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How can I find the copyright holder as an arranger?

By uploading and selling music on Sonolize you automatically accept our terms and conditions - read these carefully. One of the things we value very much is that you have the rights of the music yourself. Without you having those rights, we unfortunately cannot post your music. We assume that you have arranged this properly.

Each unique and creative work has been created by someone who has the rights to it. In music, this is the composer. In practice, it often works slightly differently. The rights are in many cases managed by a publisher. And the latter has often transferred these rights to another party.
Because of all those intermediary parties, only a small amount of the selling price remains for you when you sell or rent out your work. We believe that composers should not only receive an honest fee for their music, but also remain owner of their copyrights. Because unlike with traditional publishers, as the copyrights remain with the composer, with Sonolize you receive 100% of the royalties. In addition, as a composer you receive 65% of the sales price of your work.

Who manages the rights?
If you want to arrange a work from a composer, you will have to ask the copyright holder. But how do you find out who manages the rights of the composer you are looking for? The easiest way is through the BUMA in The Netherlands (or of course the other national copyright institutions in other countries). Here it has been established who manages the rights of a lot of music and they have developed an easy tool in which you can look that up.

After entering the title and composer, the publishers appear. You often see multiple hits, such as the mechanical right (CDs, recordings), but also the publisher. If you click on "Publisher" you will get the contact details. If there is no hyperlink, there is no other option than to search the internet for the contact details of the publisher and send them a message. They can help you further.
In the case of US composers, you almost always end up with Hal Leonard. They manage the rights of many composers. At, you choose 'publish' in that facade and from here on, things are clear again.

It is a lot of work, but at Sonolize we think it is important that the original maker gets what he is entitled to. And yes, if you have made a nice arrangement, you of course indicate this at the BUMA in your personal "portal". This way you can be sure that you will also receive the compensation that belongs to the performances of your creation. As we fully endorse Fair practice.

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More music at school

In the days previous to the Dutch Queen Máxima's 50th birthday on 17 May, the Dutch foundation "Meer Muziek in de Klas" (More music education at schools) is calling on all of the Netherlands to make an extra effort in music education at schools. 

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From piano music to orchestral works.

The great thing about Sonolize is that composers know how to find each other to learn from each other. Tom Schipper, for example, helps the young composer Tae Hyung Ruisch to become even better. Read his blog on how.

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Interview with Adriaan Dropsie

We are very excited that Adriaan Dropsie is offering his classical Spanish compositions for guitar and flute through Sonolize. We would like to introduce him to you in this interview.

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Webinar by Alex Schillings at Brabant Association

"The search for the main and side issues. A lifelong occupation for a conductor ". That is the title of the webinar that Alex Schillings will be leading on Sunday 24 January at the invitation of the Brabant Association of Music Associations (BBM).

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VLAMO aims a composition competition for fanfare

The Flemish music organisation VLAMO is focusing on the brass band for the 2021 Composition Competition. Composers can participate by submitting a new work for the lower divisions before August 31, 2021.

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Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

We wish all our friends, composers and musicians a beautiful Christmas season and a joyful, inspiring, successful, peaceful, musical and most importantly a happy and healthy 2021.

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Drummer & pianist Jeroen Elfferich: "The essence of music lies in simplicity"

Interesting article - in Dutch - about Jeroen Elfferich and his passion for music, written by Thea Derks on Contemporary Classical.

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Composers newsletter

Check out this autumn's Composers newsletter with tips on applying for rights as arranger, marketing and music uploading.

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Interview with Arend Gerds

We are very excited that Arend Gerds offers his own classical compositions for wind music through Sonolize. We would like to introduce him and his passion for composing to you in this interview.

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Sonolize in the press

On September 18, DPG media published a nice article about Sonolize in which our passion is aptly expressed.

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Press release

Groundbreaking initiative Sonolize offers an alternative to traditional publishers of sheet music

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Masterclass Composition and Conducting

The School of the Arts in Bern (Switzerland) offers a masterclass Composition and Conducting, specifically for Brass bands. 

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COVID-19 responses from the music sector

From the Music sector, various actions are taken per country to support music authors and the music sector in general during these difficult times.

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Sonolize is growing

We have great ambitions and want to become the place in Europe where composers can offer and sell their sheet music digitally.

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Fair practice code

Sonolize endorses the Fair Practice Code for entrepreneurship in the arts and culture sector. It's all about Fair Pay, Fair Share and Fair Chain.

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Advisory board

We are proud to anounce that Alex Schillings, Mariska Bogaard-Rethans, Micha Schimmel and Geert van Wijk will take a seat in the Sonolize Advisory Board.

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Merry Christmas and let’s celebrate 2020

We wish our friends, composers and musicians a beautiful Christmas season and a happy, healthy, joyful, inspiring, successful, peaceful, musical and truly amazing welcome in the ‘roaring twenties’.

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Proudly we present

We are proud to announce that a number of composers have joined us to realize something special together with us.

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Sonolize is live

Join Sonolize and start up- and downloading music today. From composers to players, digital, independent, fair and with a wide choice of qualified music.

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