It’s a regular occurrence that my students ask for pop songs in piano lessons.  Some of them are beginners but keen learners.  Some are at the intermediate level.  Over the years, I’ve written many pop song arrangements aimed at various difficulty levels.  Some of them came out better than others.  For quite a while, I’ve been searching for a legal way of sharing them publicly.  In the past, my piano solo arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now has luckily been published from her official website as a free download.  Recently, I came across ArrangeMe with SMP Press (part of SheetMusicPlus.com), who has a contract with Hal Leonard, allowing composers/arrangers to submit legally their arrangements of copyrighted songs.  SMP Press offers a list of songs that are permitted to arrange and publish from ArrangeMe and the minimum price of each work is set by the copyright holders.  Currently, ArrangeMe arrangers are permitted 30 seconds of music to help showcase their arrangements without seeking for a mechanical licence.  Here are the current price minimums for ArrangeMe titles:

$4.99: Piano (including piano/voice/guitar, piano solo, easy piano, piano duet)
$2.99: Guitar (including guitar tab, solo guitar, easy guitar)
$4.99: Instrumental solo or duet
$12.99: Small instrumental ensemble
$40.00: Large ensemble set of score and parts (excludes concert band)
$4.99: Score only, large ensemble (excludes concert band)
$2.99: Extra part only, large ensemble (excludes concert band)

Here’re two of my piano solo arrangements published from SMP Press:

Read All About It, Part III by Emeli Sandé

A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

I think it’s a great scheme for composers/arrangers to be able to share their arrangements of copyrighted songs without infringing the copyright law.  For more information, visit ArrangeMe FAQ page.

Happy arranging!

 

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