Third Party Music Licensing Instructions


  • Up to 15 percent of video content and up to 100% of music can be licensed for a Z-Fest Film.
  • Third-party audio content must be properly attributed by filling out a music release form, which is provided at the Z-Fest kick-off event.
  • For public domain music:
    • Indicate the title for the piece on the music release form.
    • Make a note that it is public domain.
    • Attach printed verification that the music is public domain to the release form.
  • For music licensed from the web:
    • Fill out the music release form.
    • Print the license agreement and the proof of purchase for musical work you are using and attach it to the release form.
  • A proof of purchase from a music licensing website is not the same as licensing agreement. Teams must submit BOTH of these documents for each piece of licensed music.
  • A licensing agreement contains language which grants permission to the licensee to use the musical work in their project.
  • Click here to see an example of an acceptable licensing agreement.
  • Many online music licensing services have a licensing agreement on their website. If you did not receive such a document or cannot find it, contact the licensing company. You cannot use copyrighted musical works in your film without a proper and legitimate licensing agreement which explicitly grants you permission to use the musical work.