Date: November 12, 2013
There are probably many of you that can give insight to this question - I'm hoping for "real-world" and practical advice.
I have just finished writing an arrangement of a current "pop" song. I plan on giving it to a small non-curricular a capella choir that is associated with our local university. The hope, of course, is that they might perform it. I have been poking around on the internet looking for information about what my rights as an arranger are under current copyright laws, most of the time finding either situation-specific articles or lengthy legal-ese explanations of the law. The original version of the song is vocal with guitar, keyboard and some percussion and my arrangement, as I stated is for a capella choir alone. I do not plan to sell the piece to the ensemble, only to get a good recording to bolster my and their resumé. My question is, is it necessary for me to seek approval from the publisher to do such a thing? And does the "derivative work" portion of the law apply to this, or is that only for arrangements completed by the orignal composer? Any and all adivice is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, my musical education is almost strictly in the technical/musical realm, with very little of the real-world "business" side to help me function in the world.
Thanks to all,