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IF YOU DO NOT GET THE APPROPRIATE PERMISSION FROM THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS WHEN ARRANGING A COPYRIGHTED WORK, YOU COULD FACE SERIOUS LEGAL ACTION TAKEN AGAINST YOU!  


Due to all this legal work, many of the budding arrangers within the brass band movement either don’t go ahead with their idea for the arrangement, or worse, proceed to make their arrangement without obtaining the correct permissions from the copyright holders.


Now, Pennine Music Publishing is making it as easy as possible for you to gain a licence to arrange the music you want to.


Over the last 13 years, Pennine Music Publishing has gained invaluable knowledge and connections within the music industry. We now want to put these to good use and help all the arrangers out there do their work easily and legally!


Pennine Music Publishing can point you in the right direction and help with all the legal red tape that has held arrangers back in the past from obtaining all the correct paperwork, making their arrangements legal.


Whether you wish to just make an arrangement for private performance in a rehearsal room, or for a public performance, you must obtain permission.


YOU CAN APPLY FOR A LICENCE FOR ANY TYPE OF ARRANGEMENT (eg. Brass Band, Quartet, Octet, 10-piece etc)


Below are some FAQ’s that should answer any questions you have. If you need any more help or advice, please ring us on (0785) 251 9763. We will be more than happy to answer any questions and have a general chat with you about copyright, which we know can be very confusing & sometimes frustrating!!!


WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?


Email us at sales@penninemusic.com and let us know your licence requirements (what piece/arranger/type of ensemble etc). We shall then put you in touch with the people to contact in order to gain the required licence.


HOW LONG WILL THE LICENCE TAKE TO COME THROUGH?


Sadly, we are unable to give an exact time line as it is down to the copyright holders. As a rough guide, we suggest anywhere between 4-12 weeks. However, this could be less and could be more!


AM I GUARANTEED TO GET A LICENCE FOR MY ARRANGEMENT?


No! Whilst in 90% of cases you will be granted a licence for your arrangement, there are some cases in which you will be denied permission to proceed.


ARE THERE ANY PIECES OF MUSIC THAT YOU KNOW ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE ARRANGED?


Yes – for example, John Williams! Mr Williams has currently blocked all 3rd party arrangements of his music.


IF PERMISSION FOR MY ARRANGEMENT IS GRANTED, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?


If permission is granted, the copyright holders will usually request that you pay an “Arrangement Fee’. This is nothing to do with Pennine Music and is an agreement between the copyright holders and yourself. The arrangement fee is usually around £20-£50 – this is to be payable by you if you wish to proceed. If not, you do not have to and the request for your licence stops here. Please note: Occasionally, the copyright holders do not request an arrangement fee. You may also be asked for a copy of your arrangement to be sent to them for quality control. If they deny your request at this point, they will not charge you the arrangement fee, but your licence request will be refused and you must destroy your arrangement.


I'VE NOW PAID MY ARRANGEMENT FEE, NOW WHAT?


You will now have been issued with your licence and your arrangement will now be legal! Some copyright holders will request a copy of the score upon completing your arrangement. Please note that the original copyright holders and NOT yourself will hold the copyright to your arrangement. You will not be allowed to sell your arrangement.


CAN I NOW GET MY ARRANGEMENT PUBLISHED?


If you wish to publish your arrangement, you need to contact a music publisher and send it to them. We are always looking for new arrangers and you can find out more about this on our ‘Submitting Scores’ page.


PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO PROCESS REQUESTS FOR ARRANGEMENTS THAT ARE TO BE LICENSED WITHIN THE UK  


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Copyright Licensing


With music notation software now being readily available, more and more brass band musicians are turning their hands to arranging music for their band – and doing a very good job of it too!


As you should be aware, in the UK, copyright exists on any piece of music whose composer has not been deceased for over 70 years. Any arrangement of music, still in copyright, MUST have permission from the copyright holders, otherwise the arrangement is illegal and the copyright holders can take legal action against you.


Even if your arrangement is not for profit, not for public performance, not for sale or only for private performance, the copyright holders must still license the arrangement.