How to get permission to use a song on Instagram

In order to get permission from an artist to use their song on Instagram, you will need to find and ask the artist in writing.

Overview

Instagram has a responsibility towards users and artists when it comes to music rules on the platform.

The best way to get permission to use a song on Instagram is to find the owner and contact them, or to rather use a different song altogether.

The use of music on Instagram

Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world and with more people spending time indoors and, in turn, online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, daily usage figures for Instagram and its in-application features increased even more.

Though this platform is created for users to be able to create and post entertaining content to share with their communities, Instagram is also responsible for ensuring that music artists’ copyrights and intellectual properties are protected from misuse by users on the platform.

How to get permission to use a song on Instagram

In order to honour licencing agreements, Instagram places limitations on the amount and the type of music that can be included in live broadcasts, reels, and timeline posts by users on the platform.

This means that if you want to use copyrighted music on the platform, it is best to get permission from the owner or owners of the music before doing so, to avoid your live broadcasts from being suspended or your posts from being removed from the platform.

Getting permission to use a song on Instagram protects you from being liable for copyright infringements or from accidentally stealing an artists’ intellectual property.

There are a few different considerations to ponder when you want to get permission to use a song on Instagram. Some of these considerations are:

Consideration Description
How to find the owner of the song This will allow you to ask the owner for permission to use their song
How to ask for permission to use the song This will ensure that both you and the owner are clear about how the song can be used
Other ways to use a song without permission This includes other ways of incorporating music into your content on the Instagram platform

How to find the owner of the song

The first step in getting permission to use a song on Instagram is finding the owner of the song. This can be quite tricky, but visiting one of the following sites and searching for the title of the song should give you an indication of who owns the song to begin with, and how to get permissions to use it:

Institution Website Description
ASCAP https://www.ascap.com/ An advocacy service for music creators who can help you licence music.
BMI https://www.bmi.com/ A group that connects songwriters to businesses that want to use their music
SESAC https://www.sesac.com/ This organisation protects the rights of songwriters, composers, and music publishers.

 Once you have found the song and the owner of the song through one of these organisations or through a similar organisation that represents music professionals outside of the United States, you can apply to contact the owner to get permission to use the song.

How to ask for permission to use the song

Finding the owner of the song and their contact details is often the most difficult part of getting permission to use a song on Instagram. Once you have their information, you can ask for permission by sending an email or letter to the owner.

Including the necessary information can ensure that you and the owner are on the same page about which song can be used and how it can be used with their permission.

For this reason, it is important to include the following in your correspondence:

  • Your identity
  • The name of the song/original music you want to use
  • Details on how and where the song will be used
  • The purpose of the use, such as non-profit or commercial use
  • An indication that they agree to the terms or that you have negotiated the terms

Other ways of using songs on Instagram

If you are struggling to get permission to use a song on Instagram, there are other ways to use songs on the platform without getting permission first, these are:

  • Collaborating with artists to create original songs
  • Pay for a service that gives you royalty-free tracks
  • Use the Facebook or YouTube audio library

Final thoughts

In order to protect music professionals’ copyrights and intellectual property, you need permission to use certain songs on Instagram.

The best way to get permission is to seek out the owner of the song and ask them for it. Alternatively, there are other ways to find music that you can use on Instagram.