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THEATRICAL LICENSING – NORTH AMERICA

Perusals

  • What is a perusal?

    Ordering a perusal gives you the opportunity to review the script and music for a TMC show before you commit to producing it. Our perusals include (1) a script or libretto, and (2) a piano-conductor score or piano-vocal score. The exact materials included in a perusal vary by show.  Perusals are available digitally or as hard copies.  You may keep and review perusal materials for up to six (6) weeks.

  • Do I need to purchase a perusal before applying for a license?

    No! If you know that you would like to produce one of TMC’s shows, there is no need for you to purchase a perusal.  You can begin the process by completing a license application.

  • I reviewed the perusal, and now I want to license the show! Can I keep the perusal materials?

    You must return the perusal materials within six (6) weeks of receipt, even if you decide to license the show from TMC.  We will send you separate copies of show materials for use in connection with your production.

Applying for a License

  • What is a license, and when do I need a license?

    A license is an agreement which grants you the right to perform a TMC show, and sets forth the terms and conditions which apply to your performance.  You must obtain a license for all performances of a show in front of an audience, whether or not admission is charged and regardless of whether you are a commercial or non-profit organization.

  • I represent an amateur organization. How do I apply for a license?

    As an amateur organization, you should complete an online license application for any TMC show that you wish to produce.  You can complete a license by clicking the “Request License” button on any of our show pages. We will review your application, and let you know if we are able to grant you a license.  Please note that you must be 21 or older to apply for a license on behalf of your organization.

  • I represent a professional organization. How do I apply for a license?

    As a professional organization, please reach out to TMC’s VP of Professional Licensing, Caroline Barnard regarding your license application.  You can find Caroline’s contact information here. You may also complete an online license application by clicking the “Request License” button on any of our show pages.

  • Can I review a show before applying for a license?

    Yes!  If you’d like to review a show before you apply for a license, please order a perusal. TMC’s perusals include (1) a script or libretto, and (2) a piano-conductor score or piano-vocal score, and can be ordered on our website.

  • How can I find out if a show is available for production by my organization?

    Certain TMC shows are restricted due to current and/or upcoming professional activity.  If you attempt to apply for a license for a restricted show on the TMC website, you may receive an error message.  Alternately, a TMC representative may reach out to you to let you know that the show is not available.  If you have questions regarding the availability of a particular TMC show, please reach out to TMC’s VP of Amateur Licensing, Kim Rogers, or TMC’s VP of Professional Licensing, Caroline Barnard, to discuss.  You can find Kim’s and Caroline’s contact information here.

  • What are royalties and how are they determined?

    Royalties are payments for the use of copyrighted works (such as TMC’s shows).  TMC’s royalties are based on the number of performances, the capacity of the performance venue, and ticket prices. 

  • Is there a reduced royalty rate for concert performances (as opposed to full productions)?

    If you are performing a full show, your royalty will be based on the number of performances, venue capacity and ticket prices.  There are no reduced royalties for productions of a show “in concert.”

  • I’m not charging admission for my production. Do I need a license?

    Yes.  You must obtain a license for all performances of a show in front of an audience, whether or not admission is charged and regardless of whether you are a commercial or non-profit organization.

  • I want to perform songs from a TMC show in a cabaret. Do I need a license?

    You do not need a license from TMC to perform songs from our shows in a cabaret setting. However, you must have a license from the performing rights society that covers the songs you wish to perform (e.g., ASCAP, BMI or SESAC). Please note that cabarets are limited to no more than 3 songs from a single TMC show and no more than 6 songs from a single TMC author.  Cabaret performances cannot include theatrical elements, such as staging, dialogue, choreography, costumes and scenery.  If you wish to include these elements in your cabaret, please contact a TMC representative.

  • I want to perform a TMC show in a theater competition. Do I need a license?

    TMC is happy to assist with competition requests.  Please contact a TMC representative to discuss the details of your request.

  • I have a question that’s not answered here. Who should I contact?

    Please contact TMC’s VP of Amateur Licensing, Kim Rogers, with any additional questions regarding amateur license applications (including community theater license applications), and TMC’s VP of Professional Licensing, Caroline Barnard, with any additional questions regarding professional license applications.  You can find Kim and Caroline’s contact information here.

Questions About Your License

  • I want to make changes to the show for my production. Can I change the show?

    Written approval must be obtained from TMC for all changes to a show, including, without limitation: additions or deletions to or reorganization of the music, book and lyrics; changing “bad words” or other potentially objectionable content; changing the gender of the characters; changing character names; or changing the setting. Unless TMC agrees to a proposed change in writing, you must perform the show as set forth in the materials provided by TMC.  Unauthorized changes are a violation of copyright law. 

  • Can I make any changes to the production dates and other information listed in my license?

    If you need to make changes to the production dates, venue location, venue capacity, ticket prices or other information listed in your license agreement, please contact your TMC representative.  Please note that changes may result in adjustments to your license fee.

  • Can I record my production?

    TMC offers limited recording licenses for amateur productions of certain shows.  These recording licenses enable you to make an archival recording and/or a souvenir recording for your cast and crew.  No public distribution of recordings (either hard copies or digitally) is permitted.  Recording licenses are not available for all shows.  If you do not obtain a recording license from TMC, you may not record your production.

