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Joe Offer 28 Apr 15 - 03:34 AM
Jack Campin 28 Apr 15 - 05:24 AM
Lighter 28 Apr 15 - 09:29 AM
GUEST,henryp 28 Apr 15 - 02:36 PM
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Subject: Licensing Mingulay Boat Song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Apr 15 - 03:34 AM

We want to include "Mingulay Boat Song" in the upcoming Rise Again songbook, but our publisher, Hal Leonard, won't let us include it unless we have a print license for it.

We know that the song was written by Sir Hugh S. Roberton, director of the Glasgow Orpheus Choir.

I bought a used copy of the Australian edition of Roberton's 1950 book, Songs of the Isles, which includes "Mingulay Boat Song." The book was published in Australia by Allans Music, and in the UK by J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd., London.

My Australian book says that the song is Copyright USA 1938 by Hugh S. Roberton.

Roberton died in 1952.

And Lighter posted this:

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Posted By: Lighter
02-Apr-15 - 03:46 PM
Thread Name: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
Subject: RE: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
Joe, the Library of Congress "Catalog of Copyright Entries" shows a U.S. copyright for "MBS" granted to "Hugh S. Roberton, Glasgow" on March 18, 1938. It was renewed by his son, Kenneth Bantock Roberton, on May 6, 1965.

So Roberton's heirs would be the people to consult.

It appears that Kenneth Bantow Roberton is deceased (1914-2003), and his papers are held by the University of Glasgow.

According to the following article, publishers for both father and son appear to be Pergamon Press Ltd. and J, Curwen and Sons, Ltd

So, where do we go to get a license to print this song?


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Subject: RE: Licensing Mingulay Boat Song
From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 Apr 15 - 05:24 AM

Pergamon (formerly part of Robert Maxwell's empire) is now part of Elsevier.

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Subject: RE: Licensing Mingulay Boat Song
From: Lighter
Date: 28 Apr 15 - 09:29 AM

That would make Elsevier your best bet, Joe. If royalties are still coming in through them, they may be able to put you in touch with the family.

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Subject: RE: Licensing Mingulay Boat Song
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 28 Apr 15 - 02:36 PM

The Music Sales Group

As well as Chester Music and Novello & Co, the following companies are based at Music Sales UK:

Bosworth & Co Ltd
Alain Boublil Music Ltd
Alfred Lengnick & Co Ltd
Paterson's Publications
Omnibus Press
Golden Apple
J Curwen & Sons Ltd
Edwin Ashdown

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