To use an existing recording in any format. If you wish to use a master recording in any sort of video or motion picture, you must also request a Synchronization License. Each title is subject to the approval of the sound recording owner. Please contact us for a free quote.
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.
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.
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.
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 12.5% of the retail price of the book, divided by the number of copyrighted songs in the book. For example, if the retail price of the book was $10.00 and contained 10 songs, the print royalty rate would be $0.125 per song, per copy.
How do I request a music license?
All license requests are facilitated at https://watershedmusicgroup.com/publishing/.
How do I request a translation?
All translation requests are facilitated at https://watershedmusicgroup.com/publishing/.
How much does a music license cost?
License rates are calculated by statute or by current industry rates, depending on the type of license(s) requested. Please refer to the ‘License Rates‘ portion of Help Center below.
All Non-Commercial license requests cost the publishing royalties payable, plus a flat $15.00 (USD) license handling fee, per song.
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.
How do I find a song?
The easiest way to find a song is via Song Finder, located at https://watershedmusicgroup.com/publishing/. Song Finder allows you to search our catalog by title, author, publisher, lyric or CCLI song number.
When will my license be approved?
You will receive an email from our licensing team with final instructions.
What is ‘Licensing’ for?
Licensing allows users to properly request permission to use a song, request or submit a translation, and to learn more about our license rates and descriptions.
Are your lyrics the official song lyrics?
Watershed displays the official lyrics for songs, as provided by the owners of the song. Please contact us if you discover an error or to request lyrics to a particular song.
What are ‘Resources’ for?
Resources provide links to available song assets, encouraging users to engage and interact with the song. Assets may include:
i) official song chord chart;
ii) official stem tracks via MultiTracks;
iii) song resource page available to churches via CCLI Song Select;
iv) song video (audio and/or visual) on YouTube.
What does ‘Publishing’ tell us?
The Publishing section provides four pieces of ownership information:
i) the registered name of each respective publisher;
ii) whether or not Watershed Music Publishing represents the publisher(s) of the work;
iii) the percentage controlled and represented by each publisher;
iv) Watershed Music Publishing’s portion of the Label Copy (the “publishing credits”).
Why can I not listen to the song?
If you do not see a Spotify music player, the song is either not recorded or not available on Spotify. However, you are welcome to contact us to verify whether or not the song has been recorded.
What does ‘Song Details’ tell us?
The Song Details portion of each song page provides three pieces of information:
i) the unique song identification number assigned by Watershed Music Publishing;
ii) the unique song identification number assigned by CCLI;
iii) the percentage of ownership controlled and represented by Watershed Music Publishing.
What is Watershed Music Publishing?
Watershed Music Publishing is a division of Watershed Music Group, providing publishing rights management – stewarding the administration, licensing, translations, royalty collection, and payment on behalf of our songwriter and catalog administration clients.
What is Watershed Label Services?
Watershed Label Services is a division of Watershed Music Group, providing product and royalty administration on behalf of our artist and label administration clients.