Update on “I’d Rather Have Jesus” Piano Solo
I found out today by accident that the melody of “I’d Rather Have Jesus” that I’m using in my piano solo… is copyrighted. I always check to make sure hymns are public domain before arranging them and had checked this one out as well.
I verified that the tune and melody were public domain and didn’t click on the music image to view the song and later discovered the tune was different than the one I was arranging. Guess it’s better to find out BEFORE publishing!
So…I’ve been online with Music Services (provides a variety of ‘a la carte’ services to music publishers – song registration, licensing, royalty collections, royalty accounting) to obtain a “print” license for this arrangement. This is my first time to deal with a copyrighted work. I won’t do too many of these for the sake of added expense but will try this with “I’d Rather Have Jesus” since I had already promised it to my readers.
The downside is…there will be a delay in publishing until I get the clearance from Music Services. I will keep you all posted and sorry for the delay but I want to be above board!