IMSLP:Composer Portal


Method 1 (Preferred for composers, arrangers and editors submitting their own works)

If you would like to have a composer page and automatically list all of your submissions under that page, follow these steps:

1. Create a new page by clicking on this add a new composer link.
2. Associate the new composer page with your user account by clicking the gear (hammer in the top section on mobile version) icon and selecting the option:
"You are this person (associate)"
3. Follow the instructions for creating new pages for works on the Quick Guide to Score Submission page.
Once you have made the association and created a new page for your work per the submission guide, the use of the special new upload tools for composers, arrangers and editors will be enabled.
In the upper right-hand section (on the Modern Skin, its the top section to the right of the "Contents" drop down menu) of the new work-page, along with the "Add Sheet Music" (for scans) and "Recording" options (mentioned in the
Quick Guide to Score Submission ), you will see
the following options in the menu beneath the "Add File" button
  • New Arrangement (your arrangements of other composers' works - never of your own pieces)
  • New Composition (presumably you'll use this most, after setting up pages for new pieces)
  • New Edition (your editions of other composers' works - never of your own pieces)

If you do not understand any of the above, ask an admin or ask on the forums. An admin can actually perform the association process for you.

Method 2 (arrangers and editors only - composers must use Method 1)

Just follow the instructions in item #5 of the Quick Guide to Score Submission page, repeated here:

  • Since the new update to the uploader on March 2017, if you are going to be adding your own new arrangement or edition of a public domain piece, you must have already created your own composer category page for yourself, as outlined above in Method 1. The composer page also hosts links to your editions and arrangements on the same page. We do not allow (as it is not possible) to add a typeset through the Add Scan to select a Creative Commons license because the only copyright option to choose from is Public Domain.
  • When uploading, select either New Edition or New Arrangement and have your own name inserted as "Editor" and as "Publisher" (this is all automatically done by the uploader). The Scanner/Typesetter field should contain only the word "editor" (for New Edition) or "arranger" (for New Arrangement) (this is automatically done already) if you are also the person who created the file on a notation program. You must then choose one of the Creative Commons licenses. New pieces, arrangements or editions cannot be public domain under the 'moral rights' provisions of most copyright laws.

Creative Commons, etc. - Please read before uploading!

As a composer or other copyright proprietor, please take time to carefully review the Creative Commons and Performance Restricted licenses including the full licenses in PDF format. Generally speaking, the best version to employ for new works is either the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 or the Performance Restricted Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0. These allow for free downloading of the items you post, yet prohibits anyone who downloads the files from IMSLP from selling the files (on Ebay, for example), or from giving public performances on an explicitly commercial basis, making recordings of the work without written permission in advance from you, the composer and copyright owner. Moreover, if you are already affiliated with a performing rights society such as SOCAN (Canada), ASCAP, BMI or SESAC (USA), SACD, SACEM or SEAM (France), SABAM (Belgium), GEMA (Germany), PRS (UK), SGAE (Spain), SIAE (Italy), Artisjus (Hungary), ZAIKS (Poland), IPRS (India), JASRAC (Japan), or any of the myriad of similar agencies present in this Wikipedia listing, please note that at least some of these agencies refuse to honor any of the Creative Commons licenses, even the more restrictive ones. You should therefore seriously consider using one of the several IMSLP Performance Restricted Licenses for any works posted here if you are affiliated with a performance rights society.
For those uploading the first time, please remember choose the menu option "New Composition" when uploading your original works (even if they are scans of manuscripts or printouts), "New Arrangement" when uploading new arrangements, and "New Edition" when uploading new editions of public domain works. As it is normally assumed that composers and arrangers have edited their own work, please leave the "Editor" field empty unless another person has actually edited your work (in which case their name should be inserted). Note also that the English term "Editor" is not the equivalent of the French editeur or Italian editore. "Editor" refers to the person who reviewed and corrected the piece, while the French and Italian words are closer to the English word "publisher". In the "Publisher" field, please use your own full legal name, as making your scores and sound files available for free download on this site constitutes "publication" under the laws of most countries in the world. (Note that this is done automatically when using the new upload tools). Please do not list your works as "public domain" as it is not legally possible for your works to be fully public domain under the 'moral rights' provisions of many copyright statutes around the world. Composers and other copyright owners should be aware that Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 is very similar to public domain as it allows for the unrestricted copying, performance (live and broadcast) and recording of the work (including explicitly commercial use) at no charge, with no compensation or royalties payable to the composer or copyright owner for such commercial exploitation. Note also that the all of the above licenses are considered to be IRREVOCABLE once a file has been uploaded under the lawful copyright owner's authorization.
PS: As long as you have not actually inserted a particular Creative Commons license in the PDF file itself, you are free to change the license after upload to something more suitable. However, any restrictions under an updated license are only applicable to copies of the files downloaded after the date of amendment. Copies downloaded before amendment date are likely subject to the original license terms, so please choose carefully. Composers are also encouraged to make use of our new template {{NoPerf}}, which automatically places works into a new category - Unperformed Works. To add this template to your pages, simply copy and paste the little template above (curly brackets and all) into the "First Performance" field of the "General Information" section on all work pages.
Before you upload, remember these key points...
  • The Creative Commons and Performance-Restricted licenses are IRREVOCABLE. Once a file is made available here, it stays here and cannot be removed without a court order.
  • These licenses terminate automatically upon violation by end-users. In other words, if you have uploaded your work here under a non-commercial license and discover someone selling your files on E-bay or Amazon, or printing and selling copies of your work without having first obtained written permission from you to use the work for such obvious commercial purposes, they have violated the terms of the license and you are therefore free to bring legal action against them for full copyright infringement as the license was invalidated for them upon their violation of its terms.
  • Your work is legally published in most locales the first time a file is downloaded by someone other than yourself. You are therefore the publisher of record.
  • In order to avoid having someone automatically extract parts from a score via Partify, you must select a license with the "No Derivatives" limitation.
  • Having a work released under a Non-commercial license here does not limit your own ability to license your work for commercial work elsewhere.
  • Conversely, using the simple "Creative Commons Attribution" does not limit the use of your work for obvious commercial use by end users, who can do so without paying you any compensation whatsoever as long as they observe the one limitation -that your work is attributed to you.

To remove the association

To remove an association with your account, simply select the same gear (hammer on mobile version) icon on your composer category page and choose the option:

  • You are not this person (disassociate)