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Licensing and Commissioning

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Concert Music Commissioning Specimen Contract. TheMU - Commissioned Work. Music licensing at outdoor events. The public performance of PRS for Music’s repertoire requires a licence to be in place prior to use.

Music licensing at outdoor events

Events such as carnivals, fireworks displays, Christmas markets, Christmas lights switch-on events, dance displays, authorised busking and live music performances all need to be covered by an appropriate licence if they use music from the PRS for Music repertoire. While we appreciate that the vast majority of promoters act in good faith and take out the appropriate licences, there have been instances where event promoters have failed to fulfil this requirement. This has, in some cases, resulted in the local authority being found liable to cover costs of licensing these third party events at a later date. Therefore we propose the following three scenarios: Outdoor Events organised by Local Authorities Outdoor Events Organised by Third Parties 1.

The local authority can assume responsibility for covering all or some third party events on their own PRS for Music licence. 2. A. B. P-07: Music Copyright Information Fact Sheet. Fact sheet P-07: Music Copyright Issued: 30th June 2004 Last amended: 24th April 2015 Exploring music copyright, and specific considerations that apply to song writers and composers.

P-07: Music Copyright Information Fact Sheet

What copyright exists in music? There are principally 2 types of copyright to consider when we talk about music copyright.The traditional ©, ‘C in a circle’ copyright, applies to the composition, musical score, lyrics, as well as any artwork or cover designs, as all of these are individually subject to copyright in their own rights, (though when you register, you can include them all in a single registration provided they have the same copyright owner(s)).The second type of copyright applies to the sound recording itself, and is signified by the ‘P in a circle’ .How does this work?

Related information Copyright symbols explained. Band agreements. Fact sheet P-03: Using copyright notices. Fact sheet P-13: Seeking Permission. Using Copyrighted Music in Theatre 2014. Local Authorities. Why does a local authority need a Music licence?

Local Authorities

Generally speaking, any music provided outside the domestic circle or home life of the audience is regarded as a public performance. To comply with copyright legislation public performances of copyright music must be authorised by the owner of the copyright in the works concerned. It is the responsibility of the local authority to obtain a Music Licence for musical performances at its premises, regardless of whether the authority or a third party provides the music. What kind of premises and performances? Some types of musical performances - such as concerts and discos - spring to mind more readily than others. What about leisure/community centres, halls and theatres at school sites? Theatre. Call 0845 300 6033 for major events & venues (concerts, festivals, theatres, etc) Music in Theatres - Frequently Asked Questions Why does a theatre need a Music Licence?


Any music which is played outside the domestic or home life is regarded as a public performance. The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 means that if you use copyright music in public to lawfully do so you require the permission of the copyright owner for every piece of music that is being performed.PRS for Music makes it easy to obtain the necessary permission by issuing a Music Licences. A Music Licence allows you to lawfully play a vast repertoire of millions of songs, written and published by our members and those of our affiliated societies throughout the world. Does this section apply to you? This section applies to you if you are a theatre, part of production management, part of theatre management, an amateur dramatic society or an operatic society.

Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark - Top Los Angeles Theatre & Film Entertainment Lawyer. Recently, received the following question via the ‘net, so I thought I’d answer here, since it’s a common and often misunderstood area.

Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark - Top Los Angeles Theatre & Film Entertainment Lawyer

I wrote an original play … We have a DJ who spins slightly different cues every night, as the show has a bit of improvisation. Are we responsible to get music licensing rights for playing this music? We do not include any description of the artists, use their likenesses or in any way advertise to capitilize on their work. The music is important to the arc of the show, but under the control of our DJ. I have heard several conflicting (and confusing) opinions on this matter and was wondering if you could tell us what you think. Well, first my answer is that yes, they must obtain clearance to include the music in the show. Grand Rights vs.

Ultimately, the analysis of this question depends on the nature of the use of music. Grand Rights are not administered by ASCAP, BMI or any other, similar performing rights society. License Terms Conclusion.