Monday, March 9, 2015
Music Business/Law Tips - "Synch Deal Points"
Placing music in film, TV and commercials is big business and it’s open to artists of all levels of fame. A few points to make sure are considered before signing a synch license agreement are: 1. Try to get some kind of fee or consideration. 2. Make sure it’s clear how the music will be used in the program. 3. Make sure it’s a non-exclusive “license” (not a transfer of copyright). 4. If the song is a co-write/co-production, make sure that one person can sign for all. 5. Ensure that the song title, name of the performer and name of the writer(s) are properly credited in the program. 6. Try to get a copy of the cue sheet so you can make sure that BMI, ASCAP or SESAC are aware of the usage so they can collect back-end performance income. Ben McLane Esq Benmclane.com