SMP Press Agreement

Updated:  June 07, 2021

This SMP Press Agreement (the "Agreement") contains the complete terms and conditions that apply to an individual's or entity's participation in the Sheet Music Plus SMP Press Program (the "Program"). As used in this Agreement, "we", "us", "our," "SMP" or "Sheet Music Plus" means Sheet Music Plus, LLC, its successors and assignees, and "you" and "your" mean the applicant to the Program. "Site" refers to Sheet Music Plus's site at and any other Site owned or controlled by us. "Titles" means your composed sheet music and all associated content such as song title, cover art, product descriptions, classification data, tablature and other music types. "Sound Recordings" means your uploaded MP3s and all associated content such as the musical composition, song title, cover art, product descriptions, classification data, tablature and other music types. Under this Agreement, Sheet Music Plus will become the non-exclusive digital retailer of various Titles for which you own, control, and/or have licensed the worldwide digital print music rights and/or various Sound Recording for which you own, control, and/or have licensed all rights necessary for distribution (including any musical compositions incorporated therein).
Your SMP Press Sheet Music Titles and Sound Recordings must adhere to all requirements of this Agreement. We reserve the right (but will have no obligation) to review the appropriateness of your content, and may choose to remove it from our Site in our sole discretion. If you do not comply with these guidelines or any terms and conditions of this Agreement, we also reserve the right to terminate your participation in the Program.

Sheet Music in the Public Domain and other Non-Exclusive Content

While it is acceptable to arrange public domain music and submit it as a Title, we require that any new additions to our Site are arrangements that provide additional value that is not currently represented on our Site such as a version for a different primary instrument(s), a level-specific arrangement or an arrangement in a style that is different from the original. You will be asked to explain how your public domain arrangement is different from those that already exist. If we determine that your arrangement does not provide enough unique value then we will reject your Title for publication and/or remove your Title from the Site.

1. Agreement Acceptance

THIS AGREEMENT SETS FORTH THE LEGALLY BINDING TERMS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM. By your participation, you accept this Agreement and agree: (a) to be bound by the terms herein, (b) to click "agree" or "accept" where you're given the option to do so to indicate such acceptance, and (c) to be bound by our Privacy Policy found at If you don't accept the terms, you may not sell your Titles or Sound Recordings through our Program.

2. Agreement Amendment and Modifications

The Program may change over time and as such the terms of the Agreement will need to change as well. We reserve the right to change the terms of this Agreement at any time at our discretion. Modifications may include, for example, changes in the scope of available commissions, commission schedules, payment procedures, and Program rules. We will give you notice of any changes by posting new terms in place of the old with a revision date indicated at the top and /or sending an email to the address associated with your SMP Press Account.

If any modification is unacceptable to you, your only recourse is to terminate your participation and this Agreement as set forth herein below. Your continued participation in the Program following our posting of a change notice or new agreement on our Site will constitute binding acceptance of the change. If you wish to terminate this Agreement, you must immediately withdraw all of your content by un-publishing it.

3. Terms of the Agreement

The terms of this Agreement will become effective upon your participation and/or acceptance and will end when terminated by you or us. Either you or we may terminate this Agreement at any time, with or without cause. If we terminate you from the Program, we will send notification to the email address associated with the Program account. You are only eligible to earn commissions on sales of your Titles and Sound Recordings, which occurred during the term of this Agreement, and commissions earned through the date of termination will remain payable only if the related orders are not canceled. We may withhold your final payment for a reasonable time to ensure that the correct amount is paid.

4. General Description

Digital Sheet Music Titles

You grant Sheet Music Plus the non-exclusive right to market and sell your print music Titles digitally on our Site as part of our Digital Download Sheet Music collection, as set forth in Section 14 below. SMP shall have the right to store and serve the Titles from SMP’s servers or from SMP’s service provider’s servers. Customers who purchase Title(s) will have unlimited access to view their purchased Title(s). If a Title is removed from the site it will no longer be for sale. However, customers who have previously purchased the Title will still have viewing and printing access to that Title.

Sound Recordings

You grant Sheet Music Plus the non-exclusive right to market and sell your Sound Recordings in MP3 format on our Site as part of our Digital Sound Recording collection, as set forth in Section 14 below. SMP shall have the right to store, perform and serve the Sound Recordings from SMP’s servers or from the SMP’s service provider’s servers. Customers who purchase digital music will have unlimited access to play the Sound Recordings from such services. If a MP3 is removed from the site it will no longer be for sale. However, customers who have previously purchased the Sound Recording will still have the playing access and the ability to download. Customers will have the right to download the MP3 and keep it on their devices and/or other media storage.

