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Our prices include the royalties for the copyright owner plus a fee for our services. To get the total price for one song, multiply the royalty rate by the quantity, then add our fee.

If you release multiple formats, each format requires a separate license, and we charge separate royalties and fees for each license processed. The information on this page applies to our Cover Song Licensing services. Custom Licensing pricing varies by project.

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How royalties are calculated

Multiply the royalty rate by the number of units produced (CDs, downloads, ringtones).

Royalty Rate
CDs, vinyl, tapes: $0.091
Digital downloads: $0.091
Ringtones: $0.24
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Quantity
Please note that as a result of legislative changes from the Music Modernization Act, interactive audio streams are no longer available for licensing through our Cover Song Licensing service. In some cases they remain available via our Custom Licensing services. Please contact us for details.

How royalty rates are determined

Royalty rates vary by format. They are set by the Copyright Royalty Board. The rates for ringtones are the same regardless of song length. Rates for downloads and physical formats are slightly higher for songs over five minutes:

Song 5:00 or less
9.10 cents for songs five minutes or less

For example:
0:35 = $.091
2:35 = $.091
4:35 = $.091
5:00 = $.091
or
Longer than five minutes
1.75 cents per minute, round minutes up
For example:
5:01 to 6:00 = $.105 (6 x $.0175 = $.105)
6:01 to 7:00 = $.1225 (7 x $.0175 = $.1225)
7:01 to 8:00 = $.14 (8 x $.0175 = $.14)
8:01 to 9:00 = $.1575 (9 x $.0175 = $.1575)

What to put for the quantity

Physical product

For physical releases (CDs, vinyl, cassette tapes), license every unit manufactured, even if you won't release it right away. This includes copies you plan to give away for free and units you will use for promotion. Reputable manufacturers will want to see proof of licensing before they make your product.

Digital releases

For digital releases (digital downloads, ringtones), you pre-pay for a certain quantity and you are covered up to that number. It's up to you to monitor your actual distribution and make sure you don't exceed what you have licensed. If you need additional licensing, you can easily reorder, and our fee is half price the second time around to make this easier. Learn more about licensing for digital releases.

Our fee

Our fee starts at $16.99 $13.59* for one song. You save money when you license multiple songs. Volume discounts are available for songs licensed together in one project.

Number of songs Our fee (one song) Volume discount
1 - 5 $16.99 $13.59 $0.00
per song
6 - 10 $15.99 $12.79 $1.00
per song
11 - 20 $14.99 $11.99 $2.00
per song
21 - 49 $13.99 $11.19 $3.00
per song
50 - 99 $12.99 $10.39 $4.00
per song
100+ $11.99 $9.59 $5.00
per song

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Use coupon code HALLOWEEN2021 at checkout.
Compulsory cover song licensing only. Does not apply to custom licensing and non-compulsory cover song requests.
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