This is an agreement for the use and dissemination of a musical composition between
an owner of a musical composition and a producer of a television or film project. This
particular agreement is highly detailed, providing for the duration of the composition, the
type of use, and the compensation arrangement. These agreements can vastly differ
from project to project, however this document can be customized to fit the unique
needs of the contracting parties. This agreement should be used by the owner of a
musical composition and a production company to enter into an agreement for the use
of the composition in a television or film production.
SYNCHRONIZATION LICENSE AGREEMENT
This Synchronization License Agreement (the â€œAgreementâ€) is made and entered into as of
______________________ [Instruction: Insert Date] (the â€œEffective Dateâ€), by and between
______________________ [Instruction: Insert Name of Publisher/Publishing Company/
Administrator] (the Licensorâ€), ________________________________________ [Instruction:
Insert Address], on the one hand, and _____________________ [Instruction: Insert Name of
Producer/Production Company] (the â€œLicenseeâ€), _________________________________
[Instruction: Insert Address], on the other hand.
WHEREAS, Licensor owns and/or controls certain musical composition(s), as set forth in
Exhibit "A" attached hereto and incorporated by this reference (the â€œComposition(s)â€);
WHEREAS, Licensee desires to include the Composition(s) in the project tentatively entitled
â€œ___________________________â€ (the â€œProjectâ€);
NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration the receipt of which is hereby
acknowledged by each party hereto, it is agreed as follows:
1. GRANT OF LICENSE
Licensor hereby grants to Licensee the non-exclusive right to synchronize, reproduce, sell,
exhibit, perform, use and otherwise exploit the Composition(s) as set forth in Exhibit â€œAâ€ hereto.
Licensor hereby waives the "moral rights" of authors, as said term is commonly understood
throughout the world. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by Licensor,
including, without limitation, the right to use the Composition(s) on audio-only records.
Provided Licensor fully performs all material obligations under this Agreement, and in full
consideration of all rights granted herein, Licensee shall pay or cause to be paid to Licensor, the
sum of _______________ Dollars ($_______) [Instruction: Insert Fee Amount] as
compensation, which sum shall be payable upon the later of execution hereof and initial
exploitation pursuant hereto. This compensation shall constitute payment in full to Licensor, and
to all persons or entities deriving or claiming rights through Licensor. [Note: in the event that
an option is needed for certain rights, option compensation provisions can be included in
the grant of rights section in Exhibit â€œAâ€]
Licensor understands and agrees that the Composition(s) may or may not be used in the final
version of the Project. If the Composition(s) are contained in the final version of the Project,
Licensor shall be entitled to screen credit. The type, size, shape, color, placement, duration and
all other characteristics the credit shall be at Licenseeâ€™s sole and absolute discretion. Without
limiting the generality of the foregoing, such credit may be shared with and/or adjacent to credits
relating to other contributors to the recording(s) and/or the Composition(s).
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4. PUBLIC PERFORMANCE
A. With respect to any internet and/or television rights granted pursuant to Exhibit "A"
herein, the Composition(s) may only be exhibited by internet or television distributors that have
valid performance licenses from ASCAP, BMI, SESAC or other similar performing rights
[Comment and Instruction: Choose one. If the production company does not plan to pay
public performance royalties on such uses, include this provision instead:
With respect to any internet and/or television rights granted pursuant to Exhibit "A"
herein, it is hereby acknowledged that the public performance rights for such use are
licensed pursuant hereto and no additional license from ASCAP, BMI, SESAC or other
similar performing right society shall be necessary.]
B. Licensee agrees to furnish a final and accurate music cue sheet of the Project to Licensor,
ASCAP and BMI within the later of thirty (30) days following the initial United States
exploitation of the Project and execution hereof.
5. REPRESENTATIONS,WARRANTIES, INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION
A. Licensor warrants that:
i. Licensor owns and controls one hundred percent (100%) of all copyrights in and to
the Composition(s) throughout the universe;
ii. Neither the Composition(s) nor anything contained in the Composition hereunder will