Music Copyright in Television Production

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You must have permission to use music

Music is an essential part of most television and film productions. Whether your programme is shown on a television network, in a cinema, on DVD, podcast or on the web, you must first get permission to use it which usually means obtaining and paying for a licence.

In this guide to using music in television, we'll talk about the differences between Commercial Music, Library Music & Specially Composed Music and how these affect your budget.

We'll show you how to budget for your music and how to obtain the necessary licences.

There's also advice from Producers, Editors & Composers

With thanks to:

Paula Adams from PRS for Music

for her help and advice in preparing this guide