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July 22, 2022
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As Dominican producers (IG: ProduccionesFArd ), we are planning staging "Pinocho" for this coming winter. we have our own script and songs, based on the original story book by Carlo Collodi, but looking for using two songs from "My Son Pinocchio": "When you Wish upon a Star" and "Without Strings".

Is it feasible to have the rights for this? I"m able to send all the needs to make this possible. If you need to have an in-person interview, just let me know.


Best regards,

Alina Abreu

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July 29, 2022

Hi Alina! 

MTI does not represent the individual music publishing rights in songs from shows in our catalog.  For these licenses - synch, mechanical, reprint, etc. - you must contact the copyright owner or music publisher to clear the rights you need.

You may be able to determine the copyright owner or music publisher by looking at the copyright notice (usually on the bottom of the first page of sheet music) or in the liner notes of a cast album).

If you are unable to determine the copyright owner or publisher, searching for the song title in the performance rights societies’ databases may be helpful ( in the United States, these organizations are ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, Inc. These organizations represent most of the songs that appear in MTI shows in the United States; their websites will list the music publisher and contact information for each song represented.  Also, searching the Songview website might be helpful (  Songview combines the ASCAP and BMI repertories, and it may be the quickest route.

When you have identified the publisher, you can visit their websites to obtain the license you need. Good luck and break a leg!