuse, all denied, complicate her legacy.


Ferneyhough Day review – explosive salute to a modern master  The Guardian

Decades of virtuoso compositions were played in style as the Arditti Quartet and BCMG paid tribute to Brian Ferneyhough.


The 50 best albums of 2018: 50-8 | Music  The Guardian

Mind-expanding country music meets socially conscious rap in our latest additions to our best albums countdown. More every weekday.


British Music Industry Artists and Organizations Sign Anti-Brexit Letter  Digital Music News

Major music industry organizations and small-time artists have signed an Anti-Brexit letter online, pushing for politicians to undo the political move.


New music legislation set to boost artist royalties, and may give independents a more fair shake  CNBC

The signing of the much anticipated Music Modernization Act (MMA) will have an impact on the music industry, and could trickle down to independent artists.


The Best Music Of 2018 Says, 'We're Here, Get Used To It'  NPR

Women dominated NPR Music's list of the best albums of 2018. But the revolution behind the changes in music today is deeper, and more subtle, than the ...


Nick Cave: cultural boycott of Israel is 'cowardly and shameful'  The Guardian

Musician says boycott is 'partly the reason I am playing Israel – to stand against those who shame and silence musicians'


Social music app Playlist lets you listen to music with others in real time  TechCrunch

A new app called Playlist aims to make music a more social experience than what's offered today by the major music platforms like Apple Music, Pandora or ...


We're Still Waiting for Google Play Music Collections to Migrate...  Droid Life

When YouTube Music (re)launched back in May as Google's music streaming future, we reported that the end of Google Play Music was on the horizon too.


Apple Music to open office in Wedgewood-Houston  Nashville Post

Music streaming *service* company will take space at May Hosiery Co-op.


As debates over music in the age of #MeToo rage on, radio is still about the power of the people  CNN

Baby, it may be cold outside, but this week, it's been colder on 96.5 KOIT's Facebook page.


The Best Latin Music Of 2018 : Alt.Latino  NPR

It's been another watershed year for Latin music. Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras, Stefanie Fernández, Catalina María Johnson and Marisa Arbona-Ruiz round up the ...


Apple announces its ‘Best of 2018’ lists across apps, games, music, podcasts and more  TechCrunch

Apple today announced its Best of 2018 selections – its annual, editorial list of what it considers the best *content* across its App Store and iTunes, along with its ...


The World's Highest-Paid Women In Music 2018  Forbes

Back in 2015, when Katy Perry appeared on the cover of Forbes after earning $135 million in a single year, she knew she'd secured her place in the pop star ...


SHIELD TV Upgrade 7.2 Includes Amazon Music App, 5.1 Audio for...  Droid Life

A new Experience Upgrade, labeled as 7.2, is rolling out to SHIELD TV owners today. Inside, NVIDIA is including the latest security patch for Android TV, the ...


Under Western Skies music festival launched at Lust for Live acoustic  Daily Liberal

Mannequin performed at the Black Box Theatre at the weekend as pasrt of Lust for Live Acoustic. Photo: SONGWRITERS AND ORIGINAL MUSIC ASSOCIATION ...


Driver's ed to music: 6 things you didn't know you could learn from free high school online  KSL.com

Online classes might have a reputation for being data- and reading-oriented, but a surprising number of classes you can take online are off the beaten path.


How 'Bohemian Rhapsody' turned Queen into box office, music chart champions after decades  CNBC

The rock band hasn't dropped a music project in nearly 30 years, but thanks to the performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody," their music has been given a new ...


The top 100 songs of 2018 | Music  The Guardian

Guardian music writers have picked their favourite songs of the year – from UK drill breakthroughs to pure pop anthems – and put them all on a giant playlist.


How the Grammy Nominations Really Made Us Feel  The New York Times

Music's big awards show is trying to make big changes. So what do these nominations tell us?


How The 'New World' Symphony Introduced American Music To Itself  NPR

This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR.org/Anthem.


