Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What is music publishing?

    Music publishing is the business of acquiring the copyright in songs, exploiting and administering those copyrights and collecting and distributing the income earned from them, whilst protecting these acquired rights and the interests of their creators.

    A music publisher enters into agreements with owners of copyrights, songwriters or other companies, and they provide the functions outlined above on an exclusive basis for a defined term. This allows the creator to concentrate on the artistic side of things, whilst the publisher ensures the business side is taken care of on their behalf.

  • 2. What is copyright?

    Copyright is an intellectual property right and exists in the words and in the music of an original piece of work. The copyright owner is the creator of the work, and is the one who has the “right to copy” that work in any form. The copyright owner can assign that right, by way of an agreement, to another party such as a music publisher.

    Copyrights are what the music publishing industry is based on and these rights are exploited, administered and protected by the publisher once they have been assigned to them.

    In the UK, copyright in a musical work lasts for a period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the composer or author dies.

  • 3. I am looking for a publishing deal. How do I get one with Kassner?

    Firstly, your songs will need to be heard by Kassner. If we think that there is potential in your songs that we can work with, we will contact you to discuss the possibilities around this. If, after our discussions, we think that working with you and your songs is a possibility, you may be offered a publishing deal with our company.

    Please see the “Demo Submissions” page to send us your songs for consideration.

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  • 4. As a songwriter, how do I know that Kassner will give me and my songs their utmost attention?

    One of the advantages of being signed to Kassner is that we work very closely with our writers and we ensure that we give all our songs the same opportunities as our biggest copyrights. We will always try and find the best song for an intended use and we will not be biased in any way.

    We enjoy excellent relationships with our clients and are directly contactable for answering any query you may have. One of the central pillars of our success as a company has been the maintenance of the relationships we have with our clients and our understanding of their needs.

  • 5. I have an existing catalogue of songs that I would like Kassner to represent. Will you be interested in administering or sub-publishing them?

    We are always looking to increase our business by administering or sub-publishing new and interesting catalogues. If you have a catalogue of songs that you would like us to represent, then please contact us by e-mail on or call us on 020 7385 7700.

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  • 6. What is a synchronisation licence?

    A synchronisation licence is a licence that permits you to ‘synchronise’ music with an audio/visual work. Such works include films, TV commercials, DVDs, film trailers etc…

    A licence must be obtained from the copyright owner before such a use can take place. The same permission from the owner of the sound recording must also be obtained for this type of use.

  • 7. How much does a synchronisation licence cost?

    We do not have a set fee for synchronisation licences. Each request is looked at individually and a decision on the fee depends on a variety of criteria such as which song is requested, the type of use, the territory and the term of the licence.

  • 8. How do I licence a song via the website?

    If you would like to licence a song which is controlled by Kassner. then please fill in the form which is provided in our "Licensing" section.

    Your request will reach us immediately and one of our team will contact you directly so we can take your request further.

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  • 9. How long will it take to clear a song for licensing?

    We will always contact you as soon as we can after we receive a licensing request. Once we have made contact and discussed the terms, the licence will be finalised as quickly as possible. This can take from a few days to a few weeks in most cases.

  • 10. I would like to sample a song which is controlled by Kassner. How do I obtain permission to do so and what is the correct procedure?

    We recognise that sampling is an important part of our business and we are always open to requests from those who wish to sample one of our songs. We would require you first to contact us with as many details of your request as possible, I.e.

    The song you would like to sample (duration/part(s) of song etc.);
    Any release details that have been planned;
    Other parties that are involved, if any; and
    A recording of the new work.

    We will consider all of the information and then discuss on a more personal level with you the possibilities of the sample being approved. Unfortunately, to protect the integrity of our copyrights, we cannot give any permissions without discussing the intended use with you first.

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  • 11. Where can I find copies of sheet music of songs from the Kassner catalogue?

    We still stock copies of individual sheet music for a lot of songs from our catalogues and will try and help you find what you are looking for at all times. If there is a piece of sheet music you are looking for in particular, please contact us and we will see if we can source it for you.

