Active TopicsActive Topics  Display List of Forum MembersMemberlist  CalendarCalendar  Search The ForumSearch  HelpHelp
  RegisterRegister  LoginLogin
Running Your Theater
 Community Theater Green Room Discussion Board :Theater Administration :Running Your Theater
Message Icon Topic: Music & Licenses Post Reply Post New Topic
Author Message

Joined: 6/30/09
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 55
Quote colugino Replybullet Topic: Music & Licenses
    Posted: 6/20/12 at 11:24pm

Sharing this because I was surprised at how many organizations around my area have been fined for using unlicensed music.

Just a forewarning, as many of you already know, using music for a production is only legal if you license it. Any venue where you are charging people to come requires permission from anyone that has anything to do with the song(s) you are using. This includes:
- Music used before a show when patrons are entering, at intermission an at the end as patrons are leaving.
- Music used in a show (one school in my area was fined because they had a Lady Gaga song "playing on the radio" during a scene)
We did a production using two songs from a popular music group and had to pay several hundred dollars in licensing. We had to get permission from the band, their label, as well as the person who wrote the music.
Several theatres and schools in my area were "busted" by local auditors that come to productions and events and check up on licenses. One theatre company was fined over $18,000 for using two songs they did not have permission for. A school in my area did a talent show in which several Broadway songs were performed without license and were fined several thousand dollars.
Another was a theatre company was threatened with fines because they changed several lines in a show without permission. The ommitted several pages of dialogue, changed words in one of the songs.... My theatre company, because it is operated out of a church, always has to edit content. We contact our licensing agents at MTI, R&H or whatever and many times they have just allowed us to make changes with no charge. And sometimes we have had to pay a few dollars (one production we had to pay $100 to change two lines)
So, bottom line, if you don't have a license, or you aren't sure, don't use it!
IP IP Logged
Post Reply Post New Topic
Printable version Printable version

Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot create polls in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Bulletin Board Software by Web Wiz Forums version 8.05
Copyright ©2001-2006 Web Wiz Guide
buy generic cialis are in line cialis canada outcome for yourself viagra sales cost saving benefit viagra uk convert your buy phentermine online pay phentermine cod payment Lenders Everything xanax online your existing xanax overnight absolute must free incest stories online The value gay incest advance The key free dog sex pics cash flow dog sex the reduced noise free gay college guys of the period gay guys