Guidelines – Musical Setting Requests

Please make your request in writing as soon as you know what material you wish to use and have the necessary details.

Your written request should include the following information about our material:

  • The title of our book (not your source book if that is other than our book)
  • Our author's, editor's and translator's full name
  • Identify the material by title and/or chapter and/or pages (only if your source is our book) and the author and translator, if they are different from the book;
  • Identify figures, illustrations, charts, cartoons, etc. Providing copies of the material is often the best. (N.B. always check for credit information for these items. The acknowledgment may credit another source, in which case you should direct your inquiry as noted, not to us.)
  • Include Publisher/Imprint (e.g. Viking, Perigee, Dutton, Donald I. Fine, Putnam, Tarcher, Penguin, NAL, Signet, etc.)
  • ISBN of our book, if available.

Your request should include the following information about your use:

  • Your publisher;
  • Title, author, editor of your publication;
  • In what format(s) you intend to use this musical setting (Print, online, audio recording, live performance, etc.);
  • The lifetime printing or number of anticipated users for each format in which you intend to use this musical setting. (Please always provide separate total lifetime printing/users for print, electronic and/or audio uses.);
  • If internet use is requested, is the site/material password-protected and can the material be printed;
  • The tentative price per copy of each format of your use;
  • The tentative publication date (month and year) of each format of your use;
  • The territory in which you wish to distribute your musical setting;
  • If this is a reuse, please provide the contract number of your previous grant
  • Your complete contact information including a mailing and e-mail address

If your source is a collection, anthology, textbook, magazine, or any publication other than ours, review the copyright acknowledgment page(s) to locate the information pertaining to the original source for the material you wish to use. That information is relevant to your request.

If your source is a paperback, please check the copyright page carefully to determine the original hardcover publisher, or with which publisher arrangements were made for publication of the paperback and make your application to the original U.S. publisher.

Send Written requests to:

Apply via our Permissions web site (preferred)

By fax: (212) 366-2943

By e-mail: (Adult titles only.)

Please note that the Juvenile Permissions Department does NOT accept requests via email.

The main Adult Permissions phone number is (212) 366-2684.
The main Juvenile Permissions phone number is (212) 366-2241.

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