Anyone here a theater expert, or an expert on acquiring rights to music?
I’m writing a stage play, and in a certain scene, I wanted to have like a 30-second clip of a popular song play during the scene (Queen’s “We are the Champions”).
Can you write something like that into a script to begin with?
I heard you could do it provided you put a note at the beginning of the script that “all performers must properly acquire the rights to the music, etc.”.
I also heard that a certain type of permission/license is required
to put something like that in an original script.
But even if you got it, would I need a different type of permission/license to be able play it during the stage show?
Anyone have any expertise on this???
It’s a bit of a weird area because live music in theatrical plays isn’t super common…but I appreciate any comments.