Frequently Asked Questions


How much with this Cost?

All of our rates are located on our website homepage at www.capitolcmglicensing.com
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What Type of License do I need?

All license types and a description of what they cover are located on our website homepage at www.capitolcmglicensing.com
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Need another Copy of your License

If you have already paid for your license and were unable to print a copy, please email licensing@capitolcmglicensing.com. Please provide a copy of your receipt or the license number, date of purchase, amount paid and name or email address entered into Paypal at time of purchase. We’ll email you a copy of the license.

Can I view my License History Online?

At this time you cannot access your license history. If you have already paid for your license and were unable to print a copy or would like to view your license again, please follow these steps:

1. Get the License Number from the email Paypal sent confirming your payment.
2. Go to the following link www.capitolcmglicensing.com/LicensingPages/DisplayLicense.aspx?LicenseId=
3. At the very end of the link above type in your License Number immediately following the"LicenseId="

Why do I need a license?

A license is granted by a publisher to give permission to an individual or entity to record, reproduce or distribute a song that the publisher owns. For more information about this topic please go to www.capitolcmglicensing.com and click the link at the top right that says "Why Do I Need A License?"

Am I Commercial or Non-Commercial?

Generally, if you are manufacturing less than 5,000 copies, are an individual, ministry, church or small independent label who plans to use our songs or recordings for a specific purpose. (such as recording your own CD to sell) your are non-commercial.

If you are a company or business (such as a record label) whose primary focus is the creation, sales and national distribution of music products and who accounts royalties on a reoccurring schedule, based on sales, OR any non-music driven business or organization who wishes to use our music to promote their business, products or services, you are commercial. Please go to www.capitolcmglicensing.com to submit your license request.

I'm looking for Sheet Music

We do not provide sheet music for sale on our website, but we do have songbooks and digital downloads of sheet music and chord charts available through several other websites. Each website allows you to search by song title and other specific criteria. If you cannot locate the sheet music at these websites, searching through Google would be recommended.

www.Worshiptogether.com
www.brentwoodbenson.com
www.MusicNotes.com
www.HalLeonard.com
www.PraiseCharts.com
www.OCP.org
www.WordMusicNow.com
www.Lillenas.com

May I record using a Soundtrack?

Yes, you can use a Soundtrack on your recording. The first type of license you will need is a mechanical license, which grants permission to record the song. You will also need to contact the company that created the soundtrack to get an additional audio master license. This license will give permission to use the soundtrack in your recording. If you are using one of our songs you can request the licenses on our website www.capitolcmglicensing.com

I want to use a Translation

We DO need to review the translation before granting permission. What we need is a copy of the original lyric, the translated lyric and a transliteration of the lyric (how the translation literally reads in English). Once we approve you can move forward with the license on our website. Please send translation requests to licensing@captiolcmgpublishing.com with the subject line "Translation Request."

Can't Find Song on website

For best search results on our song search page, please enter the SONG NAME ONLY and click the search button. If you find too many results you can add a Writer Name as well to filter the songs. Filling out every search field will usually not yield any results. If you have followed these steps and are still unable to find the song you are looking for, we do not publish that song and it is not in our song database.

Do you Own This Song

Please go to our website, www.capitolcmglicensing.com, and click the "Search Catalog" link on the homepage. From there you can type in the name of the song and search our song catalog. In the search results you will see the percentage we control and our writers names will be highlighted in RED.

What is CCLI?

CCLI stands for Christian Copyright Licensing International. They sell a church copyright license that grants certain rights to churches for using songs in worship. To learn more about what CCLI does and what their licenses cover please go to www.ccli.com

I need Contact Info for Other Publishers

Most writers and publishers are affiliated with 3 organizations in the United States. Each of these websites have a great search tool to find their contact information.

www.ccli.com
www.ascap.com
www.bmi.com
www.sesac.com

Why does Capitol only cover a Percentage?

There are some songs that Capitol CMG does own 100% of the publishing rights to. There are also thousands of songs where we only have publishing rights to a portion of the song. Once you have a copy of the Capitol CMG license please take note of the list of songs you have requested. The license will list what percentage we own and also give you the other publishers, not affiliated with Capitol CMG, that also need to license their portion of the song. Please note, that you do not have full rights to use or record any song until you have received licenses to cover 100% of the song.

In order to get in contact with these other publishers, the internet provides many great sources. Simply searching online for the publisher name or going to PRO (Performance Rights Organizations) websites can usually get you in contact with each publisher. Please go to these websites to track down the necessary publisher contact information.

www.ccli.com
www.ascap.com
www.bmi.com
www.sesac.com

 

How long will it take to Receive the License document?