5. Digital Rights Management

SMP provides no digital rights management protection (DRM) for PDF files of Titles. PDFs are protected with a watermark that shows date of purchase, order and customer information, including number of purchased copies as a deterrent against unlawful reproduction or duplication. You agree that this provides adequate protection against unlawful distribution of the Titles. SMP provides no DRM protection for the Sound Recordings.

6. Application Process

To apply to the Program, you must submit a complete Program application on our Site, which includes, at a minimum, your contact information, preference for form of payment and preference for minimum payment amount. Once the form has been submitted you will be assigned a SMP Press Account number, and you may begin uploading PDF and MP3 files of your Titles and Sound Recordings. We have the right but without any obligation to release your Title and Sound Recordings as part of our standard update process; however, we reserve the right (but will have no obligation) to review the submitted content, PDF or MP3 file and to not allow the Title or Sound Recording to be added to our site or to remove Titles or Sound Recordings if we believe it violates this Agreement, is illegal, violates the rights, harms, or threatens the safety of any person, or creates the potential for liability for us, our suppliers, service providers, partner companies, or any of our users or customers. If Titles or Sound Recordings are rejected or removed from the Site post publishing, we will send you an email notification to the email address associated with your SMP Press Account.

7. Title and Sound Recording Information and Files

You shall provide SMP with the PDF and/or MP3 file of the music. Each Title and Sound Recording must be in one PDF or MP3 file. You own all such digital files that are provided to SMP. As such, SMP shall not use the files outside the scope of the licenses granted to us in this Agreement. You shall also provide song specific information (song title, artist, list price, etc.) to SMP. You shall provide to us, at your own expense, each Title or Sound Recording that you intend to sell on our Site. We will not return any electronic files of physical content/media you send. You shall deliver all files free and clear of viruses, worms or other potentially harmful code. You agree that you will not or shall not post, submit, or otherwise provide to the Site, any Prohibited Content. "Prohibited Content" means any content that: (i) is offensive or promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; (ii) bullies, harasses, or advocates stalking, bullying, or harassment, of another person; (iii) involves the transmission of "junk mail," "chain letters," unsolicited mass mailing, or "spamming,"; (iv) is false or misleading or promotes, endorses or furthers illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous; (v) promotes, reproduces, performs, uses, incorporates, samples or distributes an illegal or unauthorized copy or derivative work of another person’s work that is protected by copyright or trade secret law; (vi) is involved in the exploitation of persons under the age of 13 in a sexual or violent manner; (vii) provides instructional information about illegal activities such as making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone's privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses and other harmful code; (viii) contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, or similar software; (ix) violates any applicable law, including, but not limited to laws and regulations governing unfair competition, anti-discrimination and false advertising; or (x) otherwise violates this Agreement or creates liability for SMP. You must ensure that all content is in compliance with our Program terms and conditions and this Agreement at the time you submit it to us. If you discover that the content you have submitted does not comply, you must immediately withdraw the content by un-publishing it. You may submit a new version that complies with this Agreement. We are also entitled to remove or modify any content, including the metadata and product description you provide for your Title and/or Sound Recording, for any reason, including if we determine at our discretion that it is Prohibited Content or otherwise does not comply with our content requirements.

8. Qualifying Products and Reporting

Digital Sheet Music Title

For a sale to qualify for a commission payment, the customer must purchase one or more of your Titles using our online ordering system and remit full payment to us. Customers who purchase your Titles are purchasing the right to view the sheet music Titles and to print the purchased number of copies. If a customer cancels their order, we will remove that sale from your commission payment. We will track and process product orders placed by customers for your Titles. We will make available to you reports summarizing this sales activity when a transaction occurs. The form, content, and frequency of the reports may vary from time to time at our discretion.

Sound Recordings

For a sale to qualify for a commission payment, the customer must purchase one or more of your Sound Recordings (MP3s) using our online ordering system and remit full payment to us. Customers who purchase your Sound Recording are purchasing the right to play and download the MP3. If a customer cancels their order, we will remove that sale from your commission payment. We will track and process product orders placed by customers for your Sound Recordings. We will make available to you reports summarizing this sales activity when a transaction occurs. The form, content, and frequency of the reports may vary from time to time at our discretion.

9. List Price

You will provide a list price for each Title you submit ("List Price"). The current List Price policies are as follows:

10. Commissions

You will earn commissions, which shall be the full and complete consideration for the rights granted hereunder, based on the Sale Price of Titles and Sound Recordings according to schedules we establish. Sale Price is the List Price minus any promotional discounts issued by Sheet Music Plus. You grant permission to SMP discount your Titles when opportunities arise to promote and potentially increase the sales of your Titles.

