LICENSING MUSIC

WHY DO I NEED A LICENSE? 

Synchronization License: This is the right to synchronize a song or a piece of music with your visual image. It must be obtained from the copyright owner of the music, which is usually the publisher.  

North Star Media is an independent music publisher, established in 2001. It currently owns and manages thousands of copyrights worldwide including the music of award winning film composer Paul Cardall. With personalized service and representatives in Detroit, Nashville, Los Angeles and abroad, North Star Media pursues and secures music placements across a variety of platforms including film, television, advertising, and all other new media. North Star Media specializes in pre-cleared song licensing, publishing administration, custom music creation, music supervision and artist development. The North Star Media catalogue is home to platinum-selling hits, the hottest new indie offerings, and everything in-between.

 

 

Licensing Music for Film 

What you need to know to legally use music for your next film.  Licensing music for video and other type of visual media requires two things: the Master Use License and the Synchronization (Sync) license. 

Master Use License 

A master use license is a very important part of the legal process for licensing a song for a film, but as a singular license its powers are limited. This type of license is written permission for a specific recording of a work to be used — if it’s an original work (we’ll explain more about cover songs below). The license is granted by the owner of the master recording of the track. With just the master use license, a song may not legally be used for film. 

Sync License 

The second aspect of music licensing for film is the sync license. The sync license gives someone written permission to use a song alongside some sort of visual media. Most commonly sync licenses are used for films and commercials. This license must be paired with the master use license, which gives permission to use a specific recording. All of North Star Media's sync licenses include the master use license as well, eliminating much of the legwork that goes with the licensing process. 

How Do I License a Song? 

North Star Media has made the process of licensing music for film simpler than it’s ever been. Contact John Sepetys.

IMDB Resume

The Most Beautiful Thing in the World (2012)
6 min | Short, Family

This film takes you on a journey to discover what truly is the most beautiful thing in the world. Scenic vista's, the infinite starry heavens above, the glorious sun, what is it, or can it ... 

Director: Brett Smith | Stars: Nathan Christopher Haase, Gregory Marks, Conner Marx, Shane Morris

The Most Beautiful Thing in the World (2012) 6 min | Short, Family

This film takes you on a journey to discover what truly is the most beautiful thing in the world. Scenic vista's, the infinite starry heavens above, the glorious sun, what is it, or can it ...

Director: Brett Smith | Stars: Nathan Christopher Haase, Gregory Marks, Conner Marx, Shane Morris

Love & I Had A Fight (2013)
TV-PG 13 | 19 min | Short, Drama, Romance | Completed

'Love & I Had A Fight' follows James on his self-medicated, suicidal journey induced by a series of failed relationships. Over the course of 24 hours, James goes on a hallucinogenic trip.

Directors: Anky Cyriaque, Kega Webb | Stars: Shelah Marie, Brad Coolidge, Kiana Davis, Victoria Gillette

Love & I Had A Fight (2013) TV-PG 13 | 19 min | Short, Drama, Romance | Completed

'Love & I Had A Fight' follows James on his self-medicated, suicidal journey induced by a series of failed relationships. Over the course of 24 hours, James goes on a hallucinogenic trip.

Directors: Anky Cyriaque, Kega Webb | Stars: Shelah Marie, Brad Coolidge, Kiana Davis, Victoria Gillette

 Forget Me Not (II) (2017)
7 min | Short, Drama, Romance

An elderly man is cared for by an in-home nurse who treats him more like a job than a person. Before he passes, he writes a poem in his journal of the most important moments of his life.

Director: Derek James Carlson | Stars: Dana Brock, Tobias Carlson, Zoe Carlson, Jeff Deglow

Forget Me Not (II) (2017) 7 min | Short, Drama, Romance

An elderly man is cared for by an in-home nurse who treats him more like a job than a person. Before he passes, he writes a poem in his journal of the most important moments of his life.

Director: Derek James Carlson | Stars: Dana Brock, Tobias Carlson, Zoe Carlson, Jeff Deglow

The 13th Step (2016)
52 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

America's Substance abuse Issues, Sexual Predators in Alcoholics Anonymous, Offenders Court ordered to AA meetings. Alternatives to 12 step that are science based or secular options. Popular Addiction recovery groups,

Director: Monica Richardson | Stars: Lance Dodes, Gabrielle Glaser, Tom Horvath, Adi Jaffe

The 13th Step (2016) 52 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

America's Substance abuse Issues, Sexual Predators in Alcoholics Anonymous, Offenders Court ordered to AA meetings. Alternatives to 12 step that are science based or secular options. Popular Addiction recovery groups,

Director: Monica Richardson | Stars: Lance Dodes, Gabrielle Glaser, Tom Horvath, Adi Jaffe

Ephraim's Rescue (2013)
PG | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, History

By listening to and following his heart, Ephraim Hanks finds his way in life and eventually provides relief and rescue to the suffering Martin Handcart Company. Based on a true story.

Director: T.C. Christensen | Stars: Darin Southam, Richard Benedict, James Gaisford, Koleman Stinger

Best Original Film Score (Utah Film Commission)

Ephraim's Rescue (2013) PG | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, History

By listening to and following his heart, Ephraim Hanks finds his way in life and eventually provides relief and rescue to the suffering Martin Handcart Company. Based on a true story.

Director: T.C. Christensen | Stars: Darin Southam, Richard Benedict, James Gaisford, Koleman Stinger

Best Original Film Score (Utah Film Commission)

Traveler (2009)
Documentary, Short, Adventure

Ezra J. Stanley directs and stars as himself in this surreal documentary, as he bustles through the streets and alleys of India.

Director: Ezra Stanley | Star: Ezra Stanley

Traveler (2009) Documentary, Short, Adventure

Ezra J. Stanley directs and stars as himself in this surreal documentary, as he bustles through the streets and alleys of India.

Director: Ezra Stanley | Star: Ezra Stanley

Prolonged Exposure (2018)
Thriller | Post-production

A therapist with a wounded past works with survivors of an industrial accident. Unfortunately for them, it was no accident, and someone is eliminating the witnesses.

Director: Travis Thoms | Stars: Dean Cain, Martin Palmer, Megan Elisabeth Kelly, Michael Slusher

Prolonged Exposure (2018) Thriller | Post-production

A therapist with a wounded past works with survivors of an industrial accident. Unfortunately for them, it was no accident, and someone is eliminating the witnesses.

Director: Travis Thoms | Stars: Dean Cain, Martin Palmer, Megan Elisabeth Kelly, Michael Slusher

Skip Rocks (2009)
11 min | Short, Drama

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An elderly woman with Alzheimer's Disease convinces her granddaughter to spring her free from a nursing home to embark on an adventure 70 years in the making.

Director: Brendon McQueen | Stars: Alba Ponce de Leon, Diana Drew, Sandy Mowbray-Clarke, Mehera Woods

Skip Rocks (2009) 11 min | Short, Drama

Rate this An elderly woman with Alzheimer's Disease convinces her granddaughter to spring her free from a nursing home to embark on an adventure 70 years in the making.

Director: Brendon McQueen | Stars: Alba Ponce de Leon, Diana Drew, Sandy Mowbray-Clarke, Mehera Woods

Jesus in the Wilderness (2015 Video)
Short, Drama (Music Video)

Director: Bryce Johnson | Star: Darin Southam

Jesus in the Wilderness (2015 Video) Short, Drama (Music Video)

Director: Bryce Johnson | Star: Darin Southam