Music Licensing Guidelines

Music licensing fees is an issue affecting wineries across the country. WineAmerica has consulted with its membership, regional associations, and experts in the field to create a document answering your questions.
This document is available to WineAmerica members in the Members Only section. Members should login and will find the document listed on the left hand bar of their winery’s homepage. If you have trouble with your login or would like to receive a PDF by email, contact Tara Good, Vice President at
It is also available to wineries who are members of one of the State and Regional Associations Advisory Council members. See if you local association is a member. Reach out to your local association head or contact Tara Good, Vice President at
Topic covered include:
  • What is music licensing?
  • Why do I need a music license?
  • When is a winery liable?
  • Are there exemptions?
  • What should I do when contacted by a music licensing organization?
Questions? Contact Tara Good, Vice President at