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Music Search 


American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers (ASCAP)       http:// ascap.com 

Major licensing and copyright organization for musical performers, composers and publishers. search the ACE Database for copyrighted works, and to find composer, lyricist, publisher etc.


PRS for Music   https://www.prsformusic.com/

UK licensing and copyright organization.  You can search their database.  The web site also includes information on the requirements for different uses of recorded music and the rules about royalties and copyright.  Also includes information for licensing music created in the UK if you live in other countries.


BMI           https://www.bmi.com/

"BMI was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music."  Also includes information on the rights process which would be helpful in teaching about copyright and licensing.


AllMusic       http://www.allmusic.com/

This extensive database of well over half a million albums can be searched by artist name, album name, song name, style, or label, providing you with many ways to find more music to like - or learn about the music you already like. Popular artist webpages come complete with biographies, and selected songs are reviewed in greater detail Use the advanced search to really narrow things down.

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Lyrics.com      http://www.lyrics.com/search.php
You can search by lyric keyword or by artist. You can also browse by artist.

Song Lyrics       http://www.songlyrics.com/

This search engine has an advanced search function which allows you to narrow a search by artist or album title.

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Sheet Music  


8Notes     http://www.8notes.com/

Most sheet music must be purchased but this site has a number of pieces for free for a variety of instruments. Most is classical, as that is the most likely to be in the public domain.


Free Sheet Music       http://www.freesheetmusic.net/

This site has Christmas Carols, Irish music and more. Has a search box to search by keyword. title or artist.


Sheet Music Collections       http://library.duke.edu/east/music/resources/online-scores-sheet-music

From Duke University Library.  Covers Sheet Music Collections and other music websites.


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Aria Database      http://www.aria-database.com/

The Aria Database is a diverse collection of information on over 1000 operatic arias. Designed for singers and non-singers alike, the Database includes translations and aria texts of most arias as well as a collection of MIDI files of operatic arias and ensembles.


Music with Ease      http://www.musicwithease.com/

Section on opera includes composers, plots and pictures of famous operas.


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Last Updated: 8/14/2015 AAH

Links Checked 8/6/2017 DD

Links added 8/9/2017 AAH


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