Last Week in Live Music: Gary Clark Jr., Kurt Vile, and More - 1 of 44 - Photos  Austin Chronicle

Staff photographer David Brendan Hall picks his favorite photos from last week's local shows. Pictured here: Chronophage at the Electric Church on December 7 ...


Flying Lotus: ‘Kendrick Lamar absolutely deserves the key to the city’  The Guardian

Steven Ellison, otherwise known as Flying Lotus, on unearthing new talent, LA beat, 'difficult' Tyler, the Creator and ten years of Brainfeeder records. Sat 8 Dec ...


10 of the best Ed Banger music videos - Video Blog  Mixmag

Celebrating 15 years of audiovisual excellence from the French music label.


Queen Sells: Why You Hear So Much Freddie Mercury Music in Ads  Ultimate Classic Rock

Queen songs have appeared in commercials for decades now. What makes their music so popular with advertisers?


Pat Mitchell-Worley Named Director of Stax Music Academy  Memphis Flyer

The Soulsville Foundation announced Wednesday that Memphis music veteran Pat Mitchell-Worley will be the new executive director of its Stax Music Academy.


Billboard Woman of the Year Ariana Grande: 'There's Not Much I'm Afraid of Anymore'  Billboard

“Woo! It's like, 'I told y'all!'” Ariana Grande is milly rocking in her seat behind the massive mixing console at Los Angeles' Record Plant studio, a wide grin ...


Offset's Alleged Mistress Was in Cardi B's Rap Rival Nicki Minaj's 'FEFE' Music Video  PEOPLE.com

Offset's alleged mistress Summer Bunni was in Nicki Minaj and Tekashi69's music video "FEFE"


Lisa Ellis Joins SoundCloud as Global Head of Music  Billboard

Former Sony Music executive Lisa Ellis has joined SoundCloud as global head of music and artist relations. In her new role, the industry veteran will lead ...


The 10 most-viewed music videos on YouTube in 2018  EW.com

YouTube has released its list of top music videos of 2018, and it turns out teamwork is a powerful force: the “Te Bote Remix” from Casper, Nio Garcia, Darell, ...


Travis Mills From Apple Music's Beats 1 Talks to We Are L.A.  L.A. Weekly

This week in our We Are L.A. video series, we chatted with Apple Music's Travis Mills about his new live-streaming pop culture show on Beats 1.


Exclusive: Thalía talks to HOLA! USA about new music, family and her future  ¡HOLA! USA

Thalía graces the cover of HOLA! USA's December issue. In the magazine, the Mexican beauty opens up about her family, career and what she has planned for ...


Grace VanderWaal Talks Being Inspired by Ariana Grande, 'Stargirl,' New Music at WIM 2018: Watch  Billboard

Grace VanderWaal caught up with Billboard at the 13th annual Women in Music event, chatting about her love of Ariana Grande, her new movie Stargirl and ...


YouTube and YouTube Music launch discounted subscriptions for students  TechCrunch

YouTube today is launching lower-cost subscription plans for students who want to enjoy an ad-free version of YouTube or its music streaming *service*, YouTube ...


Fort Worth’s Music Scene Is Finding Its New Groove  Texas Monthly

Two of the city's veteran musicians talk us through its ongoing auditory transformation after the departure of Leon Bridges—and why some uncertainty is a good ...


University of Michigan professor unearths music from Auschwitz  Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — Patricia Hall went to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in 2016 hoping to learn more about the music performed by prisoners in World War II death ...


Matthew Herbert Sets The EU To Music With His Brexit Big Band  NPR

The British musician is on a tour of Europe, apologizing for Brexit, the plan by Britain's government to leave the EU. The last performance is scheduled for the ...


Houston Council OKs live music contract for Bush, Hobby airports  Chron.com

Musicians will continue to play live music at Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports after Houston City Council on Wednesday approved a contract that will pay ...


home | site map
© 2007