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Info for performers FAQ | Specs | Apply (pdf)

Q. Is there a limit to how much recorded material I can send in for consideration?

A. There's no limit, but we suggest you send recent material that represents your group at its best. Please refer to the submission guidelines.

Q. Will you consider recordings of non-traditional forms of classical music?

A. Certainly, as long as it's not too much of a stretch. Although our service most often represents classical music in the traditional sense, we are always exploring new possibilities.

Q. Will I get feedback on why my submission was not accepted?

A. Upon request, we'll do our best to provide you with information on why your submission was not accepted.

Q. How soon can I submit another recording for consideration?

A. You may submit material at any time.

Q. How do I obtain recording rights from our recording engineer? Do I need to get that in writing?

A. It is always a good idea to have a written agreement in place with your recording engineer.

Q. What if my group is not comfortable or not able to agree to all the terms of the license agreement? Is it negotiable?

A. Some terms are negotiable. Contact Michael Pengra (mpengra@mpr.org or 651-290-1492) if you would like to get more information or discuss the license agreement.

Q. Do I need to worry about ASCAP/BMI fees for composers whose works may still be copyrighted?

A. No. Minnesota Public Radio has an agreement in place with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC for all music registered with those entities. If a piece is under another copyright holder, MPR will seek permission to broadcast material as needed.

Q. Do I need to obtain signatures from all the artists who did the original recording? What if some of them are no longer available?

A. A signature from the artistic director or leader of an ensemble will usually be sufficient to represent the group; however, if you are uncertain about some musicians' willingness to be part of this agreement, we recommend you sort this out before submitting any material.

Q. If I offer licensure of our recorded work to MPR, can we use the recording for anything else?

A. Yes. The license agreement gives Minnesota Public Radio permission to use your recorded work however is mutually agreed upon, but you may still use your recording however else you see fit.

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