We often receive requests to post livestream or pre-recorded video performances of our music on channels such as YouTube, Facebook, personal websites, etc. We're glad so many folks want to share their performances and encourage this!
However, a special type of license known as a synchronization license (commonly called a "sync" license) is required in order to share video performances of our music online or in any other manner. This article provides details for posting video online.
Even if your video is not being monetized (e.g., generating ad revenue on YouTube), a sync license is still required. We realize this extra legwork can be frustrating, so we do our best to make the process simple, efficient, and inexpensive.
COVID-19 Virtual Solo & Ensemble Festivals: If your online video performance is specifically being used for solo & ensemble assessment for a virtual festival during COVID-19, no synchronization fee is necessary.
Please follow these instructions to obtain a synchronization license for online/web use:
- Fill out the form below completely.
- Once we receive your request, we will return a completed contract to you indicating the license fee, copyright credits, and terms.
- The contract must be signed, dated, and returned to us. Once we've received the signed copy, you will receive instructions on how to pay for the license.
- Once the license has been paid in full, you will receive a receipt as well as a countersigned copy of the official license agreement.
If you need a synchronization license for more straight-forward commercial usage (e.g., film, advertising, streaming video on demand, DVD, etc.), please visit this article instead.
*Note: If you are seeking a synchronization license of a piece for which Tapspace is not the copyright holder, we will be unable to execute a license. Instead, please make your inquiry with the corresponding publisher or rights administrator. You can see who owns the copyright of the piece in question by viewing the copyright notice on the first page of the score.