In most cases, Immediately! If you are using our online licensing tool, as soon as payment is sent, you will be directed to print a copy of your license. Please go to www.capitolcmglicensing.com to submit your license request.

I'm outside of the U.S.

We have several Sub-Publishers who license songs and collect royalties on our behalf in various countries around the world. For information on a certain country, please go to the sub-publisher page on our website.
www.capitolcmglicensing.com

How do I request a Digital Download license?

Digital downloads will need a "Digital Audio Download" license from our website. We would suggest starting at a reasonable number of units you expect to sell as downloads. If you see that you will exceed that initial number of units, you can always come back to our website and request a new license for additional units.

License a Master Recording

There are typically two types of licenses needed when purchasing a license for a recording (master). Their is a license to use the song which is sometimes referred to as a mechanical license. This license fee is paid to song publishers. There is an additional license to use the actual recording of the song. The recording (master) license fee is paid to the record label, then to the artist.

If you are recording your own version of the song, only the song writers need to be compensated which only requires a song (mechanical) license.

There is more information about this topic on our website, www.capitolcmglicensing.com.
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I need Permission to use a song

If you are a commercial user, licensing is available through the Capitol Christian Music Publishing website (www.capitolcmgpublishing.com). Click on the Administration tab and then go to license application. If you are applying for 5000 units or less, please go to our custom licensing website www.capitolcmglicensing.com.

How much does a Video cost?

The standard rate to play a song in your video is $.20 per song per copy. You can request a license for this on www.capitolcmglicensing.com

Film and TV license requests

Please direct all inquiries for film and TV to licensing@capitolcmgpublishing.com

What is a PRO?

A PRO stands for Performance Rights Organization. In the US, we have three options: ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. In Canada, the PRO is SOCAN. And in the UK, it is PRS. They collect money for performances of songs on the radio, in TV programs, live venues, and websites. The writer decides which PRO they will affiliate with. Their affiliation will determine which CMG publisher he will be linked with.

You can visit each of these websites for more information:

www.ascap.com
www.bmi.com
www.sesac.com

How much does it cost to Photocopy sheetmusic?

It is $1.25 per copy to photocopy sheetmusic. You can request a license for this on www.capitolcmglicensing.com

What does a CCLI license cover?

A CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International) license covers a wide range of common tasks that churches take part in on a weekly basis. You can Print songs, hymns and lyrics in bulletins, programs, liturgies and songsheets for use in congregational singing, record or video your worship service and more. View a list of what you can do on their website www.ccli.com.

Will you Listen to my Song / Demo?

We do not accept unsolicited song submissions. A great way to submit your songs is through 2 organizations we partner with: the Gospel Music Association, online at GospelMusic.org, and the Christian Musician Summit, online at ChristianMusicianSummit.com. They host regional events that are an excellent way to have your songs reviewed and critiqued by top professionals from our company and all of the major publishers and labels.

Can I add new chords/lyrics to your song?

You may create a musical arrangement of the Composition to the extent necessary to conform it to the style or manner of interpretation of the performance involved, provided, however, that any such arrangement shall not change the basic melody, lyric or fundamental character of the Composition and shall not be subject to copyright protection as a separate derivative work. We do not permit creation of derivative works on our compositions.

How do I get permission to create a derivative work?

You may create a musical arrangement of the Composition to the extent necessary to conform it to the style or manner of interpretation of the performance involved, provided, however, that any such arrangement shall not change the basic melody, lyric or fundamental character of the Composition and shall not be subject to copyright protection as a separate derivative work. We do not permit creation of derivative works on our compositions.

Post a song on Youtube.com / Online

You can post one of our songs online by requesting an "Online Video Stream" license on our website, www.capitolcmglicensing.com

Fix Charges to Credit Card

If you have a question regarding a credit card related issue, please send the following details to licensing@capitolcmglicensing.com. Your name, email, phone number, license number and a brief description of your issue.

Add song(s) to Shopping Cart

You can add a song or multiple songs to your shopping cart by clicking the "Add To Cart" button in the song results grid. You can continue searching and adding as many songs as needed to your cart. The songs in your shopping cart can be seen at the top right of the song search page.

Can't Add to Cart

If you see a song in the search results that does not have an add to cart button, we do not have the rights to license that particular song. You can click on the song title to view the publishers you will need to contact for permission.

How do I Pay for the License?

You will be able to pay for each license online when you complete your license request. All of our online payments are made using PayPal.com. You will be able to use any major debit or credit card and do not even need a PayPal account to pay. To learn more about PayPal, go to their website www.paypal.com.

Is there a Grand Total / Minimum fee for a license?

Yes, there is a $20.00 minimum licensing fee that applies to all licenses.