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NEW! Custom Licensing Services
We now proudly offer solutions for ALL your music licensing needs. Get personal help from the best licensing team in the music business.

What is Custom Licensing?
When your project demands more than basic cover song licensing, Easy Song Licensing’s Custom Licensing services are the answer. One payment of $79 for Custom Assistance gets you everything you need to submit your requests to the copyright holders and clear the rights you need. Choose Custom Handling for $129 and we process the request for you.

Is Custom Licensing required for cover songs?
Usually not. Most cover songs can be easily obtained in 1-2 business days for a small fee of $14.99 or less: click here to order your cover song licenses. However, if you change the lyrics, the fundamental melody (general rearrangement is allowed however), or otherwise don't fit within the compulsory law limitations, custom licensing is necessary.

Do you need a Custom License?
If you use music that other people created, no matter how you use it, you need to get a license. This is true even if you are giving away your project for free, or if it's for a non-profit. No matter the use, we can help you get the permission you need. There are two scenarios we handle:

1) If you recorded a cover song, usually you do not need a custom license. However, some exceptions apply:
  • If you changed the lyrics or melody (more than general rearrangement) you need a custom license.
  • If you want to use a song that has never been released, you need a custom license.
  • If you want to license retroactively (a previous release of yours), you need a custom license.
  • If you intend to release for any purpose other than private listening (performance, karaoke), you need a custom license.
  • If you wish to license an international song, not copyrighted in the United States, you need a custom license.
Click here to learn more about the Compulsory Law where these limitations come from.

If your cover song fits within the Compulsory Law (in other words, none of the above apply), you do not need a custom license: Click here to start your cover song licensing. If any of the above apply, or if you require some other use, you need a custom license. See 2 below.

2) If you need permission for any of the following, you need a custom license: non-compulsory cover songs, video (synch rights), existing audio recordings (master rights), music notes or lyrics (print rights), rearranging (print rights), theatrical productions, parodies, and songs that have never been released.

Custom Assistance You submit the request with our help. We provide consultation, guidance, contact information, and our proprietary request form. One payment of $79.00 gets you all of the following:
  1. Live consultation: Meet with our custom licensing expert via phone, Skype, or chat. Get access to a music business veteran with extensive custom licensing experience. We learn about your project, confirm the types of licenses you need, and provide recommendations.
  2. Road Map to Success: Music publishers are busy, and sometimes, custom requests do not get the attention they deserve. In addition, preferred delivery methods vary. Should you mail your request? Email it? Your personal Road Map to Success shows you how to handle each request to maximize the likelihood of a fair and timely response.
  3. Copyright holder contact information: We research your songs and provide contact information for the current copyright holders, including names; addresses; phone numbers; email addresses and more*.
  4. Access to our proprietary request form: If you want your request to be taken seriously, presentation is critical. Our copyrighted, proprietary form delivers all of the necessary information on a single, organized document.

Custom Handling
We administer the request for you. We submit your paperwork to the publishers, negotiate the fees, monitor the progress, and process the licensing when it is ready. One payment of $129.00 gets you all of the following:
  1. Live consultation: Meet with our custom licensing expert via phone, Skype, or chat. Get access to a music business veteran with extensive custom licensing experience. We learn about your project, confirm the types of licenses you need, and provide recommendations.
  2. Preparation of your request: If you want your request to be taken seriously, presentation is critical. We collect the necessary information about your project on our proprietary request form. Then, our experts edit the request with care so that it is exactly what the copyright holders need and want to see.
  3. Negotiation: Our experienced representatives handle the sensitive negotiations with the copyright holders for you. Getting the lowest possible fee. Our understanding of the copyright holder's expectations ensures your request is taken seriously.
  4. Handling: Submitting the request is just the start. We also monitor the progress and reach out to the copyright holders as needed. Doing this right takes experience, relationships, and timing. With us, you get better communication, faster responses, and improved chances for success. You also save time and energy.

*Maximum five songs per purchase. In some cases, not all contact information will be available. In such cases, we will provide reasonable assistance locating the copyright holder.


Custom Handling Fees
For Custom Handling, we also charge 30% of the fee we negotiate with the copyright holder, due at the time you sign the license. This is in addition to the initial $129 fee.

Songs Limitation
Custom Assistance and Custom Handling services include up to five songs submitted to us together on one request form (that we provide), per purchase. Additional songs submitted later, or songs submitted on separate request forms will require additional Custom Assistance and/or Custom Handling purchases.

No Guarantee
Custom licensing can be challenging because, by law, the copyright holders maintain total control of their works. This means they can set any fee, take all the time they need, and reject the license outright. For this reason, it is important to temper expectations. Many factors affect the response, including budget, use, and even the current workload of the copyright holder’s processing department. For this reason, we do not guarantee licensure in whole or in part for any custom request, and we also do not guarantee timing, or even that you will get a response from the copyright holder. This forfeiture of guarantee extends to cases of both Custom Assistance and Custom Handling.om Assistance and Custom Handling.

One Point of Contact
When you hire us for Custom Handling, it is important that you do not also contact the publisher. Multiple requests from multiple contacts only adds confusion to an already complicated process. Instead, please trust us, and respect the publishers' process. This will maximize your chances of a successful and speedy resolution. If you have already contacted the publisher prior to hiring us, please just let us know. We can work around that.

Refunds
All Custom Licensing fees paid are final, and are not eligible for refunds. This includes the upfront fees paid for Custom Assistance and Custom Handling, and any additional fees paid at signing for Custom Handling.

Upgrading from Custom Assistance to Custom Handling
If you wish to upgrade from Custom Assistance to Custom Handling, the full $129 payment for Custom Handling applies.

To Start
Complete the form below to let us know you want to move forward with Custom Assistance or Custom Handling. Once you have submitted your request, use the PayPal buttons below to complete your payment. We must receive payment before we can proceed.

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Please buy now using PayPal. We must receive payment before we can proceed. Once we receive payment, we will contact you to set up your consultation.

Custom Assistance
You submit the request with our help. Includes live consultation, Road Map to Success, copyright holder contact info, and access to our proprietary request form.

Buy Custom Assistance Now Using PayPal
$79.00
Custom Handling
We submit the request for you. Includes live consultation, preparation of your request, submission to the copyright holders, monitoring, negotiation, and handling.
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$129.00
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