The five plays of the Musical Shakespeare compilation are jukebox musicals. Therefore, permission to use any of the songs must be obtained from the music publishing companies that retain the licensing rights. Generally, for a First Class stage production, the music publishing companies’ request 4% of the gross weekly box office receipts prorated amongst all of the songs used in the production, which is equivalent to the Dramatists Guild’s Approved Production Contract (APC) standard weekly percentage for a composer (2%) + lyricist (2%). As for film, a Synchronization License and Performance License are required. These rights are normally issued for a negotiated flat fee.
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