Using music in advertising requires the approval from all copyright holders in the song you wish to use in your production. Advertising usually uses either commercially released songs, production music, or music written specifically for use in the ad.

Using commercially released music 

When using a well known song in any advertisement, there are two copyrights to consider.

There is a copyright embodied in the composition of the song (the words, the musical arrangement) and a copyright in the sound recording of that song. Often songs are written by someone other than the performer of the work.  

When re-recording a song, or creating a cover version for your ad, while you may not need to obtain clearance for the original sound recording, you will still need to obtain permission to use the musical work.

We can seek quotes and administer licences for both copyrights on your behalf.  For more information regarding licencing an commercially released song for your ad, email us, call us on 0800 69 2772 extn 722, or 

Download Application Form
Production Music 

Production Music is music specifically written and recorded to be used in all forms of audio and audiovisual productions, including advertising.  Production Music tracks are pre-cleared for immediate use and cover both the sound recording and musical work copyrights. For more information about using Production Music, including rates, visit the Production Music page, or give our team a call on 0800 69 2772.


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