Rights and Licenses

There are many rights that come with owning copyright in a work.  When others want to use copyrighted works, they need either written permission or a license for those rights.  The most common are performance rights, mechanical rights, synchronization rights, and broadcast rights.   If you are looking for Mechanical License and Synchronization License forms, then YES you have come to the correct page! They are further down below; however, you really should continue reading this brief paragraph immediately below on performance rights, too. It will probably take you less than one minute but is very important.

People often forget that 'all rights reserved' on a copyright notice includes performance rights as well as those other rights.  If you are a non-profit organization, such as a public school, AND you do NOT charge for admissions to your concert AND your ensemble is using publisher-provided copies PURCHASED FOR YOUR SPECIFIC ENSEMBLE - including a copy of the music for EVERY singer, the accompanist, the director, plus any parts as applicable, AND the concert is not in any way associated with bringing in any revenue or fund-raising, even for non-profit purposes, then, if all of those conditions are true and met, then you do not need to write for performance permission for any Kandinsky Music-owned copyrighted work.  For any other situations, you DOneed to write for permission and you may need to pay additional fees beyond your purchase of the printed music for performance in other settings/conditions.  Again, performance rights are granted only having met all of those conditions, the most important of which is that you have PURCHASED the music for everyone involved!  Please note that you DO NOT have permission to use the music in rehearsal or performance, not even for no-admission public school programs, if you are using copies that were borrowed from another school;  this is absolutely 100% just as illegal as using photocopies, because you are using the music without ever having paid anything for it.  It quite literally robs the composer and publisher of their due income and is exactly the same thing as stealing an item off a shelf from a store and leaving without paying for it.  It doesn't matter that someone else bought those copies previously for another ensemble; borrowed copies are illegal because they were not purchased for YOUR ensemble. 

Thank you for taking a minute to read this brief reminder of this important but often misunderstood or ignored element to performance rights.  The info and forms you need on mechanical and synchronization rights follows. :)

Synchronization License

This is what you need if you want to make an VIDEO recording of a Kandinsky Music title for any of these purposes:  

  1. to give away or sell in DVD format or video download;
  2. to broadcast or webcast on tv or online;
  3. to include as a part of a soundtrack to a television show, movie, or for background or featured music in a commercial;
  4. to show online as a digital download or both, or even to give recordings away at no charge.

Mechanical License

This is what you need if you want to make an audio recording of a work - to sell or to give away - in either CD format or online as a digital download (or both). 

Just complete the simple form below and hit 'submit'.  

A few last details before you complete the form.  Please note:

  1. Mechanical License fees are at a statutory rate, that is to say that it is the same industry-wide, for all music publishers, and not set by Kandinsky Music; currently this rate (for all works up to exactly 5 minutes duration) is $0.091 per copy per song, for both CD sales and digital downloads.  So, for example, if you make 1000 CDs including one Kandinsky Music copyrighted work, then you would pay $91.00 for the right to include our work on those CDs. If you think about it, this is extremely reasonable, given that the gross revenue from 1000 average-priced CDs is $15,000 - $20,000.  The mechanical license fee is actually a very small percentage of CD production costs.
  2. In certain circumstances, and only at its own discretion, Kandinsky Music may offer to waive your mechanical license fee; however, this should neither be expected nor asked for as part of the process of completing this form below. 
  3. After we receive your submitted Mechanical License request form that you will complete below, we will send you an email with the invoice and a payment link, or you can send in a check; once you have paid, we will send a written confirmation by email that you have the required mechanical license for the work you wish to record. 
  4. To record more than one work, you'll have to complete the form separately for each work.
  5. If you have any questions after completing and submitting the form and receiving our reply, please do not hesitate to contact us at: permissions@kandinskymusic.com

Thanks for reading these important details.  If this is your first time going through this process, it's a lot to take in, but the next time you need to do it, you can just skip right down to the form!

Here it is...

Use the simple form below to request a synchronization licensePlease note the following:

  1. A significant difference compared to mechanical licenses is that synchronization licenses are not at statutory rates;  the fee you will be asked to pay will depend upon the purposes, media format(s), commercial nature, pricing, and distribution of your intended video product, as well as the percentage of your overall product that features Kandinsky Music work(s) and even the current demand for that Kandinsky Music work.
  2. In certain circumstances, and only at its own discretion, Kandinsky Music may offer to waive your synchronization license fee; however, this should neither be expected nor asked for as part of the process of completing this form below.  
  3. After we receive your submitted synchronization license request form that you will complete below, we'll send you an email with the invoice and a payment link, or you can send in a check; once you have paid, we will send a written confirmation by email that you then have the required synchronization license for the work you wish to include in a video product.
  4. To record more than one work, you'll have to complete the form separately for each work.

If you have any questions after completing and submitting the form and receiving a reply, please contact us at: permissions@kandinskymusic.com​ 

Thanks for reading these important details.  If this is your first time going through this process, it's a lot to take in, but the next time you need to do it, you can just skip right down to the form!

Here it is...