You must submit your request to us in writing. Please include your name and address, daytime phone and fax numbers, and provide the following information:
1. The Title(s) of the recording being requested.
2. The Name of the Artist. If you have the original releasing label and original record number, that is very helpful.
3. The Title of the Project with a detailed description outlining the following:
- Method of Distribution
- Anticipated Release Date
- Total Number of Tracks on the package
- Suggested Retail List Price of the package
- The License Fee you are offering
- The Advance Guarantee you are offering. Please be advised that the minimum advance guarantee we will consider is 25,000 units.
- The Territory you are requesting distribution rights for (generally we can only clear for the United States).
- The Length of the Term of the license you are requesting (our general maximum term is 2 years).
- A Complete Track Listing of the additional repertoire you are planning to include on the package.
- Who will be Distributing the Product
- Who will be the Contracting Party
- A Brief Description of your company. If you are a non-profitorganization or are seeking a gratis license, please mention that inyour letter and include your registered non profit number if you haveone. We have a minimum handling charge of $250.00 to process charitablegratis licenses.
Please note that in addition to our approval for the master, you willalso be required to get a separate license from the music publisher(s).The publishers' phone numbers and addresses are available by callingthe appropriate performance rights society, either ASCAP or BMI, and supplying them with the name of the publishers which can often be foundinside the cassette J-card or CD booklet. If this information isunavailable, BMI or ASCAP can also supply a publisher given the name ofthe writers and the recording title.
You may contact BMI in Los Angeles at (310) 659-9109 or New York at (212) 586-2000 and ASCAP in Los Angeles at (213) 883-1000 or New York at (212) 595-3050. Both societies also have data bases whichcan be searched online.
If you plan to re-record a song originally performed by one ofour artists, you only need permission from the publisher as you are notusing an original performance by one of our artists.
If you want to sample a portion of one of our recordings, we will need the following:
- A cassette tape that includes both the new song and the sampled song
- The Title of the sampled recording, the recording artist and the label on which it was originally released
- The Title of the new recording, the recording artist and the label on which it will be released
- A brief description of how the new recording incorporates the sample
Please send your request with the aforementioned information to:
Universal Music Special Markets
2220 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
ATTN: Director of Licensing
Or fax to (310) 865 1598
If you have any additional questions, please include them in your letter.
Thank you for your interest in Universal Music Group recordings.