Copyright & Performing Rights

The Music Publishers’ Association has issued a Code of Practice on copying copyright works, and the following concession is made for copying own choice pieces from volumes only for the Adjudicator. Other items must not be photocopies without the permission of the copyright holder in each case.

When an Own Choice work is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of an adjudicator at a festival provided that the performer has already purchased his/her own copy and that the copy made is retained and destroyed by the Administrator of the Festival immediately after the event.

The Festival is under legal obligations to supply to The Performing Rights Society details of ALL items performed at the Festival and the co-operation of teachers and competitors in sending information at the correct time would be very much appreciated.

All performances using music from shows in current production are subject to copyright law.
Songs from shows in current production may be sung as a concert item, ie, with no costume or movement without need for copyright permission.

Where movement or costume are included in a performance copyright permission is required and the festival committee accepts these entries on the basis that the appropriate copyright permission has been sought.

Performers or teachers with queries on how to obtain copyright permission for performance items should contact Festivals House on 0906 302 1302*
before making their entries. *calls cost a maximum of 50p per minute.