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Renting and Licensing ACA Music for performance, recording, reprints, anthologies
MECHANICAL RIGHTS - CD OR DIGITALLY DISTRIBUTED RECORDINGS
The American Composers Alliance is the legal publisher for most musical works that have been published with the imprints of: American Composers Alliance; American Composers Edition; and Composers Facsimile Edition. To check the current legal status of a work you want to record, please start the process by searching the catalog databases on ASCAP.com and BMI.com. *******Information found on
older score copies or found through google searches may not be the
current data you need to locate the proper rights holders for
ACA requests at least one copy of the CD or mp3 file download upon completion of the project.
If you plan to record an ACA work, please write us <sales [at] composers [dot] com> with the following information, or as much as is known, and ACA will respond with a mechanical license agreement/price quote or further information and help by email.
-Production company, or person responsible for the project - complete contact information
-Name of the record label that will be recording and/or distributing the work
-Composer of work
-Title of work
-Duration, complete timing of your recording, or approximate, if the recording has not yet been completed/edited
-Planned release date
-Number of units in first pressing, if any
-Will this be made available for digital download online or streaming audio? On which websites?
-Who (all) will be collecting the payments from customers who purchase downloads and/or physical CDs of the ACA music?
-Who will own the copyright to this sound recording, circle one: Composer retains Performer Recording Label
VIDEO, INCLUDING YOU-TUBE PERFORMANCES:
Before posting video recordings of ACA-licensed musical works on the internet with any personal or public video hosting services, please contact ACA and let us know. If the recording is produced with content in addition to the music being performed live, you must apply to ACA for permission and a sync license. Please send notifications, links, and requests for rights to publicly display ACA music to: info [at] composers [dot] com
For larger orchestral works and operas, ACA may offer customers both rental and/or sales prices for the performance materials. In both cases, the following information is needed before the transaction can be completed:
Please complete the information requested below and email to: sales [at] composers [dot] com
Instrumentation, including number of vocal and/or string parts needed
Organization Series or Concert Name
Date(s) of performances/ number of performances
Exec Director/Gen Manager
Date materials are needed:
Date materials will be returned (for rentals):
Admission price range for tickets:
Number of total seats in venue:
Will a recording (archival) be made available to ACA?
What performances materials do you already have on hand?
A rental and/or sales price quote will be sent to you, and if accepted, you will receive the agreement/ invoice for payment. Payment must be made at least 2 weeks prior to requested ship date of materials, regardless of when the performance is taking place.
***You must be licensed by BMI to perform ACA composers' works. This does not apply to opera, ballet, liturgical services, or high schools. Licenses for single or multiple performances can be obtained at http://bmi.com/licensing/
FOR OPERA/DRAMATIC/THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES -
In addition to paying a rental or sale fee for the sheet music needed for the performance, it is customary for the producing organization to pay a public performance licensing fee to the publisher for the use of dramatic works: for live concerts, audio or video recordings, webcasts or broadcasts, and for any synchronization of ACA music with film and other media for artistic or commercial purposes.
These performance fees can be determined at the time the rental/sale application is received and is subject to be revised upon subsequent developments occuring with the use of the music after the initial rental/sale agreement has been completed. Composers waiving the rights to receive a performance fee for the use of their dramatic works must do so in writing with ACA.
FOR REPRINTING ACA-PUBLISHED MUSIC IN ANTHOLOGIES OR SONG COLLECTIONS, IN ORIGINAL FORMAT OR IN NEW EDITIONS: Permission must be granted in writing for these uses, either by the composer, or by ACA. See attached document below for application to reprint ACA scores.
DEALERS must purchase scores from ACA for any re-sale or distribution. Contact ACA for dealer discount information.