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Frequently Asked Questions


Which publishers does Hal Leonard represent in print?

Hal Leonard represents, in print, some of the world's best known and most respected publishers, artists, and writers. Following is a list of some of the major publishers we represent in print:

Acuff-Rose Music Publishing (Milene)
Alice In Chains
Apple, Fiona
Arc Music Group (Conrad, Jewel, Regent, Sunflower)
Arlen, Harold (S.A. Music)
Autry, Gene Music Group (Golden West Melodies, Ridgeway, Western, Melody Ranch)
Bacharach, Burt (New Hidden Valley)
Beatles, The (ATV)
Bee Gees (Gibb Brothers)
Berlin, Irving
BMG
BMG (Careers, MGB Songs)
BMG Rights Management (BMG Ruby, BMG Sapphire, BMG Gold, BMG Platinum)
Boublil, Alain (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre)
BUG Music
Carlin America Inc. (Bienstock, Times Square, Hudson Bay, E.B. Marks)
Cash, Johnny
Chrysalis Music
Concord (Prestige, Orpheum, Jondora)
David, Hal (Casa David)
Doors, The
Eastman (Cherio, Warock, Rytvoc, Pic, Llee)
Emerald Forest
EMI (April, Blackwood, Screen-Gems, Colgems, Virgin, Combine)
Entertainment Co.
Evergreen
Fain, Sammy
Famous (Ensign, Paramount, Bruin, Addax)
Guaraldi, Vince (Mendelson, songs from "Peanuts")
Harrison, George (Harrisongs)
Hendrix, Jimi (Experience Hendrix)
HoriPro Entertainment (Sixteen Stars, Dixie Stars, Vector Music)
Integrity Music
Jobete Music (Motown)
Johnson, Eric (Amerita)
Kenny G
Knopfler, Mark (Straitjacket, Chariscourt)
Kobalt Music
Leiber & Stoller Music
Mancini, Henry (Northridge)
Marley, Bob
McDonald, Michael (Tauripin Tunes, Genevieve Music)
Miller, Steve (Sailor Music)
MJQ
Monk, Thelonious (Thelonious Music Corp.)
MPL Communications (E.H. Morris, Frank Music Corp., Meredith Willson, Morley Music, Harwin Music)
Music & Media International (Lehsem)
Offspring (Gamete, Underachiever)
Pastorius, Jaco (Pastorius, Haapala, Mowgli)
Peermusic (Peer International, Southern, PSO Limited)
Petty, Tom (Gone Gator, Adria K)
Phish (Who Is She? Music)
Presley, Elvis (Elvis Presley Music, Gladys Music)
Primary Wave
Red Hot Chili Peppers (Moebetoblame)
Rondor Music Publishing (Almo, Irving)
Seger, Bob (Gear Publishing Co.)
Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. (Skidmore, Mood, Scarsdale, Painted Desert)
Shawnee Press
Sondheim, Stephen (Rilting)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Tree, Cross Keys, Sony Tunes, Sony Songs)
Stage Three
Sting, Police (Regatta Music)
Strouse, Charles
Unison Music (The Addams Family Theme)
Universal Music Corporation
Universal Music Group (MCA, Polygram)
Vai, Steve (Sy Vy Music)
Vaughan, Stevie Ray (Ray Vaughan Music, Stevie Ray Songs)
Village People, The (Can't Stop Music)
Walt Disney Music
Webber, Andrew Lloyd (Really Useful Group)
Weezer (E.O. Smith Music)
Wicked - the musical (Greydog Music)
Williams, Jr., Hank (Bocephus Music)
Williamson Music (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
Willis Music
Windswept
Wonder, Stevie (Black Bull)
Zomba (Universal Music Z songs, Universal Music - Z Tunes)

This listing should be used a guide and is not inclusive of all material we represent.

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How long will it take to process my request?


We do require that you allow us 4 to 6 weeks to process your request. Our licensing department receives an enormous volume of copyright inquiries and requests on a daily basis. If you have a deadline which falls before the 4-week minimum, please indicate it on your request. If it is at all possible, we will try to meet your deadline.

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Will there be a fee? How much will it be?

