January 20, 2017 at 8:43PM


Music Licensing

Is there a go to website that lists information about music licensing, fees, usage restrictions and copy write owner details for songs for featured in video. For example, a trumpet player plays Summertime by George Gershwin for 30 Sec in an 8 min documentary, how does one find out usage restriction details for songs and covers? Thank you


Look up "sync rights". It varies greatly from case to case. I know cases where somebody got legal permission to use copyrighted material for free, other times it might cost $500 (or whatever) per "needle drop", other times it's a percentage of the royalties. The easiest thing to do is contact the artists' PRO. You will need to note the exact recording you plan to use.

January 23, 2017 at 6:01AM


There are royalty-free music licensing sites with fancy ads and claims but most of them haven't done the due diligence to clear the music and vet the copyright claimant before they sell it to you.
If you want guaranteed protection and a reliable license then you would need to reach out to the composer directly via their PRO or sync agent. You can also use services like Keyframe Audio that is both a music licensing platform and rights management company and they guarantee licensed coverage and will indemnify you if you ever have an issue. Totally unique in the digital licensing world.

February 18, 2020 at 2:07PM

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