Music licensing is a must for all music professionals.

Blog : January 6th, 2011

Music is an art. It is generally loved by almost every person in the world. It helps people to get a fresh mind away from all tensions. Music helps in relaxing. It is also used as a medicine to cure various physical, mental, emotional disorders in human beings. Music is very vast. There are many forms of music.

Music Libraries can be explained as a place where music related materials are stored. There may be collections of digitized music or audio recordings in music libraries which are generally non-print materials. A music library contains print materials as well which include printed music, dictionaries and encyclopedias, bibliographies, indexes and directories, music serials and other contents related to music literature. Such music libraries are generally for patron use and therefore use of these materials may be confined to specific patron groups. Music Libraries are of  four types. They are:

  1. Music libraries in Universities or Colleges to support their music departments;
  2. Music libraries to support conservatories and schools of music;
  3. Music libraries in public libraries;
  4. Music libraries developed as independent libraries for music organizations.

Music Libraries are used in other ways also. There are libraries producing music which give license to television, films, and radio productions for using their copyrighted music. Libraries for performance provide space to music groups for performing music. Digitized music libraries provide space to preserve digital music records in electronic form. This preservation requires procedures in order to avoid decay and loss.

Licensing Music can be defined as the way by which the copyrighted music can be used by using a license. Licensing music makes sure that the developers of music get payment for their work. The media on which the music is stored can be owned by the buyer of recorded music, but not the music and thus the buyer has limited rights to reuse or reproduce recorded music. Broadcasting, in licensing music is the playing of the previously recorded or live music for public other than the buyer who is licensed. The broadcasting of music in stores and other pubic places requires the purchase of such service the organizations which offer it.

Radio stations also have to make payment for the rights for broadcasting music by paying fees for it to the licensing bodies. The fees that is paid for the rights for broadcasting, is calculated by periodic auditing of the music that is being played. Licensing issues also arise when television programmes or films use copyrighted music and are released on DVD format. The main point is that for using copyrighted music a fee has to be paid.

By licensing music, copyrighted music can be used and reproduced by the licensed purchaser. If any copyrighted song is used without license then legal claims can be made against them for illegally using the song.  Music libraries preserve music for which special procedures are laid so that the precious composes of music does not get obsolete and destroyed. Ensure your music is licensed today!

Important music industry links:


Canadian Musician Magazine

Canadian Independent Music Directory

Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency

Canadian Independent Music Association

Juno Awards

Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems Virtual Encode

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