How Much Will It Cost?
Submitting songs for TV, Film & Commercial Licensing is available for most musicians/songs upon approval. The percentage is an industry standard of a 50/50 split. Another words, if a movie company wants your song, you receive 50% and we receive 50%. The price they pay varies.
We would not own your “songwriter” share. You continue to collect your songwriter broadcast royalties directly from your P.R.O. (Performing Rights Organizations): ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc.
We would not own any publishing percentage of any of your other songs or music cues, and you would be completely free to write new songs and music cues for any other publishers. Our contract is on a “per-song” basis, and is not an “artist contract”, so you are completely free to do whatever you like with any of your other songs not listed on the contract.
So you wish to have your song considered for our library, what next? You will mail in your song (3245 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 179, Suwanee, GA 30024) or send an MP3 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send only one (1) email at a time. In the event that your e-mail is returned (over capacity), you will need to mail in your submission. No submissions will be returned. Along with your submission, you will need to include:
- Your name
- Your e-mail address
- Your stage name
- Your phone number
- Your addresses
- Your CAE/IPI number from your P.R.O. (ASCAP or BMI-see above)
- The tempo
- The type of vocal (male, female, solo, choir, etc.…)
- The style
- Artists the song sounds like
- Lyric themes
We will listen to your song and determine if it is right for the organizations we work with. If so, we will send you the contract. Again, this is not an “artist contract,” it’s a “per-song” contract.
We do not accept songs that contain samples from other artists. However, it is okay to include songs that have pre-recorded loops from programs such as Garageband. All copyright owners will have to agree to have your song licensed. So, if you have co-writers, they will need to agree to our terms in writing. If you have multiple publishing deals, you will not be able to submit your song. Did you buy your beat? You will have to have your producer agree in writing to our terms, as well. Another words, anyone involved in the song must grant permission to license the song.
If you have already registered your publishing rights with BMI (or other publisher), you will need to change the registration. Send a letter to your P.R.O. to change your publishing registration. Anyone currently listed to receive publishing percentages must also sign your letter in agreement to the changes. This can take a month or so. We will register your songs under another song title (same song, different title). This is called a “Re-Title” deal, and is non-exclusive as far as the underlying composition. We would only have “exclusive” right to the “Re-Title” song names listed on the contract and that we register with BMI and ASCAP. The Re-Titled song will be assigned a specific “Work Number” by BMI or ASCAP.
Will Your Song Get Licensed?
We submit your songs to a wide variety of Music Supervisors on a regular basis. We make every effort to license your songs since that’s how we make our money. But ultimately it is up to the Music Supervisor of a film, TV show, commercial or video game to make that determination. There is no guarantee that your song will get licensed.
How Do You Get Paid?
If your song is chosen, we will contact you by e-mail. Make sure you check your e-mail often and make sure email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org does not go to your spam.
Can I sell my song on iTunes still?
Yes, you can continue selling your own CDs and downloads on iTunes, etc., as long as you do not grant “exclusive” licensing rights to any online licensing agents or 3rd party licensing agents the specific song (or songs) listed on the contract you sign with us.
IF you have read the above and wish to proceed, please go to tenthousandhourssync.com or contact us.