Re: Kate Rusby Arrangements
Date: March 7, 2014
I think I received good news from Pure Records regarding arranging Kate Rusby's music. You more experienced composers who have arranged other people's work may need to share some of your insight.
They told me that Kate's music is handled by a rights agency called prs/mcps Alliance. I looked them up and found that they are affiliated with our standard rights groups in the US (BMI, ASCAP and SESAC). Searching further I found many of Kate's songs are covered by BMI for prs/mcps. You can go to the BMI site and search which songs they have covered. I found only three titles under ASCAP and I don't recognise them. I found none with SESAC. Her company said that many of her songs are folk songs and are in the public domain. We would need to look into each individual song. I will check the two songbooks I have of hers and see if there is any such indication there. I don't believe there is.
So could someone please walk us through the process of getting a license from BMI to arrange and sell a piece of music they cover? I could not find such a category on the prs/mcps website. I am sure it will be different depending on where you live. I personally would like to know how to do it for the US.
My contact at Pure Records said they would talk to me more about this but I would rather have a good idea of what to ask before I approach them.
I sincerely believe there is a treasure trove of choral music here waiting to be developed and shared. I would love to promote such pieces on the Showcase.