I have submitted a sample for clearance. What happens next?
A sample normally infringes 2 copyrights:
1) That of the composer of the original work
2) That of the Master owner (normally the record company)
The composer has to be happy with how you have used the work. If the composer approves then you will have to warrant that there are no other samples, or if there are that you will be solely responsible for clearing them.
Can I submit a demo for consideration?
Firstly, we do not accept unsolicited demos. If you send us a demo it will not be reviewed and you will not receive a reply.
Secondly, please be aware that we are a publishing company and therefore any material that is reviewed will be for consideration in respect of a publishing deal. We are not a record company and we do not release or distribute albums.
Do you grant gratis requests?
As a responsible music publisher we have an obligation to our writers, and the catalogues we administer, to represent their interests in a professional manner. We receive a large number of gratis requests each day, and due to the amount of time involved in researching, securing third party approvals, and licensing, we find it necessary to charge an administration fee. (no less than £75.00)
How can I find out if you control the publishing rights to a song?
How can I find out the writer(s) of a specific song?
If the composition is not ours, check with your local performance society. (ie PRS, MCPS, BMI, ASCAP)
How do I clear a sample?
Fill out the Music Request Form and follow these steps:
1) Please send us the new song as an MP3 telling us which sample you have used and where in your new song it appears (please provide clock reference).
2) Send us a copy of the song without the sample
3) Send us a copy of the actual sample used and tell us where you got it from
How do I obtain a licence?
Once you have decided which track(s) you intend to use then we will ask you to complete a Music Request Form. This serves as an application. This will give us a better understanding of how you intend to use the music and help us decide whether or not we can permit the use. We will also ask the Artist for approval. It is very important that you give us as much information as possible at this stage so that we, and the artist/composer, can make a well informed decision.
How long will it take to clear a song for licensing?
Depending on the song and the nature of the request, it may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, or perhaps longer, to clear a song.
How much will a licence cost?
We do not have a ‘fixed’ price for licensing a song. This is because there are many variables that will contribute to our decision. Any quotation that we give takes into consideration (amongst other factors) the rights required and the budget you are working with.
I am a student film maker and want to use a song in my film. Will I be able to obtain a free licence?
We try to support student film makers where possible. However, we are in the business of representing artists/ composers who rely on their music as a primary source of income and we have to represent their interests. If you have a limited music budget then we would look to you for a proposed fee. An administration fee may also be applicable.