Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

For music not considered part of the public domain:

SMU has entered into blanket agreements with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

The agreements allow university faculty, students and staff to play or perform music at University functions.

It is necessary to check the individual music catalogs to determine if the music the student wants to play or perform is covered by one or more of the organizations. The music may be covered by more than one license. This is general information on the rights licensed from each of the organizations.

If the student’s intended use is outside the scope of the licenses, or he/she want to use music not in any of the catalogs, the student needs to obtain permission before he/she proceeds with any kind of usage.

OPEN SOURCE MUSIC RESOURCES

Bach, Open Source: http://www.opengoldbergvariations.org/ (Free)

Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/ (Free)

Vimeo’s Music App: http://vimeo.com/musicstore ($)

YouTube Audio Library: http://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary (Free)

LICENSING TERMS

BMI Catalog Check the BMI Catalog to see if the music the student want to play or perform is covered by this license.

The BMI license grants permission for SMU faculty, students and staff to perform or play (by live or recorded means) any music in the BMI catalog at public events on University premises, including, but not limited to performances by or at: Sporting events, Socials, Musical attractions; Campus radio broadcasting stations; Student unions; College theater groups; Fitness centers; Classrooms; Fairs/festivals; Athletic facilities; Special events, such as orientation or graduation; Fraternities and sororities; "Music on hold" through the University telephone system.

BMI Excluded: The license agreement specifically excludes the following:

  • Televised transmissions (broadcast, cable, satellite or other)
  • Internet transmissions
  • Dramatic rights associated with dramatic-musical works (or any other exercise of the "grand rights") (such as a musical comedy, opera, play with music, revue or ballet.)
  • Playing music via a jukebox
  • Musical events on campus sponsored by outside promoters
  • Commercial radio broadcasts

The ASCAP Catalog Check the ASCAP Catalog to see if the music you want to play or perform is covered by this license.

The ASCAP License grants permission for SMU faculty, staff, students and alumni, while performing under the auspices of SMU, to perform or play any music in the ASCAP catalog on University premises. ASCAP Excluded: The license agreement specifically excludes the following:

  • Transmissions to persons outside the premises via broadcasting, telecasting or transmission by wire or otherwise
  • Musical events on campus co-sponsored or co-promoted by outside promoters
  • Playing music via a jukebox
  • Dramatic rights associated with dramatic-musical works (or any other exercise of the "grand rights") (such as a musical comedy, opera, play with music, revue or ballet.)

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