I have written some original instrumental/vocal arrangements of songs by a well-known classic rock band. My ensemble is hoping to perform them next year and I'm curious as to what legal issues I'll need to deal with to keep it all legit.
A few details:
-My group is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization
-Most of the venues are "non-venues" -- churches, etc. -- as far as I know they don't pay ASCAP / BMI licenses
-The venues will be selling tickets for the concerts, but my group gets a flat fee for the appearance (we don't get a portion of the ticket sales.
Anybody know what I need to do to make sure we're on the straight-and-narrow? What do cover bands do? (we're far from being a cover band, but I imagine the issues are similar).
P.S. Further down the line I'm interested in publishing these arrangements (or trying to sell them to a publisher) -- any advice on doing this successfully and legally?