Hi, I'm planning my first recording project that involves getting licenses for the music. I have some newbie questions about getting the rights and I hope someone can help! I have gotten as far as making contact with the publishers, and with composers in cases where there is no publisher, and determining what royalty rate is desired. Now, do I need to write up a formal licensing agreement and have the copyright holder sign it? After the project is done, do I need to submit payments in any sort of organized manner, or can I just send a check once a year, or what? (Does Pianosociety do something like this for the Takemitsu pieces etc. that are not in public domain?) When a composer asks for the statutory rate, I understand what that means for mechanical license (physically printing a recording on a CD) and for the kind of digital distribution where the customer just downloads a file. I found the attached explanation of that. What I do not understand is the statutory rate for streaming downloads -- Spotify, Pandora, etc. The attached explanation says to see the formula that appears in Statute number &%^xyzgibberish, which I tried googling, but couldn't find a formula and couldn't understand much of the statute itself. I am a pianist, not a lawyer. I love being an independent artist, but this is the sort of stuff that makes me envy people with agents and record labels. Hopefully with help I can figure this out and stay independent! cheers, Heather P.S. I am working with composers in a couple of countries, but the published ones and the one asking for the statutory rate are all in the USA, as am I.