How it works
When you want to give someone else the right to use a musical recording, a Master Use License Agreement is a great way to make sure it's done the right way. Whether the music is used in film, TV, online, or in another way, this Agreement covers all the basics and sets clear expectations between the musician and the producer.
A Master Use License Agreement is made between the owner of a sound recording or piece of music and the producer of a film or other creative work. In its simplest form, the Master Use License Agreement is used by the musician to grant the producer the right to use the music in the film or film's soundtrack. However, several parties (including record companies) often share ownership of a piece of music or sound recording, so all parties have to approve the use of the music or master recordings they jointly own. This Agreement covers the scope of how the music will be used, including the right to play or perform the music publicly. Compensation, screen credit and representations and warranties by the musician and producer are other terms included in the Master Use License Agreement.
Other names for this document: Music Use Licensing Agreement, Master Use Licensing Contract
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