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I want to... Perform a play, musical, opera, or other staged work

September 13, 2013

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Grand rights.

Background

"Grand rights" provide the right to perform music as part of a dramatic performance. The point at which a piece becomes a dramatic musical work is not always perfectly clear; institutions should seek counsel if a question arises. Grand rights are usually individually negotiated with the copyright owner, probably the publisher or writer.

Action

Contact the copyright owner of the musical work. Among works that are often performed by universities are those controlled by the following publishers:

Rates

Copyright owners set different rates for royalties depending on the work.