Participant Requirements
This contains new requirements. Below is a list of deadlines you MUST comply with in order to compete at any fall BOA event. Bands that do not meet these requirements will not be permitted to participate.

August 1: COPYRIGHT REPORT DUE: Bands of America requires a list of the music you will perform. This information is given to us on your Copyright Report, a copy of which is available for download (PDF format). The Copyright Report requires that you include the original name, composer, copyright owner, and arranger for each song.

August 1: Fixing fee due to Bands of America for each song listed in the Additional Requirements section below.

August 1: Synchronization licensing for any composition listed in the Additional Requirements section below.

30 days prior to first BOA event: Copies of all licenses obtained to create custom arrangements of the songs contained in your show.

Over the past several years, compliance with copyright law has become a matter for close scrutiny by the copyright owners and publishers of copyrighted music. A license to arrange (requested by you) and a license to record and distribute videos (requested by BOA) must be obtained prior to any use of a copyrighted song. We strongly encourage you to submit your request to arrange in writing to publishers as soon as possible. The licensing process should be completed before you begin arranging your music. If you allow a minimum of 6-8 weeks to obtain a license then you should be able to submit your proof of copyright clearance (permission to arrange) with your Copyright Report by August 1. Any band that does not have proof of copyright clearance for their custom arrangements will not be able to participate in the event and all fees will be forfeited.

Please note that even though you or your band in a previous year may have received clearance for a selection you want to play this year, you are still required to provide documentation. Permissions are usually granted to specific bands (and sometimes specific performances) by on a case by case basis. The Composition and Publisher Database on our Web site provide a helpful guide of contact information for various companies. If you need further assistance please contact us at 800.848.2263 or

In addition to obtaining permission to arrange, the use of specific works will require that you take additional steps to ensure that Bands of America will be able to record and distribute video recordings of your performance. BOA must obtain, or be provided with, the right to record and distribute copyrighted music prior to distribution.

Please carefully review the Additional Requirements section below for more information.


Because BOA is committed providing videos containing the performance of every school participating in its fall events, bands that choose to perform works by the following publishers/composers must comply the following additional requirements:

Additional fee required: One-time "fixing" fee

BOA has been informed that a fee of $150.00 to $300.00 will be charged by the copyright owner of the works outlined below for the right to "fix" the performance to video. This fee is in addition to those fees BOA itself pays for synchronization licensing. BOA therefore requires bands to pay this "fixing fee," which will be passed on to the current copyright owner of each composition as a portion of the synchronization licensing process. The "fixing fee" must be submitted to BOA by August 1 of each year. Please note that this requirement is in addition to your obligation to acquire a "license to arrange" to include each song in your show. The composers/publishers whose works are affected by this fee are listed below:

Amstel Music, BV Johan de Meij
De Hakse Music Publications, BV Jan Van der Roost
Philip Sparke
Studio Music Company Philip Sparke
Anglo Music Press Philip Sparke
Stormworks Stephen Melillo
Libertango Astor Piazzolla
Time Warp Little Nell

Synchronization licensing required:


Your band will be solely responsible for paying the costs associated with obtaining these permissions/licenses, including the payment of any license fees or royalties. Proof of permission/license must be submitted to BOA by August 1. * Below is a list of the songs, composers, and publishers that for which BOA requires this additional step for participation:

Composers (all works):
  • Robert Lamm
  • James Pankow
  • Prince
  • John Lennon
Composers (specific works):
  • Björk (Joga and The Anchor Song)
  • Paul McCartney (songs performed by The Beatles)
  • Bruce Springsteen (Born In The USA)
Publishers (collections, in their entirety):
  • Arc Music Group, including Goodman Music, Conrad Music, Sunflower Music, Jewel Music, Regent Music
Publishers (specific works):
  • Paramount Pictures (specifically music including the Mission: Impossible Theme, music from Forrest Gump and The Godfather (entire series of movies). If you choose to perform songs from other Paramount Pictures movies, please contact BOA as soon as possible so that we may confirm that licensing is available and appropriate for BOA.
Other Restricted Compositions:
  • Music from any James Bond movie, regardless of publisher
  • Music from any Paramount Pictures movie as stated above, regardless of publisher
  • Any Beatles song written by John Lennon or Paul McCartney (see above)
  • The song "Hotel California" (by The Eagles)
  • The song Break on Through (and other songs by Jim Morrison)
  • Music from the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean movies
  • "Brazil (Main Title)" by Michael Kamen
  • "Barbarian Horde," "The Battle," and "Progeny" from the Motion Picture "Gladiator"
  • "Sweet Home Chicago" by Woody Payne
  • All works by Bruce Springsteen
  • All works by AC/DC
  • "Time Warp" by Little Nell
  • All works by Yako kanno
  • Any & All works from "Cowboy Bebop by Yako kanno
  • All songs by AC/DC
  • "Back in Black" by AC/DC
  • "James Bond Theme" by Monty Norman
  • "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell
  • All songs by Jim Morrison
  • "The End" by Jim Morrison
  • All songs by The Doors
*In some cases, the songs listed above were included because the copyright owner has already advised Bands of America that they are not willing to grant video synchronization rights for marching band videos.

This list may change as we gain more information concerning the wishes of the composers and copyright owners and our ability to license recordings upon terms we deem appropriate. A listing of these composers and publishers and updates can also be found on our website in the Copyright Guide Section of the Resource Room.

Please be reminded that the requirements listed above are in addition to your obligation to acquire a "license to arrange" for each custom arrangement contained in your show. In addition, you should also exercise care to ensure that you have permission to use any copyrighted visual images in your show. The general rule is, "when in doubt, seek permission."

Still overwhelmed regarding copyright? Let us help you. BOA currently provides a Copyright Permissions Service that helps you secure copyright permissions. In addition, feel free to use BOA's other online resources including our Composition and Publisher Database, a downloadable Permission to Arrange form, and/or call us with your questions.