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Music Licensing

What is A Master License?

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Are you in search of acquiring a master license to use recording of a song in your project? Do you need to know everything about this process to make a smoother process? We have all the answers and more. So join us as we explore the world of music licensing. 

Master License

What Is A Master License?

A master license is a legal agreement that grants permission to use a specific recording of a song. It is typically obtained from the owner of the sound recording rights. Such as a record label or the artist themselves. The process for obtaining a master license can vary depending on the specific rights holder. Typically involves contacting them directly and negotiating the terms of the license agreement.

How To Obtain A Master License

To obtain a master license in music, you would typically need to contact the owner of the sound recording and negotiate a license agreement. This can involve paying a fee or royalty for the right to use the recording in your project. It’s important to ensure that you have the necessary rights and permissions before using any copyrighted material in your work.

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What Are Other Types Of Music Licenses?

There are several types of music licenses, including mechanical licenses, synchronization licenses, public performance licenses, and print licenses.

Mechanical License

A mechanical license is a legal agreement that grants permission to reproduce and distribute a copyrighted musical composition in the form of a sound recording.

Synchronization License

A synchronization license is a legal agreement that grants permission to use a musical composition in synchronization with visual media, such as a film, TV show, or commercial.

Public Performance License

A public performance license is a legal agreement that grants permission to publicly perform copyrighted works, such as music, in exchange for payment of royalties to the copyright owner or licensing agency.

Print Licenses

Print licenses in terms of music refer to the legal permission granted to individuals or organizations to reproduce and distribute printed sheet music or lyrics of a particular song or musical work. This allows them to make copies of the music for sale or distribution, and is usually obtained through a licensing agency or directly from the copyright holder.

Music Gateway & Music Licensing

Would you like to get in touch with Music Gateway to see how we can help you? Then please use this link to get in touch with us to discuss any opportunities such as Sync Licensing, Music Licensing, Music Clearance, Sync Libraries or Music Libraries, etc., you may want to take further. 

You can book a call with Sam – Head of Sync Licensing – as a potential lead. We are always happy to talk to musicians like you. Please do get in touch.

Summary – Master Licensing

Obtaining a Master License in music is crucial because it gives you the legal right to use a specific recording of a song for a specific purpose, such as in a film or TV show. If you don’t get a Master License, you could face legal action for copyright infringement. So, hopefully now you see how essential it is to obtain one and how to go about this. Remember, here at Music Gateway we are to help you in any way we can.


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