I videotape concerts for the local middle & and high school band and choir concerts.
I create a DVD that parents can buy ($5) as a keepsake and for relatives who will never make it to our town.
I know it is a serious No NO to do that for Broadway musicals - "Sound of Music", etc. etc. and I don't do that.
But these concerts are programs with individual songs from a variety of composers.
I am one of those composers because my songs are sung around Indiana, Ohio, PA and a few other states.
I would not expect to get a "royalty" fee for such a use of one song on a program of say - 10 songs.
I would not bother or take the time to check out all the schools and try to get some money - a small amount of $$.
One of the directors likes to have me do this, but seems overly concerned about copyright and charging money.
At these same concerts - parents are buying a ticket for the concert - so the school is making money too.
OK, I know that technically a composer "could" get a mechanical royalty fee (I think I am right) for such a use of their song. But in the real world, I so doubt that song composers who write for schools REALLY expects to be paid for this.
If I cover a song and put in on my CD, I would pay 9.1 cents per CD - $91 per 1000 CDs.
When a song is played on the radio - they get what? .25 cents per play or something like that?
I know you cannot give me legal advice - just your thoughts - experiences.
I have had schools contact me because they wanted to sell CDs of my Indiana show as a fundraiser.
The most I have asked is $50 and usually I waive it and ask for a copy for free.
One time I got a CD back that did not have my name on it as the composer!
I now require that they do that.
Thanks - Charles