All of our Arranging work is Work for Hire.
This means we don’t make, and will not make in the future, any claim of copyright of any arranging work we do for any client, with the following possible exceptions:
- Original composition we create for media, unless under contract for a buyout of rights.
- Arrangements we create of public domain material.
- Co-writes specifically defined as such in advance of any work performed.
We will never contest copyright on any copyright held by any of our clients. Ever. This published statement is legally binding on us. You don’t have to worry. Ever. A printout of this page is your legal proof of our statement.
Our clients are responsible for copyright licensing and registration, if applicable. We can assist in administration, and will bill for the service – but the client is financially responsible to obtain
- “Permission To Arrange” for sheet music to be performed in any venue without a “blanket license.”
- Mechanical rights for arrangements to be recorded.
We bill a deposit on acceptance of the assignment and approval of our proposal. Work is scheduled on receipt of the deposit. On completion of the work, we send evidence of completion (a “proof” and screenshots) in one or more of these forms:
- Audio playback file (mp3) generated by Finale notation software
- jpg Screenshot of part of the completed score
and bill the balance due.
We deliver all requested files on receipt of the balance due. Deliverables may include pdf, mp3, .aiff, .wav, .mus, .musx, .xml, .musicxml, .mid, and .ptx (ProTools).
A round of revision is always included in the quoted price. Further revisions are quoted in advance, and billed on approval of the estimate. The first revision follows balance payment and delivery of files. The reason for this is revisions are most easily communicated by bar number, which is knowable only after the score is delivered.
We will not deliver any score or master recording prior to receipt of the balance payment. No exceptions.