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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.

How do I request a translation?

All translation requests are facilitated via Watershed Music Publishing. Click here to submit a translation request.

When will my license be approved?

You will receive an email from our licensing team with final instructions.

Can I license a Sound Recording from you?

Yes. However, each title is subject to the approval of the sound recording owner. Please be advised that we only license certain sound recordings owned and controlled by clients of Watershed Label Services. Please contact us to find out if we control any particular recordings you would like to license.

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.

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