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How does the search tool on your new site work?

The search function allows you to look through some of the biggest hits in the extensive EMI Music Publishing catalog, featuring charting hits from the UK and US over the last 85 years as well as songs from some of our leading songwriters from around the world. The public search engine is a scaled-down version of a comprehensive search and song management utility developed for professional music users who are clients of EMI Music Publishing.   For more information, contact

What features can I expect to see added to the website over the coming months?

We’re currently working on a brand new label copy system, as well as many more language options. Visit the site soon for more details.

Can I listen to music on your site?

Yes! The old EMI Music Publishing site enabled you to listen to only 30 second clips of tracks – on our feature pages, you can now listen to entire songs by our incredible roster of songwriters.

How can I find out more about your songwriters?

We’ve got links to websites and social media for most of our songwriters, so just click through for more details. If you’re an EMI Music Publishing songwriter and we haven’t included your site, make sure you let your A&R contact know and we’ll get it included straight away.

How do I license a song via the website?

The best way to get superior service on a license request is to contact your local EMI Music Publishing team. Click on the global offices link for contact details for the EMI Music Publishing office in your country.

What is the difference between synchronization licensing and mechanical licensing?

Synchronization licensing involves the licensing of songs for use with visual images (i.e. films, commercials, etc.). Mechanical licensing involves the licensing of songs for audiotape or compact disc.

What is the difference between publishing and master licensing?

Publishing involves the licensing of a song copyright. Licensing a master involves a particular sound recording by an artist. You normally need both licenses for synchronization.

How can I find out who controls the recording master?

The record company that released the specific version in question owns the master rights.  

How long will it take to clear a song for licensing?

Depending on the song and the nature of the request, it may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, or perhaps longer, to clear a song.

Can I have a ballpark figure of the cost?

We do not give ballpark figures since there are several variables we must take into consideration, based on the information submitted, to determine the fee.

Do you grant gratis requests?

As a responsible music publisher we have an obligation to our writers and the catalogs we administer to represent their interests in a professional manner. We receive a large number of gratis requests each day, and due to the amount of time involved in researching, securing third party approvals, and licensing, we find it necessary to charge a fee. Such fees begin at no less than $500.00 per composition and, depending on the situation, are increased accordingly.

Why don't you accept unsolicited material?

Unsolicited material refers to material that is sent by someone who has no relationship with anyone at a particular company. Occasionally, unknown writers, claiming that they have submitted songs, have sued publishers claiming those songs were "stolen" and given to other writers to work on. Second, there is so much material coming into the creative departments from reliable sources that it's difficult to listen to everything.

Therefore, it is the strict policy of EMI Music Publishing not to accept unsolicited tapes or other materials. Any such tapes or materials, if inadvertently opened by any EMI Music Publishing employee, will not be reviewed or copied.

How can I get a publishing deal?

Your songs need to be heard by someone in the creative department. We will only listen to songs that are submitted via an attorney, manager, and/or at the recommendation of one of our existing artists. If the person in the creative department thinks that they can work with you and your material, they may offer you a publishing deal in order to get your songs placed on albums and to network you throughout the creative community (i.e., A&R people, other artists).

What is the difference between an administration and a co-publishing deal?

In an administration deal, the major publisher doesn't own any equity in the copyrights. They just collect a percentage of the money that comes in and pay the rest out to the writer and the writer's publishing company. In a co-publishing deal, the major publisher and the writer's publishing company each own 50% of the copyright.

What books can I read that specialize in music publishing and the music business?

"All You Need To Know About The Music Business" written by Donald Passman.
"Music Publishing - A Songwriter's Guide" written by Randy Poe

I have a question about licensing. Who do I contact?

Please contact the Local Licensing office in your country.  Contact information is on the website.

What If I'm having technical difficulties using the site?

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