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Music Permissions

Are you Arranging Music? You Must Obtain Permission! See this Sample Letter.

Do you need to find an "out-of-print" piece of Music? You need Permission! See this Sample Letter.

Contacts for Obtaining Rights, Licenses, and Permission

Performing Rights Organizations

The following are addresses of the three performing rights organizations:

American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP)
One Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 621-6000

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
320 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 586-2000

152 West 57th St
57th Floor
New York, NY 10019
(212) 586-3450

Dramatic Music
The above-named performing rights organizations do not license dramatico-musical works. These rights may be licensed by the publisher, or, in some instances, by the following licensing agencies:

Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
560 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 688-2525

Rodgers & Hammerstein Library
1633 Broadway, Suite 3801
New York, NY 10019
(212) 541-6600

Music Theatre International
421 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 541-4684

Samuel French, Inc.
45 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 206-8990

Recording Rights
The following is the address of the agency that handles recording rights for most music publishers:

The Harry Fox Agency, Inc.
711 Third Ave., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 370-5330

Addresses of Music Publishers
Sometimes, an educator who wishes to secure a license or permission to perform a dramatico-musical work, or to make an arrangement, or for some other copyright inquiry, may have difficulty in locating the copyright proprietor. The name, of course, may appear with the copyright notice on the title page or elsewhere in the publication. Sometimes, however, the publishing company has been absorbed by another; changed its name and address, or for some other reason is difficult to locate. The National Music Publishers’ Association and/or the Music Publishers’ Association of the United States will undertake to supply that information. While this may not always be possible, the information available to those organizations makes them the best source to assist all those who have difficulty in locating a music publisher.

National Music Publishers’ Association, Inc. (NMPA)
475 Park Avenue South - 29th Floor
New York, New York 10016-6901
(646) 742-1651711

Music Publishers’ Association of the United States (MPA)
PMB 246
1562 First Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(212) 327-4044