Composer Legacy Program

"What will happen to all my music scores and parts?....."

The Custodial Management Plan of the American Composers Alliance provides for the continued availability of the composer’s work for research, publication, recording, sales, and rentals, through the administration and publication services of the American Composers Edition (BMI) and American Concert Editions (ASCAP).

This visionary program allows for the preservation and continued distribution of ACA scores and performance materials in digital and print formats.

Access and availability is enhanced when the composer places their materials with ACA, to be listed and made available on

Composers and their estates retain copyright control of ACA-published music, while providing ACA with an exclusive license to distribute, sell, rent, license, and collect up to 50% (publisher share) of performance royalties for their ACA scores from ASCAP or BMI.

The ACA Custodial Plan is designed for the best possible benefit to the composer's legacy, whether materials are in physical or digital format (or both).  Scores and parts can be made available to conductors, performers and researchers around the world through ACA's digital download services.  Masters remain safe in the archive environment. 

The ACA Custodial Management Program is an ongoing, long-term project that began in the 1990s and supports the continued access to the music of Otto Luening, Miriam Gideon, Robert Ceely, John Eaton, and more than 100 other American composers. 

Please contact ACA for more information, or fill out the online info request for the Legacy Plan.