The current Commission schedule is as follows:

11. Customer Policies

Customers who buy products through this Program will be deemed to be customers of Sheet Music Plus. Accordingly, all Sheet Music Plus rules, policies, and operating procedures concerning customer orders, customer service, and product sales will apply to those customers. We may change our policies and operating procedures at any time.

We are solely responsible for processing payments, payment collection, requests for refunds and related customer service, and will have sole ownership and control of all data obtained from customers and prospective customers in connection with the Program.

12. Taxes

Sheet Music Plus is responsible for collecting and remitting any and all sales taxes imposed on their respective sales of Titles and Sound Records to customers. You are responsible for any income or other taxes due and payable resulting from payments to you by Sheet Music Plus under this Agreement.

13. SMP Press and Other Sheet Music Plus Programs

It is acceptable to participate in one or more of the following programs 1) SMP Press, 2) Sheet Music Plus Affiliates and 3) Easy Rebates. Payments will be made separately by program. SMP Press commissions, affiliate commissions and rebates cannot be combined to meet the minimum account payment threshold.

14. Grant of Rights

You grant to Sheet Music Plus, throughout the term of this Agreement, a nonexclusive, sublicensable, irrevocable, worldwide right and license to:

(a) reproduce and store Titles and Sound Recordings on one or more computer facilities, and reformat, convert and encode Titles and Sound Recordings;

(b) display, perform, market, transmit, reproduce, distribute, sell and otherwise digitally make available all or any portion of Titles and Sound Recordings through Sheet Music Plus and its Site, including to permit customers and prospective customers to download, access, print, and/or view online, including on portable and remote devices, the Titles and to download, access and perform, including on portable and remote devices, the Sound Recordings;

(c) permit customers to "store" Titles and Sound Recordings that they have purchased from us on servers ("Virtual Storage") and to access, display, perform and transmit such Titles and Sound Recordings from Virtual Storage from time to time both during and after the term of this Agreement;

(d) display, perform, transmit and distribute portions of Titles and Sound Recordings, such as first page or pages of music or sound samples of an MP3, for the purposes of marketing, soliciting and selling the Titles;

(e) use, reproduce, adapt, modify, and distribute, as we determine appropriate, in our sole discretion, any content, art, and metadata that you provide in connection with your Titles and Sound Recordings;

(f) to reproduce and use your name, likeness, image(s) and voice and the name of your band (if any) on or in connection with the Site and the distribution of your Titles and/or Sound Recordings, and in any and all promotional or advertising material related to such use

(g) transmit, reproduce modify, and otherwise use (or cause the reformatting, transmission, reproduction, and/or other use of) your Titles and Sound Recordings as mere technological incidents to and for the limited purpose of technically enabling the foregoing (e.g., caching to enable display); and

(h) distribute your titles and Sound Recordings in all digital formats by all digital distribution means available.

In addition, you agree that we may permit our subcontractors, Sheet Music Plus Affiliates and Easy Rebate Members, to exercise the rights that you grant to us in this Agreement.

You grant us the rights set forth in this Section 14 on a worldwide basis. If you do not have the world rights to your Titles or Sound Recordings, then we will not be able to offer them on Sheet Music Plus and you may not submit them to our Site. By participating on the Site, you agree that you have the world rights to your Titles and Sound Recordings.

15. Representations, Warranties and Indemnities

You represent and warrant that:

(a) you have the full right, power and authority to enter into and fully perform this Agreement and will comply with the terms of this Agreement;

(b) you own or otherwise have the all of the rights necessary to grant us the rights and licenses granted in this Agreement and you have and will have the right to grant the licenses granted herein, free and clear of all liens, restrictions, charges, claims and encumbrances, including from any record label;

(c) neither the exercise of the rights authorized under this Agreement nor any materials embodied in the content, Titles or Sound Recordings, nor its sale or distribution as authorized in this Agreement will violate or infringe upon the intellectual property, proprietary or other rights of any person or entity, including, without limitation, contractual rights, copyrights, trademarks, common law rights, rights of publicity, or privacy, or moral rights, or contain defamatory material or violate any laws or regulations of any jurisdiction;

(d) you will ensure that all Titles and Sound Recordings delivered under the Program comply with the technical delivery specifications provided by us and do not contain any Prohibited Content;

(e) you will be solely responsible for accounting and paying any co-owners, co-administrators, artists, producers and other commission participants of any Titles or Sound Recordings or portion thereof any commissions with respect to the uses of the content and their respective shares, if any, of any monies payable hereunder;

