Yes, each rights holder (e.g. composer, publisher, record label, etc.) is free to set their own price for each song in its control. Tresona does not control pricing.
Licensing rates are set by rights holders. Some may have special rates or free options for some organizations (in these cases, Tresona also waives processing fees). Regardless, using someone else's intellectual property without obtaining permission (i.e., a license) is illegal per US copyright law.
It will likely take longer than 2 weeks to secure all of the licensing required for each show. However, please submit all of your requests as soon as possible and we will devote every effort to ensuring we turn your requests around as quickly as possible.
Do not wait until after performances start to submit your licensing requests.
Generally, you will need a Dramatic Right, which permits the use of music in a dramatic presentation (e.g., a play).
Never assume that a song has been changed enough to not require licensing of the original work, as generally this is not the case. Any component of a song that is recognizable as belonging to a copyrighted song will trigger a need for a license of that song.
Yes, you must obtain clearance for each song you plan to use.
Duration of license varies from rights holder to rights holder, but generally the three most-used terms are 3 years, 1 year, and End Of Year (or End Of Season).
Licenses are granted at the ensemble level. If you transfer to a new school or direct multiple ensembles at your school, you must obtain a license for each ensemble individually.
In general, a song played before the beginning of your play or during an intermission is covered by your venue's blanket license. Please contact us if you have any doubt as to whether or not you need a license for your particular use case.
A license must be obtained for use of each song that is recognizable. There is no specific duration cutoff.
Depending on how the song is used, licensing will need to be obtained from both the cover artist for the recording and the publisher of the original composition. In your request, please let us know which cover version you are using by providing a link to the YouTube video and we will obtain the appropriate licensing for you. If you have already received documented permission from the cover artist for the master recording - then you will only need Tresona to secure the composition rights.
Submit a request for only the specific songs you are using.
Yes, you need a Grand Rights license from the rights holder of the composition you are performing.
Not all ‘old' songs are in the public domain. Likewise, even if a composition is in the public domain does not mean that the specific arrangement or recording you are requesting is in the public domain as well. Please submit licensing requests for all songs you are using, even if you believe they are in the public domain. We will review each request and will confirm for you whether your usage requires clearance with a rights holder. We do not charge for works in the public domain, so you will not incur any fees by submitting public domain material to us.
Although a composition may be in the public domain, very few recordings are public domain in the United States. For example, if an orchestra performs a Beethoven symphony, you would need to get that orchestra's permission to use their recording in your play, even though the symphony itself is in the public domain.
Not necessarily. Please submit a request for each song you are using - we will let you know which ones are in the public domain.
Tresona's music library spans millions of compositions, from classic and traditional to the latest hits. If you don't see the composition you want in our library, you can submit new compositions for us to add while filing your licensing request.
Tresona will be able to issue all music license types that you need for your show.
Yes, our catalog spans all types of music, including compositions from video games.