There will likely be a fee associated with processing your permission request. We are not able to give estimates or ballpark figures on fees since there are a number of different variables we take into consideration when setting our fees. All fees will be quoted in writing as it is our policy never to give verbal permission.

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Do you ever grant gratis permission?

We receive a number of requests from charitable or non-profit organizations. In an effort to be fair and equitable in our handling of these requests, it is our general policy not to grant gratis permission.

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How do I obtain permission to reprint lyrics and/or music in my church bulletins or school programs?

To obtain permission, you will need to submit your request in writing by mail or fax on your organization's letterhead or electronically to the following address:

HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
Attn: Copyright Department
7777 West Bluemound Road
P.O. Box 13819
Milwaukee, WI 53213
Our fax number is: (414) 774-3259
Our e-mail address is: bulletinperm@halleonard.com

Your request must include the following information:
  • Your complete name, address and either a telephone number, fax number or e-mail address.
  • The title of the composition(s) you wish to reprint, including the writer and/or arranger along with the complete copyright information, which is generally found at the bottom of the first page of music.
  • Whether you will be reprinting the lyrics only, music only or both the lyrics and music.
  • The total number of bulletins/programs you will be printing.
  • The date of the worship service or other event at which the bulletins/programs will be used.
Please note that Hal Leonard and Walton Music compositions are not covered by a CCLI license.

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Will Hal Leonard publish my work?

Hal Leonard Corporation does not accept or review unsolicited material for publication consideration.

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How can I tell if a work is still protected by copyright?

Works created after January 1, 1978 will be protected for the life of the last living composer (author) plus 70 years. Copyrights existing prior to that date will continue for 95 years from the date copyright was originally secured.

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How can I identify the copyright owner?

The copyright owner of a work can be determined by looking at the copyright notice for the work which is generally found at the bottom of the first page of music.

If you are unable to determine the copyright owner by looking at the music, please check the searchable databases of the performance rights societies (ASCAP www.ascap.com, BMI www.bmi.com or SESAC, Inc. www.sesac.com).
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How do I obtain a mechanical (recording) license?

We are not able to grant permission to record songs owned by any outside party. For permission to make an audio recording of a copyright-protected composition, you should contact the Harry Fox Agency to apply for a mechanical license. You may contact them at the following address:

Harry Fox Agency
711 Third Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 370-5330

We can issue a mechanical license for any composition owned by Hal Leonard Corporation, Jenson Publications or Rubank. You will need to submit your request in writing by mail or fax on your organization's letterhead or electronically to the following address:

HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
Attn: Copyright Department
7777 West Bluemound Road
P.O. Box 13819
Milwaukee, WI 53213
Our fax number is: (414) 774-3259
Our e-mail address is: audioperm@halleonard.com

Your request must include the following information:
  • Your complete name, address and either a telephone number, fax number or e-mail address.
  • The title of the composition(s) you wish to record, including the writer and/or arranger along with the complete copyright information, which is generally found at the bottom of the first page of music.

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How do I obtain a synchronization license?

We are not able to grant permission to record compositions for use on videotapes, DVDs, videogames, etc. which are owned by any outside party. For a synchronization license on a copyright-protected composition, you should contact the copyright owner of the composition directly. If you are unable to determine the copyright owner, please check with the performance rights societies ASCAP (www.ascap.com ), BMI (www.bmi.com) or SESAC ( www.sesac.com).

We can issue a synchronization license for any composition owned by Hal Leonard Corporation, Jenson Publications or Rubank. You will need to submit your request in writing by mail or fax on your organization's letterhead or electronically to the following address:

HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
Attn: Copyright Department
7777 West Bluemound Road
P.O. Box 13819
Milwaukee, WI 53213
Our fax number is: (414) 774-3259
Our e-mail address is: videoperm@halleonard.com

Your request must include the following information:
  • Your complete name, address and either a telephone number, fax number or e-mail address.
  • The title of the composition(s) you wish to use, including the writer and/or arranger along with the complete copyright information, which is generally found at the bottom of the first page of music.
  • The total number of videotapes, DVDs, videogames, etc. you wish to produce.

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How do I obtain permission to perform copyrighted compositions?

