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Composer Data Submission Guidelines

Last Updated: Jan 08, 2018 10:40AM PST
Please reference the scenarios below for guidance on how to prepare and submit composer data for various possibilities of public domain and non-society composers.

Public domain work, out of copyright, known composer:
COMPOSER1 FIRST NAME Frederic
COMPOSER1 MIDDLE NAME Francois
COMPOSER1 LAST NAME Chopin
COMPOSER1 CAE# 6098201
COMPOSER1 CAPACITY Composer
COMPOSER1 SOCIETY DP
COMPOSER1 SHARE 100
COMPOSER1 PUBLISHER NAME Orig Pub Ltd*
 

Public domain work, out of copyright, unknown composer (ie Traditional):

COMPOSER1 FIRST NAME  
COMPOSER1 MIDDLE NAME  
COMPOSER1 LAST NAME Unknown
COMPOSER1 CAE# 506142981
COMPOSER1 CAPACITY Composer
COMPOSER1 SOCIETY NS
COMPOSER1 SHARE 100
COMPOSER1 PUBLISHER NAME Orig Pub Ltd*

 

Public domain work, new arrangement in copyright:

COMPOSER1 FIRST NAME Frederic
COMPOSER1 MIDDLE NAME Francois
COMPOSER1 LAST NAME Chopin
COMPOSER1 CAE# 6098201
COMPOSER1 CAPACITY Composer
COMPOSER1 SOCIETY DP
COMPOSER1 SHARE 0
COMPOSER1 PUBLISHER NAME Orig Pub Ltd*
COMPOSER2 FIRST NAME John
COMPOSER2 MIDDLE NAME Jacob
COMPOSER2 LAST NAME Smith
COMPOSER2 CAE# 215453289
COMPOSER2 CAPACITY Arranger
COMPOSER2 SOCIETY ASCAP
COMPOSER2 SHARE 100
COMPOSER2 PUBLISHER NAME Orig Pub Ltd*

 

Published work with non-society composer:

COMPOSER1 FIRST NAME Neil
COMPOSER1 MIDDLE NAME Alden
COMPOSER1 LAST NAME Armstrong
COMPOSER1 CAE# 1
COMPOSER1 CAPACITY Composer
COMPOSER1 SOCIETY NS
COMPOSER1 SHARE 100
COMPOSER1 PUBLISHER NAME Orig Pub Ltd*


*Orig Pub Ltd = Your original publisher name that matches the IPI database


Arrangements:

We consider arrangements as new, derivative compositions of Public Domain works. The US does not recognize ‘Arrangements’ of works with living composers. Any new arrangements of Public Domain works should be submitted with: the original composer (Composer Capacity = Composer) and the arranger (Composer Capacity = Arranger).


Seven or More Composers:

Please note that the APM metadata format is not currently optimized to accept more than 6 composers via the library portal. Any additional composers (7+) should be submitted via email.

 
  1. Submit the first 6 composers with incorrect shares (totaling 100%) via the portal
  2. Add additional Composer columns for:
    • COMPOSER7 FIRST NAME,
    • COMPOSER7 MIDDLE NAME
    • COMPOSER7 LAST NAME
    • COMPOSER7 CAE#
    • COMPOSER7 CAPACITY
    • COMPOSER7 SOCIETY
    • COMPOSER7 SHARE
    • COMPOSER7 PUBLISHER NAME
  3. Adjust all composer shares to total 100% 
  4. Highlight specific cells on spreadsheet
  5. Email metadata@apmmusic.com the name of the original Submission ID (i.e. APM_01234), and the new metadata file with the additional composers and all corrected shares
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