You can secure a license to sell your cover song directly through CD Baby’s distribution process. We handle locating and securing the appropriate license for your cover song as well as paying out the associated licensing fee from each digital sale or stream. NOTE: Mechanical license fees for physical products must be paid at the time of manufacturing.
This option is currently limited to Standard Singles Only
During the sign up of your single, on the Track Details page, if you indicate that the release is a cover song, you will be asked if you have secured a mechanical license to sell the cover song.
If you indicate NO (you have not already secured a license elsewhere) you will be taken through our internal process of securing a mechanical license.
In that process we will ask for information to help us identify your cover song to be sure we secure the correct licensing.
That information includes:
- Original Song Title
- Original Composer / Songwriter
- Original Performing Artist
- Song Source Link (if you have a YouTube video or other link that will help us identify the original composition)
- Song Source Notes (i.e. if this is a song from a Broadway production, opera, motion picture, video game, etc.)
You will also be asked details about your specific recording of this track (album title, track title, artist name, track length). This information will help us determine the rate of your license fee.
Once you pay for your license it will be submitted to the publisher for review and once approved you can then submit your title for distribution.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It takes 10 business days for your license request to be approved/rejected. You will see that status of the license request on the Title Overview page.
Medleys, remixes, translations, and use of samples are not eligible for cover song licensing with CD Baby. This usage requires a negotiated royalty rate or fee between the original publisher and the music user.