Performing purchased tracks for profit

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by supposeda3, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. supposeda3

    supposeda3 Piano User

    Jan 3, 2009
    Central PA
    Sorry if this has been asked before, I searched but didnt find anything similar.

    I'm guest playing at local churches (and being paid for it), am I allowed to play along with accompaniment tracks that I bought? I have a few from, and a few out of Alfred's Top Praise & Worship book/CD, all purchased, but does that give me the right to perform them for profit? If it matters, I dont use the sheet music that came with any tracks, I just play along, with some gentle inprov along the way.

    What about recording them? Not for profit, but just making home recordings for giving away to a few people who want to hear them?:dontknow: I have a few such recordings on my myspace page (see sig), should I take them down?:-(
  2. hup_d_dup

    hup_d_dup Piano User

    May 28, 2009
    Tewksbury, NJ, USA
    This depends entirely on the rights granted by Brasstrax and Alfred's. The right to play sheet music or CD's privately is separate from the right to play them in public. Whether you are doing it for profit or not isn't the issue: either way you are potentially diluting the publishers ability to make additional sales.

    I suggest you contact the publishers and ask if public performance is permitted. That way you'll know for sure.
  3. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
  4. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

    Nov 5, 2003
    Rochester, MN
    Typically, it is the responsibility of the event producer, not the performer, to address legalities and royalties
    of performing copyrighted music.
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    And the job of the musician to give the producer the list of tunes and arrangers with the publishing house if possible.
  6. Phil986

    Phil986 Forte User

    Nov 16, 2009
    Near Portland, OR.
    I was under the impression that Church playing was exempt from most of these restrictions but I'm not sure.
  7. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    Our church pays an annual fee to various publishers so we can play and reproduce lyrics and cd's for practice/performance purposes.
  8. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    Our Band pays an annual fee to The Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) which was established in 1926 by a number of companies including J. Albert & Son to represent the interests of Australasian music copyright holders. In 1929, commercial radio broadcasters in Sydney and Melbourne paid APRA £7 pounds a week for royalties with music broadcasts limited to 66 hours a week.[1] This arrangement broke down in 1931 with APRA banning the playing of records on air. The Australian Federation of Commercial Broadcasting Stations was established in that year to resolve royalty and copyright related issues and as a result, member broadcasters agreed to pay a fixed sum for broadcasting rights.

    With the introduction of the Australian copyright Act (1968), APRA extended its services to any Australian business with copyright obligations. Demand for the service increased steadily over the following thirty years and by 2005, APRA represented the interests of 28,000 members within Australasia, and about 2 million creative artists and publishers from elsewhere in the world, and gathered $146 million in royalty payments, of which $127 million was distributed to copyright holders. [2]

    Today the Association provides businesses a range of licenses to use copyrighted music with APRA monitoring radio and television stations, concert promoters and cinemas in particular. Since 1997, APRA has also represented the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society representing Australasian music publishers.

    In 2008 and 2009, APRA supported aggressive new copyright law in New Zealand, including punishment of persons accused but not proven to be infringing copyright. This position was opposed by artists and APRA members.

    Copyright IS IMPORTANT - musicians have a right to be paid for the use of their property. You want the audience to drop a coin in your kitty, well the copyright holder has the same expectation if you perform his/her property.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  9. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

    Oct 19, 2008
    Flinders Vic Australia
    Unfortunatly copyright is held by music publishers and does not benefit the composers many of which are long dead. Our big band and Orchestra as non profit organizations pay an annual fee to APRA for performance rights.

    Regards, Stuart.
  10. supposeda3

    supposeda3 Piano User

    Jan 3, 2009
    Central PA
    I got ahold of David O'Neill (Brasstrax), he said that buying his songs includes performing rights, so thats taken care of.

    Alfred's was a mess...I went through their licensing form on their website, but it wants a specific song and the date I'm performing it. I'm doing three of their songs on multiple occasions, its not just a one time thing. Anyway, I tried it for one song, and one date, and after a few days I got a response saying that they dont hold the rights for the song, and they gave me another website to go to. I havent tried it yet, I hope it goes better.

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