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Music Publishers and Publishing Organizations

Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI)
BMI is a non-profit making organization representing more than 160,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers with a repertoire of more than 3,000,000 works in all areas of music, all of which you'll have to pay for. When you pay your required fee to play BMI music in your aerobics class or coffeeshop, it goes for this site (and into the pockets of the likes of Marilyn Manson).

Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA)
Canada's largest music licensing agency, representing more than 30,000 music publishers and copyright owners. Also includes information from the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), a trade association representing the interests of music publishers and copyright owners doing business in Canada.

European American Music Distributors Corporation
International classical music publishers, representing Schott Music and Universal Edition, among many others.

J W Pepper Music Network
An Internet service for printed music of all publishers.

Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS)
Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Ltd. is a British company that licenses the use of its composer, author and music publisher members' copyright works.

Mudcat Cafe
"A magazine dedicated to blues and folk music." Features the Digital Tradition Folksong Database as well as chat and forum features.

Music Publisher's Association of the United States
MPA's web site includes a members directory, information about copyright protection, and information about the Paul Revere Award, which acknowledges publishers for their efforts in creating art for the music industry.

National Music Publishers' Association
A national trade association providing a number of services to protect the copyrights of its members, and licensing services through its subsidiary, the Harry Fox Agency, Inc.

Polish Music Journal
This an academic, peer-reviewed publication devoted to musicological studies of Polish music and music in Poland. The Journal's purpose is to provide a convenient, modern forum for publication of studies of the music that is not well known in the West.

The Public Domain Information Project
"A reference site to help the ordinary person identify music and songs in the public domain . . . royalty free music you can use anywhere and any way you choose . . . performance, sing-along, film, video, advertising, business, or personal." An excellent resource for finding published pieces of music that can be performed without a fee.

Ragtime Press HV Records
Ragtime piano music first appeared in the late 1800's as a syncopated evolution of March music. The ragtime era dominated the music scene of the 1st decade of the 20th century, featuring ragtime, blues, and stride piano, which was the foundation for novelty piano, modern jazz, and blues rock.

G. Schirmer Music Publishers
One of the world's largest publishers of classical music. Includes interesting news and information about the composers they represent.

Southern Music Company
Southern Music Company logoIn the past 59 years, Southern Music Company has assembled one of the largest inventories of educational music in the world; the company has between 400,000 and 500,000 titles in stock representing over 500 publishers, worldwide. In addition, Southern Music Company publishes over 5,000 music titles.

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