About Us

As a team, we are a global network of local Warner Music offices, working together to collaborate and curate a playlist of ideas matched to your individualized music needs for each project. We're creatively-led, music people, who understand the needs of our clients in the TV, Film, Advertising and Gaming space.

And with a global catalogue of over 2 million songs, whatever your brief, we're able to share track ideas from global, emerging, cult classic and obscure artists. Whether you're licensing a track for a local indie project or global film release, we will proactively uncover the right artist for you and your budget.

Warner Music Canada punches above its weight class. Our Roster Of Artists spans all genres and provides radio hits from the 70s right up to today's Tik Tok viral charts.

Let us help you curate your visual project and provide you with access to our exclusive and extensive catalogue of recordings/artists.

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Licensing Visual Media

Pictures and Sound have been married together for nearly 100 years. In the Venn Diagram of Visual Media production, where Your Project meets Recorded Audio and Intellectual Property, they intersect at LICENSING. If you are a Canadian production company looking to use a recording under the Warner Music Group umbrella, you are at the right place.

  • Found A Song You love?

    You have a great scene and you’re trying to help the audience better relate to one of your characters and you need a song. What do you need to know in order to put that song into your production? Well, the first thing to know is that there are two aspects to every song use; the recording owner (i.e. Record Label) and the copyright owner (i.e. Publisher.) You will need a license from both sides. You will need to contact all the music publishers that have a share in the ownership of a song as well as the owner of the recording. You may also be required to pay union new use fees to the AFM (American Federation of Musicians) and SAG-AFTRA if applicable.

  • Who Do We Represent?

    Warner Music Canada controls the recordings for labels including Atlantic Recordings, Warner Records, Nonesuch, Elektra, Asylum, Rhino and all subsidiaries and affiliates. There are also several labels that we distribute, for which we likely have rights to so if there’s ever a question, it’s best to reach out to verify ownership.

Licensing Request Form

State the name of the artist performing the song.
State the title of the song you would like to license.
State the name of the production.
Please include a brief synopsis of the project. You may send as an attachment if this is easier.
Synopsis Attachment (optional)
State the name of the person or entity that is seeking to license the song. ***Please advise if Licensee is NOT in Canada***.
State the name of the Director.
State the name of the main cast members.
State where you would like the rights to use music in your project. If your project will only screen in a particular city or at a particular festival, explain that here. If you would like to secure rights to show the project anywhere in the world, simply write world. Similarly, if your project will screen at theaters all over Canada but nowhere outside the country, write Canada.
State how long you would like to license the song for your project. Licenses for film festivals are generally issued for a term of one (1) year. Rights to use a song in perpetuity allow the licensee to use the song in the project forever.
Describe the media you plan on using to show your project – some examples include film festivals, TV, video, radio, Internet. If you are producing videos or DVDs, please list the number of copies you plan to produce. If your media is going to be shown at a trade show or other such gathering, how many attendees will be present during the showing.
Describe the scene in which you would like to use the song you are requesting. Please be as specific as possible. If you need more space, please feel free to attach further documentation explaining the details of the use.
Is the song being sung by one of your characters? Is it playing without any voiceover? That is likely a featured use. If, however, a song is playing in the background at low volume with narration over the top, that is likely a background use. You may also specify if the song is being used over Opening or Closing Credits.
State the length of the music use in your project. If you are requesting multiple uses, state the length of each separately. For example, if you would like to use a 17 second clip of the song in the middle of your project and a 1 minute clip later on in the project, you would state the following – 0:17, 1:00.
Please advise if you have a distribution deal in place and with whom.
State the date your project will be released or first aired. If you do not know the exact date, please estimate to the best of your ability. Month (or Season) and Year should suffice.
Let us know the date you need approval by.
If you would like the option to purchase additional rights in the future, explain that here. For example, some producers license songs for a term of 1 year with an option to extend that term for an additional 6 months. Right before the term of the original license expires, the producer may exercise the option and receive rights for an additional 6 months at a fee that was already negotiated at the time of the original license. This saves the producer the time of having to renegotiate rights in order to continue using a song in a project.
State whether or not you’ve secured the publishing rights; and if so, please indicate the fee that was approved by them.
Please indicate the overall budget for the production.
State the fee you would like to offer in order to obtain the rights you are seeking. (NOTE: Our quotes are normally issued in USD). *Gratis or free approval is granted only in very rare circumstances – virtually ALL music uses require a fee of some sort. If you are unsure, please leave blank.

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Licensing & Sync
Avi Diamond
Warner Music Canada
Jenny Yu
Warner Music Canada