Grand rights (also known as dramatic performance rights) are for performances in a dramatic setting such as ballet, Broadway shows, or opera. While the line between dramatic and non-dramatic is not always clear and can depend, a dramatic performance usually means that the work is being used to tell a story or is being used as part of a story or plot. Some examples of dramatic performances are:
- The performance of an entire “dramatical-musical work.” For example, a performance of the musical Wicked would be a dramatic performance.
- The performance of 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 “For Good” from Wicked with costumes, sets, props, or dialogue from the show would be dramatic.
- Performance of 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 “For Good” into a story or plot (whether the original story or not) would be a dramatic performance of the song.
- The performance of a concert version of a "dramtic-musical work." For example, a performance of all the songs from Wicked regardless of any costumes or sets.
If you write the music to a Broadway show or ballet, then either you or your publisher must negotiate the license for that music directly with the producer of the show.