excess rental fees
Date: January 15, 2014
My New Ark Chorale will be performing Karl Jenkin's "The Peacemakers" this April. I was just informed that Boosey and Hawkes will charge us $1011.00 to rent the conductor's score and parts for one performance. I believe these types of fees are quite excessive and put a tremendous strain on budgets, especially community based choral organizations. It also means that many great choral works simply might not be performed or even worse that parts might be copied and unethetically passed around. We will of course pay to rent the parts, but "it hurts."
As a disclaimer, as a published composer I make money when my scores are sold, or at times rented.....but over 1000.00 for one performance is crazy and I would hope that publishers, and it certainly isn't just B & H, would reconsider and lower these rental fees.
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