Using Music

Get Permission

You can use music in your film - music you've created yourself or other people's music - as long as you have the right to use it.

If you use your own music that's easy - you just have to ask yourself permission. If it's someone else's music then you need to ask their permission and get licences signed. Of course it's harder to make contact with people who are overseas but we hope that New Zealand musicians will be willing to let you use their music for your entry to The Outlook for Someday. Bear in mind that they won’t necessarily be able to give you the permission themselves – they will usually need to refer you their music publishers and record companies

For any music in your film you use you need to supply signed licences giving you permission. You can download The Outlook for Someday licence forms from the Release & Licence Forms page. There is advice below on what forms to use in different situations.

If you are the person who needs to sign a form but you are under 18, get your parent / guardian / caregiver to sign as well.

Feel free to ask in the Forum if there is any situation you are unsure about.

Other People's Musical Recordings

If you want to use someone else’s music recording, such as music from a CD or someone else’s video or audio recording, the forms to get signed are:

  1. Licence To Use Material

    To be signed by the person or organisation who owns the music (eg the song-writer or the organisation which owns a song). This could be you if someone else has recorded your song.

  2. Musical Recording Licence

    To be signed by the person or organisation who owns the musical recording (eg the recording company or a musician whose recording you are using).

Musical Performances

If you have yourself filmed / recorded a musical performance, the forms to get signed are:

  1. Individual Release Form

    To be signed by each person who performs the music – one form for each person. If you perfomed the music yourself then sign the form yourself.

  2. Licence To Use Material

    To be signed by the person or organisation who owns the music (eg the song-writer or the organisation which owns a song). If you created the music yourself then sign the form yourself.

  3. Musical Recording Licence

    Sign the form yourself.