(f) you will obtain and pay for any necessary clearances and licenses for all Sound Recordings, including (i) all mechanical commissions payable to publishers and/or authors or co-authors of copyrighted musical compositions embodied in Sound Recordings from sales, performances or other uses of Sound Recordings, (ii) all payments that may be required under collective bargaining agreements applicable to you or third parties, (iii) all rights to record all artists appearing on the Sound Recordings; and (iv) any other commissions, fees and/or sums payable with respect to the Sound Recordings; and

(g) SMP and its licensees shall not have any obligations to any third parties arising out of their use of the Titles or the Sound Recordings including, without limitation, to any union or guild, any performing rights society or for any statutory license (including, but not limited to, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange).

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you will indemnify, defend and hold harmless Sheet Music Plus, its officers, directors, employees, affiliates, licensees, subcontractors and assigns from and against any loss, claim, liability, damage, action or cause of action (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that arises from any breach of your representations, warranties or obligations set forth in this Agreement. We will be entitled, at our expense, to participate in the defense and settlement of the claim or action with counsel of our own choosing.

16. Ownership and Control

This Agreement does not grant you any license or other rights to any intellectual property or technology owned or operated by us or any of our affiliates, including, without limitation, any trademarks or trade names. Nothing in this Agreement restricts any rights we may have under applicable law or a separate permission.

17. Force Majeure

Sheet Music Plus will not be liable to you for any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations hereunder caused by any event or circumstance beyond its control, including, but not limited to, denial-of-service attacks, insurrection, fires, flood, storm, explosions, acts of God, war, terrorism, and labor conditions.

18. Relationship of Parties

You and we are independent contractors, and nothing in this Agreement will create any partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, sales representative, or employment relationship between the parties. You will have no authority to make or accept any offers or make any representations on our behalf. You will not make any statement that would contradict anything in this Section.

19. Limitation of Liability

We will not be liable for indirect, special, punitive or consequential damages or any loss of revenue, profits or data arising in connection with this Agreement or the Program, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such. Any remedies you may have against us in connection with this Agreement shall be limited to the right to recover damages, if any, in an arbitration proceeding as set forth below, and you waive any right or remedy in equity. Further, our aggregate liability arising with respect to this Agreement and the Program will not exceed the total commissions paid or payable to you under this Agreement for the 12-month period preceding any claim.

You acknowledge and agree that Sheet Music Plus cannot ensure that your Titles and Sound Recordings will be protected from theft or misuse or that customers will comply with any content usage rules Sheet Music Plus may make applicable in connection with the use of Digital Sheet Music and Sound Recordings, and Sheet Music Plus will have no liability arising from a failure of any security system or procedure or any of customer to comply with any content usage rules. Sheet Music Plus relies on complex systems and processes. We strive to make our systems and processes error-free and efficient, but we cannot guarantee that they will be and we will have no liability arising from system or process failures, interruptions, inaccuracies, errors or latencies.

20. Disclaimers


21. Independent Investigation


22. Dispute Resolution

(a) Except for claims of infringement or misappropriation of SMP's intellectual property rights, any and all disputes between you and us arising under or related in any way to this Agreement must be resolved through binding arbitration as described in this Section. This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be interpreted broadly. It includes, but is not limited to, all claims and disputes relating to your use of the Site and your participation in the Program.


(c) The arbitration will be governed by the Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by this section. For any claim where the total amount of the award sought is $10,000 or less, the AAA, you and SMP must abide by the following rules: (a) the arbitration shall be conducted solely based on written submissions; and (b) the arbitration shall not involve any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless otherwise mutually agreed by the parties. If the claim exceeds $10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA rules, and the hearing (if any) must take place in San Francisco, CA. The arbitrator's ruling is binding and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. In the event this agreement to arbitrate is held unenforceable by a court, then the disputes that would otherwise have been arbitrated shall be exclusively brought in the state courts located in Alameda County, California or the federal courts for the Northern District of California. Claims of infringement or misappropriation of the other party's patent, copyright, trademark, or trade secret shall be exclusively brought in the state courts located in Alameda County, California or the federal courts for the Northern District of California.

(d) This Agreement shall be governed by and construed solely and exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of California, USA without giving effect to any law that would result in the application of the law of another jurisdiction.