With respect to non-dramatic public performances of copyrighted compositions, it is the venue in which you perform, such as the concert hall or night club, which must secure the necessary performance licensing. Non-dramatic musical performing rights are licensed by the following societies, on behalf of the copyright owners: ASCAP (American Society Of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) www.ascap.com, BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) www.bmi.com, and SESAC Inc. www.sesac.com.

Section 110 of the U.S. Copyright Law does allow the non-dramatic performance of musical works by schools or churches during the course of worship services or school functions, provided there is no purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage, no compensation is paid to the performers, promoters or organizers and no admission is charged for the performance. If admission is charged, all proceeds must be used only for educational or charitable purposes.

The musical arrangements that Hal Leonard Corporation produces of songs that originated in film or Broadway shows may only be presented in a non-dramatic, concert setting and not in any way as dramatizations of the film or musical itself. If you desire to make a performance of a dramatic nature (e.g., acting out a scene or scenes from a movie or musical) you must obtain the prior consent of the copyright owner. Any unauthorized dramatizations of a song will subject the user to all penalties provided by copyright law.
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Who handles permission requests for Applause Theatre & Cinema Books?

Hal Leonard Corporation administers print and performance rights on behalf of Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. All inquiries should be submitted in writing to the Hal Leonard Copyright Department via fax at 414-774-3259 or via e-mail at info@applausepub.com.

Requests for permission to perform a play from an Applause publication may be submitted in care of the Hal Leonard Copyright Department. Your written request should include the following information:
  • Name of your producing organization
  • Your full name and contact information
  • Status of theatre
  • Address of theatre
  • Seating capacity
  • Average ticket price
  • Number of performances
  • The opening and closing dates

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What if I want to use a G. Schirmer, Inc. or Associated Music Publishers song?

Permission requests for G. Schirmer and Associated Music Publishers should be directed to the following address:

G. Schirmer Inc./Associated Music Publishers
c/o Music Sales Corporation
257 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
(212) 254-2100 - Phone
(212) 254-2013 - Fax

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Why might my request be denied?

We take a number of factors into consideration when considering your request. Permission to use a copyrighted work is never guaranteed. Some reasons why your request might be denied are as follows:
  • If you wish to photocopy music still available for purchase.
  • If you wish to create an arrangement similar to an arrangement we have available for purchase.
  • If you wish to borrow specially licensed arrangements of songs from other schools, organizations or institutions
  • If the publishers or songwriters have objections for any reason or if we are unable to secure the necessary approvals before your deadline.

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What if I need additional information about copyright law?

Following are some links with helpful information about copyright law:

U.S. Copyright Office Home Page - www.lcweb.loc.gov/copyright
National Music Publishers' Association - www.nmpa.org
Music Publishers' Association of the United States - www.mpa.org
Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc. - www.ccli.com
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers - www.ascap.com
Broadcast Music, Inc. - www.bmi.com
SESAC, Inc. - www.sesac.com


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What does it mean if a fee is quoted on a "most favored nations basis"?

If we quote a fee on a most favored nations basis, it means that we would be entitled to a higher fee than what we have quoted if you have agreed to pay another party a higher fee for a similar use.

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What is the difference between permission to make photocopies for contest use and permission to make permanent photocopies?

We understand that a certain number of copies of a score or part may be needed for judges at a festival or contest in which you or your organization is participating. If a work is not available for purchase and you are in need of copies for the judges' reference only, then you should submit your request for permission to make photocopies for contest use. The number of copies you would need in such a case is generally quite small, usually six or less, and all copies are to be destroyed after contest use.

If you are seeking permission to make legal photocopies for your organization's music library or if you are seeking permission to make a significant number of photocopies, 15 or more, you should submit your request for permission to make permanent photocopies.

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How do I get permission to publish and sell music which Hal Leonard Corporation controls in print?

