Music Licensing Insights Direct From The Music Industry

As part of ClicknClear's ongoing education initiative, we interviewed some of the over 400 record labels, music publishers and distributors that we work with (411 Music Group, Believe, Hospital Records, Symphonic Distribution and Defected) to get real insights from music industry professionals about music copyright, what music licensing is and why it's important.

Topics of discussion are:

What is Copyright?

How many writers create a song?

What motivates artists to create?

Why can I license some songs and not others?

Why is music licensing important?

What are typical music license fees?

What is the music creation process?

Why is copyright important?

Thank you to following individuals for participating in this video:

Kristen Agee - 411 Music Group

Kristen Agee is a songwriter, composer and Founder of 411 Music Group. 411 provides

synchronization licensing, custom score, publishing, administration and digital distribution for music rights holders. Agee secures global partnerships for 411 and oversees creative and strategic business development.

Shamus Damani - Defected

Shamus Damani is currently head of legal and business affairs at Defected Records and has had a 20-year career in the music industry working for a number of specialist labels in an in-house capacity.

Defected Records is a British independent record label specialising in house music recordings, publishing, events, artist bookings, artist management. One of the longest running independent labels of its kind, Defected has paved the way for global house music and remained a well-respected constant in the music industry for 20 years.

Jorge Brea - Symphonic Distribution

Jorge is the Founder and CEO of Symphonic Distribution, a digital music services company which provides digital distribution, playlisting and marketing services, go to market strategy, and more for record labels, artists, managers, and distributors.

Jorge started his career in the music industry as a DJ/Producer at the age of 16. His passion for production led to Jorge touring and expanding his network of musicians, brand owners, and contacts that led to him having a spark to create his own business that would help musicians like him.

Jorge’s has been named in the Billboard Magazine Indie Power Players list in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Pete Beck - Believe

Pete Beck is the Global Head of Sync for leading digital distributor and services provider Believe, running all sync business across the company’s global roster of in-house labels, artist services signings and distributed labels. Believe Sync’s roster includes Believe’s in-house labels and their diverse roster of label services clients, as well as thousands of independent label releases from around the world.

Before joining Believe in July 2015, Pete spent over five and a half years at major international publisher Warner/Chappell, working specifically in advertising and TV sync for UK and international clients. Here, Pete worked on behalf of artists such as Radiohead, Muse, Led Zeppelin, Beyonce, The 1975, Michael Kiwanuka, George Michael and many more.

Megan Bean - Hospital Records

Megan joined the Hospital Records team in 2014, following a number of years at UK indie label Cooking Vinyl and Essential Music & Marketing. Megan oversees the legal and business affairs department at Hospital Records as well as heading up the synchronisation department; pitching the Hospital and publishing arm Songs In The Key Of Knife catalogue to procure placements in adverts, games, film and TV. Megan is also involved with A&R for a

number of the Hospital Records roster.

Hospital Records is an independent record label based in South London. Primarily releasing Drum & Bass, the label was started in 1996 by Tony Colman and Chris Goss, and has grown to become one of the most well-known labels within UK dance music.

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