ClicknClear is a global marketplace providing pre-cleared, legally licensed music for the use of sports teams to use alongside sports performances. The music we provide is readily available for use by either the teams themselves or music producers who assist in the mixing process. For music use in these circumstances to be legal, licenses must be obtained by the party who will use the music.
We coordinate the acquisition of adaptation rights so that athletes and producers can legally edit and adapt the music into a mix for routines. We cater to sports including Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Figure Skating, Body Building, Pole Fitness, Pom, Dance and more. We clear and license music prior to adding it to our catalogue, so you can be sure that our music is safe.
How It Works
We coordinate the acquisition of adaptation rights so that athletes and producers can legally edit and adapt the music into a mix for routines. We also clear the grand rights so you can legally put music to a routine. We cater to sports including Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Figure Skating, BodyBuilding, Pole Fitness, Pom, Dance and more. We clear and license music prior to adding it to our catalogue, so you can be sure that our music is perfectly legal.
Licensing music on ClicknClear couldn’t be simpler. We’ve done all the hard work of negotiating with Rightsholders so all you need to do is browse the catalogue, listen to the music, license it and mix it, knowing you are legally covered!
When you stream a track, or download a music file or buy a CD, you don’t ‘own’ the music, you just have the right to listen to it privately. You aren’t even allowed to make a copy of it.
Any piece of music is owned by its creators; the people who wrote the song and the artist(s) who record each version of that song (whether a worldwide hit or an anonymous cover version).
Writers and artists are allowed to control what happens to their creation and charge money to allow others to use it. Using music without the writer’s and artist’s permission is an infringement of worldwide copyright law and you will be liable for damages.
WHO OWNS THE RIGHTS TO MUSIC?
Any piece of music is owned by its creators.
The people who wrote the song control the musical composition and lyrics. These are called ‘publishing rights’ (from the days when publishing physical sheet music was very popular).
The artist(s) who record each version of that song (whether a worldwide hit or an anonymous cover version) own rights in the recording called ‘master rights’ (from the days when master versions were used to mass reproduce physical copies on vinyl, cassette tape or CD).
The writers typically use music publishing companies to administer their rights on their behalf.
The artist’s rights are typically represented by their record labels.
Publishing is usually more complicated, as there is normally more than one writer of a song, who in many cases are each represented by a different publishing company. Each writer will own a certain percentage of the song depending on their contribution to the writing process. In order to license music you need a license from all rightsholders.
WHAT IS MUSIC LICENSING?
Music licensing is the act of obtaining rights for the use of a song for a fee from both the publishers and record label who own rights in the song. The fee for the licenses themselves and the terms of the licenses are usually negotiated between the rights holder(s) and the prospective music user. Typically, the fee will depend on the popularity of the track, the duration of the track being used, how it is edited, how it is being used and other variables decided upon between the parties. Download our "Education Deck" for more information.
WHAT MUSIC LICENSES ARE NEEDED?
In performance sports like cheerleading, figure skating, dance, gymnastics and more, the athletes / teams require approval from ALL the publishing rightsholders and the master rightsholder for EACH SONG used to:
1. Edit and adapt elements of an existing song including changing its tempo or adding effects and voice-overs for the creation of a derivative version of the track.
2. Combine the song with one or more other music tracks to make one new mix or medley.
3. Make copies of a mix to distribute to team-mates for practice purposes (this is refered to as a ‘mechanical right’ from the days when copying was a mechanical process)
4, Set choreography to the mix music (this is classed as an artistic re-interpretation of the piece and as such needs the owners permission).
5. Make and upload a video of the routine with the music playing in the background to your website or social channels such as YouTube and Facebook.
6, Play the music mix in public. (There is an additional responsibility on the person owning/hiring the venue in which the music is being played to cover the performing rights and report the usages. This license can be obtained from your country’s collecting society)
7. Sell videos of the events including the music mix. This is relevant to Event Producers wanting to create memorabilia.
8. Live stream events including the music mix. This is relevant to the Event Producer and requires different rights that need to be obtained
9. Broadcast events including the music mix. This is relevant to the Event Producer and requires different rights that need to be obtained by either the Event Producer or Broadcaster.
