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Types of Music Licensing that every artiste needs to know

Music licensing is the primary way an artist can receive royalties for his or her music. This license gives legal permission to people who would love to use your music in their works.

There are different types of music licenses but in this article, we are going to discuss the six major ones. They include synchronization license, mechanical license, master license, public performance license, theatrical license as well as print rights license.

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Types of Music Licensing that every artiste needs to know

1. Synchronization License

This method of music licensing refers to music that is going to be added to a visual media. It has different uses which includes commercials, studio videos, streaming advertisements, personal films, among others.

2. Mechanical License

A mechanical license is required for a physical reproduction of an artist’s work. Basically, this refers to CDs or distribution of music in any tangible form.

Artists are mostly paid per-copy and will have agreements with record labels, distributors, and publishers on the mechanical production of their music. A mechanical license is also needed if you are planning to record a cover song.

3. Master License

Master licenses is a bit similar to sync licenses and are a bit complex than most other licenses. A master right is held by the individual who owns the original recording of the song.

Master licensing gives the user permission to use a pre-recorded version of a song in a project, either visual or audio. but does not allow a user to cover or edit a song for a project.

4. Public Performance License

Public performance license is perhaps the most common form of music license issued today. While ‘performance’ may be a limiting term, it applies generally to any broadcast of an artist’s work. This includes businesses who play music in their store, jukeboxes, or any other form of public performance.

Performing rights organizations (PROs) such as BMI, SESAC, and ASCAP generally manage public performance licenses and issue music royalties to artists on a per-use basis.

5. Theatrical License

This type of license is very common in the theatre industry and mostly available in written form.

The Theatrical license is required any time a copyrighted work is to be performed on stage in front of an audience.

6. Print Rights License

Print Rights license is about the physical copy of the sheet music that an musician has created.

It is required when someone prints a sheet music compilation, or any time the sheet music of copyrighted work is reproduced.

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