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What are license fees, and when are they paid and
by whom?

The upfront fee for use of the song and the master is
paid by the production company. The performance or
backend royalty is collected by the PRO like ascap
bmi and paid to you.

How a release date holds up paying out.

Often times the license will stipulate that the license
and payment will not be finalized until the film’s
release date, or after the TV air date — which allows
them to change music at the last minute.