FAQs � Questions for Music Licensing
REQUIREMENT TO OBTAIN A SYNCHRONIZATION ("SYNCH") LICENSE!
We encourage Chicago Music Library clients to download from our website and sample tracks in their productions. However, once clients decide to use any music from our library, including any public domain recordings, they must obtain a written Synchronization ("Synch") License from us prior to use!
WHAT IS A SYNCHRONIZATION ("SYNCH") LICENSE?
A Synch License allows our clients to use a recording of a musical work in audio-visual form such as for film, video, web and television. The music is "synchronized" or recorded in timed relation with the audio or visual images.
WHY DO I NEED A SYNCHRONIZATION ("SYNCH") LICENSE?
It is the law and severe penalties can exist for using music without a license prior to its use. Music is considered intellectual property and is owned by a copyright holder who can be the composer or a music publisher who owns or controls the copyright.
WHAT IS A PERFORMANCE LICENSE?
A Performance License is for a synchronized production performed either in public or transmitted by any means such as film or television.
DO I NEED A PERFORMANCE LICENSE?
A Performance License is typically the responsibility of the venue broadcasting (performing) the production, and such Performance License is typically obtained through performing rights societies such as ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. If a venue does not have a performance agreement with a performing rights society, then you may have to obtain the Performance License.
WHAT IS A MECHANICAL LICENSE?
A Mechanical License is a separate license granting the right to record and distribute (without visual images/audio only) a song on phonorecords such as a CDs. It does not cover synchronization uses.
DO I NEED A MECHANICAL LICENSE?
Yes, you must obtain a Mechanical License when your use of music is a mechanical use.
WHAT DOES "NEEDLEDROP" MEAN?
The term "Needledrop" or "Drop" means whenever a full or partial length track starts and stops in a production even if it is the same track.
WHAT DOES "PRODUCTION BLANKET" MEAN?
A Production Blanket means the use of partially limited or unlimited amounts of music in a production typically for a capped or flat fee.
DOES CHICAGO MUSIC LIBRARY OFFER BUYOUT MUSIC?
No. Chicago Music Library is a Needledrop or "per-use" library. We also license on a yearly or multi-year agreement basis.
HOW DO I NAVIGATE THE CHICAGO MUSIC LIBRARY WEBSITE?
There are multiple ways to find our albums and tracks. All 20 major music categories are found on our home page. Just click on the category of your choice and all of the albums that fall into that specific category will appear. Once inside the category, you can use the scroll bar and click on the different albums. Once inside the album, all the tracks will appear and are available to audition in high quality 320kbps mp3 format.
Another way to search for categories and albums is to use the drop down boxes that appear at the top of the screen. Just click on the "Select By Category" box and all the categories will appear. Once inside the category, two drop down boxes will appear on the top left of the screen; one to Search By Category and the other to Search By Album. Select the appropriate drop down menu and search away.
The last method to search is our "Advanced Search". There is a keyword search box on the top right of the screen for you to type in keywords that describe the type of music for which you are seeking. You can also click on the Advanced Search tab on the top of our website and four separate boxes will appear: style, instrumentation, moods, and tempos. All four boxes have clickable parameters so you can just go into each category and select anything for which you are searching.
HOW DO I DOWNLOAD TRACKS?
You must be a Chicago Music Library client to download. Please register as a client on our homepage. Once you have completed the registration process, select Create A Project which is located on the right of the screen about half way down. After you have created a project you are ready to start downloading tracks. To do so, just find which tracks you would like to "add" to your project and click the "Add To Project" button located to the right of each track. Now that you have added the tracks you want to the specified project just click the "Download My Tracks" link located to the right. Select the project you would like to download and your tracks will be sent to your email in the form of a link. Click on the link and a zip file will be downloaded containing all your tracks.
HOW DO I PURCHASE A LICENSE?
Purchasing a License is easy and takes minutes to execute. Click the "Purchase Licenses" link located to the right of screen. Once you've clicked the link the screen changes to your list of projects, just select the project that is ready for licensing and go through the drop down options. First, select the production type, (theatrical, corporate/non-broadcast, internet, or non-profit/educational). The second drop down option is license type; choose the appropriate option that is needed for your project. The last option is the licensing option. Chose the appropriate option and click "License Details". You will NOT be charged at this point, as this takes you to a new screen which shows the rate that you will be charged and the appropriate fields to be filled out, company info, billing address, project title, air date, etc.WHAT FILE FORMATS CAN I DOWNLOAD?
Once you've filled this out click "Payment Options" located at the bottom of the page, and you will be prompted to the payment screen where your credit card info is required. Once everything has been filled out correctly, click the, "I agree to terms" button and then click "Purchase License". A digital copy of our legal license will then download to your computer and you are ready to use the track(s) in your project for whatever mediums you previously specified.
All our files on the website are in 320kbps mp3 format. WAV and AIFF files are available upon request. Please just contact our offices.
WHAT ARE THE SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS TO DOWNLOAD TRACKS?
Mac OSX, Windows XP or higher.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY MUSIC FOR LICENSING OPPORTUNITIES?
Do you accept submissions? Yes! If you would like to submit music to the Chicago Music Library please send us a streaming link via soundcloud, reverbnation, etc. or send us downloadable links with two or three of your best tracks as mp3s via hightail or wetransfer (do not attach files via e-mail, these will not be considered). Send links to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please supply all your contact info as well, and we will get back to you if we believe we can facilitate your music in our library. If you do decide to submit music to us make sure that you are registered with the proper performing rights society such as ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. Additionally, you as the artist must own your music outright - both master and synchronization rights. All your material must be original meaning absolutely NO samples.