23. Miscellaneous

You may not assign this Agreement, by operation of law or otherwise, without our prior written consent, but we may assign this Agreement without restriction. Subject to that restriction, this Agreement will be binding on, inure to the benefit of, and enforceable against the parties and their respective successors and assigns. This Agreement may be freely assigned and/or transferred by SMP, including by change of control, merger, operation of law or otherwise. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and us regarding the subject hereof. If any provision of this Agreement is, for any reason, held to be invalid or unenforceable, the other provisions of this Agreement will be unimpaired and the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed modified so that it is valid and enforceable to the maximum extent permitted by law. Our failure to enforce your strict performance of any provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of our right to subsequently enforce such provision or any other provision of this Agreement.

24. Copyrighted Songs Overview

Copyrighted Songs is a program of SMP Press that gives arrangers the ability to legally sell arrangements of select copyrighted songs on Sheet Music Plus. For every Copyrighted Songs title the following key terms and conditions apply in addition to those above. Where Copyrighted Songs and SMP Press terms conflict, Copyrighted Songs terms supersede and apply.

25. Copyrighted Songs Terms and Conditions

Each arrangement ("Arrangement") created by a Sheet Music Plus Copyrighted Songs Arranger ("Arranger") is and shall be, from the inception of the creation thereof, a work-made-for-hire within the meaning of the United States Copyright Act. Accordingly, the song publisher ("Publisher") shall exclusively own and/or control (subject to Publisher's designation of any other appropriate copyright holder) all right, title and interest in and to such Arrangement, including, without limitation, the copyright therein and any extensions and renewals throughout the world for the duration thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Publisher’s licensee Hal Leonard Corporations ("HLC") agrees that absent a separate written agreement, it shall not commercially exploit the Arrangement through any means now or hereafter known provided that Arranger does hereby grant HLC the right to use, and to allow others to use, Arranger's name, approved photograph, approved image, and approved biographical material in connection with promoting the Arrangement and for HLC’s internal purposes. Arranger represents and warrants that: (a) Arranger has the unrestricted right to create the Arrangement for publication by Publisher and sale by Sheet Music Plus; (b) The Arrangement will be entirely the original creation of Arranger (except insofar as it contains material derived from the musical composition(s) upon which it is based); and (c) The Arrangement will not infringe upon any copyright or violate any other rights of any third party who-or whatsoever. (d) The Arrangement will be sold as a standalone title. No medleys, mashups, or collections are allowed. (e) The Arrangement is subject to usage limitations and may not be sold, leased, lent, rented, or otherwise distributed for explicit use by a professional symphony or string orchestra, professional concert or wind band, professional small ensembles, nor exclusive competitive use (including but not limited to show choir, marching band, percussion ensembles). (f) The Arrangement must be made available for public distribution and sale. In addition, Arranger will not use SMP Press for the distribution and sale of custom arrangements for ensembles of any size intended for the exclusive use of the commissioning ensemble, i.e., Arranger will not remove an Arrangement shortly after purchase by the commissioning ensemble, and Arrangers do not have the right to create a physical print version of an Arrangement for sale or distribution. For the avoidance of doubt, arrangements of a Copyrighted Work specifically intended for exclusive competitive use are not permitted.

Arranger hereby indemnifies Publisher, HLC and Sheet Music Plus against any loss, damage or expense (including reasonable counsel fees) incurred by Publisher, HLC or Sheet Music Plus as a result of any claim which is inconsistent with the representations and warranties made herein by Arranger. The Copyrighted Songs program provides you with the right to sell this Arrangement digitally on Sheet Music Plus and any other Sheet Music Plus websites (such as Choral Sheet Music) or mobile platform. You do not have the right to sell this arrangement on any other website. You do not have the right to create a physical print version of the arrangement for sale or distribution. The Copyrighted Songs program provides you with the limited print rights above only, and does not grant any other rights to the arrangement, such as mechanical or sync rights.

26. Copyright Takedown Notices

Sheet Music Plus takes copyright protection very seriously. Every title we sell on Sheet Music Plus has been provided by an organization or person that has claimed the right to sell the title being offered.

It is the Company's policy to terminate the account of any User who repeatedly infringes copyright upon prompt notification to the Company by the copyright owner or the copyright owner's legal agent. Without limiting the foregoing, if you believe that your work has been copied and posted on the Company Properties in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our Copyright Agent with the following information: (1) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; (2) a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed; (3) a description of the location on the Company Properties of the material that you claim is infringing; (4) your address, telephone number and e-mail address; (5) a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and (6) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf. Contact information for the Company's Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement is as follows: Amy Hopson, General Manager at

In the case of a valid DMCA copyright takedown notice as outlined above, Sheet Music Plus reserves the right to provide the contact email address of the User who has been served the takedown notice to the copyright holder.