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  • 12. I think that I may be owed royalties from Kassner or one of their affiliated companies. Who may I contact for assistance?

    If you think that you may be owed royalties from us or you have not received a statement that you are expecting, it may be that we do not have the correct contact details for you. Please contact us using the details provided in the “Contact Us” section of the website, and we will be able to help you further with your enquiry.

    Contact Us >>
  • 13. I have recently moved and I need to update my new address with Kassner. Who should I contact?

    If you have recently moved, please e-mail or call us with your new contact details so our records are up-to-date. You can find our contact details under the “Contact Us” section of the website.

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  • 14. How can I find out more about your songwriters?

    You will find articles on featured songwriters under our “Featured Writers” section. You can also search our news archive for previous articles or use the search tool to find songwriters and their songs.

    If you cannot find what you are looking for, then please contact us using the details in our “Contact Us” section and we will answer your question to the best of our ability.

    Featured Writers >>
  • 15. How does the song search tool on your site work?

    You can use our search function to search for any song we control, our songwriters and the artists linked to our catalogues.

    You need to enter your search criteria into the text box and press "Search". This will bring up every result linked to your keyword(s). You can then click on the appropriate link to find the information you are looking for.

    If you still cannot find a particular title then you may want to utilise the "Advanced Search". Here you can add in the genre of the song you are searching for as well as the copyright year or range if you know any of this information. This may help you refine your search.

    Song Search >>
  • 16. What does the music player on your website do?

    The music player streams audio tracks and clips of songs featured on our website. You can create playlists with these songs so you can listen to them as you browse the site and when you visit other web pages.

    If you would like to request a licence to use the song you are listening to then please click on “Request a Licence”. This will take you to our licensing form where you can send us the details of your request.

  • 17. How do I add tracks to my playlist?

    Once you have found the track you would like to listen to, using our search tool, you can add it to your playlist by pressing “Queue Track” on the song page. This will immediately add the song and it will stay there for your enjoyment until you remove it.

  • 18. How do I remove tracks from my playlist?

    To remove a song from your playlist you should first highlight the song you would like to remove by clicking on it and then press “Remove from Playlist”. This will remove the song immediately.

    If you would like to remove all of the songs from your playlist then please use the “Clear List” action at the bottom of the music player. All your songs will be removed immediately and you can start a new playlist.

  • 19. How many songs can be added to a playlist?

    You can add an unlimited number of songs to a playlist.

  • 20. What If I'm having technical difficulties using the site?

    If you are having any technical difficulties, then please contact us with details of the nature of the problem at

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  • 21. I am looking to buy a product which was released on the President label. How can I do that?

    You can still buy any President releases which we have in stock by visiting and choosing the product(s) you are interested in and proceeding to the order form.

    *Please note that we no longer accept credit/debit card payments. All payments must be made by bank transfer or by cheque. Please contact with any queries.

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  • 22. May I submit a demo of my songs to Kassner? Do you accept unsolicited material for consideration?

    Yes, you may send us a demo of your songs as we do accept unsolicited material. You will find more information on how to send us your music in our Demo Submissions section in the “Contact Us” area of the website.*

    *Please note that owing to the high amount of unsolicited material we get sent we cannot guarantee a response, but if we like what we hear, we will of course be in touch.

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  • 23. I am interested in work experience with Kassner. Do you offer placements?

    We often receive requests regarding work experience opportunities at Kassner. If an opportunity does arise, you will find details of the position, along with how to apply, under the “Contact Us” section of this website.

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  • 24. How do I find out about employment opportunities at Kassner?

    We will advertise any employment opportunities, along with details of how to apply, under the “Contact Us” section of this website. You can also look in the jobs section in the music trade press and related websites.

    Career Opportunities >>
  • 25. How can I contact Kassner directly?

    You will find all of our contact details by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab. Please e-mail us at or call us on 020 7385 7700 and we will be able to help you with your query.

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  • 26. How can I listen to a selection of the top songs from the Kassner catalogue?

    You can listen to a selection of the top songs from the Kassner publishing catalogue by visting our Top Songs page.

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