Licensing can be foreboding and confusing at best. For any questions, call Jeffrey Bowen at 615-491-2187. Most questions may be answered quickly. And if he cannot answer your questions right away, he will find the answers for you.
Music, like any other physical, digital or intellectual property requires permission to use. Transmitting and copying written music is illegal. Music Arrangement Services can assist on getting your arrangements licensed so your are completely legal.
"Music should be free for educational purposes".
Currently, there are no special licenses or exceptions for educational institutions or non-profits.
"I've applied for licensing, I need a copy of the score for my choreographer"
Written music can only be sent once a license is approved. If you need something to get started, an mp3 and lyrics may be requested.
"I submitted a request directly with the author, but I never heard back."
You must have something in writing by the author or their representative in order to use their music.
"I have my licensing, but do I need another license to perform the music?"
Once you have an arrangement licence, it is implied you are going to perform the music. No other licensing is needed for performance.
"I have a stock arrangement and need to cut some material. Do I need to contact the license holder?"
You are allowed to make cuts on a stock arrangement. You may even repeat sections to make it longer. However, you may NOT add any material from another song (which constitutes creating a medley).