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Independent Music Publisher

We have drawn up a set of the standard contracts that music publishers use on a regular basis, and which form the backbone of a publisher’s business. The contracts use traditional music publishing contract wording where appropriate, and are updated where necessary to reflect the latest legal and commercial developments. All the contracts contain standard accounting and audit rights (where necessary), warranties, indemnities, termination rights and the appropriate boilerplate.

Sample Licence

A short form licence for granting the right to sample a recording in your catalogue to a third party in return for a royalty.

Single Song Assignment (confirmatory)

A one-page confirmatory assignment of copyright for use when a songwriter is delivering songs under a pre-existing contract.

Single Song Assignment (stand alone)

A short form contract under which you take an assignment of the copyright in one or more songs from a songwriter in perpetuity on a one-off basis. You pay a percentage of your receipts. Basic warranties and appropriate boilerplate.

Songwriter Contract (singer-songwriter)

A contract to engage the exclusive songwriting services of a singer-songwriter in return for the payment of a share of source-arising income. The songwriter is engaged for one fixed period plus your choice of option periods, and must deliver one album per period (with your choice of control). You can choose whether the copyrights are assigned or licensed to you, and the term of your rights period. There is provision for the payment of advances if agreed, and you select all the royalty rates.

Songwriter Contract (songwriter only)

A contract to engage the exclusive songwriting services of a songwriter in return for the payment of a share of source-arising income. The songwriter is engaged for one fixed period plus your choice of option periods, and must deliver a given number of songs per period (which are released). You can choose whether the copyrights are assigned or licensed to you, and the term of your rights period. There is provision for the payment of advances if agreed, and you select all the royalty rates.

Sub-Publishing Contract

A contract under which you engage a sub-publisher to administer your catalogue for a particular territory. The sub-publisher keeps an administration fee of your choice, and you have full audit rights.

Synchronisation Licence

A multi-purpose synch licence that can be used for any type of production, whether a film, TV programme, computer game, advertisement or other. A wide or narrow range of rights can be granted, and you choose the licensed term, territory and the credit to be given. In the boilerplate you can select the preferred termination and assignment provisions.