Awhile back in The Listening Room I posted a string quartet arrangement I did of "Drive My Car" by Lennon/McCartney.
A fun idea that came up on that thread was for me to make the arrangement available to string quartet groups who may want to perform it.
I did an investigation of how to go about making my arrangement available and found the publisher who controls the rights for arrangements of Beatles songs--And the reply was less than encouraging:
--I would need to pay the publisher $500, and also get permission for the arrangement from the writers of the music--not just their representatives, but from the writers themselves. This is all so I can publish the arrangement in whatever way I intended, even if that meant just making the score available online.
I'm unable to pay $500 on the extreme off-chance that a quartet group would discover and want to use the arrangement.
SO--it's a dead end.
But I'm wondering if Forum members have experience in arranging copyrighted works, and successfully, legally, having those arrangements published--without this high cost?