Concert rights vs. stage rights
Date: March 12, 2015
I am familiar with Grand Rights as they pertain to musical theater performances, but have a question. My choir does a concert with individual selections from many Broadway shows. We purchase legal copies for each performer and the accompanist and have ASCAP/BMI licenses (which I know do not cover Grand Rights). I was interested to see a notice on a recent choral score purchase: "This choral arrangement is for concert use only. The use of costumes, choreography or other elements which evoke the story of characters of a legitimate stage musical work is prohibited in the absense of a performance license." How far does this go? Can't be done by a show choir? No riser choralography? Am I right that this would also prohibit its use in a talent show with costumes? Would the performance rights for a single selection be handled in the same way as Grand RIghts? Any help would be greatly appreciated.