Music Copyright and Licensing

We clear rights so you don’t have to

Obtaining permission, i.e. “clearing the rights”, to use copyright material can at times be straightforward but is often a complex process. With Musicalities’ depth of experience, knowledge and expertise we can make this easy for you, leaving you free to concentrate on other essential aspects of your project.

For example, using library music usually involves a simple one-off license whereas even a short extract from a dance track can involve several rights owners, particularly where “samples” are involved.

Making it as simple as possible

We advise on the ownership of songs and recordings, undertake the clearance process and arrange the necessary licences.

For a recent National Geographic TV series, we successfully delivered 29 complex music licence agreements on time and within budget.

Whilst we cannot always work miracles, we do go the extra mile. For example, we negotiated the use of a Rolling Stones’ composition for an Oxfam TV campaign for free – and also made a donation from our fee to the charity.

To learn how Musicalities can save you time and money, please call us on 01590 719983 or email

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“Ivan was extremely skillful in guiding us through the process of acquiring music rights for our digital programme. From start to finish he advised us promptly and clearly on the steps in the process to clear each of our chosen tracks and acquired the clearances we needed in the very tight timeline we had. I would thoroughly recommend his services.”

Niamh Dilworth, Senior Producer, Unicorn Theatre

Upcoming Events:

Ivan Chandler regularly runs Copyright Training courses.

If you'd like us to run a course just for you: click to email us or call us on 01590 719983.