I need some advice or suggestions on a formal letter
to request permissions to perform and possibly record a song, from a rights-owner who uses customary professional means of snail-mail contact. The problem is that I am asking on behalf of a friend who (like myself) doesn’t rememebr the first thing about writing formal business letters and my friend feels the urgent need and obligation to get this started very quickly because it is needed for featured musician (signed with B.C. Rich), who she is acting agent of, so that all can be in place before the next season starts for a show where he’s planned to have the title theme recorded.
If you ae in the music business and familiar with such letter-based requests, or simply a professional in any field who is good at writing business letters and proposals, please help if you can.
The more specific details are that my frind, Lisa is acting agent of this featured musician, the song’s original author died in the late 1970’s, the rights are managed/administered by a rather small company who only has a basic answering machine for their ASCAP listed phone number, royalties are assigned to the author’s daughter as beneficiary (who’s also a well-known and reputable songwriter) and the letter should respectfully request permissions and blessings to perform the song on a not-for-priffit basis as well as (if possible) recorded for not-for-proffit use and promotion (on the musician’s part, but may possibly be sold on the show’s soundtrack CD if they choose to make one, in which case the network would handle any royalties appropriations).
More or less, the letter should ask for permission or guidelines to obtain permission and to request the blessings of the owner of the works (either the royalties beneficiary or the administrater/copyright holder) on behalf of the artist who wishes to perform it. Normally, Lisa did this sort of thing by herself, through casual social contact, but she’s not accustomed to doing it in writing without request guidelines.
Any suggestions, help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Just the same, once it goes through you’d be able to hear it on the show and tell people you helped to make that possible. :)
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