You will need to submit your request in writing to the following address (email correspondence is preferred):

HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
Attn: Copyright Department
7777 West Bluemound Road
P.O. Box 13819
Milwaukee, WI 53213
Our fax number is: (414) 774-3259
Our e-mail address is: publishingperm@halleonard.com

Your request must include the following information:

  • Your complete name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address
  • The title of the composition(s) you wish to publish, including the writer and/or arranger along with the complete copyright information, which is generally found at the bottom of the first page of music
  • The type of arrangement you wish to publish (i.e. SATB choral octavo, concert band, solo piano, etc., etc.)
  • The suggested retail selling price
  • The method of distribution (hard good, digital download, etc.)
  • The estimated print run
  • The territory of distribution
  • Total number of copyrighted songs contained in publication (if you are requesting permission to publish a collection of compositions)



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How do I obtain a broadcast license?

We are not able to grant permission to broadcast compositions, which are owned by any outside party. For a broadcast license on a copyright-protected composition, you should contact the copyright owner of the composition directly. If you are unable to determine the copyright owner, please check with the performance rights societies ASCAP (www.ascap.com), BMI (www.bmi.com) or SESAC (www.sessac.com).

We can issue a broadcast license for any composition or school musical owned by Hal Leonard Corporation, Jenson Publications or Rubank. You will need to submit your request in writing by mail or fax on your organization's letterheard or electronically to the following address:

HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
Attn: Copyright Department
7777 West Bluemound Road
P.O. Box 13819
Milwaukee, WI 53213
Our fax number is: (414) 774-3259
Our e-mail address is: broadcastperm@halleonard.com

Your request must include the following information:
  • Your complete name, address and either a telephone number, fax number or e-mail address
  • The title of the composition(s) or musical you wish to use, including the writer and/or arranger along with the complete copyright information, which is generally found at the bottom of the first page of music
  • Date(s) of the broadcast.
  • Television station airing the broadcast
  • Number of broadcasts


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How do I obtain permission to reprint musical notation or music with words in a publication (dissertation, textbook, literary work, etc.)?

To obtain permission, you will need to submit your request in writing by mail or fax on your organization's letterheard or electronically to the following address:

HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
Attn: Copyright Department
7777 West Bluemound Road
P.O. Box 13819
Milwaukee, WI 53213
Our fax number is: (414) 774-3259
Our e-mail address is: reprintperm@halleonard.com

Your request must include the following information:
  • Your complete name, address and either a telephone number, fax number or e-mail address
  • The title of the composition(s) you wish to reprint, including the writer and/or arranger along with the complete copyright information, which is generally found at the bottom of the first page of music
  • Each excerpt as it will appear in your publication, including one page before and after the excerpt.
  • Title of your dissertation/article/publication
Please also include the following publication information if applicable:
  • Publisher name
  • Print date
  • Initial print run
  • Territory of distribution
  • Retail price of publication


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How do I obtain permission to make rehearsal tapes from a print arrangement?

We are not able to grant permission to record songs owned by any outside party. For permission to make an audio recording of a copyright-protected composition, you should contact the Harry Fox agency for a mechanical license. You may contact them at the following address:

Harry Fox Agency
711 Third Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 370-5330

We can issue a mechanical license for any composition owned by Hal Leonard Corporation, Jenson Publications or Rubank. You will need to submit your request in writing by mail or fax on your organization's letterheard or electronically to the following address:

HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
Attn: Copyright Department
7777 West Bluemound Road
P.O. Box 13819
Milwaukee, WI 53213
Our fax number is: (414) 774-3259
Our e-mail address is: rehearsalperm@halleonard.com

Your request must include the following information:
  • Your complete name, address and either a telephone number, fax number or e-mail address
  • The title of the composition(s) or musical you wish to record, including the writer and/or arranger along with the complete copyright information, which is generally found at the bottom of the first page of music
  • The number of rehearsal tapes you wish to create.


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How do I obtain permission to make rehearsal tapes from a Hal Leonard ShowTrax CD?

To obtain permission, you will need to submit your request in writing by mail or fax on your organization's letterhead or electronically to the following address:

HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
Attn: Copyright Department
7777 West Bluemound Road
P.O. Box 13819
Milwaukee, WI 53213
Our fax number is: (414) 774-3259
Our e-mail address is: rehearsalperm@halleonard.com

Your request must include the following information:
  • Your complete name, address and either a telephone number, fax number or e-mail address
  • The title of the composition(s) or musical you wish to record, including the writer and/or arranger names and item number of the purchased ShowTrax CD.
  • The number of rehearsal tapes you wish to create.