Dramatic Rights for One Act Plays and TheatreFest

Welcome to Tresona Music! We know that getting the proper music licensing for your play can seem difficult and daunting - we're here to assure you - it's not. We simplify the licensing process so that you can get back to what you love doing most. Over the next few months, we will be integrating the licenses you need into our automated platform. In the meantime, we're ready to assist you with obtaining complete music licensing for your show via email and phone support.

Overview of the Licensing Process

  1. Submit a request through this link. Be sure to answer all of the pre-filled questions.
  2. We will respond to you within one business day with a status update and your Request Number to use when contacting our Licensing Team.
  3. Once we have the information about the music in your show, we will take over from there.
  4. Securing proper licensing generally takes 2 to 6 weeks. A Tresona employee will keep you apprised throughout the process.
  5. Tresona will notify you of your request's final outcome as soon as the rights holders make a decision. At this time, we will provide a quote for the total license cost and give you the option to either go forward or choose alternate material.
  6. While a great majority of licensing requests end in an approval, some requests may end with a denial. This is purely up to the artists who wrote and performed the song. Tresona has no say in this.

We strive to make the licensing process as quick and transparent for you as possible. If you have any questions not covered by the FAQ below, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone or email at (888) 587-3766 or licensing@tresonamultimedia.com.



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.

There are several components when it comes to pricing:
  • Each rights holder is free to set its own price for their share of the song.
  • In the case where you are using multiple songs - a higher price for one song will trigger that higher price for all songs. This is standard practice within the music industry.
    • For example, if the highest-priced song in a medley is $100, each other song in the medley is also automatically set to $100.
  • Tresona applies a per-song processing fee.
  • License requests are free to submit to Tresona and free to cancel.

There are a few main factors that rights holders consider when setting a price:
  • Length of the licensing term (one month, one year, forever)
  • Type of use (theatrical, movies, streaming)
  • Any modification (medley, lyric change)
  • Duration of song usage (:10, :30, 2 minutes)
  • Geography (US only, World)

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.

Development of the features necessary to fully automate all license types needed by the UIL may require several months. In the meantime, please submit license requests here.

Licenses will need to be obtained for the 2016 season.


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.

Public Domain

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.

You can contact us via phone by dialing (888) 587-3766 or via email by sending a note to licensing@tresonamultimedia.com