They’re not the province of PROs.
Grand rights (aka dramatic performance rights) cover such theatrical settings as ballets, musicals, and operas. A dramatic performance is usually when the work is being used to tell a story or propel a plot. Some examples are:
- A “dramatical-musical work” like the Broadway hit Hamilton.
- One or more musical compositions from a “dramatical-musical work” accompanied by dialogue, pantomime, dance, stage action, or visual representation of the work from which the music is taken. For example, a performance of Hamilton’s “My Shot” with costumes, sets, props, or dialogue.
- One or more musical compositions as part of a story or plot, whether accompanied or unaccompanied by dialogue, pantomime, dance, stage action or visual representation. For example, incorporating a performance of “My Shot” into a story or plot (whether it’s the original or not).
- The performance of a concert version of a “dramatic-musical work”. For example, singing all the songs from Hamilton without any costumes or sets.
If you write music for a Broadway show or ballet, then either you or your publisher must negotiate this license directly with the show’s producer.
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