PROJECT SOUSA --
PUBLIC DOMAIN SHEET MUSIC

   

"WHAT IS PROJECT SOUSA?"

Project Sousa is to music what Project Gutenberg is to the written word.

There is a veritable wealth of music out there that has passed into the Public Domain. Silver Clef Music is pleased to be one of the main repositories for Project Sousa works.

The project was initially started as a means to share Band Music in the public domain, but we now accept music for all types of instrumental and vocal solos and ensembles.

Browse Project Sousa Listings

Click on the link above to browse the music we have available for download from Project Sousa. All of our listings are available for FREE download. We do, however, ask you contribute to our "Tip Jar" above, to help defray the expenses of operating this website. (Note: Right now our "tip jar" is simply PayPal. Send donations to PayPal ID donati[email protected]Sousa.com.)

Submit Music To Project Sousa

We welcome all submissions for music for Project Sousa. Because of copyright issues, we must be extremely meticulous in ensuring that all copyright concerns are settled.  Please click here to view or download our Project Sousa Submission Guidelines document.

What We Are Looking For: Any music that is in the public domain, and can be identified with certainty as being so. We prefer "good music," but we also understand that what constitutes "good music" is frequently in the ear of the hearer. So if you can send us something that fits our guidelines, we'll be happy to consider posting it. (Note: We are testing various formats for our documents. Click here to see an alternative document presentation, and please let us know which you like better - the one with the text on the white or the yellow. Thanks!)

There are two main sources for public domain music: music whose copyright has expired, and music that could still be in copyright, but whose copyright owner has donated it to the public domain. 

Why would someone want to donate their music to the public domain?

First, it could be altruism or a love of music. This is the reason that most of the contributors to Project Sousa put in the hours of labor that they do. This is the reason the heirs of the John Philip Sousa estate placed his very last march, The Library of Congress March, into the public domain.

By the way, there's a fascinating story behind Sousa's final march. Read about it on the Library of Congress website here:

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cocoon/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200000027/default.html

But another reason someone might place their work into the public domain is that they love writing music, and they just want to get some of it out there and available, possibly so people will have a no-risk way of seeing how good they really are, and then want to purchase more of their work.


Regardless of your reason, Project Sousa is the place to post any music you have in the public domain.

We look forward to serving you with good public domain music.

 

  

 

 

 

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are Copyright 2005 by David P. Miller and Silver Clef Music Publishing, Inc.