Please note: The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) does not administer synchronization licenses or distribute synchronization royalties. 


A synchronization license grants permission to incorporate a musical work and/or sound recording in a visual media such as film, television shows, commercialsvideo games, and more recently, user-created content posted on YouTube and TikTok. It is also referred to as a synch license.” 

A party that wishes to obtain a synchronization license, must contact the copyright owner or administrator of the work to negotiate the terms of the license. The party obtaining the license generally pays a fee directly to the copyright owner. Depending on the work, the cost can range greatly from a small fee for a lesser-known work to hundreds of thousands of dollars for a popular song.