This is a question for anyone who has asked for permission from a publisher to do an arrangement:
how did it go?
I'm asking because I would like to arrange (well, I've already started work on it... at least partially for my own pleasure) a piece that is published by Schirmer Inc.
I looked at the application form, and it requests dates of concerts... we don't have any dates yet. Only "possible dates".
They ask for the name of the group performing/commissioning it... we don't have a name (yet), and aren't technically "commissioning" the arrangement.
They ask for the venue where the arrangement will be performed... well, we only have one planned so far, but we'd LOVE to play it in further concerts later in the year.
So, do publishers generally demand exorbitant prices for this type of permission?
It's a short piece, maybe 4-5 minutes, and reduced from full orchestra to a piano quartet.
It's not like I want to publish the arrangement. Although, if people WANT this sort of arrangement of this piece in particular I'd be happy to cede it to Schirmer, along with the score and parts. As far as I'm concerned, the more people play music by this composer, the better.
But I have no pretensions that my arrangement is "publisher worthy".
Anyway, should I (ok, legally, I know I SHOULD) bother requesting the permission? Will I simply be shot down anyway? Or will they ask a gazillion dollars' fee?