Stage Performances

Stage performances of works (i.e. with acting and dancing) are covered under German laws for theatrical performances.

GEMA (Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte), the German organization responsible for rights to music or the respective collecting rights society of your country, does not handle the rights for these stage performances. This means that stage performances need not be registered with GEMA and are not covered by flat-rate contracts (churches/schools) with GEMA.

A stage performance must be registered with the publisher. The registration form can be found here.


Concert Performances

Concert performances have to be registered with GEMA (Germany) or the respective collecting rights society of your country. More information, forms, etc. are available at GEMA's website at


Modifying Works

Any change made to a copyright work, whether to the text, the music or the title, requires the approval of the copyright holder. This approval must be requested in writing from Carus-Verlag.

Recordings for Documentation Purposes

Documentation recordings of performances require permission. Upon request, Carus-Verlag will give such permission.

Mention in Advertising/Public Relations

For each advertisement and program for the performance, the following information is required:

  • Full title of the piece
  • Name of the author(s)
  • Publisher name (Carus-Verlag)

This also applies to posters and online announcements. Mentioning the publisher name is voluntary.

Use of Images for your Advertising

Cover photos of sheet music or images from the Carus-Verlag website may be used to advertise your events with no further consent required. We will also be glad to provide you with a graphic suitable for your advertising work either for free or for a small fee. Please contact us! Contact: