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  • LICENSING FOR STAGE PRODUCTIONS

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  • Are performance licences required for stage productions?

    Yes. Some licences for stage productions are obtained from the performance collection society (APRA); while for Grand Rights works or Dramatic Context productions, licences are obtained directly from Wise Music.

     

    What is a Grand Rights work?

    Grand Rights works (also known as a dramatico-musical works) are works for which the music has been composed to be performed on stage with dramatic elements such as characters, dancing or narration. Examples include:

    • - Opera
    • - Operetta
    • - Ballet
    • - Musical play
    • - Revue
    • - Pantomime
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    Choral works and oratorios composed to exceed 20 minutes are also Grand Rights works.

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  • When do I need a Grand Rights licence?

    A Grand Rights licence is required when:

    • - Performing a Grand Rights work in its entirety
    • - Performing an extract or extracts from Grand Rights works on stage together with dramatic elements (such as costumes, narrators, characters etc)
    • - Performing complete oratorios and choral works that are composed to exceed 20 minutes in duration
    • - Performing any musical work together with ballet or dancing on stage

     

    What is a Dramatic Context production?

    A Dramatic Context production is the use of any music in an on-stage performance together with dramatic elements (such as one or more characters, one or more narrators, costumes etc).

     

    When do I need a Dramatic Context licence?

    A Dramatic Context licence is required whenever music is being used as a part of a live stage performance which includes dramatic elements such as one or more characters, one or more narrators, or costumes.

     

    How do I obtain a Grand Rights or Dramatic Context licence?

    For all works represented by Wise Music, Grand Rights and Dramatic Context licences are obtained directly from Wise Music.

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  • For more information, or to apply for a Grand Rights performance licence, please contact
    Catherine Gerrard: catherine.gerrard@wisemusic.com 

    If your public performance fits into the above definition of Dramatic Context, please contact
    Natalie Unwalla: natalie.unwalla@wisemusic.com 

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