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How to get a song licensed in your movie? Agents?

Max Field

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Have been Googling all over the place and keep getting results for artists getting their songs into movies and not the other way around.

Has anyone produced a film before and gone through the process of officially licensing a contemporary copyrighted piece of music into the final cut? It's so hard to track which label owns what artist's catalog nowadays, as well as getting a response from them in general feels like a struggle.

If we have songs from multiple different labels, is there some kind of licensing agent who can communicate with the labels on a filmmakers behalf to acquire licensing rights to music easier?

Thank you.

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18 hours ago, Joerg Polzfusz said:

Did you try contacting ASCAP, BMI or SESAC?

I looked through their catalogs and it's a two-fold problem where either they don't have the songs we want or they are only for the playing of at live events and not to be used within recorded media.

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  • 1 month later...

I don't know if this is still relevant, but some time ago working on a project a producer told me about these guys and they do exactly what you're asking. 

They license music for films, don't know how much it costs though.


There's also an alternative that I learned of recently, that might be a better alternative if it's a lower budget project.


Hope it helps.



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