Concerts and Live Performances
Music publishers sell copies of printed music for live performances only. Licenses to make recordings or videos are sold separately.
Licensing Music for a Recording – “Mechanical” Licenses
“Mechanical licences” for recording published works should be purchased directly through the publisher.
Costs are usually based on the size of the intended market. If a choir is making a small-run promotional recording to sell locally to choir supporters, the license fee is generally quite low. However, if a major recording label plans to market the recording around the world, licensing fees are set to the industry standard. The best practice is to contact the publisher with details of your project, and ask about licensing fees.
Licensing Music for a Video or Motion Picture – “Synchronization” Licences
If a choir or ensemble is making a promotional video that won’t earn any money, the composer or publisher may give permission for use, or issue an inexpensive license. If the group plans to market the recording around the world, intending to make a profit, licensing fees are set to the industry standard. The best practice is to contact the composer or publisher with details of your project, and ask about licensing fees.
To purchase a “synchronization license” for a larger commercial venture, or to use music as a soundtrack for a video or motion picture, please contact the composer, publisher or SOCAN. The licence fee is based on the size of the intended market.
Stock Instrumental Music
Shop for available tracks at Pond5. The synchronization license is included in the purchase.
Publisher Contact Information
Cypress Choral Music
1702 – 1408 Strathmore Mews
Hillview Cottage Music
Click “Contact” to inquire about ordering music
Leslie Music – Canadian distribution by Mayfair Music
26037 Woodbine Avenue
Keswick, ON L4P 3E9
57 Heritage Drive
Walton Music (a division of GIA)
1072 S. Roanoke Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807