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A synchronisation (‘synch’) licence is required when either an individual or a company wishes to synchronise a musical work with another form of media, usually visual, and is most commonly sought for the usage of a composition in TV or radio advertising, TV programmes, for corporate videos, computer games, online use and feature films.
The synch licence covers the publishing rights to a piece of music, allowing the individual or company requesting the work (the licensee) to synchronise it in a defined context. Subject to the publisher’s approval and agreement of deal terms, the company can then choose to re-record the musical work or use an already existing recording of the work. If the licensee would like to use an existing recording they must then seek a master licence with the appropriate record label.
A synch licence will traditionally be issued by the music publisher(s) and will be separate to the master licence issued by the record label for existing recordings. The terms of the synch licence issued are all subject to negotiation, writer/representative approval and the payment of a synch fee, and the fee will vary dependent on the media requested, the territory of exploitation and the duration of the usage.
For more information on synch licensing, to find out more about our song catalogue and composer roster or to get in touch with our team, please visit our dedicated Music Sales Creative website.
A grand rights licence is required whenever a dramatic performance of a musical work takes place. Grand rights exist in all musical works that are performed in a dramatic setting, which can be defined as having any of the following elements: acting, dance, mime, narration, costume, or scenery.
The music may have been composed specifically for the purpose (for example, an opera), or existing works may be used in a dramatic setting (for example, to accompany a choreographed dance performance).
Performances of such dramatico musical works are not licensed by PRS for Music and therefore need to be licensed directly by the publisher of the work.
Whether you are a school, church group, amateur dramatic society, dance company or opera house performing in the UK or overseas, we can arrange a grand rights licence for your dramatic performance.
If you would like to apply for a licence, or would like any further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A print licence is required when an individual or company wishes to reproduce the music and/or lyrics of a copyright work in print or digital form. Music Sales is proud to represent its own catalogue of copyrights for use in print and also represents numerous print catalogues on behalf of other publishers. If we represent a copyright work in print we can potentially grant you one of the following:
Music Sales has several catalogues of its own copyrights to license in print:View Catalogues
In addition to administering its own copyrights, Music Sales represents the printed music interests of several other music publishers:View Catalogues
If the piece of music is still protected by copyright then you are legally obliged to approach the copyright owner in question for permission to reproduce the music.How can I tell if a piece of music is still protected by copyright?
In the UK, a work is in copyright for a period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the composer or author dies. Works with multiple composers/authors remain in copyright for a period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the last living contributors dies.
If a work is in copyright, permission to use the work in any context must be granted by the copyright holder.Do I need to know the writer and composer of the piece of work?
The title of the piece along with the composer and/or lyricist is necessary in order for us to identify the correct work. If you are requesting permission to use a popular arrangement please also provide full details of the arrangement and the arranger’s name.Does it matter if I don't know full publication details at the time of submission?
We require as much information as possible to determine the fee and process your request. At the very least we need the initial print run, retail price and territory of sale of the publication.What territory will the licence cover?
We generally issue licenses for UK/Europe, however specific deals allow us to approve use for World excluding North America as well as Worldwide territory. Please check with us if you are unsure.What length of term will the licence cover?
Our general term is two years, requiring a reprint application once the licence expires.Can I use a certain length of printed music/lyrics without permission?
No. Any amount of copyright-protected music requires permission from the copyright owners/original publishers.How long will it take to get copyright approval?
When we have received your request form we will confirm which of the titles we will be able to clear for you. During busy periods and due to the high volume of requests received daily it may take a minimum of 10 working days before receiving an update from us on the progress of your request although we aim to respond as soon as we can. We will then begin the copyright clearance procedure.
Please note that occasionally clearances can take many months to be processed. In this situation we will endeavour to chase the parties involved for information, but we cannot ensure a quick response.
If you have a particularly urgent request that requires immediate attention, please let us know, and we will do our best to assist you to meet your deadline.
Please also note that we cannot guarantee that all requests will be approved. If permission is denied, under no circumstances should you proceed with printing. This would be a breach of copyright and could result in legal action.
When copyright permission has been granted you will receive confirmation of the terms and conditions of your approval, along with details of any fees payable.Why might my request be denied?
Music Sales Group invests considerably in obtaining its exclusive print deals, and as sole administrators of the catalogues and artists we represent, reserve the right to make these titles available first and foremost under the Music Sales imprint. Accordingly, we reserve the right to deny the use of the works we administer to third parties.
Several of our deals also require us to obtain external approval from the original publisher and requests may be denied by the original publisher or artist management.
Please be advised that all denials are final, and Music Sales Limited is not obliged to disclose its reasons for denying any third party request.Will there be a fee for my request?
Yes. In most cases we have standard fees for the reproduction of copyrighted material.
Please be advised that we impose a minimum fee of £100.00 + VAT
Our agreements with our licensors require us to pass the majority of the licence fee on to them, which is then distributed accordingly to the original writers and composers. Music Sales retains only a very small fraction of the total licence fee to cover our administration costs.What does it mean if a fee is quoted on a MFN or 'most favoured nation' basis?
If a fee is quoted on a ‘most favoured nations’ basis or MFN, this means that we are entitled to a higher fee should you have agreed to pay an original publisher of a work also in the folio (or co-publisher of a work) a higher fee.I’ve been told that I can buy a copy of this song from you. Can you send me the sheet music?
If you are searching for a particular piece of sheet music we suggest you visit musicroom.com to see whether it has been published in one of our publications. You can also visit sheetmusicdirect which has a download facility. Alternatively, please call Musicroom.com Service on 01284 725725.
For any queries regarding Music Sales Group copyrights please contact email@example.com
For any queries regarding External Publisher Copyrights contact firstname.lastname@example.org