Renting and Licensing ACA Music for performance, recording, reprints, anthologies

STUDENTS - If you are performing and/or reprinting excerpts of ACA-published music, please be sure to credit the composer, the correct title of the work, and also credit the publisher American Composers Alliance, Inc. (BMI) in your documents. If you obtained music from our archives at the University of Maryland, please credit Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) as well.

ANTHOLOGY COLLECTIONS:  Each individual work contained within an anthology or compilation carries its own copyright. The compiler is responsible for obtaining permission to use copyrighted material in a compilation. ACA can provide a license for you to reprint an ACA published score in another publication or anthology.

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FOR ORCHESTRA WORKS, CHORAL WORKS, OPERAS,  ACA may offer a rental and/or sales or permanent loan price for the performance materials.

In any case, the following information is needed before the transaction can be completed:

  • Composer
  • Title
  • Instrumentation, including number of vocal scores, choral scores, and/or string parts needed
  • Organization Series or Concert Name
    Conductor
  • Soloist(s)
    Venue
    Date(s) of performances/ number of performances
    Exec Director/Gen Manager
    Librarian
    Billing address

 

  • Billing and Shipping addresses 
  • If you prefer a PDF download with a license to print your own scores, please specify this.
  • Email
  • Date materials are needed:
  • Admission price range for tickets:
    Number of total seats in venue:
    Will a recording (archival) be made available to ACA?
    What performance materials do you already have on hand?

A rental and/or sales price quote will be sent to you.

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 dramatic opera performances, ballet or dance concerts, liturgical services, or high schools. Most colleges and universities have a blanket license covering performances by student ensembles.

Licenses for single or multiple performances can be obtained at http://bmi.com/licensing/

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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  BMI.com/search .

****Information found on older score copies or found through internet searches may not be the current data you need to locate the proper rights holders for permissions******

To record an ACA work, please obtain a mechanical license from the Harry Fox Agency. If you would like ACA to license your project directly, send us <sales [at] composers [ dot] com> the information requested below and ACA will respond with a mechanical license agreement.

 

  • - 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
  • - Artists performing
  • - CD title
  • - 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 and receiving payments from customers who purchase downloads and/or physical CDs?
  • - 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 music on the internet with any personal or public video hosting services, please be sure you have cleared the rights to post recordings online from any and all possible rights holders, including ACA, the composer, and any text or poetry authors or their publishers.

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:  sales [at] composers [dot] com

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FOR OPERA/DRAMATIC/THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES -

In addition to buying or renting 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 (operatic, dance, theatrical) works for 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.

DEALERS must purchase scores from ACA for any re-sale or distribution. Contact ACA for dealer discount information.