How to License Your Music

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Selling your music is only half of the music industry today. Your music has the potential to be licensed in films, TV shows, commercials (online and on TV), video games, trailers, public performances in retail stores, fashion runways, restaurants and much more. All media! Money earned from sync licensing placements has become a valuable revenue stream for Symphonic clients.

We’ve put together a few tips on how to license your music and decide if this is a good route for your music!

Sync licensing may or may not be a term that you are familiar with but it is helpful to learn about when looking for more revenue streams in the industry. If you’re ready to jump into licensing, check out these five steps for licensing your music

What is Sync Licensing?

‘Sync’ is short for ‘synchronization.’ When you’re talking about synchronization licensing in the music business, synchronization refers to the act of synchronizing a piece of music with any form of visual media. Licensing refers to the act of getting the rights to use the music.

What Is The Eligibility For Licensing Submission

For any one of Symphonic’s licensing offerings, all music submitted must not contain ANY uncleared samples. In general, songs with uncleared samples are completely ineligible for sync licensing. If an uncleared sample is found, you could get into big legal trouble.

As a record label, you must have the right to grant master use and synchronization licenses on behalf of your artist/songwriter. This must be stated clearly and explicitly in your artist-label contract. If not, you must have prior authorization from your artists/songwriters in the form of writing. By delivering your music to Symphonic to ultimately deliver to our licensing partners, you warrant and represent that all owners of the songs have given you permission in some form and that all songs you deliver to our licensing partners are pre-cleared for placement and licensing purposes.

Any artist or record label can submit material to be included in our Sync Licensing service. We will review your music for quality control purposes and also review your online presence. Our system will essentially take the information we need that supervisors will look for when working on pitches on tv or film networks.

Not every submission is approved but you have no fees or limits in terms of submitting particular works.

How Do I Submit Music For Licensing?

To submit tracks for a given release there are just a few quick and easy steps. If you are a Digital Distribution client, first visit your label page on and view your releases. Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 2.06.23 PM


From here a couple options will be presented, for licensing select the licensing tab.

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You will enter the info for the writers and publisher of the given release. This info is vital and required, but may take some time to gather if you don’t already have it on file as a heads up. Once you are done entering all the needed info, click “save & next” and the you will be submitted for licensing consideration.Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 2.09.43 PM

Still have questions about how to license your music? We’re here to help! Visit our FAQ section on licensing.