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If you wish to contact Wise Music Group about a synch license, please contact the team in the appropriate country below:
A synchronisation ‘synch’ licence is required when a musical work is used in combination with another form of media, usually visual, and is most commonly sought for use in TV / RADIO / ONLINE ADVERTISING, TV PROGRAMMES, FEATURE FILMS, TRAILERS, COMPUTER GAMES, and CORPORATE VIDEOS.
A publishing synch licence is issued by the music publisher for the use of the underlying copyright in the music and will be separate to the master licence issued by the record label for the existing recordings. The terms of the synch licence issued are subject to negotiation, writer/representative approval and the payment of a synch fee, and the fee will vary dependent on the media requested, the territory of exploitation and the duration of the usage.
Wise Music can arrange a grand rights licence for your dramatic performance. Please choose your territory in the listing of Wise Music Offices or Agents on Wise Music Classical Click here for website
A grand rights licence is required whenever a dramatic or staged performance of a musical work takes place, e.g. involving any of the following elements: ACTING, DANCE, MIME, NARRATION, COSTUME, or SCENERY.
The music may have been composed specifically for the purpose (for example, an opera), or existing works may be used in a dramatic setting (for example, to accompany a choreographed dance performance).
All print licensing requests for Wise Music Group copyrights are handled by our partner Hal Leonard Europe, or in the US, Hal Leonard Corporation. This includes requests to reproduce existing publications and editions, print new arrangements, include lyrics in a publication and permission to photocopy a work.
If you would like to apply for a print license, please use the Hal Leonard licensing platform. Click here for website.
The only exception to this applies to G. Schirmer and Associated Music Publishers (AMP) copyrights, which
are licensed by Wise Music Group direct. Additionally, for permission to create new arrangements, Wise Music Group should be
Please visit this site for contact details in both these cases.
A print licence is required when an individual or company wishes to reproduce the music and/or lyrics of a copyright work in print or digital form. Print licenses are required for the following uses:
Wise Music has several catalogues of its own copyrights to license in print:View Catalogues
If the piece of music is still protected by copyright then you are legally obliged to approach the copyright owner in question for permission to reproduce the music.How can I tell if a piece of music is still protected by copyright?
In the UK, a work is in copyright for a period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the composer or author dies. Works with multiple composers/authors remain in copyright for a period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the last living contributors dies.
If a work is in copyright, permission to use the work in any context must be granted by the copyright holder.Do I need to know the writer and composer of the piece of work?
The title of the piece along with the composer and/or lyricist is necessary in order for us to identify the correct work. If you are requesting permission to use a popular arrangement please also provide full details of the arrangement and the arranger’s name.Does it matter if I don't know full publication details at the time of submission?
We require as much information as possible to determine the fee and process your request. At the very least we need the initial print run, retail price and territory of sale of the publication.What territory will the licence cover?
We generally issue licenses for UK/Europe, however specific deals allow us to approve use for World excluding North America as well as Worldwide territory. Please check with us if you are unsure.What length of term will the licence cover?
Our general term is two years, requiring a reprint application once the licence expires.Can I use a certain length of printed music/lyrics without permission?
No. Any amount of copyright-protected music requires permission from the copyright owners/original publishers.How long will it take to get copyright approval?
When we have received your request form we will confirm which of the titles we will be able to clear for you. During busy periods and due to the high volume of requests received daily it may take a minimum of 10 working days before receiving an update from us on the progress of your request although we aim to respond as soon as we can. We will then begin the copyright clearance procedure.
Please note that occasionally clearances can take many months to be processed. In this situation we will endeavour to chase the parties involved for information, but we cannot ensure a quick response.
If you have a particularly urgent request that requires immediate attention, please let us know, and we will do our best to assist you to meet your deadline.
Please also note that we cannot guarantee that all requests will be approved. If permission is denied, under no circumstances should you proceed with printing. This would be a breach of copyright and could result in legal action.
When copyright permission has been granted you will receive confirmation of the terms and conditions of your approval, along with details of any fees payable.Will there be a fee for my request?
Yes. In most cases we have standard fees for the reproduction of copyrighted material.
Please be advised that we impose a minimum fee of £100.00 + VATWhat does it mean if a fee is quoted on a MFN or 'most favoured nation' basis?
If a fee is quoted on a ‘most favoured nations’ basis or MFN, this means that we are entitled to a higher fee should you have agreed to pay an original publisher of a work also in the folio (or co-publisher of a work) a higher fee.I’ve been told that I can buy a copy of this song from you. Can you send me the sheet music?
If you are searching for a particular piece of sheet music we suggest you visit musicroom.com to see whether it has been published in one of our publications. You can also visit sheetmusicdirect which has a download facility.