ASCAP Concert Music Primer

Central to the ASCAP Concert Music department’s mission is to help you get paid all the performance royalties you deserve when your music is performed in symphonic and recital settings. Here are a few resources that will help.

Copyright Resources for Concert Music Composers

Suggestions for Setting Words to Music: If you wish to set text to music, first investigate if the text is in the public domain or protected by copyright.
What to Request When You Ask for Permission to Set Text to Music: A list of important points to ask about, prepared in cooperation with ASCAP and the Association of American Publishers.
Copyright Forms and Information: Copyrighting your music is crucial to protecting yourself from infringement. Find all the proper forms at the US Copyright Office website.

Visit the ASCAP Concert Music home page.