Licensing

Casablanca Media Publishing is Canada’s largest independent Music Publisher. We have a large Canadian and international catalogue available for licensing.

This website was designed to make licensing songs from Casablanca easier for you. You can search for a song using our easy search tool by title or songwriter. Want to search by a particular mood or genre only? You can select the songs you are interested in by saving them to “My Mix”. When you are ready to send us a licensing request, simply click on the licensing request button and you will be prompted for information to help us process your request.

Register with us and keep your profile information and project information on file to speed up the licensing request process next time you send us a request. You can also check the status of your licensing requests on line at any time.

We encourage you to use the website for all your licensing requests wherever possible. If you would rather submit your request by email or telephone, please feel free to continue to do so.

We appreciate your feedback. Please email us any comments you have on our licensing website and let us know how we can make licensing from Casablanca easier for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I want to use a song in a CD. What kind of license do I need?

You need a mechanical license. In Canada, we are members of the Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency. If you are located in Canada, you can contact the CMRRA directly for a mechanical license. If you are located outside of Canada, you may contact us directly through our easy licensing request process online or the old fashioned way at Contact Us.

2. I want to use a song in a DVD. What kind of license do I need?

You need a synchronization license. A synchronization license applies when you record a song as part of an audio-visual work. Contact us directly through our easy licensing request process online or the old fashioned way at Contact Us.

3. I want to use a song in a television show or feature film. What kind of license do I need?

You need a synchronization license. A synchronization license applies when you record a song as part of an audio-visual work. Contact us directly through our easy licensing request process online or the old fashioned way at Contact Us.

4. I want to re-print the lyrics to a song in a book or a website. What kind of license do I need?

You need a print license. Contact us directly through our easy licensing request process online or the old fashioned way at Contact Us.

5. I want to use a song in a stage play, musical or other theatrical production. What kind of license do I need?

If you are incorporating the song into a unique stage production with dialogue (and not simply performing the song on-stage as part of a concert), you need a grand rights license. Contact us directly through our easy licensing request process online or the old fashioned way at Contact Us.

6. I want to perform a song in a concert. What kind of license do I need?

If you are simply performing a song on-stage as a simple concert and are not changing the lyrics or music to the song or incorporating the song into a unique stage production with dialogue you do not need a separate license. The venue is responsible for paying fees directly to the performing rights society in the territory.

7. When you grant me permission to use a song, who else do I need to contact?

We will tell what percentage of the song we control. Where we do not control 100% of the song, you must contact the other co-publisher separately to get permission.

If you are using a master recording of the song in the project, you need to contact the owner of the recording separately.

8. How much will a license cost?

We take a number of factors into consideration before giving you a quote. These include: the popularity of the song, the length of term you are looking for, the territories you need to clear, the media you need to clear (i.e. film, TV, DVD, CD, Internet etc.), the length of use, the number of plays among other factors.

9. What are publishing rights and how are they different from the recording?

Music publishing is the business of acquiring, administering, marketing and promoting musical compositions (i.e. “songs”). A song, as contrasted to the record, may appear in many forms and places, recorded in many styles by many artists. The key is that songs are different from the media in which they are expressed.

10. I don’t want to use the licensing request process on the website. How do I submit my licensing request?

You can submit your request by email or telephone