Where will my music be licensed?
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. We will work closely with music supervisors, ad agencies, and anyone that has the ability to provide advance fees for the placement of your music.
Can Symphonic guarantee a Sync Placement?
There is never any guarantee when it comes to licensing.
The opportunities arise because a music supervisor has been hired to a specific TV show, movie, etc, to find music they feel meets the need for the project. Sometimes syncs happen with very fast turnarounds, and sometimes they can take months for the music supervisor to observe all their possibilities and make a selection. Be patient, be sure you have your song copyright information on hand, as well as instrumental and clean versions of your song as this will increase your chances of being selected in the future.
What does "Self-Published" mean?
Self Published, in reference to our Licensing application means that you currently don't have a publisher for that song and thus you are acting as yourself. Ideally you want to ensure you do have a publisher or that you are signed up to our publishing administration service - http://www.symphonicpublishing.com
Songwriter vs. Publishing Splits
Your composition is split up in two sections:
- Songwriter, which is the creator of the work, song, score or musical composition. There may be multiple songwriter percentages per song.
- Publisher, is the individual or company that owns or administers the copyright of the song. The writer of the song has to assign or give away rights to the specific company or publisher to claim ownership
How much can I earn from licensing?
It is true that there is good money in sync licensing.
However, there’s no way for us or any of these companies to estimate your earnings from sync licensing. Whether or not your music is placed and for what type of usage depends entirely on the music supervisors’ project needs and budget at any particular time, and whether or not your music fits those needs & budget.
Can I negotiate how much a licensing deal pays out?
No, it is completely up to the expertise of the negotiators and deal-makers at Rumblefish and Music Supervisor to determine the rates for your music.
Will I be able to approve/decline licensing requests?
No, you will not be able to approve/decline license requests.
Unfortunately, this is the nature of the sync business. Music supervisors run on tight deadlines finding music for their projects, and sync licensing companies like Rumblefish and Music Supervisor pride themselves on responding to licensing requests as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to get their film/TV/trailer clients get music fast. The result is that the music in their catalog gets placed more often, which is good for ALL parties involved—including you!
If Rumblefish and Music Supervisor had to come back to us to get in contact with you for all licensing requests, there might be delays in response which would cause a deal to be dropped altogether.
Am I giving up any rights by submitting to licensing?
Nope! None of these companies are owning any percentage of or taking away any of the rights to your music.
You are granting them the right to grant third parties the right to use your music in film, TV, commercials, etc. There is no ownership involved in this chain. Our licensing partners just want to “exploit” your music to the fullest in order to increase exposure and get you more revenue at the end of the day.
Are there exclusivities?
It’s all non-exclusive, and if any of these companies ever get a request from a client to use your music exclusively for any period of time, they must, by contract, come to you and Symphonic to obtain approval. This rarely happens, but can happen in larger deals.
Is Symphonic's licensing non-exclusive?
Yes, every one of our licensing offerings is non-exclusive. You can continue partnering with others as you wish.
For Sync Licensing, Symphonic Distribution strongly prefers tracks that are one-stop for sync and master rights. This means that we do not have to scramble for approvals on sync opportunities because the tracks rights have been signed off to a publisher or other entity.
If you are the writer and master-use rights owner, your music will be more easily placed for sync licensing. When a music supervisor is looking for music, they prefer to only have one-stop or one contact to find music that meets their specific needs.
How will I be notified and paid when my music has been licensed?
It depends on the offering. With Rumblefish, you will find out if they have successfully placed your music in the summer’s huge blockbuster hit film, but in most cases you won’t find out until you receive your quarterly payment from Symphonic. Music Supervisor’s team lets Symphonic know of any deal placed, and then we will promptly notify you and congratulate you. And of course, you will receive your payment accordingly.