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License Rates

How much does a music license cost?

Watershed Music Publishing offers all types of music licenses and rates vary based on how you are using music. License rates are calculated by statute or by current industry rates, depending on the type of license(s) requested. Rates are outlined in the “License Rates” portion of the Help Center. All Non-Commercial license requests cost the publishing royalties payable, plus a flat $15.00 (USD) license handling fee, per song.

Recording Project (Audio)

We license songs for all types of recording projects. Examples include physical CDs, digital downloads, accompaniment/karaoke tracks, and film soundtracks. The rate is the current statutory royalty of $0.091 or $0.0175 per minute of runtime, whichever is greater, per unit, times the number of uses, and $0.24 per unit for ringtones. Use of existing recordings is subject to the approval of the sound recording owner. Please contact us for a free quote.

Synchronization (Visual)

We license songs for all types of visual projects. Examples include DVDs, digital video downloads, film, TV, and weddings. Use of existing recordings is subject to the approval of the sound recording owner. Please contact us for a free quote. – Physical products and downloadable videos cost $0.20 (Non-Commercial use), $0.25 (for Master use), and $0.15 (Commercial use) per unit. – Negotiated fee for use on Film, TV, and other similar uses.

Print (Physical & Digital)

We license songs and lyrics for all types of physical and digital print uses. Examples include songbooks, sheet music, digital sheet music, and apparel. Our current rates for standard uses are provided below. Please contact us for other similar uses. – Downloadable chord charts cost $0.20 per song, per copy. – Individual song reprints cost $1.00 per copy, per song. – Individual lyric reprints in a book or other similar publication cost $40.00 per song. – Lyric reprint costs $0.06 per unit (CD liner notes or any other publication), and $5.00 per unit (merchandise). – Songbooks cost the rate of…

Online Lyric Display

To display song lyrics on an internet webpage. Licenses are issued to the website for a specific term (e.g., 6 months, 12 months). A royalty of $15.00 per 6 months is the applicable rate.

Website Streaming

To stream non-downloadable audio and/or video content on a website. Licenses are issued to the website for a specific term (e.g., 6 months, 12 months). A royalty of $20.00 per 6 months is the applicable rate. If you are streaming pre-recorded material, you must also request a Master Use License.

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