Guidelines for Amateur Music Hire

These Guidelines for Amateur Music Hire are designed to help those using materials held by music publishers’ hire libraries for non-professional rehearsal or performance.

The Guidelines are intended to demonstrate the commitment of music publishers, through their representative body, the Music Publishers Association (MPA), to make their music accessible to those wishing to perform it and to provide the best possible service in so doing. The Guidelines endeavour to address all the issues that arise on a daily basis. Music users who understand and are aware of these issues can help avoid unwelcome problems that might spoil their performance and enjoyment of the music itself.

We recognise that the successful hire of music depends upon full co-operation between music publishers and users. These Guidelines have the support of Making Music (the National Federation of Music Societies) and the International Association of Music Libraries (UK & Ireland Branch) and, as such, reflect the already excellent level of co-operation between music publishers and amateur users that has developed over many years.

These Guidelines are suitable for all potential hirers of music for amateur rehearsal and performance and, most particularly, for those who will be hiring music for the first time.

You can view the full guidelines by downloading the document below.

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