Welcome to the audio licensing department at the Sunset Music International Group.
We are the licensing agent for all of the labels under the Sunset Music International Group umbrella and you must receive written approval from Sunset in order to use our music in your project.
If you are inquiring about licensing music for a feature film,television program, video, in-house, live production or for use in a game, please call (856) 685-7154 or visit their website at http://www.sunsetmusicsupervision.com/ for instructions on that type of license.
We receive many licensing requests each week, most of them requiring multiple internal consents. This process takes time. Please be patient however we tend to get back to you within a day or two tops.
Music Licensing can be an extremely complicated process and we cannot cover all the elements involved here, but hopefully this will give you the basic information you need.
You must submit your request to us in writing. Please include your name and address, daytime phone and fax numbers, and provide the following information:
1. The Title(s) of the recording being requested.
2. The Name of the Artist. If you have the original releasing label and original record number, that is very helpful.
3. The Title of the Project with a detailed description outlining the following:
Method of Distribution
Anticipated Release Date
Total Number of Tracks on the package
Suggested Retail List Price of the package
The License Fee you are offering
The Advance Guarantee you are offering.
The Territory you are requesting distribution rights.
The Length of the Term of the license you are requesting (our general maximum term is 5 years).
A Complete Track Listing of the additional repertoire you are planning to include on the package.
Who will be Distributing the Product
Who will be the Contracting Party
A Brief Description of your company. If you are a non-profit organization or are seeking a gratis license, please mention that in your letter and include your registered non profit number if you have one. We also process charitable gratis licenses
Upon receipt of the required information, we will be able to process your request. Please allow a few days for a response. Please do not follow up within this time period.
Please note that in addition to our approval for the master, you will also be required to get a separate license from the music publisher(s). The publishers' phone numbers and addresses are available by calling the appropriate performance rights society, either ASCAP or BMI, and supplying them with the name of the publishers which can often be found inside the cassette J-card or CD booklet. If this information is unavailable, BMI or ASCAP can also supply a publisher given the name of the writers and the recording title. In many cases though, we have the rights to the recording along with the songwriter and therfore can deal with it at the same time.
You may contact BMI in Los Angeles at (310) 659-9109 or New York at (212) 586-2000 and ASCAP in Los Angeles at (213) 883-1000 or New York at (212) 595-3050. Both performance rights societies also have databases which can be searched online.
If you plan to re-record a song originally performed by one of our artists, you only need permission from the publisher as you are not using an original performance by one of our artists.
If you want to sample a portion of one of our recordings, we will need the following:
A cassette tape that includes both the new song and the sampled song
The Title of the sampled recording, the recording artist and the label on which it was originally released
The Title of the new recording, the recording artist and the label on which it will be released
A brief description of how the new recording incorporates the sample
Please send your request with the aforementioned information to:
Sunset Special Markets (SSM)
1928 The Woods II
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
ATTN: Director of Licensing
Or email to
If you have any additional questions, please include them in your letter.
Thank you for your interest in the Sunset Music International Group's catalog of recorded music.