How to Clear Music

How to Clear Music

  • Allow adequate time to obtain approvals.  In many instances, we have to track down a touring songwriter for approval of your request, and this can take time.
  • Provide us with complete written details of the proposed use.  For books, TV shows and films, we require plot descriptions and text pages showing the in-context placement of the proposed use.
  • Send your completed request via mail, FAX or by email to licensing@wixenmusic.com.
  • Any proposed changes to a quote or license must be requested in writing.

How NOT to Clear Music

  • Don’t tell us how low your budget is.  If your request is approved, we will quote based on our perception of the fair market value, not your budget.
  • Don’t expect us to educate you in the clearance process or copyright law because you’ve never cleared anything before.  You should know what you’re doing before you contact us.  Consider hiring a clearance professional.
  • Don’t expect approval on a request just because you’re a bona fide good-deed-doing charity.  Many of our clients get dozens of charitable requests per week and they cannot all be approved.
  • Don’t ever send us a letter stating that if you don’t hear from us, you will assume that the use has been approved.  This will prompt an immediate and permanent denial.
  • Don’t change our forms of the terms of a license unless you have sent us a written request asking to do so, and we have approved such request.
  • Don’t chat up our receptionist.  It has zero bearing on whether your request will be approved or the speed in which your request will be considered.
  • No means no.  It is not an invitation to appeal a decision or send further information that you meant to send in your original request.
  • Don’t call our client or his or her manager or attorney directly to appeal their decision after receiving a response from this office.