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Music rights help and guidance

Music rights help and guidance


Music rights help - the world of music licensing made simple


If you're adding music to a promo it's important to understand what rights, or permissions, you need to clear before making it publicly available. Different types of music require different rights, and a summary of these can be found below, along with contact numbers to assist with clearance.

Usually the broadcaster or production company commissioning the promo will have licences to use particular types of music, and can guide you in what you can and can't use, but sometimes they'll give you a budget and ask you to clear the rights yourself. To put music with a promo you need to clear two sets of rights; a synchronisation, or 'synch' licence from the publisher of the music, representing the composer (i.e. the melody and words, regardless of who performs them) and a dubbing licence from the sound recording owner (usually the record company).

What different types of music are available to license?

A) Specially composed music: You can commission music for your promo, you can write and record it yourself or if you know someone who writes you can ask them. Commissioning music can be expensive and there are no fixed rates so it's a question of agreeing a fee. If you commission music you usually won't need to clear any rights to use music in your film as this will be part of the agreement with the composer.

B) Commercial music: This term covers all kinds of commercially available music, from Abba to ZZ Top, Pavarotti to Prokofiev. Generally speaking the better-known the performer and track, the more it will cost. There are no set fees for commercial music, and all rates are negotiable. To use commercial music you'll usually need a synch licence from the composer's publisher and a dubbing licence from the artist's record company. If the composer(s) died more than 70 years ago, then the musical work is no longer in copyright in Australia, and you don't need a synch licence. In Australia, sound recording copyright last for 70 years after first release, so if it's an old original recording you won't need a dubbing licence.

C) AMCOS Library music: Unlike commercial music, library music generally won't be well-known music, but is composed with film and television in mind. There are numerous library/production music companies in Australia and you can license their music through AMCOS in units of 30 seconds. Rates vary according to use and a rate card with full details and a list of companies are available from AMCOS. The advantage of library music over commercial music is that one licence covers all synch and dubbing rights.

D) Independent Library Music: A very small number of music libraries exist independently of AMCOS, with the advantage that they are able to set their own tariffs and offer blanket licences covering all music in their library for world-wide multi-platform use in perpetuity. Audio Network is an independent music library in Australia.

To conclude: Copyright in music is protected by law, and it's important to ensure that you don't infringe anybody's copyright. It's impossible to cover all details in a short summary so if you're in any doubt please check with the rights owners before assuming something is OK. Never assume 'no-one will notice'. Every promo has the potential to reach millions of viewers. Always obtain independent legal advice if you're in any doubt over your position. This information is intended as a guide only.

Audio Network Australia +61 2 8204 0100 info@audionetwork.com.au
APRA - APRA for Music (representing publishers and composers) +61 2 9935 7900

 

 
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Music Usage

Please select your usage type for prices of tracks

JUST
$1.69
PER TRACK (NO VAT)

Download for Personal Use

Covers downloading for personal audio-only use and storage. This includes saving the file on your computer or mp3 player and listening to the track.

If you wish to use the music track(s) in an audio-visual production you will need to take out either the Home / Student Productions licence, or one of our professional licences, depending on the usage type.

JUST
$1.85
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

Home / Student Productions

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single non-commercial home/student film or other multi-media project. This includes productions created at home, within an education facility, community centre or religious establishment. You are permitted to distribute the finished audio-visual production to friends and family, festivals, or third party content sites such as YouTube.
This usage type excludes any form or commercial exploitation, or the promotion of a business or service.

UP TO
$135
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

Online / Corporate / Charity Productions

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single corporate, charity or brand film, computer game, app or multimedia presentation. This covers distribution on websites (including third party content sites such as YouTube or Vimeo), DVD and live events.
This usage type excludes productions for TV, Radio and Film, commercials for Cinema, Radio and Television, productions for Retail Sale or Cover Mount and Audio-only CDs. Please contact us if you wish to discuss clearing these additional rights.
Public performance of the finished production on a web site or at a live event will require an additional public performance licence from the relevant collection society in your territory. However, public performance on user-generated content sites such as YouTube should already be covered by the site owner’s licence.

Please contact us for details of campaign discounts or to speak to someone from your local office.

UP TO
$295
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

TV / Radio / Film Productions

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single TV, Radio and Film production. All rights in the sound recording and musical work are cleared for the world, for multi-platform distribution, in perpetuity. The above licence clears the rights for one programme or episode. Please contact us if you wish to use the track in multiple programmes, or episodes.
This usage type excludes Cinema, Radio and Television commercials, productions for Retail Sale or Cover Mount, Audio-only CDs and any Public Performance

Please contact us for details of campaign discounts or to speak to someone from your local office.

JUST
$195
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

Radio Commercials

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single Radio commercial. All rights in the sound recording and musical work are cleared for the world, for multi-platform distribution, in perpetuity.
Different versions of commercials require separate licences.

Please contact us for details of campaign discounts or to speak to someone from your local office.

JUST
$495
PER TRACK (Excl.VAT)

TV / Cinema Commercials

Covers music for synchronisation use in a single TV or Cinema commercial. All rights in the sound recording and musical work are cleared for the world, for multi-platform distribution, in perpetuity.
Different versions of commercials require separate licences.

Please contact us for details of campaign discounts or to speak to someone from your local office.

Unauthorised synchronisation use, copying, hiring, lending, broadcast and public performance are strictly prohibited.





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