Welcome to the BABS Music Information page, where you can find out the best ways to source music and learning tracks for your group.

You can also check if the next song planned for your group has been previously used in contest, and how it scored. To access this database please click here.

The results include data up to Quartet Prelims, November 2016. Note that from November 2016, the Presentation category has become Performance.

There are three main ways to source sheet music for your group, outlined in the table below:

 

Buy a published
arrangement

Buy an
unpublished arrangement

Commission a
new arrangement

Simplicity

The most
straight-forward

More complicated

The most
complicated

Arranged yet?

Already arranged
and ready to go.

Already arranged
and ready to go.

You’ll have to wait for the arranger, but it will be bespoke for your group.

Copyright Clearance?

Copyright clearance is usually already obtained (but check it is valid in the UK).

You will have to seek permission from the copyright owner to handle sheet music

You will have to seek permission from the copyright owner to have it arranged and handle sheet music.

Unique?

Lots of other groups could sing this
arrangement

Less likely to be
sung by other
groups

Only your group will sing the
arrangement
(for now!)

Cost

Usually the cheapest method

Can be more
expensive as you may have to pay for permission from the UK Copyright Holder

Probably the most expensive as you may have to pay the arranger and for permission from the UK Copyright Holder

Usual copyright rules…

Apply in all cases!
Every member of your group must have a legal, original copy, with permission from the copyright owner to have the sheet music.
See this page for more information.

Sources of Published Arrangements

Barbershop Harmony Society click on Published Arrangements. TIP – you can also click on ‘Worldwide Rights’ for a list of published arrangements that already have copyright clearance for the UK. REMEMBER TO USE YOUR AFFILLIATE DISCOUNT CODE FOR 25% OFF.

BABS Harmony Store – we have a library of 17 published arrangements, along with a songbook of 12 published arrangements entitled ‘Songs for Special Occasions’.

Direct from music publishers. Companies such as Hal Leonard and Music Sales have some published music arrangers. Try searching on Amazon.

Remember – every member of your group must have an original copy of your music, and you must check that the published arrangement has copyright clearance for the UK.

Sources of Unpublished arrangements

Barbershop Harmony Society. Although more and more of their catalogue is being published all the time. You can purchase any arrangement from the BHS but you must check that it has clearance from the UK Copyright Holder. REMEMBER TO USE YOUR AFFILLIATE DISCOUNT CODE FOR 25% OFF.

BABS Harmony Store – we have a large library of unpublished arrangements by British arrangers, including many by the late, great Steve Hall.

Direct from arrangers – there are many barbershop arrangers all over the world who hold a back-catalogue of arrangements that are for sale. Some of the most popular arrangers, especially UK arrangers, are listed below:

Many, many more! 

Remember – every member of your group must have an original copy of your music, and you must ensure that the arrangement has copyright clearance for the UK.

Sources of commissioned arrangements

Many barbershop arrangers are happy to accept commissions. It is worth trying any of the arrangers listed above to see if they would be happy to create a custom arrangement for you.

Remember, when commissioning an arrangement, you must ensure that you have permission from the UK Copyright Holder to have it arranged, and to perform it. Some arrangers will ask for an ‘Agreement in Principle’ from the UK Copyright Holder before they begin work.

Learning Tracks

Many groups like to use learning tracks to assist in learning the music by ear. Similar to the list of arrangers, there are a vast number of people creating learning tracks, some of which are listed below:

Tim Waurick (USA)
Peter Nugent (UK)
Antoine Kaiserman (UK)
Dale Kynaston and Andy Funnell (UK)
Tim Beutel (USA)
Tony DeRosa (USA)
Michaela Johnston (USA)

A lot of these learning track creators have a back-catalogue of tracks you can purchase quickly, and they also will accept commissions of new learning tracks. This database is a useful resource to search through many back-catalogues.

Other Helpful Links

harmonize.com

barbershop.org/sheet-music-songbooks/

barbershoptags.com

barbershoptracks.com