  • How do I pay the license fee to TMC?

    TMC accepts payment through our website, where you may pay via PayPal or credit card.  We also accept ACH payments, business checks and money orders. (TMC does not accept personal checks.)  Checks and money orders should be made payable to The Musical Company and sent to the attention of your TMC representative at The Musical Company, 214 Sullivan Street, Ste. 4, New York, NY 10012. 

    Schools and government agencies may provide a signed authorized purchase order for payment of the license fee; provided that the $400 deposit must be paid through our website or by ACH payment, business check or money order.

    Professional organizations may not pay royalties via credit card.

  • When is the license fee due?

    For amateur organizations, a $400 deposit is due when you sign your license agreement, and the remainder of the license fee is due no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of your rental period (i.e., 2 ½ months before your first performance).  For professional organizations, the payment schedule is set forth in your license agreement.

  • I need TMC’s W-9 in order to process payment. How do I get it?

    TMC’s current W-9 can be found on the “My Account” page on the TMC website, under the heading “The Musical Company Information.”  Note that you must log into your account to access the W-9.  If you do not have a TMC account, your TMC representative can provide you with a copy of the W-9.

  • I need a sole source letter from TMC in order to enter into a license agreement. How do I get it?

    A TMC sole source letter can be found on the “My Account” page on the TMC website, under the heading “The Musical Company Information.”  Note that you must log into your account to access the sole source letter.  If you do not have a TMC account, your TMC representative can provide you with a copy of the sole source letter.

  • When does the rental period for materials start?

    The standard rental period begins 2 months prior to the first performance of your production.  If you would like to receive your materials earlier, you may request an earlier date when you apply for your license, or, if your license has already been issued, by contacting your TMC representative. An additional rental fee of $100 per week will apply.

  • I need to order additional materials. How do I order them?

    If you need additional scores, librettos or instrumental parts, you may order them when you apply for your license, or, if your license has already been issued, by contacting your TMC representative.  Additional rental fees will apply.

  • How do I return my materials following my production?

    Following the final performance of your production, materials should be returned to the following address: The Musical Company c/o Hal Leonard LLC, 1210 Innovation Drive, Winona, MN 55987-0227.  You must use a trackable shipping method to return the materials, and they must be insured for a minimum of $750. TMC must receive your materials no later than 3 weeks after the final performance of your production.

  • Who is my TMC representative?

    Your TMC representative’s name appears on each page of your license agreement.  For amateur organizations, your TMC representative’s contact information is listed on the first page of your license agreement. For professional organizations, your TMC representative’s contact information can be found in Section V(D) of your license agreement.

  • I have a question that’s not answered here. Who should I contact?

    Please contact your TMC representative with any questions regarding your license agreement or your production.  In addition, you may contact Kim Rogers with questions regarding amateur licenses (including community theater licenses), and Caroline Barnard with questions regarding professional licenses.  You can find Kim’s and Caroline’s contact information here.

CONCERT RENTALS – NORTH AMERICA

  • What songs does TMC represent for concert rentals?

    TMC rents materials for concert performances of works by Andrew Lloyd Webber and William Lloyd Webber.  If you have questions about whether concert rental materials are available for a specific work, please contact Caroline Barnard.  You can find her contact information here.

  • How do I rent materials for concert performances?

    To rent concert materials, please contact Caroline Barnard with the date(s), venue(s) and number of performances for your concert.  Caroline will reach out to you for additional information, and will generate a rental quote and agreement.  Caroline’s contact information can be found here.

  • How do I return my materials following my concert?

    Following the final performance of your concert, materials should be returned to the following address: The Musical Company c/o Hal Leonard LLC, 1210 Innovation Drive, Winona, MN 55987-0227.  You must use a trackable shipping method to return the materials, and they must be insured for a minimum of $300. TMC must receive your materials no later than fourteen (14) days after the final performance of your concert.

  • Do I need any other licenses in order to perform TMC songs in concert?

    TMC’s authors are represented by performing rights societies (e.g., ASCAP, BMI, SESAC).  The venue at which you are performing must be covered by a license from the applicable performing rights society.  You will be required to provide your license number to TMC, and to report your performance as may be required by your license.  Andrew Lloyd Webber and William Lloyd Webber are represented by ASCAP.

  • I have a question that’s not answered here. Who should I contact?

    Please contact Caroline Barnard with any additional questions about concert licensing in North America.  You can find Caroline’s contact information here.

MUSIC PUBLISHING

  • What songs does TMC represent for music publishing?

    TMC and its partner, Bicycle Music, represent the finest musical theater songwriters, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch and Tim Rice.  A complete list of the songwriters we represent can be found here.

  • How do I license the mechanical rights to a song represented by TMC?

    To request a license of the mechanical rights to a song represented by TMC, please complete the Mechanical License Request Form found here.

  • How do I license the synchronization rights to a song represented by TMC?

    To request a license of the synchronization rights to a song represented by TMC, please complete the Synchronization License Request Form found here.

  • How do I license the grand rights to a song represented by TMC?

    To request a license of the grand rights to a song represented by TMC, please complete the Grand Rights License Request Form found here.

  • I have a question that’s not answered here. Who should I contact?

    Please contact our CEO, Sean Flahaven, with any additional questions about our music publishing business.  You can find Sean’s contact information here.

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