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What is Music Licensing and Distribution Agreement?

Music Licensing and Distribution Agreement An agreement allowing the licensing and distribution of music, specifying licensing terms, distribution channels, and royalties.

Sample template:


This Music Licensing and Distribution Agreement (the "Agreement") is entered into as of [Date], by and between SoundSync Productions, a [State] corporation, with offices located at [Address] (“Licensor”) and MusicWave Distributors, a [State] corporation, with offices located at [Address] ("Distributor").


1.1. "Contemporary and Indie Rock Songs"

shall mean musical works, consisting of both compositions and sound recordings, belonging to the contemporary and indie rock genres, as decided by the Licensor in its sole discretion.

1.2. "Distribution Channels"

shall mean any form of distribution, whether digital or physical, through any platform, including but not limited to streaming services, retailers, and radio broadcasters.


2.1. License Grant

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Licensor hereby grants Distributor a non-exclusive, worldwide, and royalty-bearing license to:

(a) distribute, sell, market, and sublicense the right to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, and transmit the Contemporary and Indie Rock Songs;

(b) use the names, biographical information, and likenesses of the artists, bands, and composers associated with the Contemporary and Indie Rock Songs for promotional purposes; and

(c) create derivative works based on the Contemporary and Indie Rock Songs for the sole purpose of adapting or modifying the Songs to meet the technical requirements of Distribution Channels (the “License”).


3.1. Term

The term of this Agreement shall commence on the Effective Date and continue for a period of two (2) years unless terminated earlier pursuant to Section 3.2 (the “Term”).

3.2. Termination

Either party may terminate this Agreement upon thirty (30) days written notice to the other party if the other party breaches any material term or condition of this Agreement and fails to cure such breach within such thirty (30) day period.


Throughout the Term, Distributor shall distribute and sublicense the Contemporary and Indie Rock Songs through the Distribution Channels, either directly or through its approved sub-distributors.


5.1. Royalties

Distributor shall pay Licensor the following royalties for sales and licensing of the Contemporary and Indie Rock Songs:

(a) For digital sales, seventy percent (70%) of the Net Receipts;

(b) For physical sales, fifty percent (50%) of the Net Receipts; and

(c) For sublicensing and sync rights, fifty percent (50%) of the Net Receipts.

5.2. Payment Terms

Distributor shall provide Licensor with a quarterly royalty statement, accompanied by payment of the royalties due for the corresponding quarter, within forty-five (45) days after the end of each calendar quarter. All payments shall be made in US Dollars and shall be delivered via a method agreed upon by both parties.


6.1. Ownership

Licensor represents and warrants that Licensor is the rightful owner, or authorized licensee, of the rights granted herein for the Contemporary and Indie Rock Songs and that Licensor has the full right, power, and authority to enter into and perform this Agreement without the need for any consent, approval, or authorization of any person or entity.

6.2. No Obligation to Use

Distributor is under no obligation to include any given Contemporary and Indie Rock Song in any particular Distribution Channel or promotion.


This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States and the State of [State], without regard to its conflicts of law principles. The parties hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in [City, State], and each party waives any objection to such jurisdiction and venue.


8.1. Entire Agreement and Amendments

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements, whether written or oral, on the subject matter hereof. This Agreement may be amended only by a writing executed by both parties.

8.2. Notices

All notices, requests, demands, or other communications required or permitted under this Agreement shall be in writing, sent by email, courier, or registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, and will be considered given when received, addressed to the parties at their respective addresses set forth in the header of this Agreement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.

SoundSync Productions: MusicWave Distributors:

____________________________ ____________________________
[Authorized Signatory] [Authorized Signatory]

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Main Sections of a Music Licensing and Distribution Agreement

In this Music Licensing and Distribution Agreement, you will see the following sections:

  1. Definitions
  2. Grant of License
  3. Term and Termination
  4. Distribution Channels
  5. Royalties and Payments
  6. Ownership and Representations
  7. Governing Law and Dispute Resolution
  8. Miscellaneous

About each Section - Analysis and Summary:

  1. Definitions : This section explains the key terms used in the agreement, such as "Contemporary and Indie Rock Songs" and "Distribution Channels." Think of it as a glossary to help you understand the rest of the agreement.

  2. Grant of License : This section outlines the rights granted by the Licensor (SoundSync Productions) to the Distributor (MusicWave Distributors). It allows the Distributor to distribute, sell, market, and sublicense the music, use the artists' names and likenesses for promotion, and create derivative works for technical purposes. It's like giving someone permission to sell your homemade cookies and use your name and picture to promote them.

  3. Term and Termination : This section specifies the duration of the agreement (2 years) and the conditions under which either party can terminate the agreement early. For example, if one party breaches the agreement and doesn't fix the issue within 30 days, the other party can end the agreement. It's like having a two-year gym membership with the option to cancel if the gym doesn't keep its promises.

  4. Distribution Channels : This section states that the Distributor will distribute the music through various channels, such as streaming services, retailers, and radio broadcasters. It's like agreeing to sell your cookies in different stores and online platforms.

  5. Royalties and Payments : This section outlines the percentage of money the Distributor will pay the Licensor for different types of sales and licensing. It also explains when and how the Distributor will provide royalty statements and payments. It's like agreeing on how much you'll get paid for each cookie sold and when you'll receive the money.

  6. Ownership and Representations : This section confirms that the Licensor owns or has the rights to the music and can legally enter into this agreement. It also states that the Distributor is not obligated to include any specific song in a particular distribution channel or promotion. It's like confirming you have the right to sell your cookies and that the store doesn't have to sell every flavor you make.

  7. Governing Law and Dispute Resolution : This section states that the agreement is governed by the laws of a specific state and that any disputes will be resolved in the courts of that state. It's like agreeing that if there's a disagreement about your cookie sales, you'll follow the rules of a specific state and go to court there if needed.

  8. Miscellaneous : This section covers various additional terms, such as how to amend the agreement, how to send notices, and that this agreement is the entire understanding between the parties. It's like including extra details to make sure everything is clear and agreed upon in your cookie-selling arrangement.

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