Legal Questions for Arrangers
Posted 23 June 2004 - 11:46 AM
1. Do you have or must you obtain a business license for the city you work in, allowing you to legally earn money for your business of arranging?
2. Do you report all your income on your State and Federal Tax Return (especially if you don't have a business license.)?
3. Legally, must we obtain permission to arrange from record companies/artists/etc.?
4. If so, do we pay them royalties?
I vaguely remember my college band directors mentioning having to get permission to perform an arrangement at a televised event.
Please, feel free to answer these questions and add your own.
To lead, the conductor turns his back to the crowd.
Posted 13 February 2005 - 04:43 AM
The copyright information can be found at the following address:
I typically buy arrangements but may adapt them for use by my ensemble... I don't think one would be likely to get into a great deal of trouble doing that. After all, in that case, you have bought and paid for a licensed arrangement... You are merely adapting it for your own group.
As far as licensure requirements for arranging as a business, you would have to check with the local municipalities to see what their requirements are. If it is an in-state purchase, most of the time, you have to charge sales-tax...... In that event, you would have to have a business license (at least in this state).
As far as federal/state taxes are concerned, you are legally required to report the income and would be well warned to do so particularly if you accept a purchase order or a check... Those items are easily traceable. You are also required to file Self-Employment in the event that you report to the IRS. If it is cash money under the table, it is legally required but there probably will not be a trace of it if you don't ... In essence whomever you are selling to is not taking the tax write off they are entitled to by allowing you not to report....
Director of Bands
Richton, MS 39476
Posted 10 April 2005 - 01:26 AM
A marching band director and his school was fined for editing music and using it for the marching band.
The biggest part of the fine concerned copying the music.
Please be careful, it's a shame you have to get permission to alter and copy
even when you have bought an arrangement.
This just happened in Michigan.
Posted 11 April 2005 - 08:43 PM
Central Aroostook High School & Fort Street Elementary School Instrumental Music Teacher
Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:22 PM