Licensing


Welcome to our licensing page.  In order to submit a request for permission to use a song from the our catalog, you will need to search for the song(s) you want first. Once you've chosen the song(s) you're interested in, please select the appropriate licensing form to submit. Upon receipt of your complete form, someone from our Licensing staff will be in touch with a quote.


Please note: In submitting a licensing form, you are applying for a quote only.  If, upon receiving a quote, you wish to proceed with a license, please submit a license request in writing at k@krystodrym.com and a formal license will be sent to you.


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Important: Krysto Drym Music Publishing does not accept unsolicited song  or any material submissions. We adopt a policy either rejecting unsolicited submissions of anything even remotely creative, or requiring the submitter to sign an agreement before the submission is even read. Every time unsolicited material is received we log the name of the sender and a brief description of the material, e.g. song, advertisement, slogan. The material is then returned - with no copy retained - along with a brief letter that reads something like this:


DO NOT DISTRIBUTE ANY UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONS; NO IMPLIED CONTRACT.


We appreciate the interest of [our listeners and professional] people who suggest ideas and material, including programs, formats and literary works for our use, but we do receive many suggestions that duplicate submissions of others, including members of our staff. And we may even start using materials or exploit ideas similar to yours that we receive after the date of your submission. So we have adopted a policy of refusing to consider any materials or ideas. We must therefore return your material, unreviewed.


Except as expressly stated in these terms of use in our company policy of returning unsolicited materials, the provisions of these terms of use apply equally to Unsolicited Submissions and Solicited Submissions. Accordingly, we, our licensees, distributors, agents, representatives and other authorized users shall be entitled to exploit and disclose all Submissions, and we shall not be liable to you or to any person claiming through you for any exploitation or disclosure of any Submission.


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How to Sell Your Songs

 

The process of shopping, or marketing, your songs differs depending on whether you intend to be just a songwriter or a performer as well as a songwriter:

  • If you’re just a songwriter: Aim to sell the rights to your songs with the assistance of a music publisher, as explained below.
  • If you’re a songwriter and performer: Seek a record deal (recording contract) with a record company either on your own or with the help of a music publisher. Otherwise, publish and market your songs yourself.

How to Sell the Rights to Your Songs

 

If you’re a songwriter looking to sell your songs to other performers, the easiest—and often the most effective—approach is to work with a music publisher. In exchange for a significant cut of any royalties that your songs earn (usually 50%), your publisher:

  • Markets your songs to artists and record companies interested in licensing the rights to your songs (for performance, recording, or inclusion on soundtracks or in ads)
  • Oversees administration of copyrights for your songs
  • Collects and distributes royalties your songs generate

Contact Artists Directly

 

A more direct way to sell your songs is to pitch them directly to another musician or performer who may want to record or perform them. If you can win over an established artist, you’ll save time and money. The main challenge to this approach is actually getting your music to the artist.

  • Start locally: Attend live performances and pitch your songs to local artists, who are generally more accessible than high-profile artists. Wait until after the show and deliver your demo by hand to the artist. Include a note that explains why you think he or she might want to record or perform your songs.
  • Contact artists’ managers: If you’d like to reach out to more established artists, try sending demos to their managers. Some managers screen demos, while others pass demos on to the artist. Magazines, such as Billboard’s International Talent and Touring Guide, often list the contact info of the managers of established artists.

How to Get a Record Deal

 

For songwriters who are also performers, a record deal is the traditional means of getting exposure and money for their music. With a record deal, also called a recording contract, a record company agrees to pay for the musician’s major expenses (recording, marketing, touring, and so on) in exchange for:

  • Exclusive rights to sell the musician’s music
  • A cut of the royalties that the musician’s songs earn
  • The copyright on the musician’s songs and recordings
  • The master tapes of the musician’s recordings

Record labels sometimes make distribution deals, in which the record company pays for promotion and distribution but the musician retains some or all of the rights to the music. Most musicians prefer this type of arrangement because they can retain an ownership stake and control how their music is used, such as whether the music can be licensed for advertising, films, and so on.



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