Getting Started

Our Process

Once your request is received, the TuneLicensing team snaps into action with our three-step licensing process!

  1. RESEARCH:   We immediately identify credited songwriter(s) and their respective publishers.
  2. REACH-OUT:   Once the songwriter and publishing information is known, we reach out to confirm ownership and share percentage, and send our mechanical licensing agreement to all attached parties.
  3. LICENSE:   The publisher reviews the license and returns with a signature. Many licenses are obtained immediately because of partnerships we have with larger publishers.

This process generally takes less than 3 business days. In situations where this is not the case, the publisher may take a few days to review the agreement and send any revisions they wish to see in the language. Some publishers have a high volume of requests and therefore have a longer turn-around time. We will notify you throughout the process so you know the real-time status of your request.

Once licensed, you’re good to go!

A few things to keep in mind about the licensing process:

  • In the unlikely case that we are unable to complete your request, we will issue you a full refund. This can occur in rare situations where we are unable to identify the original songwriter and/or their respective publisher.
  • If your cover song has already been released, a publisher can deny a mechanical license request. To prevent this from happening, a mechanical license should be obtained at least 2 weeks before you release your cover song.
  • Newly released songs, especially songs with several songwriters, may not yet be fully registered. In a nutshell, this means that the songwriters haven’t decided who owns how much of the song. This is considered a Split Dispute. With split disputes, most publishers hold off on licensing until the splits have been agreed upon and finalized. This can take as little as a few days, or as long as a few months. In the case of a split dispute, TuneLicensing stays in contact with the publisher and waits for them to give us the green light. No licensing can be done for a song in split dispute.