CAN I GET ALL THESE RIGHTS FROM CLICKNCLEAR?
Every track in our music catalogue is guaranteed to be 100% pre-cleared by both publishing and master rightsholders and immediately ready for download and use and comes with the following rights (you get an email of the end user license agreement (EULA) to prove this):
1. Use and edit elements of an existing song including changing its tempo or adding effects and voice-overs for the creation of a derivative version of the track.
2. Combine the song with other music tracks to make one new mix or medley.
3. Make copies of a mix to distribute to team-mates for practice purposes (up to 35 copies)
4. Set choreography to the track / music mix.
5. Make and upload a video of the routine with the music mix to your website and social channels such as YouTube and Facebook.
1-4 are for one year. 5 is in perpetuity so videos can stay up for as long as you want them to.
Additional rights are required in order to:
6. Play the music mix in public. This is the responsibility of the person owning/renting the venue in which the music is being played.
These rights are already handled through collecting societies in each country (BMI or ASCAP licence in the US, or a PPL or PRS licence in the UK):
If you are an Event Producer ClicknClear can also help with other additional rights you might need:
7. Sell videos of events including the music mix so you can sell or giveaway memorabilia.
8. Live stream events including the music mix.
9. Broadcast events including the music mix.
To see our sample End User License Agreement in full please [CLICK HERE]
HOW DO I GET MUSIC FROM CLICK N CLEAR?
The ClicknClear website is very easy to navigate.
Songs can be found using the search bar or by clicking “Search Music” and using our filters. Our curated Playlists are also a great way to sort through songs by category.
You can license songs individually or create playlists and then add them all to your cart. Once you have found the perfect piece(s) of music, simply check out and you will receive the EULA by email - a legal agreement stating you have paid for the song and are allowed to use it in the conditions established.
If you are using the tracks in competition it is recommended that you bring a printed version of the EULA document with you, to prove that you have properly obtained permission to use the music in your performance.
WHAT TYPES OF USE ARE NOT COVERED?
You can only use the music as permitted in the EULA for the purposes of making a mix and performing a sports routine to it.
Example uses of the music that are excluded (but not limited to) are:
“DJ re-mixing” of any Recording or Composition for commercial release and / or DJ sets;
Incorporation of Recordings, Mixes or Videos onto any tangible medium;
Sponsorship of Videos or the placement of adverts in Videos (although this does not prohibit the appearance in the Video of sponsored elements of sports teams apparel, kit etc., or sponsorship of any event at which a performance takes place);
The sale or making available of any Recording, Mix or Video, in any form (including without limitation tangible or digital) in return for money or money’s worth in connection with the licensed use and permitted purpose.
Sound recordings under the agreement may not be manufactured for sale, or otherwise exchanged for money or money’s worth in connection with the licensed use or permitted purpose.
In general any use connected with commercial sale or exploitation or in return for payment or payment in kind is excluded, and requires a further license from us.
HOW DO I CREATE AN ACCOUNT ON CLICK N CLEAR
Go to the top left hand corner of the page and click Register, or just [CLICK HERE].
WHAT DOES AN ACCOUNT ALLOW ME TO DO?
When you create an account on ClicknClear, you’ll be able to listen to the music and depending on the account you have, you’ll be able to download the music to test in your mix before licensing it.
CAN I RETURN OR REFUND MY LICENSE?
We offer streaming of tracks and free trial downloads for music producers to test tracks out before purchasing a license.
Due to the licenses being entered into instantly online, after purchase, we cannot offer returns or refunds of licenses.
DO YOU OFFER OTHER LICENSES?
If you are an Event Producer ClicknClear can also help with other rights such as:
1. Selling videos of events including the music mix.
2. Live streaming events including the music mix.
3. Broadcasting events including the music mix.
If you are interested in licensing music for these purposes or any other types of usages or have any questions, [please get in touch].