Film and TV Music Placements


Film and TV music placements are normally procured by a Music Supervisor working on behalf of the television network, advertising agency, or television or film production company. The Music Supervisor’s role is to find the most appropriate music for the project, liaise with the copyright owner(s), and secure a mutually-beneficial licensing agreement for the use of the music in motion picture.

The film and TV music placements license agreement will detail three aspects of the use of the music copyright:

1. The Synchronization License which outlines the terms of the use of music to motion picture. The Music Supervisor may pay a fee for this portion of the license agreement.

2. The Master Use License fee which outlines the terms of the use of the recording. The Music Supervisor may pay a fee for this portion of the license agreement.

3. The Performance Royalty which is the fee collected on behalf of the copyright owner(s) by their performing rights organization from the broadcaster of the music, and paid directly to the copyright owner(s). The royalty is protected by almost every nation’s copyright statute and may not be negotiated by the Music Supervisor. It may also become the most lucrative portion of the license agreement.

Licensing music for motion picture is one of many services We Are Listening provides through our songwriting contest platform. Submit your songs for a chance to work with a recognized Music Supervisor and secure lucrative film and TV music placements.



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