The Music Producer's Committee manages the Square Dance Music Clearinghouse, the Square Dance Music Awards (the "Ozzies"), and this web page.
Committee membership is open to CALLERLAB members who are actively producing and releasing music to the Square Dance community; committee meetings are held at the annual CALLELAB Convention. Participation in the Music Clearinghouse is open to any Square Dance music producer - CL membership is not required.
Attendance at the awards ceremony as well as voting in the categories is open to anyone interested in the Square Dance activity.
As a service to the Square Dance community, a series of answers to frequently asked questions, appear below. Please Note: CALLERLAB and the CALLERLAB Music Producers Committee do not provide legal advice. This FAQ is designed to be helpful in raising awareness about Square Dance Music and it's legal use - it is meant to help you and protect you from accidental violations.
1. My favorite record is ruined and I can't find a replacement - can my friend just make a copy for me?
No. Making a copy for anyone but yourself along with borrowing or loaning a record to copy is a copyright violation. It is extremely rare for any Square Dance record company to not have someone with ownership of the copyright - someone who has the legal ability to get you a copy of your favorite song. Here is a list of known producers and the record labels they represent. Please contact them directly to obtain a copy of a recording.
PAT BARBOUR - Elite
JACK BERG - Chicago Country, Chantilly, Cross Country
JERRY BIGGERSTAFF - Platinum
PAUL BRISTOW - Sting, Snow
PATTI BROWN - Circle D
TRACY BROWN - Big Mac, Four-Bar-B, Square Tunes, Grenn, Top, Thunderbird, Quadrille, Black Mountain Valley, Cardinal, Cloverleaf, Grand, FTC, Family Squares, Brahma, Golden Throat, Mustang, Pioneer
CODY BRYANT - Kalox, Longhorn, MacGregor, Wagon Wheel, Windsor, Cascade, Big J, Jewel,
PAT CARNATHAN - Shakedown
MARK CLAUSING - Prairie, Mountain, Desert, Ocean, UTE, Mar-Let
DAVID COX - C-Bar-C
DOUG DAVIS - Chinook, Hoedowner
TOM DILLANDER - Chaparral, Coyote, TNT, Enis, Roadrunner, Old Timer
WADE DRIVER - Rhythm, Lone Star
BOB ELLING - Riverboat
REGGIE KNIPHFER - Tar Heel
JOE KROMER - Gramophone
TOM MANNING - Solid Gold, Silver Streak
RON MARKUS - Desert Gold
MONK MOORE - Double M,
CARSTEN NIELSEN, BRONC WISE - New Beat
JACK O'LEARY - Silver Sounds, Sounds 2000
TONY OXENDINE, JERRY STORY - Royal
R&R VIDEO - Faultline
SONYA JONES - Rockin' M, Stampede, TJ Records
ELMER SHEFFIELD - ESP, Jo-Pat
BOB SHIVER - A&S Records, Global Music Production
ROD SHUPING, RICK HAMPTON - Fine Tunes, Gold Wing, Sharpshooter, Happy Tracks
MIKE SIKORSKY - Mesa Apache (MAP)
JIRI SCOBAK - ABC
STEVE TURNER - Aussie Tempo, Down Under
CHUCK VELDHUIZEN - Cheyenne
BODO VON RETH - BVR
FRED WALKER - Miracle
BUDDY WEAVER - Blue Star, Hi Hat (Squares), Bob Cat, B-Sharp, Bogan, Blue Ribbon, Dance Ranch, DJ, D&R (select titles), EZ, Lighting S, Lore, Lucky Records, Petticoat Patter, Swinging Square, 1 World
DON WILLIAMSON - Red Boot, Red Boot Star, Jay Bar Kay, Gold Star, English Mountain, Flutter Wheel
DON WOOD, ROBERT TOWNSEND - Lou Mac
MATT WORLEY - Crown
2. Can I sell my records now that I've made copies of them?
No. Your original vinyl record is your license to have a copy. Selling or giving away a record (single or collection) makes destroying your copies mandatory to avoid copyright violation.
3. What is "digitally re-mastered"?
Digital re-mastering refers to converting an analog product (vinyl record, tape) to a digital signal as found on computers, mini-discs, MP3 players. Most every Square Dance Music Producer has produced records or tapes and is now offering their product in a digital format which saves the purchaser, not only the time it takes to digitally re-master his/her records but in many cases, provides a far superior digital recording.
To see how vinyl records are made - click here.
4. Can I record my calling to sell or give away?
If you are using music along with your calling, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder (Music Producer) to use their music in your recording. You should also consult the Harry Fox Agency for mechanical licensing requirements. Copyright and licensing requirements apply whether your CD/MP3/DVD is sold or given away.
The CALLERLAB Music Producers Committee is here to help you, if you have a question or concern that you'd like to have addressed, please send an email to the CALLERLAB Home Office, or committee chairman.