Wondering about piano accompaniment scores

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Hi, I'm hoping to put together a hymn supplement that contains lyrics, and piano score for accompaniment. Happy to just use public domain songs, though newer ones would be good if cost is reasonable. I see CCLI and OneLicense allow lyrics, chords, melody lines, but how/where do I gain permission for including the sheet music for our pianists?

1. For public domain (Can I reproduce public domain piano accompaniment from hymnals if I credit the source reference publication?)

2. For newer songs 



You should most likely check with the hymnal publisher to make sure that it is okay for you to copy a page from their hymnal. CCLI and OneLicense cover reprint licenses for worship services, but not for hymnals. You would need to get permission or license from the copyright holder for newer songs.

I'm confused. When we find a tune with copyright indication as "public domain" in the hymnary.org still is need request permission to make copy of the score, print as song book and/or reproduced in any manner?



If the score is public domain you are free to download the score from Hymnary. No permission is needed. Most uses will be for personal use or for a worship service. To copy scores into a song book that will be distributed, you probably should get permission, unless the source hymnal is public domain.

I'd prolly consider retranscribing the music into something like MuseScore.

I've done it for a number of classic hymns.

Friends, thanks for the help. Another question: I live in Brazil and I can't just download the score from hymnal.org, it's necessary to re-transcribe the song to a score editor (like MuseScore and Finale) to put the lyrics in Portuguese. No problems in that case too?

If the music is public domain it is not a problem to add other words to the score. What is the tune? We may have a score you can purchase and add words to, which would save you time.

@dianneshapiro Very thank you for the explanation. There are actually several melodies but they are all in the public domain.

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