To: All Bands of America/Music for All Fall Participating Bands and Band Directors
From: Music For All
Date: September 1, 2010
Re: “Permission to Arrange” and the music of Leonard Bernstein
We would like to remind all of our participating bands of their obligation to obtain “Permission to Arrange” for all original arrangements of copyrighted music used in fall marching band shows. Any music performed that is not a published or stock arrangement, in public domain, or an original composition, requires the permission of the copyright holder to be arranged for your performance.
We have recently been made aware of new approval policies regarding requests for the use Leonard Bernstein’s music. Requests are being denied if they do not meet the following standards established by The Leonard Bernstein Office:
- The arrangement must respect the melody, rhythm and harmony of the original.
- The arrangement must be either of the complete composition or a substantial extract that has a clear beginning and end.
- The Bernstein Office will not give permission for the creation of medleys or the use of a paraphrase of a song or the ‘layering’ of one song over another.
The Bernstein Office also requires that all scores be submitted for approval prior to licensing. If a request is denied you are allowed the opportunity to make changes and resubmit for reconsideration. If your show contains Leonard Bernstein’s music we urge you to start the approval process early to allow for any adjustments that may need to be made. As always, you should request and obtain permission prior to the design stages of your show. We are aware of bands and even some drum corps who have had requests denied so it is important that you begin this process as soon as possible.
Should you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Eric L. Martin
President and CEO