Do I Register Arrangements as "Classical"?

No - arrangements can not be classified as classical music.

Arrangements can not be classified as classical music even if they are intended to be performed in a classical setting. There are very specific requirements that must be met in order for a song to be classified as "classical".

For example, according to BMI, a song can only be considered classical if it is:

  1. An original work written for live classical performance
  2. Intended to be performed by a classical performer or ensemble
  3. Under a classical license

Works that are going straight to recorded release without live concert premieres can not be registered as classical.

"Concert" music is a category of classical music. Examples of music classified as "concert" music are symphonic, chamber, choral, concert band/wind ensemble, electro-accoustic and opera music.

 Most works will not fall under the category of "classical". Please check with your own Performing Rights Organization (PRO) to review their specific guidelines for what constitutes as classical. Each society is slightly different, and each has separate processes for performance submission as well. If you have any questions about your works and are a current Songtrust client, please use our Support Form to submit a ticket and reach our Client Services Team. You can find this form by logging into your account and finding the link on your client dashboard.

Interested in learning more? Check out our blog post on Modern Classical Music. 


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