Music Licensing - What YOU Need to Know to Protect Yourself

How to Protect Yourself
while Supporting the
Music and Artists
You Love

Did you know that it is illegal and a violation of copyright law to play CDs, iPod, Spotify, Pandora, and other streaming services for your yoga classes, workshops, retreats, private sessions, and live events if you do not obtain the proper music licensing. Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) such as BMI and ASCAP consider any use of music in this manner a public performance and they required you by law to obtain music licenses.  Your personal subscription to these services does not give you the proper permissions.

Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing Internet software such as Napster in late 90’s and the more recent rise of streaming services has caused the music industry to all but crumble. In an attempt to bring the scales to a re-balancing, the PROs (Performing Rights Organization) are actively looking for individuals and businesses that are not complying with music copyright law. More and more cases are being brought to court and the damages can range anywhere from $750 up to $150,000 per copyrighted work.  We are here to help explain all about music copyright law and how we can help you get in compliance.  

It's Illegal to Stream
Spotify During My Classes or Session Work....

To be in compliance with music licensing laws, you will need to purchase licensing rights from the three major PROs (Performing Rights Orgranizations). Not only that, but you may need to purchase multiple, different licenses from different organizations to cover your needs.

For example:

  • If you are playing music in your class, sessions, events, workshops from a CD, iPod, playlist from Spotify, Pandora, or other streaming services you will need a music license from the copyright owner.  
  • If you are interested in sharing an online video/class (live and/or recorded) with music in the background, you are required to purchase a sync license from the copyright owner. 
  • If your intention is to make money from an online video/class (live and/or recorded) that is utilizing music and charge money for it, you will need a mechanical license from the copyright owner. 
  • If you are a franchise owner, or own multiple business locations you are going to need a license that covers all locations if you are utilizing music at each location.  
  • If you own a business with multiple independent contractors, such as a yoga studio with multiple instructors, each individual contractor needs their own music licenses to utilize music in their classes, etc.  The business owner/studio owner will be held responsible, as well as the individual contractor, if found violating copyright laws. 

These are just a few examples, there are many other situations that require specific types of licenses for specific situations. A good way to put this in perspective is, any music that you have purchased you hold the personal rights to, meaning you can use that music in your home and for your own personal pleasure.  Any situation where you are conducting business with a gathering of people, an exchange of money, and/or utilizing music in tandem with your work you are required to obtain a music license.   This process can get daunting!  We are here to help!  We have a multi-use licensing that can serve as a one stop shop for each and every one of your music needs.  Continue reading below ...



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Listening to Smile (Multi-Use License)

Affiliate Program and Music Licensing

Our Affiliate program only offers the rights to work with Listening to Smile Frequency Minded Music.  However, we are offering a multi-use license that covers proper music permissions, resale priviledges, advertising and promotional priviledges, Affiliate finder's fee commission, training for utilizing our music in live events.   

Listening to Smile is the sole creator and owner of our music, and because of that, we are able to offer you one of the most unique licensing opportunities in the world today.  As of 2020, the Listening to Smile discography that is available to our Affiliates is totaling 65 Frequency Minded Albums. 

When you become a Listening to Smile Affiliate you obtain the proper permissions and music licensing to utilize our music in your classes, retreats, workshops, one on one sessions, social media videos, advertising, and more.

Let's be honest, today in mainstream music the focus tends to be on 4 subjects: love, heartbreak, partying, and wealth. Not to mention some of the vocabulary and language. This music is not always the easiest to fit into your holistic community or mindfulness practice. So what distinguishes us from other music licensing options, is that our music is made with a specific intention and very focused target demographic. Our music is infused with sound healing and sacred frequencies. We use different tuning's such as 432Hz and 444Hz composed with the intention of healing, release, and relaxation. As a LTS Affiliate, you will also receive new Frequency Minded Music monthly. On top of the new monthly music, we create the monthly albums based on the astrology information, social and political current events.  We do this so that our music is grounded in the collective energy for the month and to best serve you for grounding, healing, release, and relaxation. 

We create upbeat songs for movement in the genres of world music, trip-hop, hip-hop, New Age and dance music. We also create more mellow and relaxing tracks for sleep, meditation, and mindfulness practices in the the genres of down tempo, sound healing/immersion, ambient, and binaural beats.

 There is always something for everyone. Join our team and help spread the good vibes! 

 **Legal Disclaimer This is for educational purposes only and is not meant to provide legal advice. Please check with your own legal counsel if you have any particular questions or concerns with your particular situation.